This has bothered me from the start. There seems to be an unintended delay before being able to reload. After finishing a magazine, I have to press the reload button 4-5 times before the reload animation begins.
If the devs want to slow down the gameplay tempo on purpose then just make the reload times longer. Because having a long delay makes it seem like it isn’t working correctly. Players should feel like they’re in control, and this makes it feel like there is a disconnect between the player and character. Feels awkward.
***I tested some more and know what it is.
You can’t reload until you are no longer sighted in. You should be able to reload while sighted in, or at least while in the process of dropping the weapon at your side.