Originally Posted By 57x28mm:
This is probably a dumb question, but does anyone know when these upgrades start shipping out?
Just asking because I have had an MK114 upper on order since mid-November, with an estimated ship-date of sometime this May, and am wondering if I will get the old version or the new version...
Also, second question, will the old PWS BCG still fit into this upgraded version? I got a used "back-up" BCG a few months ago, and hope it will still work if I happen to get the "new" version of the MK114.
I dropped by the booth at SHOT and checked out the new rifles - they are awesome, and the new rail actually makes them lighter - I think about 5 ounces. I have one of the old style MK114's, but I will be buying one of the new ones as soon as I can. Two is one and one is none, right? I told my wife that it would be 'her' rifle :) My only curiosity is if Keymod will take over or if it will just be a fad. It's so new that it's hard to speculate. VLTOR's release of the tech package definitely improves the chances of it becoming widespread. Regardless, I like the new rail, even if it loses some of the charm of the old one. I like the added length, the comfort of the smooth surfaces, and the reduced weight. Overall, I am really impressed how PWS took what I considered to be a near perfect rifle, and found ways to make it better.
The rep I spoke with said that the new style rifles would be shipping shortly after SHOT - they were building out the last of the old ones as we spoke. On Facebook today, PWS had a link to a dealer with four of the new updated .223 rifles (MK116's), so it looks like those are shipping right now.
I don't know about the BCG, but I would be willing to bet you could retrofit the new piston to the old BCG if necessary (this is my opinion, not gospel).