I think that if they would just put in the money to upgrade the parts that are giving them the issues, and start issuing out AR10's to the guys in Afghanistan, then that might help things.
Perhaps they will upgrade more parts in the next iteration of the same rifle? Maybe even make it piston driven?
Before the AR fanboys show up and I hope they do, let me say, the M4 as a civilian is a pretty good gun, especially something like the M&P Sport for $550. It has a lot of cool technology and I think it's a good value. The fact that ARs have become so ubiquitous is a good thing, I'm glad they are flying off the shelves and now everyone and their brother has an AR. But...there are much better designs out there. I always find it so strange how much disdain most of have for the government but when we buy guns we try to emulate what they do, when we have far more choices that those who are in government service. (Both military for rifles and LE for pistols)
Also, yes, much of what's in the story are old tests and comments from individuals, but Gen Scales comments I found to have weight to them.
So not only am I not a cop basher, I'm not an AR basher, it's just there are much much better designs out there for both military and civilians.
Oh wow, mute the woman's voice in the intro and outro in the video!