The Silver Shadow Gilboa Snake (previously reported as the DBR) is a double-barreled AR-style combat rifle. The end result is a rifle that fires two rounds with each pull of the trigger.
The rifle is chambered in 5.56 NATO and uses a piston system (not direct impingement). Both barrels are about 9.5″ long, are chrome lined and have a 1:7 RH twist.
Unloaded, the gun weighs about 9.4 pounds. According to the US Army, a standard M4 weighs about 7.5 pounds with a sling and loaded magazine. So, figure a little more than two extra pounds for the extra metal. Semi-automatic and full-auto versions are being made.
The upper and lower receivers of the Gilboa Snake are machined from aluminum alloy billet. The flat top upper has a full-length Picatinny rail for adding optics and iron sights as you like. The flip-up iron sights shown on this model are made by Troy Industries.
Silver Shadow is an Israeli manufacturer of military firearms. Many of their employees, from the executives on down, are former members of the IDF and Israeli police force. Needless to say, they bring a critical eye to the development of any new weapon platform.
It would be easy to dismiss this rifle as a gimmick, but I don’t think it is. I believe the Gilboa Snake is a legitimate product designed to increase the amount of firepower troops can bring to the fight. Whether the system proves to be effective is another story altogether.
Here are a few more photos of the Snake that Silver Shadow sent me, including some close-in detail shots.