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originally posted by: NightFlight
Hands down the M1A! Stable platform, quick (enough) action, less felt recoil due to its heavier weight and accuracy. The gas system handles just about all loads and bullet weights.
Ask a Marine who was in the early years of Viet Nam and see what he thought of the M-14. They did not want the change...
You know, America has not won a war since going to the .223/5.56 M-16 platform...
originally posted by: SargonThrall
a reply to: TheBadCabbie
A friend of mine has the RFB and I must say it is beautiful. Quite well balanced as well, and very light (3.5kg roughly). It has a reciprocating charging handle which is annoying, and it doesn't cycle lesser ammunition so well.
M14s are a lot heavier (5kg) and extremely unbalanced (too much weight on the support hand). But they are well designed and reliable. A genuine one will be expensive. The Chinese ones are common here and cost roughly $600.
The Tavor, by the way, is NOT ambidextrous. You can modify it to eject left but it requires time.
Personally I would recommend an SVT-40, which is cheap, invincible, and very accurate with good ammunition. An SKS is another option as they are quite accurate, customizable, and their rounds are more powerful than a 5.56 yet weigh less than a 308. Browning and Benelli also make semi-automatic hunting style rifles which are wonderful.
originally posted by: JaMeDoIt
lugged m 14 too many miles in too much jungle...you know not what you preach...
originally posted by: ignorant_ape
a reply to: TheBadCabbie
from memory - 5.56 = 12gram / round [ loose ] , 7.62 = 23 gram / loose round
as for a battle rifle - i has to say FN/FAL // L1A1 SLR
but i would say that
if i HAD TO pic sometjing else - H&K G3 just for the engineering of the mech.
RFB stands for Rifle, Forward-ejecting Bullpup. Why forward-ejecting? Because it allows the RFB to be the first truly ambidextrous 7.62 NATO Bullpup ever developed. Upon firing, the patented, dual-extractor system pulls the fired case from the chamber and lifts them to push them into an ejection chute above the barrel, where they exit. The Bullpup configuration and tilting-block mechanism allow the 18" model to be only 26.1" long, or as much as 14" shorter in overall length than its competitors with equal barrel lengths. Furthermore, the stock and mechanism cross-section is similar to a conventional rifle, in stark contrast to existing Bullpup rifles. The RFB is also one of the safest Bullpup ever developed because the breech is separated from the shooters face by two layers of 1.6 mm steel. In the highly unlikely event of a case rupture, gas expansion is directed downwards through the magazine well to protect the shooters head and face.