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More reliable: M1 (including M1A) or AK

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by briansmithwins, Oct 8, 2008.

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Most reliable in field conditions?

  1. M1 Garand/M1A

    13 vote(s)
    30.2%
  2. AK (7.62x39 or 5.45x39)

    30 vote(s)
    69.8%
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  1. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Member

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    Given manufacture by a quality manufacturer, which rifle would be more reliable in real world, living in the dirt conditions? BSW
     
  2. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Member

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    Honestly, both options are very reliable. Both are piston operated, both are battle proven platforms, and both are offered in widely accepted and available calibers.
    I voted for the AK because that is what I own, but I would not hesitate to use an M1A as well.
     
  3. H2O MAN

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    My CRAZY HORSE® NAVY MK14 SEI MOD 0 delivers AK47
    Reliability combined with Sub MOA 7.62mm x 51 Accuracy.
    My Norinco T56SHTF AKM has been nothing but reliable.

    Both can be equally reliable.
     
  4. Z-Michigan

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    If truly equal quality of manufacture, the AK. Much better dust sealing (for instance, it actually has a dust cover) and a piston/carrier system that rarely if ever bends, compared to the more delicate operating rod on M1/M1A systems (yes, I realize the Garand and M14 are not identical in this respect).

    Of course, a cheapo AK vs. a truly well made Garand or M14 type might be a different story.
     
  5. Full Clip

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    Of course, if there is a failure, the M1 can double as a great club...the AK, not so much.
     
  6. foghornl

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    And with bayonet attached, a better spear/pike... :D :evil: :D :evil:
     
  7. FMJMIKE

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    AK can take more abuse and still function.
     
  8. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

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    If your field conditions are bad enough that there could be concern about a rifle's reliability, odds are it's badder than you are and you have a lot more to worry about.
     
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