One of the most common criticisms of so-called Keep It Simple, Stupid-type rifles (usually applies to retro or irons-only setups) is the trade up of capabilities for simplicity. I've seen this most commonly applied to lack of optics. As I work on my own take of @Matt's Minuteman Rifle concept, I present the question to the tribe: when does simple become stupid?
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@25 yards you have a spacious bedroom, congratulations. Point your F block sight center mass and cut loose at what's breaking down the door. If, IF, you can control your breathing AND not slap the trigger iron sights give you 1&1/4 inch group cheap ammo, big peep. Small peep more precision. Thoughts going through your head : is my dot on? When did I change the batteries? Where is the G##### switch? What the he'll is that? ( while looking through night vision, thermal imaging @ 26 magnification. The good news is your attacker is also blinded by your 1000 lumen light).
The word "simple" is very subjective and gets overcomplicated in conversation. To me, KISS means to not overcomplicate, given the parameters of the task at hand. Far too often I see people trying to go as minimalist and/or primitive as possible, which isn't/shouldn't be the goal.
A single shot .22 with a pull to cock bolt with a mongle hoard at the door. This is a task subjective question.
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