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To: Jack Black
The forward assist is a much faster and simpler way to accomplish this. I think the Army did well to insist on it and I would be reluctant to buy another AR pattern weapon that lacked it.

I agree with you there... I've got an old Colt CAR-15, and it doesn't have a forward assist. I've never had a problem with the bolt not going into battery, but then I don't fire it that much. Being left handed, wer glasses, and tall, there's not enough stock pull, but worst of all, there's no shell deflector "nub" on the upper, so every ejected shell hits my glasses! I've also got an AR15-A2, and we get along much better.

Mark

25 posted on 12/21/2009 1:16:15 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL
Yeah, mine lacks the shell deflector too, and my left friend shot it and hated it for that same reason. I'd be reluctant to keep a weapon that was so illsuited for me. I sell the ones that don't work right. The DPMS is only staying in the arsenal because it is so damned accurate. Despite the (supposed) disadvantage of being a semi-auto it is as accurate as any of my bolt guns (well except for Princess, of course).
26 posted on 12/21/2009 1:19:43 PM PST by Jack Black
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