The knock on ARs is that they are bulky, awkward to carry, and heavy for their caliber. For a short jaunt to a blind or treestand, they’re great. For stalking game across big country on foot, not so much.
But the DMPS GII is a rifle that makes me reconsider my reflexive “no” when it comes to shouldering an AR for longer hikes.
The GII weighs about a pound less than a regular AR-10 rifle, bringing it down to the weight of an AR-15 and about three-quarters of a pound heavier than a standard weight bolt action.
The engineering behind it is pretty tricky. The designers were able to use a bolt carrier group that matches the dimensions of an AR-15. Two elements allow for this: the unique profile of the bolt, and the use of a bolt key that’s integral to the bolt carrier.