This month's Q&A is nearly 2 hours long and broken up into three parts.
Here's part 1.
Karl, on your WWSD rifle, why did you go with a 14.5" barrel with a pinned and welded flash hider instead of a 16" barrel? I feel the 14.5" really limits the project by not being able to test various muzzle devices.
Would you consider running a 4x ACOG with ACSS on your WWSD rifle?
If you could have an AR (10 or 15) in any caliber, what would it be?
What are your thoughts on the traditional gas system ARs vs piston adaptations (like the HK 416)?
In regards to piston ARs, why haven't design such as the Taiwanese T-86 and T-91 (Wolf A1 in the US) proliferated in the world as much as the HK416 and its derivatives? It seems like a solid system that's been around for years.
Why is it safe-auto-semi on an AK selector lever?
How did the French adapt to a lack of a manual safety in their service rifle for tasks such as ambushes/urban warfare?
What are your opinions on modern striker-fired (aside from bolt-action) rifles? It seems to be a rare design with the only iterations I'm aware of being the Czech Vz 58, Japanese Type 64, the Russian AS and VSS, and most recently the QBZ-95. Why do you think this is an uncommon design for rifles when it's so prolific in the pistol world?
It seems that the most recent assault rifles currently being produced or that are under development (e.g. SCAR, CZ 805/6. FB MSBS, etc) are all based on the AR-18 design and have been for some time. Why do you think this is the case and do you think that there are other historic rifles that are ripe for future designs to be based on as well?
In the early years of the smokeless repeating rifle era, do know of any attempts to develop a pump action service rifle? If not, why do you think this wasn't pursued, and what problems they would have encountered? It seems like a magazine fed, pump action would have been attempted.
Short version: Why did "rifle revolvers" never become a thing during the relatively lengthy time period between auto-indexing pistol revolvers and multi-shot, magazine-fed rifles?
Why is a blowback submachine gun in 9mm Luger considered safe but blowback handguns in 9mm Luger are typically deemed unsafe and not a good idea?
Why do all modern double-stack pistols use single-feed magazines, even though double-feed magazines are more reliable (I'm looking at you, Ian's Glock mags) and easier to feed?
If I were to send you back in time with all the technical drawings and knowledge you wanted, how far back could you possibly go and still construct a functioning assault rifle? How far back could one go and manufacture many of them?
To Karl and Ian, a Wild West question. I've heard stories about how in the late 19th and early 20th centuries the American West was considered by many European Elites to be as worthy a location for going 'on Safari' as deepest darkest Africa (We see a glimpse of this in the 1994 film Maverick with a Russian Grand Duke). What are your thoughts on this and why do you think we haven't heard more about it? Why not 'Cowboys and Adventurers?'
We've seen the images of the men, the cowgirls along with the weapons that they used; what did the salon girls and other women use, and how did they carry?
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