|Originally Posted By vugger:
Unfortunately, LWRCi is referred to on many forums as being "heavy" or "not balanced" for all of the wrong reasons. Many individuals often refer to the "piston system", stating it causes the entire rifle to be heavy and out of balance. This is simply not true.
Why are they slightly heavier?
The reason that an LWRC rifle is a little more front heavy is because of the barrel profile. Nothing else. They use a heavier barrel profile because they want durability during sustained fire. Go to You Tube and watch the video of them running mag after mag through one of their uppers. Try and do that with a government profile barrel.
Personally, I prefer a slightly heavier barrel profile, as it allows for a more rigid barrel, which is said to improve accuracy and does not heat up as fast during sustained fire. Also, balance can be fairly subjective, as my rifles with heavier barrel profiles "feel" more balanced to me than a government profiled rifle.
It seems like almost every post I see from Wulfman, he is discussing how heavy and out of balanced LWRC is and how well balanced his PWS rifle is. My personal opinion is comparing LWRC to PWS is not really a fair comparison. Mentioned above is the ACB, coatings, etc... but where LWRC really shines is their barrels. They are some of the best in the business.
And for those that do not wish to have a heavier profiled barrel... LWRC released the M6-SL model. My guess is this upper has the balancing "feel" that many are looking for.
You say that as if I have no experience with LWRC rifles but I do and think they are great.
As for the heavier profile barrels well I hate to break it to you but PWS uses the heavier profile barrels not the thin ones.
The balance reason is simple:
Put the mechanism up over the gas block and the extra weight offsets the balance toward the muzzle (LWRC)
Put the mechanism over the BCG and the weight remains neutral. (PWS)
This is a design issue not a manufacturing issue and I think the Mercedes comparison for LWRC is spot on.
They are beautifully made guns and one day I will buy one for that reason alone. Of course they shoot like a Benz drives.
This does not have to be one good one bad. They are both good but have some different attributes.
Everybody should own one of each!!