Originally Posted by RL357Mag
What would Carlos Hathcock pick? Do you think he owned an AK?
I'm sure there were situations where Mr. Hathcock would have picked something other than a sniper rifle. I realize that there are situations where a tack driver is absolutely what you want. However, you have to admit that there are situations where speed is more important than accuracy. Hell, there are times when a derringer is the perfect weapon.
That is the basis for my decision to buy an AK. All around, it's the perfect weapon for what I would want for the situation where I would need something like that. I'm borderline obsessive-compulsive when it comes to keeping my weapons clean, so the whole "shoot while it's full of dirt" thing isn't important. I never had any problems with any the M-16's or SAW that I was issued in the Army, so I know I can make an AR work. I know the AR platform has the potential to be very accurate. I do not miss with open sites at 300 meters with an M-16. On the other hand, I've never had to make more than a 150 yard shot for deer in this area. I can't see a SHTF situation being much different.
Ammo was another factor. I just bought another 700 rounds of 7.62x39 today for $160. Try that for 5.56. I can buy a ton of ammo without breaking the bank. Yeah, it's not match grade, but it works.