Originally Posted by ar15king
Which is beter in you're own opin
They really are two completely different platforms. Sure they are used in similar situations but they where designed using two different mind sets.
The AR will be more accurate but it's fit tighter and cant take the abuse an AK can.
The AK was made to eat ammo no matter the situation. But with a sloppier fit somes a loss in accuracy.
The things they have in common is their situational uses. Both are versatile in that they can be used up close and over a reasonable distance. The Ar's 5.56 round is a little better over longer distances but out to say....150 yards they both compare pretty close.
The thing both have most in common to me is the idea to their design. Both are pretty simple so pretty much everyone can operate either fairly easy. But the AK was designed so that anyone including some illiterate commie farmer that had first cousins as parents could understand it's components. The AR is also pretty simply designed but it's modular design seems more for the ability to change components quickly.
If your looking at a mil spec AR then they will be really reliable. It's when you get into the uber high end target models that the tighter fit can be an issue with reliability. This can be an issue with some of the U.S. made AK clones but they are not near as pevilent.
An AR seems to make more sense mainly for the idea that ammo can be more available in a poo fan situation because our military uses it. My opinion is 7.62x39 is about as available as 22lr in non crazy times (like now).
As for me if I had to head for the hills with just one rifle then I'd take my SKS. It's as reliable than my M70 and more accurate. THe Tapco stock allows it to get smaller and mine is a M model that takes AK mags. So it makes sense to me to mark that as my go to the end is near gun.