Skip to comments.Alaska: Hiker Kills Bear with AK-74
Posted on 07/31/2013 5:41:45 PM PDT by Kip Russell
Shot placement, shot placement, shot placement. Failing that caliber. Failing that lots of shots on target. To wit: The hiker, who has not been identified by Alaska State Troopers, had set out from the Rainbow trail head at Milepost 108 of the highway Sunday morning, said Tom Crockett, a park ranger. He was near the first Turnagain Arm viewpoint, about a half-mile up the trail toward McHugh Creek, when he spotted the bear . . . The man called, Hey, bear, hoping not to startle the animal, he said. The bear turned and charged, the hiker later told rangers. The man fired the AK-74 he was carrying . . .
The bear stopped after the first volley of shots, and then charged again. The man fired once more. That time the bear folded into a ball, rolling and running downhill and thudding to a stop in a clump of birch trees about 100 yards from the trail.
newsminer.com reckons the hiker needed 13 shots to take down the 500 600 pound bear. Like I said.
Eventually. If you have a fully loaded magazine.
There are many stories of bears taking multiple .30 caliber hits and still coming.
The AK-74 clone is probably in 5.45X39, approximately the same power as a 5.56X45 or .223 that is most common in AR-15 type rifles.
Bloomberg says you only need 10 shots.
I never got the purpose of an AK-74. They don’t have the accuracy of an AR15 nor the knockdown of an AK47.
Isn’t that a kinda small round for taking bear?
I think I had rather have an FN-FAL but it did the job which is all you can ask in the grand scheme.
It appears the bear made a tactical error by retreating and coming back. If he'd kept right on going through the volley, he might have bagged the hiker.
You mean SEVEN.
I once killed a bear with a picture of Hillary Clinton I kept in my backpack for scaring off snakes, sharks, alligators, kudzu, etc. Poor bear vomited himself to death and all the surrounding plant life died too. I burned the picture and bought a Sherman tank for hiking.
My husband took his FN deer hunting ONCE. It's a heavy sucker. I can't see a hiker setting out to go any sort of distance with that load on his back.
I think I'd carry a lever action in something like .348 Win or .45-70 Govt. Got some knockdown but not so heavy to carry as an FN (which after all is just .308 Win/7.62 NATO. A little light for bear, though not so light as an AK-74).
I thought it was 7.
“I never got the purpose of an AK-74. They dont have the accuracy of an AR15 nor the knockdown of an AK47.”
Much lighter ammunition and flatter trajectory, I suppose.
Also remember that the Soviets considered the West to be extremely clever. This is sort of their copy of the M-16.
Another example: The market “sets” prices by supply and demand. In the Soviet Union, they did not allow the market, so how did they “set” prices? They read the London papers and set their prices from them.
Lighter than the AK47 by a couple of pounds, soldier can carry more ammo.
I think that falls into the "hey" boo-boo category.
I always wondered if they were just trying to piggyback on American R&D on the cheap.
That is one tough hiker! Killing a bear is impressive enough, let alone a bear with an AK-74!
Finns with Mosin-Nagant rifles?
I have never owned an FAL tho I do have an FN bayonet.
I have always wanted one but somehow never bought one. I do love the look and feel. I have on the other hand owned a bunch of HK-91s. I would feel completely safe with one in bear country.
As for weight. When I was young it never bothered me but as I got older I got to where I would carry a very light Remington Nylon 66. In case I ran into a deer I also had a holstered 4 inch model 29. I eventually got to where I carried a .22 auto pistol. (one of the Ruger, Hi-Standard, Woodsman etc. type), and a Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt with hot loads.
For the last few years, all I carry is a Walther PP in .22 or a Hungarian copy which is just as accurate. That is all I have. I would not shoot a deer even if he stood right in front of me. Just too much trouble to dress out.
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