From a gameplay perspective I dont even understand why a long barrel is even here, its not like we are shooting at ranges that make it that much of a better option, if at all better. Majority of engagements are well within the hitscan ranges of most of these guns.
Compensators/flash hiders and other attachments seem more reasonable since all they need is to screw it on. Guns like the AKM and AK-74 should have the "compensator" come standard since well, they usually come from the factory with the "muzzle brake" on it similar to how the M16/M4 family should have the Flash hider as standard.
I wouldnt want to see a visual change when using the "long barrel" since it would make some guns look very unrealistic to its actual counterpart. I would hate to see someone waving an AK-74 with it, I could imagine how off putting it would make me since I have sitting next to me. But that's just me
Yup glad I saw this thread, this explained a lot of why I couldnt hear enemies constantly on my flank.
Just like the security forces should have access to the AKM and its variants, Many contractors use the AK due to its sheer reliability and availability.
I mean hell, these arent the "american military forces" its the "security forces," with local forces as well, so naturally they should have at least some Variation of an AK there.