I apolgize in advance for taking this slightly off topic. I am starting to save some money to buy an EBR and I am trying to decide if I would be happier with an AR, AK, or SKS. I know basically nothing about any of them.
Here are a few facts about why/what I would use the rifle for;
1. Just for fun to shoot every couple of months, a couple of hundred rounds at a time.
2. Would like to have one in case the ban ever gets reinstated, so it would be grandfathered in (hopefully).
3. would like to have it if the economy really takes a dump and things get ugly.
My limited understanding is that most AR's are 223/5.56 caliber. I see that this is available at my local walmart. I read that the 5.6 nato will shoot 223, but not the other way around, or vice versa.
Ammo availablilty and cost would be a consideration since I am not independently wealthy.
I understand that the 7.62 caliber that AK, and I think SKS use is the same as the american .308, but I believe the length is different, at least for the AK. (I think there is an AK74 also, that uses a differnet length also.)
I don't think the AK ammo would be as easy to come by except military mail order or gun shows. Is this correct?
It appears that the cost of AK's runs about 2/3 the cost of an AR.
It appears that some people consider the AR more accurate, but the AK is more reliable.
What about an SKS, modified to accept removable magazines?