I am wondering if a gas piston conversion is a good route to go or if it is a waste of money. I anyone has any thoughts or experience with them please post.
The XM8 melted. Also it looks like a fish. Pic related!I think it's an excellent idea, and am excited to see how it plays out in active military service around the globe, such as the Norwegian military having adopted the H&K 416 and 417.
Here's a video regarding various comparisons tests with the M4, XM8, FN SCAR, HK 416, etc...
The stoppage #'s were...
127 XM8 (suspended)
226 FN SCAR
233 H&K 416
882 M4 (current issue)
I'm not as enthusiastic about a direct gas impingement in the AR in the first place, although I spend most of my time firing one. Ironic.
Considering that when I need my weapons most, they will be absolutely filthy, regardless of how hard I try to keep them clean. That is MY reality, but not everybody elses, especially people such as practical rifle competitors.
Anyways, here's a read on one of the conversions on Defense Review..
This has been my experience.. my rifle has never had a non magazine related malfunction either.Run the AR gas system for 3-5,000 rounds before cleaning. if it gets real dirty, it'll push the grime out. Just keep the carrier lubed, and feed it quality ammo.........no need for a piston.
If keeping it clean is the only reason........see above.
Spend the money on ammo.
My son was in Army boot camp this summer. He was told not to fire his weapon on the 3 rnd burst because that was a sure way to jam it up.
It'd be funny if it weren't so sad.
Would a gas poiston make it better? I can't say for sure. What I do know is that hot, dirty gas running into your receiver is not a recipe for longevity no matter who says it's fine.
That said, I'm betting no one on this board is going to use their rifle with such vigor as to warrant a change.