GarryB wrote:The AK-12 has a removable non permanent Iron sight, it is mounted on a rail.
Well I would count that as a fault for a standard infantry rifle... it is just something they can lose... and why would you ever take it off?
For a special forces rifle that can be adapted to different calibres being able to change the iron sights could be useful for different calibres.
It's not only the getting lost part, it's also getting loose. The moment that rifle starts losing zero because people will take the sight on and off for thorough cleaning, wear and stupidity will play a role.
I understand you like the AK-12 for some reason, but you have to face it, the rifle is a hot mess and they need to get their act together,
I like it because it took the AK-74... which I also like by the way, and they went through all the problems and issues... real and otherwise, and addressed pretty much all of them and even added a few interesting extras like the ability to fire NATO standard rifle grenades.
I'm not sure once again that I would agree, they disavowed the 74 stampings and went for a new thermo-formation like the AEK. This gives you the typical stampings that you can compare with the old AEK. They even went as far as to have a rear slot instead of an integral sheet for the receiver, and then they went back and used an integral sheet.
From the first point. They were so "retarded", that they picked up a different process for the first variant, then changed the process for the second variant, went back to classic stampings for the intermediate rifle and then fast forward with the thermo process for the last rifle.
Like crazy man.
It is the T-90AM of tanks, the Su-35S of Flankers... what is not to like...
The AEK seems rather different but for no obvious advantage other than it is different.
I'd say that it offers AK tractor tough process without needing to get worried about the BARS mechanism. It's a though piece done so there's no risk of detail breaks.
The main advantage it brings is a balanced recoil mechanism and that is only really important in full auto fire... which in my opinion should only be used at short range and at fleeting targets... where precision and tight groups make no sense... a spray improves hit probability.
The Bars allows you to have no worries going from single to full auto, the gun will behave very similarly and you'll have a linear kick from the rifle, if you'd need to get all funny on a pinch.
If a balanced recoil mechanism was so critical then basing the AK12 on the AK-107 instead of the AK-74M is the obvious solution.
Because the AL-7 BARS is less interesting, has more moving parts and more complexity than the AO-38. Simply put, the AK-BARS is the body of evidence that CK hasn't moved a cm from their rifle is fine mentality.
However as I said, all this is nothing if the AK-12 shoots fine and reliably for the strelok, so far it was that aspect that the AK-12 tried to play catch up.