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Getting The “Perfect Rifle” Then Hating It ( A Cautionary Tale )

Yesterday I read a thread over at good old B-Arfcom that illustrates a common mistake for a lot of people who chase after the same goal. The poster decided to build his “perfect rifle.” Yes. He got all the parts he wanted and put it together to find out not only was it not perfect but that it really sucked . lets take a look.

I’m sure some of you can relate, but for years I’ve been chasing the “perfect” rifle, specially the perfect AR for me. But when I finally thought I got there, it turns out that I hate it.

Started out as a pretty basic rifle with these being the only notable parts:
-16″ midlength BCM barrel, reprofiled
-NiB bolt carrier
-ALG handguard
-Aimpoint Comp M2
-Magpul BUIS

Then I took a one day basic carbine course and found:
-the hand guard became uncomfortable to grasp after a couple mags
-the milspec trigger sucked
-tons of blowback in my face from the suppressor
-had trouble making accurate hits at range (partially due to my vision)

So I took that experience and added:
-SLR adjustable gas block
-mlok rail polymer rail covers
-A5 length buffer tube and A5H1 buffer
-Magnifier in Larue flip-to-side mount
-Magpul pro front sight and matech rear sight
-Inforce weapon light
-Hyperfire trigger

Here she is with most of those parts

I very excitedly took this new build out for a test drive and found…
-at the lowest gas setting to get lock back on an empty mag, I was still getting excessive gas to the face with my suppressor.
-handguard was crowded due to lack of rail space, resulting in the front sight being in a weird position
-mlok covers were easily knocked loose in the course of slinging the rifle and tuning the gas block

-magnifier SUCKED in that it made the sight picture darker and gave a much narrower field of view

I’m not sure what to change to make it better. Could a different barrel cut down on the blowback, or possibly a different buffer? Optics still suck though, at least at range. All in all, if it’s not my perfect rifle, then I don’t think it has a place in my collection and will end up parted out into other builds. Maybe I’ll repurpose these receivers into the
MK12 clone I’ve always wanted.

TLDR: I spent a lot of time planning this build. I like a lot of the individual parts, but as a whole it’s just not a comfortable or fun rifle to shoot, and I just kinda hate it. “

So the poster ran in to a lot of problems he didn’t foresee. Some of this is normal finding out what works and what doesn’t. Some of it was buying stuff looked cool and he thought would be cool without thinking it through. Now. I doubt he would admit he bought any parts for the “cool factor” but we all know he did.

The owner started out with a pretty basic solid rifle and then managed to ruin it with parts and additions he did not need and complicated it. Then when it didn’t work out the way he envisioned it, he added even more boutique stuff to it and made it worse.

The truth is the owner chased after his idea of perfect without thinking it through. He thought of all the cool parts ( his idea of cool anyway) he wanted and thought would make the gun perform better. The irony is he would have done better with a stock 6920 and an ACOG in about 4x or a Aimpoint pro.

He later updated his post with his new perfect rifle .

But maybe some redemption…?

This is my 10.5″ SBR. No BUIS with a Trijicon TR21 1.25-4x, and an IR laser up front. No gas to the face using a A5H0 buffer and standard gas block. Not the best optic, and I can’t fit my inforce wml with the laser, but it seems to do everything better than my other rifle. Maybe just a different handguard needed?

It now has that Hiperfire trigger, which is really nice. I also used this rifle in a carbine course, which prompted switching out a shorty stock for the current magpul one, and adding a Raptor charging handle and handstop out front.

The gun still looks like 20 people added their idea of what parts make the perfect rifle. He admitted to trying to make the ” do everything rifle and learned there is no such thing. Or he is about to anyway. I won’t comment on the looks of that thing since it’s irrelevant..

This line of thinking has been touched on by Howard several times here, The “Jack of all trades” rifle. I think the Thai people have a much better version of this that applies. ” ducks can walk, fly, and swim but they are good at nothing ” That really sums up the do it all rifle.

The problem with most do everything rifles is people want it to literally do everything, Not do a little of everything which is more useful. Yes the idea is alluring but chasing it is like looking for that pot of gold on the other end of the rainbow. It’s made worse when the perfect rifle gets conflated with the idea rifle and even worse still when the owner tries to add all the boutique high speed parts.

The goal should be to approach the idea of the do it all rifle FOR YOU. And by that I mean what you really use the gun for not for everything you can imagine you will possibly use the rifle for. Be honest with yourself.

Do I have my “perfect do everything rifle?” Yea, Its called the Colt 6940 with an SSA trigger in it and a couple of optics with Larue QD mounts to swap around. Sure I have other guns but they are specialized for more narrow jobs. They will do those jobs better than the 6940 but I can get 80 percent of that job done with the 6940 if it is all I had. I don’t change rails every time SOCOM adopts a new one, I don’t need special coated BCGs nor do I have to worry about rail space. Get pas the idea of your do it all/perfect rifle needing to be some 10K parts gun made from the most expensive after market parts on the cutting edge of the gun fad and you will be surprised how close you end up to having the perfect do it all rifle.

Vietnam SOF Suppressed AK-47

I ran across this picture on one of the facebook groups dedicated to MACVSOG history. Unfortunately the person who posted it offered no details since he had none to give. The AK is suppressed with what looks to be a Scionics suppressor. I have no idea what model. The barrel and front site have been modified to either accept the suppressor or to make it a bit more compact. The claim was made that it was used by SOG recon team members but I have no idea if that’s true. It probably is. SOG teams used and evaluated a crazy amount of weapons. Some useful some not so much. The Gyrojet pistol comes to mind.

3-D Printed AK Receiver

Comrades – Brothers and Sisters of the Soviet Union – Download the World’s First 3D-Printable AKM Receiver Today, in honor of Mikhail Kalashnikov himself.0:4412:05 PM · Dec 23, 2019·Twitter Web App

PSA’s Pre-Bubba’ed AK47

PSA has a great deal for you AK guys. You can even get one custom made to look like bubba had his hands on it for a weekend of mild drinking.

You asked for it, you got it. The Palmetto State Armory Custom Series has taken the best American Made AK-47, the PSAK-47 GF3 and given it a unique Battle Worn Teflon finish to give this legendary rifle a unique appeal.

The PSAK-47 GF3 was designed from the ground up to be the standard in AK-47 rifles, utilizing all new precision manufactured parts. Thoroughly tested in development, we tortured tested to 10,000 rounds to ensure a quality product. Not to be satisfied with just a good AK-47, we kept improving and developed the PSAK-47 Gen3 Hammer Forged (GF3) rifle with a hammer forged bolt, carrier, and front trunnion.

The 4150 barrel is nitride treated for accuracy and durability and is pressed into a new hammer forged front trunnion to ensure the longevity AK-47s are known for.  The hardened steel 1mm receiver features a mil-spec style single hook trigger, and side rail mount. The front trunnion and bolt carrier are engraved with GF3 to designate the GF3 hammer-forged model. The rifle is finished with an enhanced aluminum upper & lower handguard with Picatinny top rail, Magpul Zhukov stock, and Magpul AK-47 polymer grip; Rifle ships with 30 round Magpul magazine (where allowed by law).


PSA Custom Series Battle Worn finish

Gas Nitride 4150 steel treated barrel

Stamped steel receiver

Hammer Forged Front Trunnion

Hammer Forged Bolt

Hammer Forged Carrier

Std. 800-yard rear sight leaf

Enhanced Aluminum M-Lok Upper/Lower Handguard with Picatinny Top Rail

Wow. Amazing. Whats that old chestnut about a certain type of something being born every minute?

Zenitco – Ivan The Bear – IKEA instruction style advert.


Ivan Tactical (Ivan The Bear) posted this up on their Instagram page. It is a little ad for ZenitCo AK accessories. I thought it was pretty cute, well done, and worth sharing.

I saw the file listed under the required tools, and my first thought was that would never fly in the AR15 community. Imagine buying an accessory and being told you will have to fit it to your weapon. People would be livid, you would lose your resale value.

But as I thought about it for a bit, it isn’t that uncommon in a few other cases. LMT puts little tabs on their newer uppers that sometimes have to be filed down to allow it to fit on a lower. The excuse for this is that they want to removed upper to lower slop. Between all the different MP5 models, brands, and years of manufacture, it is considered common to need to file a new stock or brace to fit them to a MP5. Not uncommon to see stocks and accessories for bolt actions to need to be fitted. I guess Space Age guns like the AR15 and Glock have spoiled me. (Little reminder, the Space Age started 52 years ago)

I just noticed the gas tube is rotated 90 degrees in that image.