posted on Oct, 13 2014 @ 03:03 PM
I'm gathering parts right now for a number 4 enfield build. They are neat firearms but 303 ammunition is really the issue I'd bet. It's getting
Which is why I've also bought several partial p14 and p17 enfields which I'm working to build up in a few different calibers including 303 Russian
heh bonus points if you figure out the round I'm talking about.
I'll also be experimenting with much heavier rounds using a pair of p17 (I figure I may break one working out the round I'm wanting to revive and
modernize). Simply put I'm not certain GDLS and their light weight 338 mg are anywhere close to ideal. Plus.... frankly their gun is laughable. An
American engineer designed and built a 338 lapua precision semiautomatic rifle which is much lighter, handles recoil especially from single shots as
good or better, and is much more compact with a massively lower parts count.
It would actually make an ideal DMR AMR or SPR for the rangers.
For a general issue rifle though I fear the rangers are very much stuck with a semiautomatic rifle. Truthfully a good Arctic ready bolt action would
cost the Canadian people 4 to 6 thousand dollars U.S. EACH without optics accessories or spare parts!
Also, even a couple thousand rifles and a minimal spare parts inventory could take 2 to 5 YEARS to fill!
whereas in quantity there are several Arctic capable rifles that could be bought off the shelf or produced by diemaco with little delay.
Personally my choice would be contacting the Finnish government and Valmet to get their specifications for the NATO 308 RPK pattern rifle they made as
well as technical data on the rk95 rifle the Finns still use today. A deal would easily come together where the Canadian government and diemaco
manufacture their ranger rifle AND new build upgraded rk95 rifles for the Finn military. which is limited to existing stocks currently because the
last commercial production line for them shut down so long ago that the Finnish government already had to pay IMI (now IWI who make the galil, which
the Finn's covertly assisted development of) to build a run of new rk series rifles and spares. However that batch is rapidly reaching end of life.
At this point the Finnish government would face severe blow back from another deal with IWI. It really could have been a match made in heaven.
If such a program were to occur the optimum solution would be to start with the data from the 308 valmet / saco rpk and the 308 galil ARM.
I WOULD NOT, however, keep the abysmal 308 round! I mean an 18 inch barrel rechambered ar15 can pretty seriously outperform the m80 round beyond 300
yards (right around 270 meters in civilized units of measure lol) all the way out to a klick and change! And that's without loads that require a
super bolt and fit in a stanag magazine. That's using the 6.5 Grendel round of course. Now load a similar vld projectile into the longer envelope
available in a 7.62 NATO size envelope.... really anything between 6.5 and 7mm bullet diameter could work plenty well.... Anyone who tries to say 6.5
is too small is unaware that the 6.5x55 Swedish round is to this day loved by hunters whose game of choice are the size of a subcompact car!! I lean
towards doing some testing to find the optimal point where several main factors converge. The factors are flat trajectory (specifically mean point
blank range), energy retention (for both terminal effect and ability to buck wind), barrel and other part lifetime (high energy high mv rounds tend to
be hard on barrels and operating parts especially when it comes to throat erosion and extreme cold only exacerbates any weak or poorly designed
components' failure rates), and acceptable recoil impulse levels. It should be noted that when diemaco and the Canadian military modified the m16
they made several changes including to the barrel steel, chamber design, and rifling which combined to drastically increase barrel life over American
mil spec barrels. (Yes my personal rifles have these barrels and it's not hype! They are extremely precise AND accurate!! Actually my rifles are set
up almost identically to the c7 rifle with 6 position stock and 20 inch barrel)
Once you have your ideal round selected and optimized for 18 to 22 inch barrels there's a short list of changes to the base galil/rk95 which will
greatly increase functionality and utility to the rangers. First we're going to alter the weapon so that current issue Russian fcg components stocks
small springs pins etc and possibly pistol grips can be used. However the rifle will come with a tunable 2 stage trigger in a semiautomatic only
configuration most of the time. However a select fire group should be available which uses a 3 setting selector with safe burst semi settings (this
mimics Russian military selector positions with safe being top position burst in center and semi on bottom. Russian army training was to sweep your
bladed hand from safe to bottom setting which was single shot. The reason for this is based in the science of human adrenal response causing
deterioration of fine motor skills essentially locking full auto setting when user is panicky!)
Now this will be controversial but I have impeccable reasoning behind this piece of my