- Feb 4, 2012
I owned an ACOG. I won't knock the optics - they were quite good, and BAC did work. I will however say it wasn't worth that cost, to me. But again, the AR15 just didn't do it for me. No modern rifle, really does. The most modern rifle I'm likely to own is an HK91/PTR91 or an FAL. I'm far more likely to put my money into owning a Lee Enfield 1917, Arisaka, Springfield trapdoor, Spencer carbine or something like that.
But I'm also the person who watches people train with their AR15s to move and shoot and whatnot and laugh at them - people who "train like the military." I have a friend who went to Nepal and Thailand a couple years ago. While in Thailand with a medical team, they were being escorted by an off duty cop who checked out an MP5 and a Glock of some form (17 or 19, I forget which.) from the armory. They WERE shot at a couple of times, and my friend (who knows enough about guns to become a gunsmith...) was handed the Glock. IIRC, he said there was a point where he was in cover behind a rock, returning fire. His reaction when he was back in the US was "people who think they're ready for the worst really don't have any clue whatsoever."
My least favorite part of any gun community is the people who buy AR15/10s or AK47/74s, go tacticool and then want to open carry the gun around. In other words, AR15.com is my least favorite part of the gun community. I truly wish AR15s would lose their popularity (and all the other modern offerings - AK47s, SCARs, Tavors) - I have a strong suspicion that if that would happen, the current push we see for gun control would be greatly diminished.
I'm right there with you. The whole tacticool fad is pretty bad in the gun world...
I can't help but laugh on how stupid some of the "training" looks...I can't remember what it's called but I call it the "tyrannosaurus uses a pistol" pose they go to after they are done with shooting.