There's a big difference between an AI rifle and an AICS stock mounted to a Remington based rifle. As far as a real AI goes, no mods necessary. The only work of any substance I've done is some barrel mods - fluting, threading to accept devices, and supplying thread protectors. In my opinion, it truly is as close to perfect right out of the box as could be. The thumbhole stock, although unconventional, allows the chassis to do what it's designed to do - support, harmonic regulation, consistency, and strength. The receiver is permanently mounted to the chassis. You can't get anywhere near the stability with a Remington based system. It doesn't matter what you bed in (we use titanium and steel reinforced compounds), pillars or not, there are vertain features in a Remington that contribute to it's weakness in comparison to AIs. Look at the receiver mass in relation to port size. Doesn't take much to see that the AI is obviously a more rigid receiver. The separate recoil lug, coupled with a threaded barrel shank less than half the length of that found on an AI also indicate areas where stress, vibration, and simply the weight the receiver must support affect accuracy potential.
Simply put, Everyone can't have an AI. They cost a lot, and there aren't enough to go around. But if you're fortunate enough to get a chance at one, and it doesn't require the sale of a child, get it. Nothing else compares.
I have hanging in the shop a memento from my days of shooting with Malcolm Cooper - it's a turning from 10th Group SF(A) Sotic. Malcolm and I were invited to a shoot at FT. Carson where we ...well, we demonstrated "potential" shortcomings in the M24 SWS. Malcolm fired several sub 6" 10 shot groups in a mild breeze at 1000, after which we were reprimanded by the range officer for shooting prairie dogs in the impact area beyond the 1000 yard butts.
The turning reads "In appreciation for "demonstrating
" the capabilities of the Accuracy International Sniper Weapons System". I suppose that's about all the compliment they could muster after being soundly thrashed by a couple of civilians.
I had the priviledege of shooting with Malcolm at numerous competitions and demonstrations both here and in the UK. At one match at Bisley, other competitors gathered around Malcolm, who was a real celebrity in UK shooting circles, trying to apply pressure to get AI to make rifles that were civilian legal in the UK (AI sniper rifles are not). It struck me as very telling, that guys who could have literally anything
but an AI, only wanted an AI. Wonder why?
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