Any and all info/advice would be helpful. I have been to the centerfire site and looked at the SAR 1 but still do not know what to get and what are the benefits of having an AK47 vs an AR15. Is the ammo readily available, are they realible weapons, what kinds of customizations can you do to them, can they be used for hunting deer and the like, etc...Like the subject says "AK Newbie"
They aren't just reliable, they about the single most reliable modern military weapon in existance. Ammo is cheap and readily available. If you get a 7.62x39 AK you can hunt deer with it.
If you want to go inexpensive, a SAR1 will do anything a high-end AK will do except look as good. If you are in a AR15 vs. AK47 mode, then you could spend a bit more (still less then for an AR) and get an SA-M7 and have the best off the shelf post-ban AK around.
Customizing an AK goes basically like this:
A stamped receiver AK (SAR1 is one) will take pretty much any stock part/accesory made for a stamped receiver.
A milled receiver AK.... you get the point.
Here's a good site to get an idea of the diversity of AK parts around. And to buy them from.
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Good choice on going AK,
Yes they are reliable, in fact that's what made this weapon famous..search for the U-47 story on this forum.
It's a fun to shoot rifle and if you add some kind of optical sight to it it can be accurate. With a reddot sight I have been seen shooting groups with my hungarian at least as tight as any AR15.
Easy to maintain, fun to shoot.....did I mention AK's are fun to shoot.
I have both a Sar1 & a Rock River AR.
I find the Sar1 to be more fun to shoot and accesorize than the AR. Something else to consider is that magazines ammo & accesories are much cheaper than the AR.
Average GI contract 30rd AR mag runs $20 to $30 each.
AK = $6 to $8 for a 30rd mag.
Check out Aim for an easy comparison
AR 75-100rd drum mags, next to impossible to find for under $150.
Ak drums 75rds+, very easy to find for $60 to $100.
7.62x39 500rds Silver Bear FMJ $43
.223 500rds Silver Bear FMJ $60
Stocks for the AK are really easy to switch out all you really need is a screw driver. AR, well you need a special stock tool to start.
Don't get me wrong I do like my AR but I could have 2 AK's + mags for the price of one AR.
My only beef with the AK is the ammo is so darn heavy. A 1000 rounds of 7.62 will nearly give you a hernia! But they are really fun to shoot. Have a blast!