Re: Warning! Graphic Hakim Abuse
I'll bet the spent brass was abused. My Hakim, even after a "correct" adjustment of the gas, still throws the brass and dents it up. The brass is not reusable after a pass through the gun. I gave up trying to save brass for reloading for it and just went and bought a bunch of 8mm surplus ammo that is not reloadable. The only downer is that it is corrosive ammo so I flush the barrel at the range and clean it when I get home.
With the laws here in California on so called Assault Weapons, I thought I would never own a semi-auto in 308 (my first choice). I tried to find a FN49 but could not and I already had a couple of Garands so I didn't want a M1A. When the Hakim came up I snatched it up. Since then I learned there are ways around the CA Assault Weapons ban by equipping the gun of choice in a specific manner, and they are legal. The trick is to pick a brand not named in the law, give it a fixed magazine (a special magazine release button) that requires a tool to remove (a bullet nose is a tool by definition in the law), no flash hiders or threaded barrels, and no folding stock. You can have certain combos but not all of it. Modified AW sales in CA are running rampant and I now have a FN/FAL, a SKS, an AR-15 style varmint gun, and just got a H&K clone (PTR-91). I almost wish I didn't buy the Hakim but if I decide to sell it I am sure I can get my money back and maybe more (??). But for now I'll keep it. I have yet to shoot the PTR-91 but I understand it too is hard on brass. The FN/FAL, when its gas it adjusted correctly, does minimal damage to the brass as do the Garands and the AR-15 clone.