So I get this in my comms this morning. I thought it needed a thread of its own -
"Bro- after touting the AK for five years, some people, not the creme de la creme, but certainly past ,future, and potential OST/TSD customers are expressing doubt on the veracity of SI, in general. This is what I'm hearing from the whisper stream."
Well it seems the internet is filled with those who skipped school when they taugh reading. Anyone who wishes to do a search here, and on the blog can trace the development.
First, we tried improving the existing rifle by using the various "popular custom makers". That proved fruitless as they could not seem to make an accurate rifle even with new parts! Sure it was reliable, but that is only part of what is needed from a rifle. I wanted it to be accurate. One guy even "lost" my brand new unfired barrel and pristine polish kit and sent back a rifle built on a Romy kit with an off center barrel!! That was the last straw.
I suppose if I had shrugged and said, "Oh well...its an AK...what can you expect, those booger eating/ass picking morons would not question my credibility, taking the same low achievement view of life as they do. But the praise of lesser men is not my goal in life.
Next we tried to convert the Saiga rifles. The same rifle brand that Arsenal and Fuller, and Krebs was using for their uber-costly rifles. We even hired an AK smith to "build them". The problem was that the Russians don't seem to give an airborne dog f*ck about quality. I suppose they have been communist for so long that the work ethic is less than an inner city liberal union worker.
Rarely did we keep all the rifles we were sent. Most had to be sent back due to canted sights, front and rear, off center barrels, bent receivers, and a myriad of other problems. In fact, we began to experience a shortage of rifles because we could not get good raw material. If "those other guys" say that their rifles are fine, they either have such good luck that they should be spending their time in Vegas, or they are lying about the quality of their expensive rifles.
Then we found the VEPRs. Nice rifles, and good raw material. The problem was that VEPR kept changing the design. How can anyone go build 500 stock units...or handguards...or anything else, when next week, the dimensions of the rifle may change. And then of course was the incessant need to de-sissify the rifles yet keep it 922(r) complaint. A completed VEPR took many hours of work, many parts, and in the end....if we were going to make any money from it (something which those commie ass scratchers seem to be so against) we had to charge a premium. Those rifles and the ones before were great rifles, but far too much work and cost.
When we found the SIG 556R, it was languishing on SIG's shelf. The internet sodomy of the rifle by both the M4 and AK industry movers was complete. Before July 27, 2012 SIG had sold perhaps a thousand of the "new generation rifles", and they sat on the dealers shelves as the "Larry cableguy" types would pass it by saying, "I hurd they wasn't as reliable as tha AyKays".
After we penned the article about the 556R in July....between that day and now, SIG556R sales have risen to almost 4000 since July.
The SIG is a far better rifle - more accurate, more reliable, newer, cleaner, and more refined than anything to come out of the shops of the "famous AK makers", of whom I owned several rifles and whom I knew before they ever got into the AK market. The SIG556Rs will never have bent barrels, crooked sights, inadvertant full auto triggers, or anything of the sort.
That is why I closed the door on the eastern bloc AKs and moved toward other platforms....because I got sick and tired of compromising and thinking up excuses for myself why my rifle could not do what I wanted it to do.
Currently we have been working with the following rifles and I find them all exceptional and high quality weapons suitable for anyone with an interest for riflery -
FN SCAR (16....we have a 17 coming)
All of them DO WHAT I WANT A RIFLE TO BE ABLE TO DO without excuses, drama, extensive reworking, or anything else.
So if the booger-eating, ass picking, crap-for-brains morons don't like me because MY standards have surpassed theirs, they can also not like me because I upcraded my phone to a new Samsung Galaxy, upgraded my car to an Audi Q7, upgraded my watch to a Rolex submariner, upgraded my gym membership, the seating on my last flight, and do on and so on. I want the best, I seek the best, and I will have the motherfreaking best. Anyone that wants likewise can come along with us....anyone that does not can f*** off.