reply to post by allenidaho
i am with ya. The gas piston does have some advantages over direct gas, however, all the stories you hear about burying an Ak 47, burning, submerging
them in mud etc are just that, stories. The reason they are so popular is because they are so cheap and easy to manufacture, hell the receiver is
stamped sheet metal.
The Russians replaced the AKM, (a refined Ak-47) in the 1970's with the AK-74, which also changed rounds, they use the 5.45x39 . The chambering was
changed for a couple of reasons, one being the smaller ammo is lighter, so they can carry more (same reason the 5.56 NATO came about) secondly, the
7.62x39 round is not truly as stable ballistically speaking as commonly believed, especially from the AK platform.
So, if the AK-47, a weapon designed in the 1944 and in service in 1946 was so awesome, why was it replaced with the AKM, (ak type 4) in 1959 then the
AK 74 in the late 70's and the beloved 7.62x39 round replaced in the 70's as well because of poor performance?