I like Lewis Machine & Tool rifles. GarandThumb does too it looks like.
It’s a solid company with a quiet reputation for attention to detail and if I ever see deals on LMT guns, new or used, it’s a no brainer to add one. There was an older M4, quad rail and front sight post older, that I did my best to snag from my LGS last week but it didn’t happen… *sad editor noises*
But LMT has done some phenomenal innovation in the market without making too much noise about it. Their MARS systems are a culmination of solid engineering in order to bring an ambidextrous, multi-caliber, easy maintenance rifle into the space and they did it well. LMT Piston guns are also highly regarded and the L129 used by the UK is one of the most well regarded Battle/DMR platforms currently fielded.
LMT knows their craft, they just seem to maintain a quiet humility about it.
The 6.5 Creedmoor is increasingly pushing .308 Win out of the precision semi-auto field and will, perhaps in years to come, push them out of the modern ‘Battle Rifle’ field as 6.5 seems to do just about everything better than .308… with the sole exception of cost per round at this point. But 6.5 FMJ is pretty much in parity with .308/7.62 FMJ.
Given how we were saddled with 7.62 in the first place, by the US simply refusing to give up a .30 Caliber after WWII, it seems to be a kind of long road to an end we knew about academically all along. Time to start a 6.5 build.