It went well (sort of).
I did the spotter bit and got him into the black and zeroed in 9 rounds which pleased him immensely.
Yet 50 rounds in 10 minutes (which included reloads) went though the barrel shortly thereafter and he was showing all the signs of fatigue towards the end.
It’s blatantly obvious that the stock is 2-3 inches too small for him.
As a consequence the cheek weld was forced, and as a result, he tired FAST.
As for the little rifle?
On the bench it was happily key holing at 25 yards with only a couple of misfeeds.
Both caused by loading problems and not seating the rounds to the back of the mag with the ‘double tap’ of the mag many will know about.
As for his IA when addressing those jams? Mm.
Lets just say I was glad were the only people on the range.
Using Blazer HV, I felt the ammo was a little too hot for the rifle and as a result the recoil was brisk which added to his fatigue by causing him to come out of the aim to address his stance and cheek weld a lot. So I wasn’t surprised he called it a night after that brick was used up, him complaining about shoulder and neck stress. The classic signs of too small a gun for a large frame.
It turns out the range has a cleaning station and as I had taken my kit he could have run a critical eye over his first shoot effects on the rifle. He could have, but didn’t.
On the way home he also didn’t want to clean the little rifle that night, intent on downing his bottle of wine before bed time.
Take a guess why I lost interest fast!
The rifle operated well.
The economy Hawke sight held it’s adjustment nicely.
The ejection sequence was strong slinging the brass some 18 feet.
The magazines weren’t easy to align BUT that may improve with familiarity.
Having said that I’m still not a fan of synthetics.
Despite the moderator, a SAKS, the report was sharp, loud, and in the dim light there was considerable muzzle flash.
There was also flame blow back from the chamber.
As no strip and clean was carried out, I can’t tell the cause about that BUT, with a simple blow back system semi, it’s not unknown. Especially with a hot load.
My gut feeling is too much power though a short barrel.
So if it was me I’d go subsonic for a brick to see if his fatigue, recoil, and ejection stress is reduced. The danger could be the cycling of the action may be poor but there is only one way to find out, TRY IT. (It could be £9 well spent I’m thinking)
That butt length. Something I have already discussed.
Back home I researched butt pads and they are available as are comb raisers to help with cheek weld. Yet I’m not so sure that would improve things a lot. A small weapon in the hands of a bear is still a small weapon. I’m thinking that a change of butt stem is called for more than anything. That would add about £30-50 to the bill. All part of rip off UK.
The desire for a bipod was also an issue.
Using blocks, the ideal height would be 8 inches because of the mag length.
That’s going to add a considerable weight to the plastic fore end.
BUT, changing to a 10 round mag would be my preference thus enabling a more sensible, lighter 4-5 inch bipod. That would suit him better as the ultimate aim for him is to not use the range supplied rests.
Slings. Love them or hate them, and I do love them, there are attachments for one.
That full sized mag would be my concern there so I think I’d go tactical single point rather than the more sensible two point. The rifle is light(ish) but to carry it all day it would tell after time.
Low mounts and a long scope don’t exactly work with a M4 cocking handle.
I found myself checking the eye relief of the scope and he ‘could’ move it forward by a couple of inches thus uncovering that cocking handle. The rail is plenty long enough to accommodate that. The other thought was to fit a QR sight. After all even 4 MOA is only 2 inches at 50 yards or an inch as 25. Plus it would reduce his ‘stress levels’.
And that is it for the range report.
Would I buy one? No.
If one was gifted to me? I’d pass it on.
Nothing bad about the weapon itself but a personal thing more than anything else.
It is a plinker, not going to be good for pest control, no way “covert”, and I suspect the shortness of barrel would make 1 inch accuracy an issue out to 100 yards.
I also don’t like modern synthetics AT ALL now.