Originally Posted by bluez
The battle rifles you list in the 1st paragraph are all obsolescent but not obsolete.
And thats fine.
Not everyone who wants a new a new 7.62x51mm battle rifle can afford say a SIG 716.
And thats ok.
Another way to put it if we wish t split hairs.. a FN FAL/G# etc maybe be old-fashioned (obsolescent) but not outmoded (obsolete).
Same applies for the AK series.
it is not obsolete (outmoded) in any way sinc eit is still useful and gives significant combat power, but it is obsolescent since the makers who use dot make it now produce the 5.45mm versions ( I know there are exceptions for the interest in the civ market etc etc)
Well...nowdays the AK platform is available in several calibers(5,56x45;7,62x39;5,45x36;7,62x51; etc)but this is not the best improvement.Let's take in consideration the Galil ACE and the AK12.These two rifles are part the "natural evolution" of the AK platform.None of them can be considered obsolete or obsolescent.I would like to see Kalashnikov concern(former Izhmash) collaborating with israeli IWI:Can you imagine what kind of AK rifle would they design?
A rifle that:
-Can be disassembled like a Galil(The best option)
-Has the foldable both-sides loading handle(AK 12)
-Has an integrated uninterrupted picatinny railsystem that starts on the receiver cover and covers the whole gastube + a tri-rail system on the lower handguard(Galil ACE)
-Has the thumb activated fire-selector of a the AK 12
-Has the stamped receiver (AK 12)-to reduce production costs and weight
-Has quick-mag-release of the Galil ACE
-Has the iron sights of the Galil(well known to be very good sights)
Obviously you can't have it all....but I'm pretty sure that a REALLY good compromise can be reached.