Alright, as most of you know, I'm a new guy to this forum AND to firearms in general. So please take my observations with a grain of salt.
I already owned an AR15 (DPMS M4) and just got a new ACR in the mail. Yesterday, I bought an AK47 at my local dealer 'just because' (I have no good reason).
For all intents and purposes, let's call my AK a $500 weapon (I paid $450), a typical AR15 is a $1000 weapon (got my DPMS for $800), and the ACR a $2000 weapon (got mine for $1700). Maybe you see where I'm going with this....................
I've had my AR for over a month and love it. It's well broken in and is setup how I like my rifles (no superfluous BS attached to it, just a magpul handguard and stock to make it more ergonomic and comfortable.) It has an Eotech knock off sight I bought on GB.com.
My ACR is brand new, unfired, doesn't need anything on it (it's already ergonomic) and I added a knockoff Eotech also.
Just picked up an old WASR-10 AK47 today and wanted to see where it fits in to this whole mess.
I use Wolf Performance ammo for my .223. The 7.62 rounds I bought were some Russian stuff from Wally Mart. Just so I'm clear, I'm not comparing these weapons as if they are "apples to apples." I'm comparing these in more of a "is there room for all these in my collection" sorta way........or "If I can't have all these in my collection, which should I have." Keep in mind my motives: These are for my recreation or I'm a hobbyist and they will also defend my home if needed.
So, today I went to the range and used a 100 yd bay.
First, I fired my new AK and put 30 rounds thru it. I was very impressed at it's feel while firing, especially considering it's cost. I was expecting a clunky feeling weapon, but I was wrong. It's grouping at 50 feet (not yards) wasn't very accurate, but it only has iron sights on it. It's pretty much what I've been told........spray and pray. I guess I expected less and ended up pleasantly surprised.
Then I fired my AR15. 30 rounds thru it and it reminded my how it isn't the 'sewing machine' I think it should be. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but I think a $1000 weapon should feel a little better while firing. I guess I expected more and have been disappointed a little. It has 2" - 2.5" grouping at 50 feet. Definitely good enough for me.
Now the fun comes. I put 30 rds thru my new ACR. It seems heavier in my hands compared to the AR, but it seems to have a more precise action and less recoil. The gun is frickin sweet. It's 50 foot grouping was UNDER 2". I really like this weapon and think I'll like it more as the rounds keep running thru it.
Now here's the question: Which of these guns should we all have in our collections? Obviously it'll be different for all of us. Different needs and different money issues. But here's what I think:
Puting money aside, I definitely rank them as 1) ACR, 2) AR, and 3) AK.
Factoring IN money, I'd get 1) AK and an AR, or get just an ACR
Some thoughts I had: an AR isn't twice the gun as an AK, but costs twice as much. An ACR is almost twice the gun an AR is, and costs twice as much.
Sorry for the long post, but these guns fascinate me, and how they compare and their value fascinates me even more.
I will say this......if you have $2k burning a hole in your pocket, I wouldn't hesitate to throw it at an ACR. I won't be getting rid of my AR, but am glad I got the ACR. The AK aint bad either ;)
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