OK. My hands are up. I'm being REALLY pedantic with the fixes made and including everthing up to the colour!! I know all wpns undergo various mods throughout their lifespan inc M16's and inclusion of fwd assissts etc. (and I wont even mention the Stoner!!).Interested to know what the 87 fixes are, last time I looked, there were 23 modifications, not including the A2 upgrade.
The SLR had 54 modifications I believe, and the M-16 has an A2 upgrade already, along with the various mods throughout it's life.
I really do think the fuss over 3 failures has been blown out of proportion by the media. Don't forget the British Army shooting team won 'Waltzing Maltida' with the L85A2, they also put up a darn good show in previous years with the A1.
I know ops are different to ranges, however if the weapon was that bad, they wouldn't win jack sh1t.
Oh, and if the G36 is that good, how come the SF community won't use it? (They trialled it, but the handguard melted during the test firing phase)