Everyone, within the firearms community, has a platform that first brought them into said community. The Kalashnikov platform held it for me early on. It was entirely based on an unmatched simplicity and a higher reliability than other rifle platforms available on our market. Of course, there is no such thing as the perfect machine, but the AK and its derivatives come very close. With the endeavors of American companies, followed up by the pursuits of the Russians, the Kalashnikov platform can be made as modular as any AR-15. Spetsnaz rifles started showing up with Texas Weapon Systems Dog-Leg top covers, EoTechs and UTG forward rail-integrated systems (RISs). All before the days of ZenitCo. But, they learned from what they moved out of the U.S.
I have always had a special interest in the proceedings of small arms contracts within the U.S. Armed Forces. I’ve never served in the Armed Forces, but with the dream of becoming a firearms designer and manufacturer; it is extremely important to me to take into account what is happening in current conflicts to adjust to what is needed.
It should go without saying that the following thoughts are of civilian nature and is complete chairborne speculation.