Difference between AK-47 and AR-15

AR-15 rifles are lighter and statistically have better accuracy than AK-47s. However AK-47s are considerably cheaper and more reliable. Both are used extensively by police and military forces. They are also used as hunting rifles and there are even those who acquire them for personal defense purposes. The AK-47, known in Mexico as “cuerno de chivo”, is an assault rifle designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the Soviet Union, during 1940. On the other hand, the AR-15 is an assault rifle that was designed by Eugene Stoner in the United States, during 1950.

Comparison table

AK-47
AR-15
What kind of weapon is it? Assault rifle (semi-automatic, the fully automatic one is available in the US but only under some special conditions). Sporting rifle (semi-automatic, fully automatic is available in the US, but only under some special conditions).
Cartridges (ammunition) 7.62×39mm .233 Remington, 5.56×45 NATO
Weight 4.3 kg, (9.5 lbs) unloaded From 2.27kg to 3.9kg
firing system The recharge is activated by gas, it has a rotating bolt The reloading is powered by gas, it has a rotating bolt.
crosshairs (crosshairs) Adjustable steel sights, from 100 to 800 meters according to the setting given. It also has a 378 mm (14.9 in) radius. It has adjustable steel sights on both the front and the back of the weapon.
Design Its design dates from 1947 (although the first design was made between 1944 and 1946). Its design dates from 1957.
Distance and effectiveness In automatic mode it reaches up to 300 meters (330 yards). In semi-automatic mode it reaches 400 meters (440 yards). It can reach 400 to 600 meters regardless of whether it is used in automatic or semi-automatic mode.
Variations AK-47 1948-51, AK-47 1952, AKS-47, AKM (the most widespread version), AKMS, etc. .223 Remington/5.56x45mm, .45 ACP, 5.7x28mm, 6.5mm Grendel, .388 Lapua, 6.8mm Remington SPC, .50 Beowulf, and the .50 BMG, among others.
Exit speed or projection The muzzle velocity when firing this weapon is 715 m/s (or 2,346 ft/s). The muzzle velocity when firing this weapon is 975 m/s (or 3,200 ft/s).
Birthplace Soviet Union  United States
Designer Michael Kalashnikov Eugene Stoner
rate of fire 600 shots per minute 800 shots per minute
Charger Removable magazine of 20 and 30 cartridges. However, it is also compatible with the RPK’s 40-round and 75-round curved magazine. It is compatible with several. Among them, the 20-round and 30-round straight extractable. In the same way, it is compatible with curved magazines of 90 and 100 cartridges.
In service since… Since 1949. Since 1958.
barrel length 415mm (or 16.3 inches). 508 mm (or 20 inches, in its standard version).
Maker They are currently manufactured by the Kalashnikov Corporation (previously called Izhmash). ArmaLite, Colt, Bushmaster, Rock River Arms, Stag Arms, DPMS Panther Arms, and Olympic Arms, among others.
General purpose It has no specific purpose. His main goal is long-range targets.
Price From $350 to $700 dollars (USD). From $750 to $1500 dollars (USD).
Restrictions (in the United States) There are no restrictions on possession of the semi-automatic version of this weapon in the United States. The fully automatic version is restricted for use. There are no restrictions on possession of the semi-automatic version of this weapon in the United States. The fully automatic version is restricted for use.
Accuracy (on a 16″ barrel) 2 to 6 MOA (MOA are units of measurement used in ballistics and artillery. In Spanish it is known as “minute of angle” or “minute of arc”. It is equivalent to 2.9 cm per 100 meters). From .5 to 8 MOA (MOA are units of measurement used in ballistics and artillery. In Spanish it is known as “minute of angle” or “minute of arc”. It is equivalent to 2.9 cm per 100 meters).
reliability It works well under any conditions. It can fail if exposed to dirt, dust, and mud.
History This model was developed in the USSR by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1947. It is currently the most popular weapon among guerrilla groups. It is also the most produced firearm in history. For their creation they were based on the 7.62 mm AR-10 model. Eugene Stoner, although Robert Fremont and L. James Sullivan of the Fairchild ArmaLife corporation also participated in its design, in 1958.
Recoil (or kickback) type Its recoil is light, easy to control in those that are semi-automatic. Easy to control recoil, even under “rapid fire”.
About… The name AK-47 comes from “Kalashnikov automatic, model of 1947”. Despite this, almost all AK-47s are in fact AKM 1959s. This is a 7.62x39mm assault rifle capable of direct fire. It is also gas powered. This weapon has been popularized for being the favorite of large criminal groups. Guerrillas, terrorists and other armed groups prefer them over others. In Mexico, for example, the so-called goat horns are the most seized weapons from drug cartels. AR-15s are lightweight semi-automatic rifles, made from an aluminum alloy and synthetic materials. It is powered by gas, charger and also has a rotary bolt. This rifle is the most popular among American civilians. It has also been used in the massacres in Colorado (July/2012), Connecticut (December/2012) and Orlando (2016). However, despite these unfortunate events, the sale of this type of rifle, far from decreasing, continues to rise.

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