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Old 10-16-2013, 01:23 AM   #11
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And the m400 enhanced that I have handled felt fairly balanced but everyone is different.
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:11 AM   #12
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And as for this one I would be looking at 150 yards +/- a few
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:06 PM   #13
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There is nothing an M70 can do for you that an M400 will not. The AR is a superior semiauto. It will likely be easier to shoot accurately in a dynamic drill, more optic friendly off the bench, and easier to modify or upgrade. But then we don't always buy the best car for the money. We often go for what we like, charts and stats be damned. Rationally speaking, a semiauto AK based rifle is a niche product for (some) hunters and collectors.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:41 PM   #14
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I am personally not an AR fan. In fact, I generally prefer the AK platform. However, as Mercator pointed out, the AK platform is more of a niche, no matter how much AK fans would like it to be otherwise.

Here's what most any AR platform gets you - (I can't speak for the SIG specifically)
Easier to modify
Easier to mount optics
Easier maintenance (don't give me the crap about more small parts in the AR. You don't have to take them out to field strip.)
Generally more accurate (YMMV)
More and cheaper magazine options

I've heard the claim that 7.62mm WP is cheaper than 5.56mm NATO. In general, that is true, but actual .223 rounds generally run right about the same prce as the equivalent brand and type as 7.62mm WP. No price advantage to ammo between platforms. Also, with the ammo shortage more or less over, there are tons of .223 rounds on the shelf and a few brands of 7.62mm.

There are very good reasons these weapons are popular. You may get an AK and love it, or you may regret it and wonder what you missed. I may not care much for them, but I recognize them for what they are.
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If you already have an SKS why get an AK?

Diversify!

One plus to using an AR for home defense is that the .223/5.56 loses a lot of its punch after it goes through a Sheetrock wall. It's actually a better option than most handguns if your worried about your round passing through the BG hitting somebody in the next room.
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I'm with delta on this one if you already have an sks definitely get an AR....something's telling me you'll end up with both eventually anyway
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Price wise between the Basic AK and AR your within $100 anyway so take your pick. I own both and I really dont have a favorite . Each has their benefits and down falls . Ammo is roughly the same price in my area , within a penny per round for FMJs . Both are really simple guns . Flip the coin you will eventually own both anyway.
Now saying that Im not a big fan of rifles having proprietary parts like the Piston ARs , if you need parts you may have to wait . DI rifles most any shops carry parts for them
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I prefer AR over AK.

But I'm not a huge fan of Sig's rifles. They aren't terrible, but there are many options out there that suit me better at the same price.
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I was "raised" up on the AR / M-16 family and carried one for over 20 years. Let us just say that I am burned out on them.

Personally I prefer my (AK) WASR/10. I enjoy the ease of function and reliability. No tiny pieces to get lost when cleaning her.

I believe that it was mentioned earlier on this thread, figure out what you want to do with it, how much you are willing to spend and go from there.
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Well I would really like the ar and love the feel and parts selection for them but I used to have a mac-90 and the paps are fairly cheap compared to ar's. Also have a bunch of ammo for the ak. Both do well out to the range I'm looking at. As far as walls go I live out in the country with my closest neighbor a 1/4 mile away or so. And yes I will eventually own both so I guess I will have to flip a coin!
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