Very large, very popular. Probably as much, perhaps more, perhaps less, perhaps tied, with the AR. Millions and millions of them in circulation in the US. Very prolific.How popular is the Ak-47 amongst semi-auto fans in the US? Large following, insignficant alongside Ar-15 ?
To you perhaps. (And to some) not all.Maybe it's the result of being a Cold War child, but the AK will remain the gun of our enemies, the bad guys.
Visions of terrorists in the Middle East, Africa, South America, pretty much everywhere from the nightly news, that banana magazine is a target indicator. "Bad guy".
So what you're saying is AKs are popular with the use it for its intended purpose crowd and ARs are popular with the punching paper crowd. :Zomby killing crowd, pretty high.
Competition, High Power, 3-Gun, CMP Modern Militaray Matches, NEAR ZERO compaired to the AR.
just another thing that would greatly benefit the gun community, that the NRA refuses to lobby for because it may effect profits of domestic manufacturers like colt and S&WSo what you're saying is AKs are popular with the use it for its intended purpose crowd and ARs are popular with the punching paper crowd. :
Price and availability likely has the biggest impact. When ARs were more expensive than AKs people bought AKs. Now that prices have flipped, people buy ARs.
If the US opened up imports from China and Russia, AKs and their ammo would drop in price and people would buy them up.
Rugged reliability & simplicity are the AK's strongest assets. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
They are also extremely accurate with iron sights in a real-world SHTF scenario where you're engaging opponents/targets in the 100-200 yard range.
Taking a .30 caliber round inside that distance spectrum will definitely screw up your day.
While some AR folks love to cover their black rifles like a Mardi Gras float with all kinds of festoonery in the belief that it will make their .22 a long-range wonder rifle, a decent shot can do much better for a whole lot less with an over-the-counter, scoped .270 Win. bolt gun designed to reach out & touch someone in the most unpleasant way at 400-plus yards. :whip: :whip: :whip: