The Small Arms Showdown
The AR-15 has become the best-selling rifle in the U.S., while the AK-47 is one of the most widely recognized assault rifles on Earth. Both controversial weapons might be similar in appearances, but on closer observation, they are truly worlds apart. We go beyond all the tactical gear and accessories to compare the basic functionality and facts of these two popular guns.
|Maximum Effective Range||400 yards||600 yards|
|Caliber||7.62 x 39 mm||5.56 x 45 NATO|
|Standard Length||34.3 inches||39.5 inches|
|Weight (loaded, 30 round magazine)||10.9 pounds||8.8 pounds|
|Muzzle Energy||1,500 foot-pounds||1,300 foot-pounds|
|Cyclic Rate of Fire||600 rounds per minute||700-950 rounds per minute|
|Standard Magazine Capacity||30 rounds||30 rounds|
|Base Price||$350 - $600||$750 - $1,500|
|Manufacturers (including variants)||30+ manufacturers||150+ manufacturers|
|Service Life (assuming propper maintenance)||20-40 years||40+ years|
|Accuracy (16" barrel)||8-12 MOA||6-8 MOA|
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