Last weekend I was shooting M855 out of a 8 inch barrel with a muzzle break. Each shot I saw a muzzle flash that extended past my peripheral vision.
Recently I saw a video where someone was doing rifle pushups with an AR15. I was going to reference that video in this comment, but I don’t recall where I saw it.
Rifle pushups involve holding the rifle and balancing your self and it on the inserted magazine while doing pushups. So the rifle and magazine have to support your weight and you have to balance your self on that single point of contact between the rifle magazine and the ground.
Here is a video of someone performing them with an AK:
First time I saw these, I recall the person explaining them telling us how you could never do this with the flimsy AR15. I never thought to try it. So I got a chuckle out of seeing someone to rifle pushups with an AR.
That got me thinking about the olden days. For so long it was known that the weak point of the AR platform was the magazines. That is why it was known that the AUG, G36, XM8, Galil, etc were superior weapons because they had superior magazines.
I think part of this came from the mentality caused by the Assault Weapons Ban (AWB). During the AWB we were buying beat up old mags at very high premiums. It didn’t help that the military just loves to never throw out old mags. I’m fairly sure that while I was in Marine Corps, my self and my peers were issued mags older than we were. Go to the Armory and try and swap out a mag that had bent feed lips where the rounds would just spill out like a water fountain and you would be told to fix the mag your self or they would charge you for a new one.
So for so many years I remember people talking about how the AR mag was the weak spot of the gun. I think it was around the time Magpul started making the P-Mag that people starting throwing away their old beat up mags and buying new mags and we stopped hearing that saying.
Now it seems that people want any new 5.56 rifle design to use AR mags.
Now, to add the ultimate insult to injury, groups like Definitive Arms, Texas AK designs, and Zastava setup AKs that use M16 mags:
Oh what a world we live in.
~25 rounds fired at about 10 yards, point of aim was the red dot.
I also remember critics of the AR damning it for the height of the sights over the bore. Because of that you couldn’t get a good zero, it was unsuitable for close quarters combat, etc.
While I was writing this, I remember the MGI Hydra.
The Hydra (which I think was also sold under other brand names) had a modular lower and a quick change barrel upper. You could buy them separately.
The upper allows for true tool less quick change of a standard AR15 barrel just by flipping two levers.
The lower is modular allowing you to replace the front section with different magwells allowing for AK mags, 9mm mags, etc. A M14 mag well rifle was shown, but I don’t think it was ever sold to the public.
In the past, I really wanted one of these lowers. I thought it would be an excellent host for a SBR. Out of curiosity I looked up the price of them while I was writing this. The extra modular magwells are $275 each.
At that price, you could buy separate lowers and a tax stamp for each one.
No wonder I’ve never seen anyone own any of these. It would be cheaper just to have whole new guns.
But, maybe if I win the lotto, I’ll buy one anyways.