MA series

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A comparison between the MA5B, the MA5C, and the MA37.

The Individual Combat Weapon System series (ICWS series),[1] MA line,[2] MA Assault Rifle series[3] or MA series[2] is a line small arms produced by Misriah Armory.[1] It is the oldest rifle in use with the United Nations Space Command and is in use with every branch and division of the UEG's armed forces.[4][1] Weapons of the ICWS series are given the prefix "MA".[2][5]


MA series weapons are gas-operated, air-cooled, and utilize a rotating bolt.[2] They are magazine-fed[4][1] and commonly cambered in the 7.62×51mm round,[2] with specialist ammunition available via request.[6] Fire modes include single shot, burst, and fully automatic.[1] They are easy to clean and use.[2]

By 2437, the MA5 series began to supersede other variants in adoption across all branches of the UNSC.[1]


  • MA40 assault rifle - An updated version of the MA37 that increases mechanical reliability and durability in more extreme conditions.[1]

MA3 series[edit]

  • MA3A Individual Combat Weapon System was a predecessor of the MA5 series. By 2552, it had been retired from service, though it was popular on the black market and was commonly used by terrorist organizations.[2][9]
  • CM 300 carbine - a cost reduced version of the MA3 created for settlers and security forces in the late 24th-century.[10]

MA5 Series[edit]

Main article: MA5 series

The weapons of the MA5 series are capable of being outfitted with M301 Grenade Launchers and underslung shotguns.[11]

  • MA5C Individual Combat Weapon System - The MA5C is an improvement upon the MA5B, featuring a heavier barrel with a one-in-seven twist, a stronger spring mechanism, and a sturdier, more ergonomically designed handguard. It receives a thirty-two round magazine; the reduced magazine capacity in relation to the MA5B is part of an effort to prevent wearing of the magazine spring.[11] It is used by the Marine Corps and the Navy in short-to-mid range combat.[2]
  • MA5K Carbine - The MA5K is a carbine variant of the MA5 that used almost exclusively by Special Forces units. It receives a thirty-round magazine[2] and is seemingly modular, capable of being assembled in various configurations.[12]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 162
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Halo Waypoint, Assault Rifle (Retrieved on Mar 14, 2011) [archive]
  3. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition), page 316
  4. ^ a b Halo Waypoint, Assault Rifle (Retrieved on Jan 4, 2020) [archive]
  5. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 16
  6. ^ Halo: Official Spartan Field Manual, page 188
  7. ^ Halo Waypoint, Tech Article Index (Retrieved on Apr 15, 2011) [archive]
  8. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 75
  9. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 237
  10. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 175
  11. ^ a b, MA5C Assault Rifle (Retrieved on May 24, 2013) [archive]
  12. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Cover art