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A compact and highly portable commando weapon, the MA5K was the weapon of choice for the Spartan IIIs, as well as many fighter pilots and commando soldiers.
The MA5K is a cut-down variant of the standard MA5B assault rifle. The weapon is lighter and easier to carry than larger assault weapons, making it easier to carry.
The MA5K is used almost exclusively for commando operations. It is highly favored because of its light frame, which allows for quick manuvering and a less visible profile.
MA5Ks were not often used for front line duties, but they were used by the Spartan IIIs from 2531 to 2552. In addition, many comandos and high level pilots enjoyed the weapon, commandos for the reasons noted above, and pilots because its small size was more practical in the enclosed cockpit of the fighters they used.