Originally Posted by DiGiCiDAL
And yes, I would argue that (at least by type: rifle, pistol, etc.) there are virtually no differences between firearms from different manufacturers - in fact many components are interchangeable for exactly that reason. Because there are only one or two objectively
BEST ways of making one, even if there are many subjectively
COOLER/PRETTIER ways to do it. Not saying that improvements aren't made in all areas... however, if a truly better way of engineering anything is discovered - within a short period of time, everyone will just make it that way. And the cycle of progress repeats.
Firearm components are rarely interchangeable between different manufacturers except when they are from weapons that have to follow MIL-SPEC standards. For example, only two companies possess the technical data package TDP provided by the U.S. Government to manufacture the AR15/M16 rifle, Colt and FN. All other companies had to reverse engineer the design which has resulted in slight variances or even creative changes to certain aspects which make many parts not interchangeable. MIL-SPEC weapons aside, you'd be hard pressed to find many firearms with high numbers of interchangeable parts. Some manufacturers have gone as far as requiring a special screwdriver set like on my late 1920's Fabrique National Browning Auto-5.
Feel free to use my trigger from my super nova in a 870 express ... cause most are interchangeable. They are both 12ga right?
I'll give the guy the benefit of the doubt by saying he was likely referring to Mil-spec weapons because there is no chance in hell those trigger groups on that Benelli and Remington are compatible.
Anyways... i think this thread has taken quite a detour. So ill attempt to segway things back to the topic of water cooling....