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  • Which is more reliable - AK or AR rifle

    Since many people on this forum have prepared for survival situations or are interested in self defense, I will post these interesting videos that compare the AK and AR rifles when they are dropped in the mud.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX73uXs3xGU

    Last edited by Lou Newton; January 14, 2017, 02:22 PM.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAneTFiz5WU

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      These two tests will shock a lot of people. They did surprise me. But the reasoning these guys give do make a lot of sense.

      The AK is the most produced rifle in the world and is a very reliable weapon. It is hard to stop and will function with little or even no maintenance. Uneducated people who know nothing about machinery keep AK's going for decades. Our troops have picked up AK's off of the battlefield that were made in the 50's and still work even though they are really beaten up.

      AR's were not reliable when first introduced in Vietnam. One of the reasons was the wrong ammo was given to our troops. The other was that they were not given a cleaning kit and in fact were told the rifle did not need to be cleaned. BUT the AR has been improved more and more over the years. There is a reason that our military uses it and more nations are using it every year.

      What are you thoughts or experiences with either rifles ?

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        Thanks for posting these, Lou. I have experience with the M-16. It was fairly reliable in training. We had some jams, but they cleared. They needed steady maintenance to reduce jamming.

        Recently I was looking at rifles and I saw the Tavor, a cutting edge rifle of Israeli design built upon the AR receiver. Even this cutting edge rifle, incorporating all of the advancements over the years, has notable problems. But it looks really cool. :)

        What helped me decide in favor of the AK, in addition to the comments and videos you've posted, were these two ice tests:

        Tavor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjIq2WmItF4


        AK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyZY5_txl4k


        The AK is simply more capable of enduring environmental extremes. These tests are controlled environments, and a good and fair comparison. Performance in the field is the best proof of the superiority of the AK.

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          Originally posted by Baruch View Post
          Thanks for posting these, Lou. I have experience with the M-16. It was fairly reliable in training. We had some jams, but they cleared. They needed steady maintenance to reduce jamming.

          Recently I was looking at rifles and I saw the Tavor, a cutting edge rifle of Israeli design built upon the AR receiver. Even this cutting edge rifle, incorporating all of the advancements over the years, has notable problems. But it looks really cool. :)

          What helped me decide in favor of the AK, in addition to the comments and videos you've posted, were these two ice tests:

          Tavor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjIq2WmItF4


          AK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyZY5_txl4k


          The AK is simply more capable of enduring environmental extremes. These tests are controlled environments, and a good and fair comparison. Performance in the field is the best proof of the superiority of the AK.
          Thanks for the reply Barry. Both are bullpups, but I like the Steyr AUG over the Tavor. I think it is more ergonomic and you can change a barrel very quickly in the field, and even go from a short to long barrel.

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