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AK vs. AR
Most people don’t realize how accurate – if handled and used properly – the AK47 is. What makes the AK so dangerous is the muzzle velocity and size of the round using it. At just a 30% difference in accuracy, you get a rifle with the same rate of fire, at a nearly identical effective range, but for over half the price on average. And the weapon will seemingly last forever. That being said, I like my 30% greater accuracy and the AR is easier to customize.
When I was in Iraq, I was with 3/7 Cav and we tended to outrun our supply chain. There were times when 5.56 ammo was hard to come by. After one battle, I grabbed an AK from a guy I had killed since there was plenty of 7.62 ammo around. I quickly zeroed it and used it as a secondary weapon. It quickly became my primary weapon when I couldn’t get ammo for my AR. Throughout the six weeks of intense combat fighting my way up from Kuwait into Baghdad and then over to Fallujah, I shot more enemy troops with my AK and pistol that my AR (suppressing fire eats ammo!). That AK is now is a showcase on Fort Stewart.
I’ll have both, please.
TacticalGear.com created this great graphic that I wanted to share with my readers. It’s a great, inclusive analysis of the two most popular weapons in the world.