Great question. The $1700 price tag of the M1A Scout has kept me from biting. I would like to know if there is a more affordable, and reliable, alternative.
The issue with the M1A is the scope mount. You have to do too much to get it right IMHO. And a rack grade M1A won't do much more than a rack grade FAL.
G3's problem is the trigger.
AR-10 is OK, but then we get into the same issues as the M4. You gotta keep it clean and maintained or else.
6.8? For those with lots of resources sure but until a militarty adopts it, there is surplus ammo available, and you can buy it at Walmart, its as interesting as the 7.5 Swiss to me.
Saiga is nice but will need work to keep up in the accuarcy realm. Then there are the magazines.
PSL is a good one but again...will need work out of the box and there is a lack of match ammo.
The FAL is not perfect either. It is not as accurate as the AR-10, but it can get dirtier than the AR-10 or M1A.
We could mince pepper flakes and fly poop about accuracy, but how much do you need. If I can hit a man in the chest at 600 yards....over and over and over, what more do you need? Will things get better if the other rifles will fire a 10" group instead of your 12" group....or even a 14" group?
None of them is a perfect beast, but unless we want to move back to bolt guns, I think its the best bet.
Pricy? Yes it is, however Springfield Arms delivers one hell of a proven product. It might sound odd, but I don't mind too much shelling out a reasonably greater amount for quality and reliability....not just the name.:thumb: 'Hope this makes some kind of sense.Great question. The $1700 price tag of the M1A Scout has kept me from biting. I would like to know if there is a more affordable, and reliable, alternative.
I would go with an FAL and never look back. Then sometime down the road you could always trade it in and upgrade to an M1A. That's just my personal preference but another thing to consider is magazine cost and how many you want.
I think I like the carbine better then the full version, and the carbine cost a little bit more.FAL from J&G for $699
With all due respect, Kevin, I think you're looking in the wrong place.I think I like the carbine better then the full version, and the carbine cost a little bit more.
So the difference between a Cetme and the FN, is one weapon works, the other may not. Or one might fall apart while the other stays together.