So, what's needed here, painfully obvious, is a Garand style action...lol, just kidding. Sorta
The dust cover, forward assist are not necessary, along with the other items mrntioned. If I hunted with an AR I would slingshot the charging handle just like it was intended. I wouldn't want to hear a click instead of boom.
I hunt with a mini14, and it is the gawd-awefullest loud when clambering a round and the safety is like a thunder clap, and I've never scared off an animal. The sound of the safety actually makes the animals pause for a good shot. I chamber a round when I get settled in and I usually fire the chambered round into a water bottle or something when I leave.
Last edited by rickyrick; December 5, 2012 at 08:11 AM.