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I’ve shot the B16 and liked it. I chose the B18 because I got wide shoulders and there’s something about me liking being able to actually see the muzzle, even just the tip, in my forward or peripheral vision when I’m manipulating the weapon.
Even so, with the 18″ barrel (B18 comes with a bayonet lug btw, that really adds a bit of style to the front end of this piece), the gun is *tiny* against the body. Not bad tiny or weak tiny; the bitch is solid and outweighs even some standard rifles– but I just can’t see why I would choose a B16 when I can get two more inches of velocity out of my round for an extremely negligible increase in profile.
This is basically gonna be my light-caliber property/acreage rifle and I’m salivating at the thought of the 5.45 and 9mm drop-in kits. I think if someone was looking to build a real CQB rifle-caliber weapon, then yeah go for the 16. But I’d rather have that extra 100-200 meters effective range available and not need it than need it and not have it.