Lets take a look at these to iconical weapons
The AK-47 has such a colorful history, to tell you the full story would require a novel and I don't have that kind of time. Same goes for the M-16, both have wonderful story's and many, many wars fought. Some against each other.
Lets first look at the Russian made Automat Kalashnikov 47.
1.Automat: means automatic (go figure)
2.Kalashnikov: the name of the creator/designer Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov
3.47: first finished product created in 1947
So...the AK-47 was adopted by Russia and god knows how many other country, along with damn near every militia ever to have the idea that they needed a change in the government. It has become a staple of revolutions and free thinking wackoes everywhere. It cheap cost and ability to fire under any conditions you decide to be in for any reason are the main reasons for it popularity. Shooting 7.62x39mm A.K.A. M43
it packs a nice punch and a good amount of individual's armor piercing capability. Which it being a full automatic weapon, spray+pray seems to be the general idea for this weapon. With a weight of lbs. it is heavy enough to let you know your carrying a weapon but not to heavy for children of many uprisings to handle. Having shot an AK-47 i have to say that firing it on full auto for more the 4-5 rounds if a waste of ammo. The accuracy of this weapon in single shot is bad enough...you'll be lucky to hit a man standing still at 200 m. Now with the recoil the way it is, firing a clip at a time is a waste of 25 rounds, with only about 5 hitting near your desired target. With there being many, many different versions of the AK-47, the true Russian Automat Kalashnikov 47 has a slow muzzle velocity of 700mps and only one attachment...its bayonet. This is a good weapon for certain situations but the capabilities are far less important and known then its name a image. In a twisted way, this is a symbol for freedom
Now lets explore the M-16 series. Created by Eugene Stoner the M-16 has four main version. Having the fully automatic A1 version to the widely used A2 which was made to be semi-auto due to higher ups finding full auto was a waste of ammo. However, it still has the 3 round burst option. The heavier but identical to the A2 in performance but not in looks. The A4 has a detachable handle/rear sight and the integrated railing system for handgaurds. Your M4 version is a shortened M-16 with a integrated railing system, shortened barrel, and collapsible butt stock.
These weapons have become the bread and butter for us in the Armed Forces. Tried and true for over 30 years this rifle lay's next to me as I write this post. Now using this integrated railing system there are so many different accessories and attachment for the A4/M4. Dont worry though, if your an A2 owner there are new handgaurds that make any M-16 able to attach a whole world of goodies and fun toys. All the way from a simple flashlight to a M203 40MM grenade launcher or the Master key Shotgun attachment. Or maybe you want a broomstick handle for a second hold point, maybe a mess of laser pointer and side sights or scopes? possibly you want your railing system to hold your cleaning kit? i think you get the point. Enough about how versatile the M-16 is, let speak statistics. With more rifling (one more twist) and other features, the M-16 accuracy is exponentially better. I personally can tag a person standing still at 600 meters. As well as pick parts of the person at 500m (but I am an expert riflemen). Even still the range of the M-16 triples the length of target tagging the AK has. The muzzle velocity is a respectable 850mps and a weight of the M-16 allows the war fighter to carry a fighting load with more rounds and less stress. 7.5lbs unloaded and the 5.56 rounds are easy to carry and store with out adding a shit load of weight
So now lets get to the gun bashing shall we?
First I got to say I don't hate the AK-47, i actually like the weapon but I swear to you if you keep telling me that the AK is more accurate the an M-16 and the military should switch over to it, imma find your most loved possession/person, soak it in gas, tie it to a tree and shoot flaming arrows at it. What ignorent fuck decide on voicing that opinion. I've seen more itellegence in buddist monks setting themselves on fire for world hunger!!
I need to say this and you need to read, learn, know, and love this next part.
The M-16 is just straight up more accurate at any distance and will never ever ever ever be beaten in the distance arena. simple fast and to the point. Next, the ammo that everyone that has no brain loves to hate...the 5.56(M-16 ammo). For christ sakes people, do you really think the US Marine Corp has gotten the reputation it has from using a gun that doesnt work? NO!!! It doesn't work if you don't know how to us it. If your aim is bad enough to were you need 3 shots of buck shot or eight 7.62 fired in rapid succession to take a man down then don't you ever join my Corp...NEVER!!! I have taken a man down and keep him down with once single shot from my M-16. I know how to aim and I hit him where I wanted to. If you can target a mans chest (which will make him stop moving long enough for a well aimed second shot if applicable)then you just go to hell, you go to hell and you die, or maybe just a range, but either way shut the fuck up about the "tiny and ineffective" 5.56. Besides, you got the three round burst option!
Now speaking of Muzzle velocity, the M-16 is 150mps faster the the AK and in a "who will shot first" senerio, those 150 meters could be your life...always a plus.
I will however give the AK the penetrations award for being able to eat up armor if weak or cover if thin. That would be a useful capability to have but if thats your stategy then thank God you got full auto!!
I mentioned that in a twisted way the AK-47 was a symbol for freedom...well the M-16 has become the symbol of an unstoppable fighting force that will fuck your face and not stop if you dont listen...like an OG pimp, smackin-a-hoe!! Now thats the knid of freedom I'd like to represent. I know I didn't cover everything in this post so if you have anything else to add(for either side) then feel free to comment.