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I know this is a little off topic in a sniper forum (remember, assault rifles are important to snipers also), but I wanted to get everyone's thought's about what you consider important in an assault rifle. Please arrange the following characteristics in the order in which you feel is most important (from greatest to least):

Reliability
Accuracy
Efectiveness of cartridge
Lightweight
Modularity
Ergonomics
Compact size
Effective Range

Feel free to explain why you believe certain characteristics are more important than others.
 

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well id say reliabiltiy and effectiveness of the caliber are the msot important... if the gun jams or doesnt effectively stop someone your in trouble
reliabiltiy being most important cause your not at the range in combat your in the mud, snow whatever it might be and your weapon wont be as clean...
ergonomics also importnat
lightweight is always nice to have, compactness is good for close qtr
accuracy and effective range arnt so much of an issue with today's selection they are gneerally accurate enoguht o hit human sized targets out to 100-200y without much effort... most of them have an effective range that falls into the 300-600m

reliabiltiy
effectiveness of round
ergonomics
lightweight
compactness
modularity
effective range
accuracy
 

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westy:

I'm gonna assume you are refering to an assault rifle that a sniper might carry with him for backup? In case his location becomes compromised or he is overrun? If I am way off here let me know, but under the above mentioned senario, this would be my line of thought.

1. Reliability- I don't care what weapon, scenario, or anything. I want my weapon to be as bulletproof as possible! I dont want it to fail ever! This has to be my number one concern, because Accuracy, Effectiveness of cartridge, Lightweight, Modularity, Ergonomics ,Compact size and Effective Range all go out the window when your weapon fails. I believe modularity kinda goes along with reliability because it seems to me that the simply designed things tend to be the most reliable.

2. Effectiveness fo cartridge- This is a close one with several others, but no matter what, if your gun works, but it fails to stop your target, then i guess nothing else matters now does it? (although I do believe even a cartridge like .223 would be a sufficient caliber.)

3. Weight, Ergonomics and Size- These all tend to be secondary factors for me. I would agree that having a small, light, and comfortable weapon would be great, but these things are not on the top of my list. If achievable then they are obviously very desirable, but again not priorities.

4. Accuracy and Effective Range- It is difficult for me to place these lowest on my list (lord knows how much I HATE to miss). But it seems to me that in this day in age, any decent assault rifle, has acceptable accuracy to engage a target at ranges inside 300yds. Especially for a sniper, I can't see why a sniper would engage a target outside this range or even anything farther that 200yds. with an assault rifle. Most assault rifles have acceptable accuracy for a backup weapon and are most likely more than effective at such close ranges.
 
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