Every since Ian and Karl did a number of hit pieces on the forward assist, i simply can't take seriously any rifle that has one or any manufacturer that puts one on his gun.
It's not only of questionnable use, it's mainly UGLY. It's this round protrusion that sticks out the side of a rifle like a pimple off a face.
Vids here btw:
Here's a vid of the forward assist being completely useless :
And here's a vid of a guy blowing his gun up using the forward assist on a shit gun: