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AR vs. AK vs. Mini-14

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SquirrelNuts, Dec 24, 2002.

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  1. SquirrelNuts

    SquirrelNuts Member

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    A board would not be complete without one of these threads. You all know what I mean. Time to start one. Who's first?

    -SquirrelNuts
     
  2. Schuey2002

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    If you can afford it.... Buy all three ! :D
     
  3. Ian

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    None of the above. Buy a Daewoo for your .223. :)
     
  4. Art Eatman

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    Sorta hard to have "vs." when they're three different-purpose critters.

    :), Art
     
  5. 762x51

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    These threads are nothing but trouble.

    As far as a personal favorite though.....I'll go with the AK. It's just so simple and so much fun!
     
  6. Watchman

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    AR...more accurate, infinite number of various parts, interchangable top halfs, calibers and very customizable...

    AK...not as prone to fail due to filth, very reliable, solid as a rock, more durable magazines...


    Mini 14...cheap alternative to AR, not as accurate, not as cutomizable, expensive magazines but fun to shoot for less money.

    I suppose it depends on what you are looking for in a rifle.
     
  7. CAP

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    What Schuey said.
    I'm 2/3 of the way there. :D

    CAP
     
  8. DMK

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    I'd go with the SKS, but it's not on the list, so I guess I'd vote for AK as the second choice.

    I really like the 7.62x39 round. At the range I shoot at there's only a 100 yard max, so the flat shooting of .223 doesn't matter to me. However, I do like cheap ammo, low recoil and big holes.
     
  9. Blackhawk

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    AR.

    I'm prejudiced.
     
  10. MiniZ

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    There are pros and cons to all three.

    I guess it depends on what you need/want..
     
  11. Redlg155

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    I think the AK would have been perfect had they designed it with a magazine lock system like the AR15 series.

    The "tilting lock" magazine of the AK, Mini 14 and FAL series is about the only fault I see with them.

    Good Shooting
    RED
     
  12. Hkmp5sd

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    Wow, another ALL OF THE ABOVE. :)

    Colt M16A1 (A1 and M4 uppers)
    Colt AR-15 SP1
    Polytech Legend AK-47 (underfolder)
    Ruger Mini-14 (stainless, side-folder)
     
  13. Chaz

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    I have the AK and the Mini. I guess I need the AR to compare and end the debate once and for all. At least thats what I'm gonna tell the wife!! :D
     
  14. Tamara

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    Ooh! I know this one!

    Um, let's see... "AR's are overpriced jam-o-matics and AKs and Minis couldn't hit a barn from the inside with the door closed." Did I get that right?

    Stay tuned for next weeks episode where we'll discuss obscenely overpriced, heavy and hard-to-fieldstrip M1As; clunky, awkward FALs; and the G3, with its squirtgun trigger and ergonomics apparently designed for three-armed Arnold Schwarzeneggers...


    Lemme know if I left anything out... ;) :D
     
  15. King

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    AR.....accurate, lots of parts and interchangeability, styling, plentiful and cheap ammo

    I do plan to add a good AK at some point, especailly since a good one can be found cheap.........
     
  16. RustyHammer

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    AK's are a good place to start because they are pretty inexpensive (as are the mags, ammo, accessories, etc.) and they are a lot of fun.

    AR's are great too, but they'll run you a little more.

    No experience with the mini-14 ...

    Lock and load!
     
  17. Hkmp5sd

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    For some reason, I get this mental picture of Tamara waving a huge red flag while standing in a pasture full of bulls. :)
     
  18. USMC

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    During the Gulf War, the M16 served me well. Those with the AK's died. I will keep my AR15’s.

    USMC

    :p
     
  19. Gewehr98

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    During the Spanish-American War...

    The Yanquis with the Trapdoors and Krags died.

    The Spanish with their Mausers inflicted a terrible drubbing on the Yanquis. So much so that the Yanquis adopted the 1903 Springfield in short order.

    And, if memory serves me correctly, the good 'ol boys from MACV-SOG used AK-47's when needed.

    I will keep them all. Collect the whole set, before they get outlawed, ala' the People's Republic of **********! ;)
     
  20. Tamara

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    Also, .223 isn't powerful enough, while .308 is too powerful. 7.62x39 and 5.45 are commie rounds, and therefore jokes, while .30-'06 is obsolete and .303 & 8mm Mauser belong in the antiquities department with all the other relics of the Trojan War...

    (What? You didn't know Achilles used a SMLE? I'm pretty sure that's in the Iliad someplace...)

    Have I hit all the stereotypes yet?

    ;)
     
  21. Sodbuster

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    Is the Norinco 84S-1 close enough? Well, it is for me. :) It can't be your only rifle though. Gotta have something in that "too powerful" .308. :) Oh, yeah, buy soon, and buy often.
     
  22. ArmaLube

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    The Choice Is Yours!

    If you evaluate the virtues of these firearms, you will (in my opinion) arrive at the AR15. From the standpoints of configuration flexibility, broad availability of parts, brass availability, ballistic performance, and just about any other considerations you can think of, the AR15 is the clear choice.

    To become convinced, I would recommend that you review the wealth of informtion offered at the AR15-related web sites. They pretty well tell the whole story.

    Best wishes,
    Bob
     
  23. Weaps

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    Well, as my first post on this new forum after coming over from GT and TFL I'll chime in on the Mini and the AK. My first .223 autoloading rifle was (and still is) a 184 series stainless Mini that I bought sometime in 1989. I equipped it with a Choate side folder. I also bought a Norinco AK back when I lived in california and you could buy those things for $300 or so. Both of them were great rifles. I still have the Mini-14 with about 5 or so standard capacity magazines but sadly traded the AK way back for my Colt Series 80 Commander (long story short: bought the Colt, sold it to a family friend because I wanted to buy a "Wondernine"; never got around to buying a new pistol so I traded with the family friend the AK for the Colt.) Today that AK would have been worth quite a bit more than I paid for it. Oh well, I'll probably be getting an SAR some time in the near future. Both the AK and the Mini have been reliable, serviceable rifles with the Mini still serving. It was by my side during the '92 L.A. riots and still sits near me for Homeland Defense.

    The AR's have always been like Apple computers: priced out of my range. I paid something like $320 for my Mini back when I bought it. Maybe some day...but first I would like to get an AK clone to round out the 7.62 midrange, and then maybe a .308 in perhaps a FAL for the high range 7.62. Then maybe a Garand to cover the .30-06 (already have an M1917 Remington Enfield) and THEN an AR-15.
     
  24. Politically Incorrect

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    Same gun time! Same gun channel.

    I like my AR, my AK, and the Mini-14 I did own was a nice little rifle.

    But I'm keeping the AK because I have quite a few magazines for it, the Mini-14 was traded for a Beretta Elite II (which was then traded for my AR). The AR-15 is leaving to make room (in my wallet) for my M1A.

    The AK could find a new home if I find a M1 Carbine for a decent price. And from what I have seen, I'll keep the AK for awhile.
     
  25. rjk2475

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    tamara; please explain MOLON LABE. i'm new. if not too personal, are you the resident scholar of the board. respectfully--this is not a hit---ron
     
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