I know I'm support, but hope to move over to Combat Arms, maybe when I get out of OCS. I know I didn't fire that many shots, but man, it was problem after problem with that rifle. I shoot enough to be at least comfortable with a rifle. In 240 rounds (plus zeroing) I figured out how much pressure to put on my magazine to get the first round to feed (too little pressure and the bolt rode over the round), but limit initial double feeds when I sent the carrier forward.
I'm sure my DS would have been pissed knowing how many times I locked and loaded the rifle waiting on the range. I also don't like the safety position, I know that the Americans have a different philosophy to the safety than the Soviets did, but it's hard to switch it as a lefty. I wish it was ambidextrous.
AKs have them. Its called the charging handle. Push forward on it, same thing.
That's the point, I've never had to push that forward on an AK, but I had to tap it a number of times on that M16. My rifle was never zeroed properly, due to shortage of ammo and cross lane shooting, but I managed to adjust fire for the >200 meter targets that I consistently hit 34-35's, but just couldn't manage a 36.
I was lucky on the first time to the range in that the Lt. spotted me and told me my rounds were 6 inches low at 250 and 300. I had the firing order memorized and knew I was lining up the shots well so I was pretty comfortable that the rifle was zeroed a bit low. I adjusted and then consistently was hitting targets, but it was always an issue that caused me to miss a target or two fixing. I just became frustrated that everytime I shot there was a problem, be it double feed, stuck round that cause on the locking chamber (Star Chamber), or it just didn't grab the round and the bolt closed empty.
Well, bed time. I have to be up at Ostupidthirty for a run 3 hours later.