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I'm not trying to start crap or anything; I'm just curious.

All of my AK's are in 30-caliber, and I was wondering what the attraction is to the 5.45x39 as opposed to 7.62x39 or 5.56x45.
 

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MAJOR PITA said:
I'm not trying to start crap or anything; I'm just curious.

All of my AK's are in 30-caliber, and I was wondering what the attraction is to the 5.45x39 as opposed to 7.62x39 or 5.56x45.
Shoot one, they are accuate, little if any kick, the Bulgies are well made. The 5.45x39 has a nasty hydoshock on its target. Thats just for starters.
 

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I understand Mrs. Marcos-- it's just not the shoe rack I fill up.

And was it Sir Edmund Hillary who said "because it's there"?

I no longer even pretend to be logical about these things.

 

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Current military issue rifle.

Cheap components.

Collectability.

Nice looks - definite "coolness" factor.

Many difference options/configurations.

Yet another AK to fill my safe. Like to have at least one of each :D
 

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I live in an area where 5.45x39 is pretty rare. In fact I'd say that to even get the ammo around here you'd have to order from Cheaper Than Dirt or somebody.
 

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The low recoil impulse which results in less muzzle rise and flatter trajectory is the main attraction. The time to recover from the recoil and realign the sights on the target is less. I can put 30rds of aimed rapid fire on target in half the time it takes with 7.62x39mm AK rifle. I can shoot it faster than my AR-15's.
 

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I agree. The SAR 2 has less recoil than my SAR 3 and is very accurate. Ammo is not a problem for me. I buy enough from the gun shows I go to in PA. to last till the next show. It's the same price as WOLF .223's.
 

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I thinks it's just cool to have a rifle that everyone thinks is a 7.62x39 but isn't (aren't all AK's 7.62x39?) . Also it represents the modernization of the AK to meet current needs, which spells "military variant" which to many means, "I got to have it".

The 5.56mm AK is just a reworked AK for foreign sales and is not used buy the country of manufacture. Yes, it too is a variant but not a "military variant".

Just my views.......
 

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Toten Kopf said:
The 5.56mm AK is just a reworked AK for foreign sales and is not used buy the country of manufacture. Yes, it too is a variant but not a "military variant".
Oh that's on my summer list as well! AK-101 :cool:
 

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I hope to get a 74 mainly because of the lowered recoil. Also, I like to have an example of more current military issued AK in my collection....perhaps a few examples ;)
 

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Okay, so those of you who have both a 5.45 AK74 and a .223/5.56 AK, which one do you prefer, and why?
 

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Having a SAR three and an AK 74; and trying to choose between the two of them; and then to reason out the choice--

Well it's like this: I've got a black wife and an Asian mistress. I generally prefer the Asian mistress because she's not a wife. However, if all's going well, I'm happy with the one I'm with. And none of that says a thing about the relative merits of black and Asian women.

 

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Okay, so those of you who have both a 5.45 AK74 and a .223/5.56 AK, which one do you prefer, and why?
Does an FNC count? It's practically an AK...

The 5.45 is lower recoil and by all counts I've read/viewed on the web, the performance in Afghanistan proves 5.45 is effective.

Honestly, I think I'm leaning more toward 5.45 these days. Then again, I plan to make an AK-101 clone this summer/fall. I must admit, the FNC is fun to shoot w/ the stock folded. :D
 

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Having a SAR three and an AK 74; and trying to choose between the two of them; and then to reason out the choice--

Well it's like this: I've got a black wife and an Asian mistress. I generally prefer the Asian mistress because she's not a wife. However, if all's going well, I'm happy with the one I'm with. And none of that says a thing about the relative merits of black and Asian women.

OMG that is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time!!!
 

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Okay, so those of you who have both a 5.45 AK74 and a .223/5.56 AK, which one do you prefer, and why?
I bought my first 5.56 Norinco because it was the closest thing to a AK74 that was available. No logic really, just another gun in another caliber...Too cheap to buy an AR I guess. :chinese: Great little carbine. Reasonably accurate, good looks, and lots of fun.

I bought my first Romanian 5.45 because it was an AK74. At the time the "U.S. parts" varieties weren't available and since it came in 3 years after Klinton's 94 AWB I figured it was a solid investment. Again, no real logic, just another gun in another caliber... :chinese: Great little carbine. Reasonably accurate, good looks, and lots of fun.

Favorite? Too close to call. For all around plinking I prefer both to 7.62x39 but that's just a personal thing. The reduced recoil is nice but I don't really notice it unless I'm shooting a variety of guns. 7.62 ammo is readily available by the case at most local shops, 5.56 is available in a zillion different loads whereas I have to order 5.45 or pick it up at gunshows. Heck they're all fun and they all have their own "personality". Bottom line they're all Kalishnikovs and I dig 'em, I really can't call one a favorite. If we're talking SHTF they all function perfectly, as designed so I guess I'd grab the one that wasn't in the safe...
 

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the only 5.56 ak i have is an 84s that i bought NIB from vollmers a couple of years ago,figured it to be a decent investment as theres never going to be more chinese ak's imported,and i have to say i love it,its accurate reliable and comfortable to shoot.
but for some reason i still prefer my Romak II and Bulgarian 74 one of them always ends up going when i go shooting ,they have less recoil + its little cheaper to shoot not to mention the cool factor all of which makes them great for non-shooters to introduce them to the sport.
I think my Bulg was one of the last rifles Randy at independence shipped before going out of bussiness.the fit finish and rivet work are great..

the Romak II is set up with a laminated stock set and romanian front sight assy and a US muzzle brake

the Bulg is a bulg 74 kit on an OOW hardened rec with plum furniture
wish my darn camera was working
 

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I was firing my 74 Bulgy this weekend and was able to unload 3 30 rounders inside of 7" at 100'. It's a beautiful thing!
This is my first post, so I'll try to get it right. I just returned from the range after dumping 300 rounds with my Bulgy 74. Indeed it's a beautiful thing! I have 2 SAR 1's, a SAR3, the Bulgy 74 & waiting on delivery of a SAR2 I got from SCUBADVR. That one should be here this coming week. I also have a couple AR15's and an AR with the .50 BEOWULF upper. I enjoy the AR's, but this AK addiction is where the real fun is. Since I got on the AK binge, I don't do much with the others. So far, the 74 & the .223 get the most attention.
Keep shootin'.
 
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