I tried half a mag in it. It was simply fantastic. It was the first time I fired an M16.
After this, a dealer who had become a friend almost instantly insisted that I try out an Daewoo 5.56 mm rifle and an Israeli 9 mm pistol, a clone of the Tanfoglio. Both weapons felt good, well-balanced and had easy to reach controls.
Could you give us your impressions of the Daewoo compared to the M16. The Daewoo assault rifle has always intrigued me.
They have some interesting pistols too.
This was years ago but I will still try and recollect because some of the impressions are still fresh.
To start with, all the weapons were factory fresh, hence the actions were tight. Yet, the M16 Sporter had a fantastic trigger, crisp, almost tuned and broke smoothly. In comparison, the Daewoo had a tighter trigger and took almost 8 to 10 lbs to break. There was no way to measure it. This is just my guesswork.
This was the rifle
From Here : http://www.imfdb.org/images/thumb/9/9b/ ... woo-K2.jpg
The fit and finish was fine, if not excellent, but somehow couldn't match the M16 Sporter which was supposed to be a rifle built with a purpose. The Daewoo on the other hand was a standard rifle meant for general issue. What intrigued me was the Daewoo's weight and dimension. It was certainly not as light as I had expected it to be from the looks. The receiver was slightly bigger in overall dimension than the Colt's. One thing I remember distinctly and this is it no matter how hard I tried I could not rest my cheek comfortably at a certain angle and align my eye along the sights. I had to raise my head a bit to shoot comfortably. Interestingly, I had never faced this with the FN FAL which I had fired so many times before. The home made FALs appeared more shooter friendly than this Daewoo. Otherwise it was a fine rifle, sturdy and reliably, apparently.
The M16 Sporter was a dream. It was muzzle heavy, just a little, and it helped in realigning during fast successive shots. I double tapped it twice and the feeling was great. The trigger broke like glass, something you don't expect from a rifle right out of the factory. (On second thoughts after all these years, probably it was not) The empties ejected smoothly and landed almost exactly at the same spot every time. (Ejection and cycle in the Daewoo was smooth too so no minus points here but its muzzle jumped more)
Frankly speaking, since I was not going to buy anything and the ammo was free I was in no mood to ask for more ammo. These people were so friendly and polite that I simply did not feel like bothering them any more. All the ammo were imported, they said, and hence couldn't have been cheap. I was still the same Indian, you see
The pistol I fired was probably a standard Jericho 9mm but it bore an IMI marking if I remember correctly. Probably something to do with licencing / import issues. This was it
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This was the best 9 mm pistol I had fired till 2001. The action was smooth as butter and it shot like a dream. The trigger was tight though and would need a lot of shooting to break in, just like the rifles. But what impressed me the most was the pistol's almost-natural ability to recover and get ready for the next shot. I guess the design of the slide, which runs snugly inside the frame and not outside like most pistols, has got a lot to do with the pistol's ability to handle so well. Frankly, it was the pistol that shot two-inch groups at 20 mts. I simply held it right, aligned the sights and let off the shots. This is one fine handgun.
Well, this is becoming quite exhaustive. Will wait for your comments XL. You have spent a lot more time with these guns.