They don't really do the rifle I would like for a combat rifle .... a bull pup design using the piston set up from an L1A1 ... bring down the OAL but keep the legendary reliability.
Don't need full auto ... if a double tap does'nt hit ... you've missed your chance ... all told that's probably why I like a combat shotgun more than a combat rifle ... better chance of "hits" at combat ranges ... but if I had to use one an L1A1 Bullpup would be nice.
It's run flawlessly for the first 25 years of its life. Don't expect that to change anytime soon.
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I've reloaded fluted chambered (tried anyway) and full auto brass, what a giant PITA and many stuck shell casings.
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At the same time, there are those of us who appreciate the effort HK puts into ensuring that the round always performs as advertised the first time it's loaded.
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Say, what you want to say, but the AR-10 platform is still the best thing going out there today. There is nothing wrong with DI, never has been and it has lots of advantages over piston. I have personally run AR's without cleaning for thousands of rounds. And Accuracy out of the box is unmatched
DI has many more advantages than those I list below, but these are just a few:
1. It is inherently more accurate because the barrel can be free floated where the piston gun barrel will always have an additional attachment points.
2. It has a lower mass bolt system than puts no stress on the frame/receiver. Unlike piston guns that have a high mass bolt/piston system that does put a lot of stress on the frame/receiver.
3. Some piston guns can suffer from carrier tilt.
4. The DI gun has gas entering the chamber area through the gas tube, which today is either mid length or rifle length. The advantage of this is that, by the time the gas hits the bolt and receiver it has cooled off tremendously. With the piston system the heat is concentrated at the middle of the barrel. The problem with this is that over time, you are tempering the center of the barrel. Take a look at a piston gun under a thermal camera. you will see what I mean.
5. Piston is a heavier system all around.
Aug... better in every way i can think of than an AR... But hard to fit in a briefcase
AUG or F88AS1 (the current designation out here with all the latest mods) is OK at best. I have been around them since the trails and SARP in the 80s. Politics (and some bribery) was really the only reason we got the bloody things. They came third in the trial (after the Galil and M16A2). Doing it over again we would no doubt have gone with the M16 series rifles. There is a reason that ALL the SF types here us the M4...
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