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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Here's my dilemma- buy a new WASR AK (with tapco furniture ~$450) in the next couple months, or wait for a while and save for a new RRA Elite CAR A4 (~$900).

I know everyone agrees the AR is a better rifle, but if I decide to get one it'll be a long while until I do...... and I'm really itching to get a new rifle in the next few months. All my bolt actions are gone and my 10-22 is lonely.

I'd like some input from all you guys about this. And please say why you would choose either one, or why you wouldn't. Thanks.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Try building an AR using a stripped lower and an upper kit it will run you about 500-600 bucks.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
zane said:
I know everyone agrees the AR is a better rifle.
Well not everyone agrees that one is better than the other. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Bottom line, get both eventually and choose which ever one you like better right now.

My personal taste leans toward the AR, but thats because there are lefty AR's out there and I'm a lefty.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
WOW!! Hard question!!! I own both,hummm the AK gets shot more,dunno really why.I shot around 5000rds thru the AK and only less than a 1000 thru the AR.I couldnt choose between them at all,but the AK mmmm just like shooting it alot.If at all possable where you live,rent both of them to shoot That will tell you alot.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
My opinion, BOTH. :)

Save up and buy both at the same time. Find a shop that'll give you a deal on both.
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
AR. build it over time, you'll save at least $100, and you'll know more about the weapon...can be your own gunsmith for it at that point.
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Have you also considered the price of surplus military ammo for the 7.62? Besides Wolf(crap) every other brand is almost 2x higher in price than it was 2 years ago. And Wolf isn't that cheap anymore.

I would get 3 ARs before I bought another AK. And yes, I already have one in the safe.
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
mudfoot said:
Have you also considered the price of surplus military ammo for the 7.62? Besides Wolf(crap) every other brand is almost 2x higher in price than it was 2 years ago. And Wolf isn't that cheap anymore.

I would get 3 ARs before I bought another AK. And yes, I already have one in the safe.
You do realize that you can get an AK in .223Rem.........
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
for me it's hard to say. I love my AR, but I'd love to have an AK too. One thing I can say though is I think it's worth buying both, just on principal alone. I feel another ban on these guns coming back, an even stricter ban than before so I want to have an AK before this happens.

I suppose price might play a bit into your decision. I am not positive on all prices, but can't you get an AK cheaper than an AR? On a personal note, I've just always wanted an AR because of how it looks. I would like to have the AK because everyone says if you have a decent one, they will go forever and hold up good in dirty conditions.

I went with the AR first, knowing I'd get the AK eventually.
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
I know I want an AR eventually, especially before we have another ban...... but I want something to shoot in the near future. And an AR just is too expensive for me at the moment. I dunno, if a good deal pops up for either rifle I'll try to take it but I'll probably just hold out a bit and see how money goes.

And BTW, wolf ammo might be crap but an AK just eats it up. It seems like AK's and wolf ammo were meant for each other.
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
zane said:
I know I want an AR eventually, especially before we have another ban...... but I want something to shoot in the near future. And an AR just is too expensive for me at the moment. I dunno, if a good deal pops up for either rifle I'll try to take it but I'll probably just hold out a bit and see how money goes.

And BTW, wolf ammo might be crap but an AK just eats it up. It seems like AK's and wolf ammo were meant for each other.

Thats only if you buy a WaSR........If you have $400 to spend, you don't have to get a WaSR, you can get alot of others for about the same money. On the AR side, get an AR180 for like $600-$700 new, I like it better than the 'other' design. And you can buy what some people call 'bottom dweller' ARs and up date it with a new upper as you get the money. There isn't much difference in the lowers between manufacturers, just perferences.
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
another thought...

ak's are more or less iron-sight weapons. They are difficult to "reliably" scope.

the AR platform however, performs well with all manner of scopes and aiming devices.
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
I have an AR paper puncher/varmint rifle, and an SAR-3 in .223.

I have thought about trading the SAR-3 toward an AR-15 carbine many times, but I don't think I could ever bring myself to do it. I love ARs, but if things went south in a hurry, I could grab the AK, 1000 rounds of ammo and fully expect to be able to chew through the entire ammo stash without a thourough cleaning or disassembly. I would not expect to be able to do the same with the AR.



 
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
mudfoot said:
You do realize that you can get an AR in 7.62x39...

Doesn't make it any better.
You absolutely dont make any sense. You say the downside of the AK is lack of available ammo. Well I simply posted that you can get an AK in .223, problem solved. And yea, an AK in .223 is better than an AK in 7.62. Any more useless comments now?
 
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Discussion Starter · #20 ·


This is what I want to do with a SAR2/3, if I can find the funds....


And an AK with a side mount optics rail is easy to scope, or you Scout mount it or you get one of these........




Ultimak.....never had any trouble with decent optics and works great with an Aimpoint or a Kobra
 
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