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AR15 vs AK47

The debate between AR and AK lovers has been going on for years and will likely go on for many more, after all these are the two most popular rifles on the planet. But lets compare a few key aspects of these two rifle platforms and see if we can come up with a clear winner in this decades long debate.

Before we start this comparison, I’d like to point out a couple of things. First off for the sake of comparison, we’ll be sticking to specific calibers, the 5.56×45 or .223 for the AR platform and the 7.62×39 caliber for the AK. We’ll stick to these calibers since they are the most popular and most common and they are the calibers the rifles were designed to fire. Also for the sake of comparison we’ll be assuming that the AR platform is a direct impingement system as it is again the most popular and most common and what the rifle was designed to operate with.

So let’s jump right in …….

Appearance – This is a draw as this is a personal preferance issue although in my opinion I believe the AR is a better looking rifle. DRAW

Accessories – The AR wins in this catagory. While the AK platform has many accessories on the market available for it, the AR has far more and its modular design lends itself to adding accessories much more than the AK design. EDGE AR15

Controls/Features – These two rifles are very different in this catagory and for many that makes it a clear choice for a winner but honestly to me this is a draw. The reason is that some will look at the AR platform and say that because it has more controls and features built into the design, thus creating more ways to manipulate the weapon, that this makes it the better rifle. However others will argue that the simplicity in design of the AK platform lends itself to being the easier rifle to operate and manipulate. In my opinion both points of view are correct and it really boils down to knowning your rifle and training with whatever rifle you choose. DRAW

Action – By action I mean comparing the AR’s Direct Impingement gas system to the AK’s Piston gas system. In this catagory I have to call it a draw. Even though some will say that the AK piston gas system has been around longer and the AR gas system got off to a rocky start, by modern standards both gas systems have a good reputation and function very well for their given platforms. DRAW

Accuracy – This one has to go to the AR15 as it has been consistantly more accurate through different types and rates of fire, than the AK47. Now part of this has to do with the overall design of the rifle and part of it is the caliber it shoots. EDGE AR15

Range – Again this one has to go to the AR15 platform. The reasons for this are simply that the 5.56×45 has and effective range of about 600 meters compared to the 7.62×39’s effective range of about 500 meters. Add to that the fact that the 5.56 round has far less bullet drop out past 300 yards than the 7.62 does and you understand why the AR wins in this catagory. EDGE AR15

Durability – This one should be a no brainer, even AR fans should know that the durability of the AK in any number of conditions and circumstances is better than that of the AR. Simplicity of design, fewer moving parts and tougher building materials all add up to the AK winning this one.
EDGE AK47

Reliability – This one may be a little harder for the AR folks to swallow but just like with durability, the AK wins this one. The reliability of the AK has been proven time and again for a couple of decades longer than the AR has been around. In addition to that, the simplistic design and piston system lends itself to less potential problems than the AR platforms due to issues like a gas system that without cleaning has the potential to foul up the action and cause failures. EDGE AK47

Supported vs Unsupported – This category is a litte more complicated and honestly something that alot of AR and AK lovers don’t always think about. The basics of it are that the AR15 platform has never served in an unsupported capacity, and by that I mean that the AR platform has always served with a standing military, repair technicians, spare parts and an armory standing behind it. The AK on the other hand has served for decades in an unsupported capacity in many conflicts from Asia to the Middle East and Africa to South America and has continued to prove itself even in the toughest conditions without support from any of the earlier mentioned support the AR has benefitted from. Now this doesn’t mean that the AR couldn’t hold its own in an unsupported capacity, simply that as of yet it hasn’t served successfully in one. EDGE AK47

So there you have it, nine categories. Three categories are a draw, three going to the AR platform and three going to the AK platform. So what does this prove, well it proves that there’s a reason why these two rifles are the most popular on the planet. You’d be well served with either of these rifles, in fact why not have one of each!

Choosing a Primary Weapon

The reasons for wanting to choose a Primary Weapon can be anything from a home defense situation to a full blown SHTF situation like riots or extreme natural disasters where rule of law may not have a strong hold. In these situations having a “Primary Weapon” or “Go To” weapon is a good idea.

Now although in some places owning a firearm may be hard or even impossible, for the purposes of this article we’ll assume your primary weapon will be a firearm.

Now lets take a look at some things to keep in mind when choosing a primary weapon system.

1) Personal Preference – This refers to being comfortable with whatever your chosen firearm is, don’t go out and buy the latest and greatest tactical firearm if your not comfortable with it. Whatever you choose it should be something you can operate efficiently by instinct.

2) Caliber – This is a very important part of choosing a primary firearm, or any firearm because in essence it is the heart of your weapon system. There are a few guidelines I like to go by to help choose a firearm caliber.

A) Commonality – How common is the ammo in case you need to get ahold of some quickly.
B) Availability – How available is it now to make stocking up something that is easy to do.
C) Personal Preference – If you don’t like a certain caliber, then stay away from it.
D) Price – The less expensive the caliber, the easier it is to find and stock up on.

Calibers that fit nicely into these catagories are – .223 – .22lr – 12 gauge – 9mm – .40 – .45 – .308 – 7.62×39

3) Capacity – This is important because a Primary Weapon should primarily be used as a defensive tool and in a defensive situation you want as much capacity as possible because you can’t predict the situation. This would put things like the AR & AK platforms over bolt action rifles or shotguns. While both bolt action rifles and shotguns are incredible tools they do not have the defensive capabilities that a 30 round capacity modern battle rifle has.

4) Reload Speed – This is something to keep in mind because in the event that a defensive situation requires you to reload your weapon you want something that requires as little effort as possible to reload so as to not take too much of your time or attention away from your primary goal of defending yourself or others. Again this consideration would leave out firearms like the pump action shotgun or bolt action rifle in favor of something with a detachable box magazine because even a novice could more than likely reload an AK faster than a well trained operator can reload 6 rounds in a shotgun.

5) Multi-Purpose – This is by far the least important guideline but still one you might want to take into consideration. Do you want a primary that can serve purposes other than just as a defensive tool, things like hunting or breaching. If so then choose your weapon accordingly. But keep in mind that a Primary Weapon should be primarily a defensive tool.

6) Long Gun or Pistol – Last but certainly not least is wether or not your primary should be a pistol or long gun. At first this may seem like a stupid question because long guns are far superior when it comes to stopping power but keep in mind that pistols are an ideal defensive tool because they are easy to conceal, easy to manuver, can be had with good capacity and are magazine fed, all great things to have in a defensive situation.

So there you go, just a few things to keep in mind when choosing a Primary Weapon. Remember whatever you choose you should take the time and effort to train on your weapon and become as efficient as possible.

AK47 – Milled vs Stamped Receiver

For those out there looking to buy an AK type rifle one of the decisions you may be having to deal with is wether to buy an AK with a milled or stamped receiver

A milled receiver is a receiver that is cut out of one solid block of steel and milled out to get the shape and design of the receiver.

A stamped receiver is one that is made from a sheet of steel thats pressed in a machine to the shape of the receiver.

Now most AK’s are stamped, the reason is that its quicker and easier to produce, but keep in mind that this is also the way the Russians make their AK rifles because thats how it was designed.

Milled is technically stronger as it has no give or flex so for accuracy its a bit better (but only a very slight bit, probably so slight you’l never notice it)

The milled are more expensive and some people will swear by milled receivers because they percieve them as being better for their rigidity.

But keep something in mind ……. watch a slow-mo vid of an AK firing sometime, what you’ll see is the barrel and receiver “Flexing” everytime it shoots. This flexing is a side effect of how the AK is designed.

Because of this flex a stamped receiver can have a longer lifespan as far as round count than a milled receiver especially for an active shooter, because under the stress of firing a milled receiver it is more likely to crack then a stamped receiver, whereas a stamped receiver will not because it flexes with the gun.

Some people will still try to say that a milled receiver is better but remember, the only reason there are any AK’s with milled receivers is because in the 40’s when the AK was designed (to have a stamped receiver) the technology of welding the bolt rails to the stamped receiver had not been perfected yet and they had failures.

So they moved to a milled receiver to where the bolt rails are just cut into the receiver which solved this problem. But as soon as the technology exsisted that they could reliably weld the rails, they moved back to the stamped receiver in 1959 and it was called the AKM (which is what most of the rifles on the market today are).

So to sum up, a stamped receiver is the way to go, it’s what the AK was designed to use.