Posted: 1/3/2003 3:00:28 PM EDT
I don't see the point. For the price that most are asking you can buy an M1A(M14) for the same price and its more reliable.
I also hear that it eliminates the use of the foward assist. Is this true?
Repeatability. Once you float an AR-10, you don't have to mess with it. Even with a unitized gas system, the M-1A/M-14 will eventually lose its accuracy, and need to be re-bedded.
Also, parts commonality and personal preference. The M-1A/M-14 system is definitely for right handers, even though I have one and shoot lefty. A pistol grip does have an effect on being able to get a good stock weld.
Some people just like them better.