Global Ordnance is well known for importing various weapons from various countries. This includes the Arex pistols, the Stribog, and the Grand Power pistols. They’ve imported and sold ammo, and they sell everything from 9mm to artillery shells. Literal artillery shells. It was certainly interesting to see that at SHOT 2024 they teamed up with some of the biggest names in the business to produce their very own rifle, which goes by the name Monolith.
What’s a Monolith?
The team behind the Monolith includes Dead Air, which helps produce a muzzle device that it incorporated into the real star of the show, the barrel. The Monolith uses a monolithic barrel. The muzzle device, gas block, and barrel are all one piece of metal. The idea is not only do you have a tougher overall gun, but a more accurate one. Less stuff messing with the barrel is better.
The Monolith looks AR-like, but don’t let that fool you. It ditches the classic receiver extension and buffer tube. This means we get folding stocks and braces. The gun will come as a 16-inch rifle, and a 12.6-inch option for pistols and SBRs. The Monolith will come equipped with an ACR-like stock that collapses and folds and houses a cheek rest for easy optics use. The pistol version will have a 1913 rail section for brace mounting.
The rifle’s gas block is mounted at a 45-degree angle, which is another big part of the gun’s magic. It means a more efficient system for operating the rifle. This results in a rifle that’s properly gassed without being overgassed, and it’s optimized for suppressor use which includes the user experience. Suppressed Monolith rifles won’t bathe their users in gas blowback.
Of course, we get all the normal gizmos, like an M-LOK rail, completely ambidextrous controls, an optics rail, and all that jazz. It’s a fairly lightweight rifle, and it’s well-balanced. The models at SHOT had excellent triggers and crisp controls. The only control that’s not completely ambidextrous is the charging handle, but it is reversible for lefties. The MSRP starts at 1,149 dollars, so it’s not priced out of the grasp of most modern rifles.
I’m pretty excited about the gun, and I’m not sure if I should go with a pistol or rifle, but I reckon I’ll figure it out sooner or later.