Originally Posted by CANTthinkOFaUSERNAME
Sorry it took me so long to respond I have been extremely busy. Anyway the purpose for the firearm is for self defense. More for animals than intruders. SHTF is also another option but with so many varying opinions on that topic I would prefer not to bring it up. I like the idea of a 223/5.56 gun. I want an AR but the price is a little out of my budget right now.
Okay, then as simple of an answer as this may be; bare with me. How about an AKM chambered for 5.56? This was a more modernized version of the AK47; kept much of it's simplistic design but addressed a couple issues such as the AK47's weight (reduced by about 1.2 lbs) as well as a slight increase in accuracy over longer distances. The AKM would be a great assault rifle for both of your listed scenarios. It is easy to strip and clean and isn't picky with what kinds of ammo you put through it which would make it great for around the house and that baby will play in the mud and crack skulls all day long and fire true.. This coupled along with the fact that the AKM's chambering is such a small hop from it's original 7.62 platform and that 5.56 and .223 would be such a common round to find in a SHTF scenario would surely be a wise choice. The only draw-back from the AKM (any AK, really) is the steel and wood body makes for one heck of a recoil from 5.56 rounds, but contrary to popular belief they are pretty accurate firearms; a well-made AKM will often shoot more accurately than a low or mid-cost AR..
i hope this helps you! If you have any questions regarding the AKM, AK47, AK74, or want different suggestions altogether feel free to ask and i will try my best to help you!