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Old 05-12-2012, 10:41 PM   #11
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I also have both and I have to say a quality AR is as reliable as an AK. The AR also has many advantages that have been already discussed above.

Now if you're going with an ultra cheap AK vs. ultra cheap AR, well then you can expect the WASR or Saiga will be reliable. That may not be the case with the $500-600 AR.

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One other issue to mention concerning my consideration between the two systems is as follows. The AR and the AK.
Since parts are standard on the AR. I would choose the AR hands down due to the fact that a part for one brand of AR fits another without any modification what so ever making repair parts availability a primary benefit. There are so many brands of AK manufacturers in the industry and not all parts are interchangeable between them. There are a ton of AR parts in circulation out there in the US in almost every city and town that could be used to get your weapon repaired. Juts another thought!
I am not saying the AK is a bad weapon quite the contrary but just weighing out the benifits of the AR.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:47 AM   #13
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My favorite guns are the ones I can easily take down to all of its parts pretty easily without many tools. AR-15 and 1911 fall into that category. My carry guns don't. I don't think an AK does either...am I right?

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My favorite guns are the ones I can easily take down to all of its parts pretty easily without many tools. AR-15 and 1911 fall into that category. My carry guns don't. I don't think an AK does either...am I right?
An ak47 you can get the gas tube bolt carrier/piston easily after that its a huge struggle. Ar15 if you have had a set of legos or lincoln logs you can work on the inner parts of a ar15 easily.
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It's a popular question, but IMHO you're comparing apples to oranges.

The AR is a much more accurate rifle in a much lighter caliber.

The AK is cheaper, and fires a heavier, older generation, intermediate round.

The AK shines in dependability, for a cheap, mass produced gun.

It's as easy to field strip and clean an AK in the field as it is to find AR

parts in a store. I feel the AK has an advantage in reliability in the field.


But not too many of us wind up in that field, anymore, do we?

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It's a popular question, but IMHO you're comparing apples to oranges.

The AR is a much more accurate rifle in a much lighter caliber.

The AK is cheaper, and fires a heavier, older generation, intermediate round.

The AK shines in dependability, for a cheap, mass produced gun.

It's as easy to field strip and clean an AK in the field as it is to find AR

parts in a store. I feel the AK has an advantage in reliability in the field.


But not too many of us wind up in that field, anymore, do we?
Well when given the choice between an apple and an orange, I'd take the apple everytime. Haha.

As for the "in the field" issue, I did specifically have "the field" in mind (whatever that may potentially be). I'm interested in eventually buying an AR or AK as my government breakdown/foreign invasion/natural disaster gun, or a survival gun (whatever you want to call it, however unlikely one of those situations may be). That's why I specifically had reliability in mind in case the gun has to be out in the elements all the time as opposed to being in a closet.
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From my experience the AK-47 is more reliable. But I love them both. If the SHTF I would use my AK-47 first until it was wore out then go with my AR, if it ever would get wore out

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I'm an AK guy, (actually SKS, yes totally different design)

but that doesn't mean

ARs aren't also great, in many respects...

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I have training and experience with both. I think it would come down to what the shooter is most proficient with and can operate in any condition day or night, wet, dry, dusty or cold environment. AR's have accuracy hands down, AK's have better stopping power. If you anticipate an urban conflict with house to house or room to room combat an AK might be preferred. If your going to be able to maintain security from a distance AR sounds better.
Personally I think the perfect SHTF weapon would be a Saiga 12. You can find this ammo literally everywhere ammo could possibly be. You have the option on heavy ammo for large game, people, zombies, etc or you can use bird shot to acquire a smaller meal if that's what's available. A simple magazine swap is all it takes to change the game plan. Take it for what you want, just my 2 cents.

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Now me, I'd be more likely to opt for the SKS with the 10-round

internal mag, and nothing tacticool or fancy.

But I'd be trying to survive the event, not

slug it out with everybody in a 20 mile radius

with a weapon. Gettin' too old for that...

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