Skip to comments.AK-74 Vs AR-15 (Vanity)
Posted on 02/12/2013 8:34:58 AM PST by demshateGod
It's about time I buy a scary rifle. I've been looking at prices on the local classified and Gun Broker and started thinking an AK-74 would give me the most for my money. I'm interested in hearing from those of you who are much smarter and informed.
5.45x39 is a good round and it's cheap, but will this always be the case? Will I even be able to get it 10 years from now?
I'm doing all I can to avoid paying panic prices but if I don't buy one soon, the money I've set aside for it will end up being used for other things.
Buy it. No brainer. Ammo will be around. Keep collecting.
Buy it. No brainer. Ammo will be around. Keep collecting. Join the NRA and donate often to keep our voice strong.
I’m not a fan of the lighter bullets for various reasons. I’d go with the AK47 with the 7.62 x 39. The AKs are very easy to work on and very hardy. The larger bullet still has mild recoil and they are a BLAST to shoot. Unfortunately prices are a premium as you already know. That’s my 2 cents.
.556 is better IMHO.
You can shoot .223 if its chambered for .556 but not visaversa.
Be ready to stand in line.
I put an AR-15 online and got 73 replies within the hour. I could have asked whatever $$$ I wanted.
As far as a particular ammo being available ten years from now, I never would have dreamed 22 long rifle would ever be in such short supply. The panic buying public never ceases to amaze me.
Re which rifle, if I were you I would wait 6 or 7 months, and pick up a quality AR.
Its manly, has a beefier cartridge (7.62x51) than the AR-15 or AK-47, and has all of the scarey cosmetics that make Democrats wet themselves.
The MA1A is also suitable.
If you want to go old school, the M1 Garand, SVT-40, AG-42 Ljungman, Hakim, and FN49 are all respectable choices.
Both because I celebrate caliber diversity.
The M1 Garand is an excellent weapons AND can do double duty as an Emergency Boat Anchor...
I went with a Saiga, which is the civilian version of the AK. Shoots 7.62x39. Very easy to handle. What’s best is that unlike the AR-15 you can bury this thing in dirt, pull it out and it will still fire. Try that with an AR-15. They are also very easy to field strip. Through Sportsman Guide you can get 1000 rounds for $220.
My brother has an AK. I love it.
***5.45x39 is a good round and it’s cheap,****
That is not a.223 or 5.56 MM. It is definitely not a .30x39 RS either.
Stick with .223 or .30.
My AR-15 needed to be kept clean as well as the ammo. Otherwise, it jammed at the most inconvenient times.
The AK is made out of stamped parts and rattled when handled. Yet it never failed.
5.45x39 ammo is never going to be stocked in JimBo’s gas station next to the 30-06, 30-30, 7.62x39, .308, .223, 9mm, .357 Mag, .45 ACP, .40 S&W, .390 Auto, .38 Special and 22LR ammo.
It will be available on the internet (if in ten years you can buy ammo over the internet), at gun shows (if there are still gun shows), and at large specialty firearms/sporting goods stores.
I have a number of rifles in “obscure” or obsolete cartridges. I reload for all of them. I even reload for a lot of commonly available cartridges.
Personally, if you want a “scary” rifle, save your money and get a rifle that is something the you want and will be of real value to you and your heirs. If I wanted to purchase a firearm that liberals want to ban, it would probably be a semi-automatic Russian-import (AK-style action), box-magazine shotgun in 12 gauge. That is a firearm that would have lots of different uses, be very reliable, great for home protection, and very politically incorrect.
“Only accurate rifles are interesting.”
The AR-15 has it in spades over the AK-47 when it comes to accuracy, but the AK-47 has a well-earned reputation for reliability.
The AR is also much more modular and has an inherently better optics mounting platform. Even the older A2 carry handle models are better than the AK in this regard.
However, if you have the opportunity to get a GOOD AK (lots of junk out there), get one. Right now prices are high, so watch what you pay for the premium of having one now vs not getting it later.
I should have said, "pick up a quality AR at a reasonable price." The feds aren't going to outlaw ARs, and people who bought ARs expecting such are going to be selling them.
I read this status of the gun industry on another forum. It was posted by a gun dealer.
Status of gun industry
Attention F.B. fans: to follow will be several IMPORTANT Info updates about the status of the gun industry currently, followed by an INVENTORY UPDATE: We traveled to Texas for Industry meetings concerning the shortages, heres what we were told.
Smith & Wesson-is running at Full capacity making 300+ guns/day-mainly M&P pistols. They are unable to produce any more guns to help with the shortages.
RUGER: Plans to increase from 75% to 100% in the next 90 days.
FNH: Moving from 50% production to 75% by Feb 1st and 100% by March 1. Remington-Maxed out!
Armalite: Maxed out.
DPMS: Cant get enough parts to produce any more product.
COLT: Production runs increasing weekly...bottle necked by Bolt carriers.
LWRC:Making only black guns, running at full capacity...cant get enough gun quality steel to make barrels.
Springfield Armory: Only company who can meet demand but are running 30-45 days behind.
AMMO: Every caliber is now Allocated! We are looking at a nation wide shortage of all calibers over the next 9 months. All plants are producing as much ammo as possible w/ of 1 BILLION rounds produced weekly. Most is military followed by L.E. and civilians are third in line.
MAGPUL is behind 1 MILLION mags, do not expect any large quantities of magpul anytime soon.
RELOADERS... ALL Remington, Winchester , CCI & Federal primers are going to ammo FIRST. There are no extras for reloading purposes... it could be 6-9 months before things get caught up. Sorry for the bleak news, but now we know what to expect in the coming months. Stay tuned, well keep you posted...
The upshot is that manufacturers are ramping up production to meet demand. Once demand is met, prices will fall. It'll be like the housing crash.
Now, if you happen to be unfortunate enough to live in a pinko commie fag controlled state, that's a horse of a different stripe. All bets are off.
Until my income doubles, I don’t think I want to pay for 308 ammo. Thanks though. In the upcoming CW I want to be next to you in the foxhole.
AK74 or AK47? They are both fun to shoot but the 47 has more knockdown power.
A "friend" was discussing logistics for the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse. His thinking is streamlining his arsenal down to just a few different calibers. He is thinking instead of his AR-15 he replace it with a 9mm Carbine and using 9mm handguns. His thinking is that 9mm is a more plentiful (and cheaper) ammo to acquire before AND AFTER the SHTF...