First off this section is designed to familiarize
those what the AK is and does and how to buy one.
This guide pertains to those legally available
in the United States.
So you want to own an AK, and all you know is
that you have seen them on TV a couple of times
and in movies
or your friend of a friend
knows some one who has one
or you buddy claims
that an AK can shoot through a tank and or is
a piece of unreliable crap
well this guide
will set you straight and shove some of those
rumors or myths where the sun doesn't shine.
The AK in a nutshell is the most reliable, simple,
and low cost rifle system in the world.
The rifles reliability is almost god like, no
other gun can compare I personally have put close
to 5,000 rounds through the AK in a single session
and not experience a single failure. According
to a book title "Legends and Reality of the
AK" the testing of the prototypes at that
took place at the Izhevsk factory, that during
the durability test each prototype had ran through
more the 13,000 rounds before testing was terminated
because all on hand ammunition had been fired.
I would like to see an AR-15 do that!
The AK is also extremely simple, designed for
a conscript in the military that can not read,
it had to be simple to take apart and operate.
Basic disassembly can be complete with no tools.
The rifles operation could not be simpler, just
set the selector lever to fire, pull back the
charging handle, aim, and shoot.
The AK is probably one the lowest costing, and
by low cost I don't mean cheap! It can be produced
with basic machinery and some of the crudest materials.
This is probably one of the main reasons poorer
countries continue to produce the rifle; there
is no better "buy".
Though the AK is probably as close as your going
to get to a perfect military rifle, it is not
perfect. First the rifle can get hot quickly,
so hot that it makes it unbearable to shoot, a
lot of people call this overheating, but that's
not true, the rifle will continue to fire long
after your hands are burned. Second the rifle
is really short, considering it was designed for
the average under fed conscript and made to fit
in tight spaces this is understandable, but to
American shooters who are used to M1s and M14s
it is quite small. Third and probably its biggest
flaw is the rifles safety, to change the selector
lever position you have to physical take a hand
off the rifle and move it, unlike most rifles
where it can be operated with a thumb.
Now several myths exist about the AK that need
to be put to rest. The first is that the rifle
is not accurate and you can't "hit the side
of a barn." This is total bullshit; it is
accurate enough with zeroed sights to hit a man-sized
target out to about 300 yards. With a few simple
modifications, such as lapping the crown, I have
seen SAR-3 shoot 1 moa or under at 100 yards.
Another common rumor is that the AK is unreliable,
I am not sure where this one came from, but again
that is false; it is the most reliable rifle in
the world. An AK can shoot through a tank or such
and such, this rumor seems to be common "knowledge"
for those that play games like counter strike,
thought these games are fun, don't believe what
the so called "weapon experts" on the
websites and message boards tell you.
So why would one want an AK say over a Mini-14
or AR-15. Well first off the AK is a hell of a
lot better then the Mini-14, though the Mini is
really accurate for its first two or three shots,
once the barrel becomes warm a lot of people have
trouble getting them to group reliably. Second
cheap functional Hi-Cap magazines for the Mini-14
are almost impossible to find, and when one does
find a functioning Hi-cap magazine, they literally
pay for it! How ever some people seem very happy
with there Mini-14, but for the price of a Mini-14
you could get an AK and a ton of accessories and
ammo. Ahh, the AR-15 and AR owners
owners arch rival! Just kidding, a lot of AK owners
own AR-15s too because it's a great gun, hell
I even own one. Unfortunately the AR-15 is a really,
really pricey. For the price of the cheapest AR-15
you could buy 2 AK rifles and accessories! Also
the AR-15 series ranges from good reliability
(not excellent like the AK) to total shit (kit
guns assembled from a rainbow of company names).
Well enough of me blabbing
below is a picture
that shows the names of different parts and sections
of a basic AK rifle. I will use these name through
out my web page to refer to the sections depicted.