For those who have purchased or are still considering the purchase of one an AR-10 how much did / does the M1A or an AK-47 come up as the possible better option?
Beyond one's familiary with the AR platform, is it about the weight of the firearm?
I'm guessing the thought in these comparisons of the AK-47 (talking semi-auto versions) is that while the 7.62x39mm is not a .308, it is a similar cartridge and has the advantage of higher capacity magazine options, and theoretically easier to maintain then the AR platform. I don't see much for the AR-10 & M1A beyond 20 rounds. While I would think the AR-10 and M1A would have greater accuracy then the AK, I'm assuming the M1A be considered easier to maintain than an AR platform.
Some might point out FAL also, however I'm thinking the FAL is almost always chambered 7.62x51mm (I have not seen one marked .308). Also, I'm thinking there is a length issue that would put the FAL in different consideration.
So a lot of guesses on my end, looking for other's thoughts and experience.