Quote Originally Posted by Captain Kirk! View Post
I know some will disagree, but that's why I don't have a AR. IMO, a rifle the needs a forward assist is unreliable.
The AR series was not originally designed with one, it was added at the Armys request.

There is also a thumb groove on the bolt carrier group that does the same thing, and one benefit of the fa is it allows one to quietly charge the gun by riding the charging handle forward, and then locking the bolt into battery with the fa.

In most other military designs, the charging handle also serves as the forward assist.