First the good.
It’s a shooter! The thing simply shoots great groups with factory ammo. I put Federal XM193 5.56, PMC Bronze .223, and cheap Russian Tula down the pipe and it all grouped well within an inch. Recoil was very light and the rifle felt “right”. It handled well and it was well balanced. The JP trigger breaks cleanly but is much heavier than I expected but probably just needs an adjustment.
Now the bad.
The gun runs very poorly. It had several fail to feeds per magazine at best. The Tula wouldn’t cycle a second round at all and had several failures to extract. Even the good ammo ran extremely bad. It also wouldn’t lock the bolt back after the last round and I tried both of the magazine it came with as well as a Pmag. The more “warmed up” the gun got the worse it performed. I had one double feed that I had to lock the bolt back and strip the mag to clear. The ironic thing is that after I cleared that it cycled properly for a handful of rounds. I just can’t believe how poorly this gun runs.
Hopefully there won’t be an ugly and DPMS will just trade me out for a working rifle that has all of the parts on it that I expected. I know with anything manufactured there are going to be occasional lemons and this rifle is in high demand which probably exacerbated the quality control issues, but I really hope I didn’t make a mistake buying a DPMS. Fingers crossed they make this right.
Just an update on the discrepancy with the rifle’s configuration. DPMS said it doesn’t come with the Tac latch or the ambi safety. When I mentioned that the reviews that I had seen (like Bikedoctor’s review) and the Frontsight article mention it coming with those features DPMS said those rifles must have been special ordered that way.
Anyway, I shipped it back to them today so hopefully I’ll have a functioning rifle soon. I’ll keep you all posted.
I spoke with DPMS today and thought I’d give you guys an update. I spoke with Amber and Mike who informed me of the status of my 3G1 and told me about all of the testing they did with it as well as what steps they took to remedy the issues I was having with it. Both were super nice to deal with and took the time to answer all of my questions and concerns. I did ask Mike why there was no TAC latch on my charging handle and he let me know that there where lots of complaints about them because they stick out and can catch on things so they stopped outfitting the 3G1 with them. I asked him if I could pay for one and have them put one on while they had it since I need the larger changing handle because my TR24 makes it difficult to charge. He said he would put it on at no charge for the trouble of having to send in my rifle. Thanks, Mike! So I assume it’ll ship out soon and I hope to have it next week. If it runs as good as DPMS’ customer service it should be great rifle. Fingers crossed.