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Nice video. Next try demonstrating reliability of ACR or Scar 16s.
However... If you want to do a true AK torture test, toss a little freedom or democracy dust in there... It's like AK kryptonite! ahhh I jest...
Hey MAC is there any chance you can get together some of the guns that the Army is still currently testing as candidates for the Individual Carbine Competition and do one big torture test/shoot-off with them? I've seen you with quite a few already, the SCAR, ACR, HK MR556 (416), and of course the M4. Any chance you can get your hand's on a Beretta ARX-160 or a BEAR elite?
"Brilliant. So now we got a huge guy theory, and a serial crusher theory. Top notch. What's your name?" - Paul Smecker
Which manufacturer was that AK made by?
Don't believe what you hear and only half of what you see!
That pretty much should shut the naysayers up.
I alway was on board with the tales of how they would work in the most horrible conditions.
Mikhail knew what he was doing back in 1945-46
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
Washington didn't use his freedom of speech to defeat the British, He shot them!
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy." -- Ernest Benn
Nice video! That is why my rifle of choice has always been an AK!
"He is a wellspring of truth, but you can't bring the whole well up with one bucket." -Mark Twain's Mother (Jane Lampton Clemens)
Nice video man! There's definitely an AK in my long list of future gun purchases.
The stupidity of some people NEVER ceases to amaze me.
CC from the time I get out of bed til I get back in.
This just proves that Indiana dirt is slick enough to use as a lubricant
Seriously though, great video and demonstration.
I'll keep my freedom, my liberty, and my guns. You can keep the change.
Wish I could shoot 7.62 at the range I go to or that I coud afford some land in the country. Sure would save a couple hundred vs an AR.
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"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky. dangerous animals."
Reliability are what they are famous for.
Once again. A memorable VIDEO.
One reason why I have been sold on the AK for SHTF for many years now.
The GALIL has been my "go to" rifle since they were first imported into the U.S. by Magnum Research.
It's an all "PROS" rifle with the only "CON" being the weight of the rifle w/ its "machined from barstock" receiver & the heavy duty HEAVY Steel mags.
I'm shaving some "hump weight" by going with the ORLITE magazines...ditching the Steel bi-pod and I am now having a new custom optics mount machined from aircraft Aluminum rather than an I.M.I. 1st issue original Steel mount which weighs almost a pound.
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The Galil is the only 5.56 AK I love. I foolishly sold my Galil years ago and have been kicking myself since. I've done torture tests to the Galil that were simply unbelievable, and it kept on ticking. I thought I wanted something else more and traded it... I can be such an idiot sometimes.
The AK in the video is an Arsenal SGL31-94 in 5.45x39. It's a Russian made AK that comes from the original home of the AK, the Izhmash plant.
Kalashnikov, while red as hell, was a brilliant arms designer. The AK platform is amongst the most trusted and widely manufactured long guns in the world....highly reliable and trusted by many.
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When it comes to a SHTF rifle I value the qualities of the AK. Here's why.
The AK needs precious little maintenance. It requires absolutely no lube. It can be cleaned in a creek without solvents or modern lubes and it will still work flawlessly. Special cleaning kits aren't required to keep it running. It has large, simple parts that aren't easily lost in the field (unlike the ARs firing pin retaining pin).
If I'm alone in the woods worried about my well being, the LAST thing I want to worry about is the state of my rifle. I have other things I'll need to focus on besides making sure the precise amount of lube is applied to various parts. Hopefully fights will be few and far between so my rifle will mostly be a silent companion. But if I need it, I want to know it will be ready.
People say the com-bloc calibers aren't ideal because you won't be able to find them. My view is, if you're looking for ammo after the S hit the F, you weren't prepared. Since avoiding gun fights is paramount to your survival, having 500-1000 rounds tucked away is all you should need for months if not years of survival. If your plan is to get I too fight after fight and burn through thousands of rounds, you should probably rethink things. If you think ammo will be lying on the streets post SHTF, you're probably mistaken. How many cases of ammo do you think folks found abandoned in the streets after Katrina or during the LA riots?
Some folks think ARs make sense because they share parts commonality with the US service rifle. They think they will be able to easily repair their semiauto rifles with parts they find in abandoned M4s left lying about by dead soldiers. Question; if you have a broken semiauto AR and you see a M4 laying in the street, won't you simply pick up the M4 and use it?
These are a few of the things I think about at 12:30 in the morning while laying in bed with my iPad. LOL