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Let the AK go for an AR?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by FNP45, Feb 6, 2012.

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  1. FNP45

    FNP45 Member

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    Well I'm in a dilemma on my latest first world problem. In NOV I purchased my first assault rifle, Arsenal AK and was happy as hell about it. I went with an AK for a couple of reasons, the classic look, history of the weapon and the reliability.

    Then in Dec. I found a new world called three gun, where has this been???? I picked up on what was what in the game and realized right away what rifle you don't see (AK), for apparent reasons (accuracy).

    I then got to looking into AR platform rifles & I found another new world and I'm hooked. The idea of setting up the rifle how I want it & then having the ability to swap out different uppers with ease really appeals to me. Already have a second upper picked out, 458 socom (i reload).

    Question is: Should i sell the AK to fund the AR build?

    Side notes:
    Plan on getting another AK down the road.
    Have house project coming up so funds aren't as generous.
    Accuracy differences cant be argued (not with in reason, i think?)
    The reliability of an AR can't be that bad if every other person and there dog has one, just as long as you keep em' clean.

    Thanks For the feedback
     
  2. carbine85

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    If you can't afford both then get rid of the AK. The AR platform smokes the AK IMHO. An AK is an AK, the AR is what ever you want.
    I think I'll sit back and see how this thread goes.:)
     
  3. Robert

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    I'd sell the AK to fund the AR build and not look back. The AR wins in accuracy, ease of adding optics (assuming a flat top), better triggers, better ergos as well as some others I may be forgetting. The AK is not a bad rifle, far from it, but the AR is a better rifle.

    In my experience the reliability issues of the AR are vastly over stated in the last 30 years. Were there problems at first? Yes. But those were a long time ago. A modern AR is a very reliable weapon. I only clean mine every 1000 rounds or so and I have had no major issues. And nothing that has caused me to have to walk off a stage. The AR is Legos for adults. Though I still like Legos too, a perk of having a young son.
     
  4. d2wing

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    If you need permission to do the right thing, you have it. Both are fun but for business you need the AR. AR's guys been beating AK guys for near 50 years head to head.
     
  5. dcarch

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    Don't ever sell a gun. You'll regret it down the road, BELIEVE me. The Arsenal is quite a gun. I would just wait, save your pennies, and get the AR as well. Besides, if you need to conserve funds for a house project, burning them in a three gun match doesn't strike me as a good option until you're done with the house. Again, the Arsenal is considered to be one of the best AKs on the market right now. If you said you've got another AK in mind down the road, why sell one of the top notch ones that you own already? I would just wait, save some $, and get an AR. Like I said, seller's remorse is nasty stuff. Don't start on that path. :)
     
  6. xxxleafybugxxx

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    What gun would I rather have in a real life combat situation? AK
    What gun would I rather have at a shooting range? AR
    Have Both!
     
  7. FNP45

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    Haha, thanks for permission. The replies pretty much answer what I was thinking. I know it's an easy answer just wanted a lil feed back from the firearms community

    Don't ever really see a real life combat situation arising. I'll get another one before the apocalypse, lol
     
  8. Robert

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    Honestly I like this answer the best. Better than mine. I have no love for the myth of the AK and I will not hide it. But you have a good one and if you sell it you will regret it. I should have never sold my FAL...
     
  9. Mr.Blue

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    I sold my Bulgarian Arsenal AK and have regretted it ever since.

    I prefer ARs, but would like to have both. If I were you, I'd save up for the AR. Why take a loss on the AK, only to buy the same rifle down the road at a premium? The AR can wait until you can afford it.
     
  10. needmorecowbell

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    I wouldn't sell the AK, especially if you know you'll get another down the road, unless you aren't happy with the one you have and want a different one already. Just save up for the AR. Usually when you sell you lose a little money and you regret it later on. Only time I sell now is if I genuinely don't like the gun, not to fund another one.
     
  11. d2wing

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    I disagree pretty strongly with you xxx but not going to beat that dead horse. Nearly everyone knows how that works out.
     
  12. allaroundhunter

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    If you are wanting to run 3-gun, it is a no-brainer, sell the AK and get yourself an AR. Especially if you are going to get one down the road. There will still be plenty of AKs, as long as you aren't too tied to this one (we are all tied to at least one of our guns right;))
     
  13. FNP45

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    Hhhmmmm all good points.....
    Save and be patient or move quickly and have instant gratification, a byproduct of our time.
     
  14. Buck Kramer

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    Keep the AK, save for an AR.
     
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    If ffyou are going to take your rifle fill it with cheap ammo, drop it into the mud, then muck it around a bit, then drop it into the sandbox, filling it up with sand and still expect it to work flawlessly, then by all means keep your AK.
    If you keep your rifle fairly clean, lubricate it occasionally and use decent quality ammo, then perhaps the AR will suit you well.
    If hitting a man sized target at 100 yds is all you want, then ok with the AK
    If you want to hit the man sized target in the eye, then perhaps the AR will suit you better.
    You get the idea I'm sure.

    Roger
     
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    They both have their purposes. I like both guns. And there really is no comparison in a battle situation. But that's a whole different topic. Get both
     
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    I think I would have to join the other in saying don't sell, you will only regret it down later. I still kick my self on letting my mini 14 go, (it was a decent shooter) now they want $800 for one new and the used ones are as much as I bought my other one when it was new.

    Save the coin and have both.
    Good luck with which ever way you go.
     
  18. ThatGuyHank

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    *Sigh* I like the AK's far more than the AR platform. This is just my preference but I found it on my own logic. I tested the AR's and the AK's and shot all kinds in all flavors or brand and chambering. After looking at the accuracy, handling, easy of use and reliability I settled with a 5.45 Saiga. I converted it with a pistol grip (tapco saw, extremely comfortable and really drives your hand to the receiver) and a new stock (KAVAR fixed stock in NATO length although, I added a buttpad for some more LOP) and trigger group. With Tec-sights she settles nicely into the 1.5-2 inch groups at 100 yards. With a Nikon Prostaff, it will do 1 inch if I do my part (it is a challenge though, not easy by any means). It is a truly wonderful rifle.

    An Arsenal AK is a Saiga rifle that's been converted and worked on for you. They are the top notch AK, and they aren't cheap. You'd get a starter AR for the money you spent on that Arsenal. However, I've seen AR's choke on seemingly nothing. I've seen them choke in indoor ranges where the weather isn't even a FACTOR. Sure, the reliability complaints are overblown. It's not like they stop working all the time but in my experience they stop more often than I'd be comfortable with. I've never had an AK choke.

    Anyway, the Arsenal should be capable of tight groupings, rivaling that of a well made, more expensive AR. And the AK makes one solid three gun rifle when properly trained. Reloads are tricky-ish and going from empty might be a pain if you aren't left handed (it's great being born sinister :evil:). Otherwise, they are both suitable for competitions but I'd take the AK every day of the week.

    my two cents and change
     
  19. purpplehaze

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    Keep your AK and save for an AR.
     
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    if it bothers you that bad and you have a closet full of ammo just get a 762 39 upper to slap on too when you get the spare cash.
    ARs are like pringles, you cannt just have one.
    make sure you get two females or get the male fixed cause theyll multiply in the safe. trust me lol
     
  22. Fishbed77

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    This is the best advice.
     
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    If it was a WASR I'd say sell it, but an Arsenal is worth holding on to IMO.
     
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    if i could only have one it would be an ar15 hands down.

    when i could have more than one, it would be more than one ar15.

    its far more accurate, far more versatile, far more reliable. yes, they are more reliable.

    it wins every category easily.
     
  25. Clark

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    I have one AK, and a couple ARs.

    The ARs are way better, but consider a Ruger #1V with a scope.

    The #1 is way better than the AR.

    ARs are for squads blasting in battle. You are one guy. Hit something with one shot.
     
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