Originally Posted by John_Deer
I have not been a saint in the way I have lived my life. I have done some stupid stuff that got me in some hairy situations. I have never needed to lay down suppression fire.
Why on earth would you need to lay down suppression fire? I am not going to base my choice of firearms on something I am never going to do.
I have no intentions of standing my ground in a situation where I need 30 rounds. The odds are I would be outgunned and out numbered. Even if I did make a poor choice and ended up in that situation. I still would prefer a powerful cartridge that would instantly stop my attackers and breach any level of body armor.
If you are going to shoot paper and you can live with the AK it is a fine choice. The AK is a great sporting rifle.
In the world you describe every rifle would be a "sporting rifle" as there is no other purpose where there could ever be any value. To suggest that the BAR is a better battle rifle than an AK is not serious discussion. In addition to suggest 7.62x39 is not a powerful round is equally ridiculous. If you believe that a person cannot be stopped with a single cartridge of 7.62 that statement will speak for itself. There are more AKs in combat use than any rifle in the history of the world. That is settled fact. It seems odd that the AK would be the number one battle rifle in the world if it could not drop an enemy in a single shot. An AR15 must be exceedingly useless in your mind as well.
I suspect that nearly EVERY person in this forum would agree that reliability in adverse conditions is a good quality for a rifle. There has likely never been a more durable and reliable rifle in the history of the world than the AK.
The bottom line with your theory about situational use is that it is likely that the rifle will only sit in your closet for the remainder of your life. Any situation that you may devise is hypothetical and based solely on your imagination with no supporting facts. Therefore, all of us choose firearms that we like that possess qualities that we personally prefer over others.
With all of that being said, the AK remains the most common battle rifle in the world due to its diversity in a variety of situations. To say otherwise is not being intellectually honest.