The concept of a double barreled rifle isn’t new. Similar weapon prototypes were built in the 1950s and 1960s to fire multiple bullets at the same time or in rapid bursts known as “salvo fire.” Several multi-barrel salvo weapons have been tested, but the Gilboa Snake double barrel AR-15 may be the first of its kind to enter full production.
Gilboa’s Snake rifle is built by the Israeli weapons manufacturer It is available as a semi-automatic civilian rifle and a selective fire model for military and law enforcement.
The select-fire variant has a pair of barrels connected to two gas blocks with two separate gas impingement systems.
The civilian variant features a pair of separate and independent gas blocks and tubes. The double trigger configuration avoids the ATF’s definition of a machine gun as a firearm that fires multiple rounds with a single trigger pull. Instead, a separate trigger is required to fire each barrel, just like a double-barreled shotgun. The select-fire version, however, features a single trigger.