Question For Gun Buffs?

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    M-16 or AK-47. Which do you prefer. And why?

    I've never handled either of them but based on what I've read and heard from experienced shooters I have my preference and I'd like to compare my thoughts.
     
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    I think it boils down to accuracy vs reliability. If you want accuracy the M-16 is the way to go.
    If you want to spray and pray, get yourself an AK-47.
     
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    Thank you.

    If accuracy and reliability are the deciding factors, so long as the AK is reasonably accurate, meaning it can readily strike a man-size target at 75 yards, I will opt for mechanical reliability. And I have read and heard the AK is infinitely more reliable than the M-16, as well as considerably easier to maintain.

    Both the AK and the M-16 are categorical "assault weapons," which I understand to mean they are intended primarily for close quarters, rapidly mobile engagement, in which case accuracy beyond 50 yards is not a primary concern.

    Based on my personal experience, if accuracy is a primary concern I would choose the M-1 Garand, which is a supremely accurate rifle. I qualifed Expert with it and I can strike a man-size target at 500 yards (no scope) shooting prone, or 200 yards offhand. (The M-1 is also very mechanically reliable.)
     
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    I always preferred the M14 in Nam.
     
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    I'm surprised more haven't chimed in.
    Heck, get yourself one of each. :D
     
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    The M-16 is not for close quarters. The Corps used M-16s at the same ranges for qualifying as you posted (300 yards sitting also).
     
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    Ah so they are both good for hunting and target shooting? Obviously they are not good for home defense unless of course you are attacked by an entire football team.

    :D

    What exactly are those guns designed for anyway? I thought it had something to do with the military? NO?
     
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    The m-4 carbine is the shorter version of an M-16 and is for close quarters.

    The M-16a2 is accurate to 500 meters. The Corps used to qualify with it out to 500 yards. Not sure what they do now.

    If you get an AK-47 try and get a European made one, they are more accurate, the Chinese ones are mechanically reliable but I owned one and the sights were useless. If with it pegged all the way I was still hitting off the target to the right. at 25 and 50 yards.
     
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    AK 47's are pretty accurate at close range. 100 to 200 yards out.
    You can get a AK variant in 223 that is pretty accurate even further out.
     
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    They are in fact protected under the second amendment.
    Miller vs. U.S. and Lewis vs. U.S.
     

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