My two puppies, Bulgarian/Arsenal SLR-107F; US/Springfield Armory M1A-SS (18" barrel).
I have a TWS rail for the AK, just not here with me ATM to put on it... Not really in a hurry though, I love the irons on it... Didn't like the idea of a forward mounted scope on the M1A either, but I have grown to like it. I don't think I'll be changing these pups up too much anytime soon...
AK mags are circle 10's, 4x30 rounders, and one 40rd... also a crappy US made 5 rounder that I actually made not function as a proper mag but now offers bolt-hold capabilities (accidental genius)
Also the scope I got for free from a friend of mine, not too sure on its pricing or anything. It's a 3-9x zoom, the eye relief is about 12-15" which works out great for being forward mounted ("scout style") so you still have plenty of perifrial vision and you can easily scope in a target with both eyes open (less strain that peeping down a closer mounted scope with one eye closed). At first I wasn't too fond of it, now that I've used it a bit, I think it has more benefits (at least for my M1A) over the standard over-action mount. You can still easily load ammo by hand or stripper clips right into the magazine if needed this way, not to mention cleaning and maintenance is a bit easier... Now I'm just looking at buying a decent handgun, and possibly may go for an AR-15 for some kicks... But that's down the road...
I managed to get some new groups shot at the range last weekend. I was testing this beauty:
Funny thing that brake. When I shot from standing the recoil, despite the fact that it is still .308, was reduced to what I would describe as vibration. Gun doesn't really come back nor does the muzzle go up. Infact the muzzle drops down on each shot. From what I gathered in quick runs I think if I shoot a in the top of the A on old IPSC silhoutte the sights will end up just below the A in the recoil at 100m distance. Bit unreal really.
This is how much filth there is in the mechanism after 100 rounds. There was nothing on the carrier:
I shot two 10-round groups. I still pulled three rounds from the 20 but the groups were 1.35 MOA by average. Without the three fliers the groups would have averaged 0.9 MOA. And I still feel it is me who is underperfoming. I feel there is lot in the rifle that I just need to get out of it.