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Originally posted by GrOuNd_ZeRo
Just to clear some things up:
the AK-47/AKM and their clones use 7.62x39 ammo, it's not the full size 7.62x51mm or 7.62x54mm ammunition, the round is about as powerful as the 30-30 which I personally fired, not much kickback IMO.
Both rifles have their merrits, the AK-47 is cheap, reliable, durable, The AK owners I talked to who own Romanian AKs pretty much told me that the inaccuracy of the AK is a myth, it can shoot very well, however they are often sighted for up to 800m which is extremely optimistic.
In the US you can buy AKs for around 300 dollars minimum (WASR-10), they used to be much cheaper, but they are in large demand and the Pre-Ban features are also adding to the price tag.
The AR-15 is expensive, you could probably find them for 800 dollars minimum, they are not as reliable in combat but when you take care of it it certainly fires very well, they are more accurate.
Personally i'd go for the AK, I like the round, I like the open sights rather than the AR's Peepsights and the price tag isn't gonna break the budget either, in both ammo and the rifle it self, I also like the fact it's so DAMN easy to use
A good source for Romanian AKs is here: Romanian AK site.