Originally Posted by Bob Wright
What, pray tell, might they be? And, from what standpoint? As a shooter/hunter, or Infantry Rifleman?
Easy Bob - I am not trying to start anything here.
You have a dog legged op rod driven platform. The thing will run, and run well no matter what. The op rod is a proven design that will allow a weapon to run clean or dirty.
However, from an accuracy standpoint, this is not the best model. The kalashnikov has the same feature. It's reliable, but it's not as accurate as it could be. Adding to that, the barrel isn't free floated, and in fact, it's held firmly in place by a wood saddle & two straps. Adding the far front sling swivel, which wasn't designed to be a sling swivel in the first place, can add torque to the barrel directly. Plus the thing weighs a ton.
In what frame of reference? That of an apprentice rifle builder who has been taught to question everything about weapon designs to see if there are ways to improve them from an operational and accuracy standpoint.
It's a fine weapon that has a very prestigious
line of service to man and country. I am not taking anything away from that when I say that I personally do not like a couple of features about the weapon.