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7.62x39 recoil

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ben86, Nov 5, 2009.

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  1. Ben86

    Ben86 Member

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    I know that felt recoil is subjective, but I would appreciate it if someone could give me a comparison of 7.62x39 recoil to say 5.56, .308, .270 etc. I want to get an AK chambered in 7.62 but am worried about the recoil for my small statured wife so I am debating on getting a 5.56 or 5.45 version.
     
  2. stchman

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    AK-47s and their variants are semi automatic piston driven firearms. Most of the recoil is eaten up by the srping and gas system. I personally do not think they kick very much at all.
     
  3. TheDriver

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    x39 is significantly more felt recoil than 5.56, but far less than .308. Not sure about 5.45. My wife has shot my x39 AK and she does OK with it.
     
  4. MK11

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    I fired a full auto AK earlier this year and was amazed at how soft the recoil was (muzzle climb was another matter). It seemed like a soft push compared to the weird jerk of an AR or the quick shove of a .308. Never shot a .270, so can't compare there.

    Whether or not that works for your wife is another matter.
     
  5. rcmodel

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    If 300 million skinny little malnourished communest peasants can handle an AK on full-auto, then your healthy American corn-fed wife should be able to handle one on semi-auto just fine.

    rc
     
  6. stchman

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    That was funny.

    I don't know if 300 million AKs have been made, but it is probably not too far of an exaggeration.
     
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    Exactly. Even kids can handle an x39.

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    As noted, felt recoil of the AK-47 in 7.62x39 is between the 5.56 AR and 7.62 M14 or FAL.
     
  9. Ben86

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    That's hilarious. I never thought about it, but she is Vietnamese so she should be able to handle the ak just fine. It may even be instinctual! haha

    So I take it's somewhere in between a .308 and .223. So sort of like a .243 perhaps? I wish I knew some one that owns one, they all have ARs. lame
     
  10. Guy de Loimbard

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    I have an AK with the underfolding stock. I'd describe recoil as pleasant enough to fire all day. I used to have an AR-15 (16 in. bbl) and I think the recoil is pretty comparable. I think the muzzle blast on the AK is a lot louder though.
     
  11. MetalHead

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    For me an AR15 shooting 7.62x39 from a heavy 20" barrel seems to have the about the same or just a bit more recoil than a 20" pencil barrel shooting 5.56
     
  12. JShirley

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    7.62x39mm has much more recoil than 5.56mm, but it still isn't significant, especially from a heavy AK. Any healthy individual should have no problem handling the recoil in semi-auto.
     
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    yup, it's more of a push than recoil. Well, compared to my mosin that is.Also i have shot the 5.45. It's very-very mild and pleasant shooting cartridge, like the 5.56 or .223. Wish i can say how the recoil is from a woman's perspective because, uhhhhh... i haven't let my wife shot those because she doesn't really know i have them......yet.
     
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    I think you mean to say "communist". And yes, pretty much anyone can handle the mild recoil of the x39 in an AK. You can literally dump a full case of 1000 rounds in a day through one without any major pains.
     
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    Funny thing is that kid can field strip and clean an AK-47 in 3 minutes when he was 5 years old.
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Thank you for the spelling critique.

    I needed that! :scrutiny:

    rc
     
  17. nulfisin

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    Wear Ear Protection

    Recoil isn't bad at all, but these suckers are loud.
     
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    I perceive it as a little more than 5.56, but well under that of .308. I'd say the increase from 5.56 is about 25% of the difference between 5.56 and .308, if that much.

    I.e. I can shoot 5.56 or x39 for hours with no real fatigue or discomfort; .308 I will get tired of much faster. How much faster depends on whether the .308 is a semi or a bolt.
     
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    My 10 year old son loves to shoot an sks, very light recoil.
     
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    the recoil on the AK isn't that bad, but it does have a good muzzle flip to it, and it can be a tad uncomfortable if you have a standard steel butt-plated stock on it and hold it certain ways. It is Hard to judge the recoil when you compare the bullets out of different guns, though. I'd imagine that just about any gun will have less recoil in an AR configuration. Whereas, if you take the AK and it's smaller, shorter recoil spring and huge chunk of metal and piston slamming back above the rest of the gun, well...I'd expect the recoil to be as such.
     
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    it has less recoil then a .243 or a 30-30 but more then a 9mm carbine
     
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    By "handle" do you mean fire wildly in a general direction holding the gun over their heads and hitting nothing? :p

    In my experience a 7.62x39 AK kicks significantly more than a 5.56 AR, but that's not much of a feat since the AR is like the BB gun of the centerfire world. Plus mine is an underfolder so it's not a stock you want to snuggle up with anyway, and makes the recoil gap seem larger.
     
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    I started letting my oldest son shoot mine when he was 9, he said it felt like a .22, but he isn't a recoil sensitive kid.
     
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    My AK is my wife's favorite gun of mine to shoot. She likes to say it is her gun. However, this is NOT the case.
     
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