The debate is almost as old as the guns themselves- AK-47 or AR-15? Each one has its own benefits and drawbacks. As an avid AR-15 shooter who’s first gun was an AK-47, I’m caught somewhere in the middle. The AK-47 seems to run no matter what the conditions, and Soviet legends claim that the AK-47 was one of 3 artifacts to survive the Great Flood of Noah (the other two being Vladimir Putin and the T-72 Tank). Not sure how true the legend is, and I may have made it up for this article, but nobody can argue about the sheer ruggedness of the AK platform.
AR-15 rifles have come a long way in recent years, however. I was talking to a friend of mine, an experienced firearms instructor who has been in the business far longer than I have, and he was relaying how he would always have several other rifles on hand to replace AR-15s when guys would show up to his classes with their ARs. But with modern manufacturing technology, ARs have become just as reliable as their blockier counterparts from the Second World. Where it used to be uncommon for an AR-15 to successfully finish an intense carbine course, now it is uncommon for them NOT to finish an intense carbine course. The AR-15’s argument against the AK-47 has generally revolved around the ergonomics of the AK-47, or lack thereof. The AR is a svelte, easy-to-manipulate platform, and it’s been hard for the AK to counter that.
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