Originally Posted by Big-Nasty
If you were deserted on an unknown island what one firearm would you carry if you had the choice. You have unlimited mags, ammo, but no cleaning gear.
This changes EVERYTHING.
I'd take an AK, hands down. Plenty of short range power to drop damn near anything with multiple shots. The AK can run in a salt water environment without issue. The 7.62 x 39mm can penetrate shallow water to kill fish.
The same round packs the punch to get through small trees, splinter it and get building materials. Accurate enough to knock coconuts out of trees and split them open for nourishment if you aren't agile enough to climb.
The AK has a distinct report that can be heard for miles in the right conditions, so using it as a signal device in an S-O-S situation for a passing vessel is a possibility.
Loose tolerances mean that while not cleaning it would be "good", it certainly won't lead to a situation where the weapon won't effective work under duress.