The Classic AR-15 v AK-47 Debate for Survival
Since 1958 the debate over which rifle is better has been richly debated. The Russian AK-47 or the American AR-15. Both rifles have solid proven records and both have serious design flaws that off set each rifle. However the similarities between the rifles are more than most enthusiast are willing to admit. Both rifles were designed to engage targets are the same distance, 300 meters. After WW2 the Soviet Union researched new weapon technology of semi automatic rifle capabilities. Though the United States was the first nation to develop the semi-automatic rifle for military purposes, the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine. The Soviet Union developed the SKS rifle which was the Soviet Unions first semi-automatic rifle. The SKS rifle was adopted as the main battle rifle of the Soviet Union in 1945. The advantage of the semi-automatic rifle was demonstrated by US forces on the western front and in the Pacific. The ability to commit high firepower on a target without having to break eye contact or hand action for bolt action. This advantage for engaging targets faster with accuracy is key in combat. Having an accurate rifle with more time on target with greater ammo count can determine the outcome of the battle field.
The second lesson learned in the second world war was battle field conditions. Mud, blood, salt, and sand; the four elements of war taught both the US and the Soviet Union that the conditions of war can easily destroy a weapons usability. The need for an easily assembled rifle that is also easy to maintain that will work well in combat conditions. The Russian weapon designer, Mikhail Kalishnakov, solved this problem by designing the rifle with a piston system. The piston system is the key point of the AK-47. The piston system allows for the weapon to work in almost any setting. The piston system allows for the weapon to cycle the bolt with only using a small portion of the gas from the fired round. The United States did not adopt the piston system, and still hasn’t, in its combat weapons.
The third lesson learned from the second world war is that the need for a heavy round is not needed. Until 1920 the battlefield was commonly Napoleonic, meaning that the battlefield was across a field usually a quarter of a mile to a mile in width and distance. This was because war was performed by two long lines of men marching towards one another, therefore armies need long range rifles. In WW2 the battlefield shrank sharply. At the end of the war, most of the battles were fought within 300 to 400 meters. Meaning that the heavy ammo needed for the common weapon could be replaced with a light ammo. This basically meant more bullets could be carried. Both the AK and the AR have this advantage.
The final thing to know is that both weapon systems work well. They both have draw backs and they both have advantages. However do know that the effectiveness of both weapon systems depends on the user. Both rifles require constant maintenance and both rifles will shutdown if it is not maintained. Even though the AK47 is known for have higher tolerances than the AR15, the truth can be summed up by former Navy SEAL Richard Marcinco. “The AK and the AR are effective weapon systems. However depending on what part of the world I am operating in depends on which weapon I want to carry.”
Both weapon systems are effective, the answer in which is better depends on where you are at. If you are in AK country it’s probably best to have an AK on hand. Like wise if you are in AR country then you probably want an AR. So if you want one of these rifles then that is probably the best practical advice I can give. I will explain both rifles in different post though.
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