Well, the debate continues. And here I thought it had been settled. :) Surprising to see a media outlet as reputable as Guns & Ammo continuing forward in the basics of this timeless debate. Each side has their preference, few will be convinced otherwise, so can’t we continue on with the same stuff that’s been done to death? Pick a side, get creative with it, and leave it.

Looks like the Guns & Ammo tv crew are livening up the debate in their rifle review of AK-47 vs. M16 where Garry James rests confidently on the side of the AK-47 while David Fortier chooses the M16/AR-15 platform. Honestly I love them both, but if you’ve followed Haus of Guns at all you know pretty well which side of the fence I’m standing on these days. In fact come back on Wednesday where you get to see up close the latest addition to our AK build.

 

14 Responses to Which is better? AK-47 vs. AR-15/M16 Debate…

  1. Vic says:

    Why can’t everyone just get along? Both make bad guys go bye bye if the operator does his end ;)

  2. Phillip says:

    M16/A15 are more accurate, AK47 is more reliable. If I’m on the deserted island I want the AK47, if I need to hit targets at 300 – 1000 yards, I want the M16.

    I would love to have an AK that is dead accurate at 200 yards with groupings of under 95% of my shots under 4 inches. I would have no reason to own an AR15 at that point.

    But for now, I’ll just own both :D

  3. Chris Miller says:

    An AR is a long range rifle and an AK is an “in the trenches” gun. How can such a debate even exist? That’s like comparing a handgun to a shotgun.

    I guess I don’t get it!

    • Eric Ebbinghaus says:

      Oh I think they’re a bit closer together than that. But you’re right about distance, the accuracy side of it isn’t an argument any more either.

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  7. EthanP says:

    I don’t see why an AK can’t be accurate. I’ve experience with the Valmet M62 semi only. At the time only top line Sako ammo was availible. While after almost 40 years I cannot remember groups, it compared favoribly to an AR15. The Galil, an AK clone also gives respectable accuracy though it’s 223. And it is heavy. Using quality 7.62×39 ammo instead of comblock surplus also seems to help.
    A Thumbhole Brady bill AK74 in 5.45×39 is also quite accurate. And thats using East German surplus ammo.

    I also think that an AR15/M16 using a gas piston brings this platform close to an AK for reliability. And IMHO the AR is the most ergonomic rifle ever made.

  8. CR Cobb says:

    Really enjoying your AK “build,” though I’m a little late to the game on 2/12/13. I would love to have a Valmet, but would settle for a Golani Galil, but I wouldn’t want to wreck it my customizing it (no such reservation with a WASR.

    • Ebbs says:

      You’re spot on. ZERO reservation wrecking a WASR. The most recent (and probably last for a while) post I’ve got coming shows me hacking off the rear trunnion in the name of stock modification. Fortunately it turned out exceptionally well. Had it not I would have just replaced it. Dime a dozen man. Well not right now. My $500 WASR is now a $1200 masterpiece. ;)

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