In these days of unrest across the world, people are more concerned about personal security than ever when it comes to potential civil unrest and war. The survivalist industry is booming and in America guns are the most important part of that consumer category. The problem is most Americans buy what they see in the movies because it looks sexy and employs the latest technology, but in real war it’s reliability that counts. So while the infamous AR-15 looks like a perfect battle weapon, the non-military rounds are small, the gun is heavy and the design is complicated which makes it prone to jams – especially with crappy ammo.

On the other hand, an old fashioned AK-47 may not look modernly efficient or sexy, but it fires 7.62 rounds through telephone poles and cinder blocks at 200 yards while drenched in muddy water. AKs can also easily be converted to a pistol grip and it accepts standard 50 round magazines that rarely if ever jam – even with crappy ammo. Another important difference is an AK-47 can be field stripped and put back together in half the time as an AR-15 and it operates even when it’s grossly dirty and abused.

The AK-47, also known as the Kalashnikov was originally a selective-fire (semi-automatic and automatic), gas-operated 7.62×39 mm assault rifle, developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1945, but it wasn’t deployed to the Soviet forces until 1949. There are a variety of newer AK-47 copies on the market including those made in America and China, but the most reliable ones are older Hungarian models that take a licking and keep on ticking.

Best of all, AKs are much cheaper than ARs and parts are also cheaper and more plentiful. Here’s a great article from The Firearm Blog about the tops reasons an AK-47 is the most reliable war gun.