I have owned and loved members of the AK family for over a decade. Now the AR is growing on me.
The low cost of owning and shooting AKs is definitely appealing. But I've been shooting some great ARs lately: LWRC piston driven, SR556 and even just a plain ol Bushmaster with a fixed carry handle and I'll say it is a different sort of fun when you can make consistent hits past 150 yards at a faster rate of fire.
Would I ever replace the AK with an AR? HELL NO! But I am finding that the AR has it's place in my life as well.
I used to ONLY
have AKs as my SHTF gun options, but after building my first AR and knowing the weapon. The idea that replacement parts, magazines and ammo are so abundant in our country. The AR makes a lot of sense as well. . . There will be one of each.
In the words of a wise gun enthusiast and expert "Own both, learn both and shoot both!"