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AR and AK Handguns

HP995

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AR versus AK is pretty much an obligatory traditional gun discussion topic. We CANNOT discuss long gun carry here per the rules, so to respect the rules please keep discussion to AK/AR handguns if your comment is in the context of carrying.

AR and AK handguns used to be pretty rare but are now commonplace and fairly affordable. Legally they are handguns. They are also variants of two of the most widely recognized and utilized gun platforms in the world.

So what do you think....

1. AR versus AK? (obligatory)

2. Do you like the handgun versions of these platforms?

3. How would you employ them - OC at special events, normal OC, truck gun, or only at home?

4. People will notice these iconic guns. In today's climate would that be good attention or bad attention?

(This is not exactly the same world and nation as 1999 or 2009. Today the AR is the most popular rifle in America, so there is less of the old Fudd appeasement "I'm a gunowner and hunter, regular guy but not one of those gun extremists" kind of hypocritical and fearful mindset that we used to have with gunowners pretending to oppose scary black guns. The AR and AK handgun versions are well-established now and people are realizing that these can be useful to comply with law and situational needs, not just range toys. Loud though. Meanwhile people have changed politically after Obama, Trump, the new socialists and snowflakes, and the Florida school shooting. Not sure the snowflakes realize how many CC guns are around them every day, so as always, OC has the potential to raise awareness for 2A in other people while CC hides guns and, except in Constitutional Carry states, fingerprints and tracks gun owners like criminals. I'm thinking that's the current background to consider for good or bad attention.)
 

HP995

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WW you're my blood brother maybe! I have the same little 300 system and it's a beaut! :p
 

bbMurphy

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Springfield, VA
Having recently fired both the AR and AK handguns (along with my .357) at the Blacksburg range in the Jefferson National Forest, I can make these comparisons:
  1. Both of them were much louder than my Ruger .357 police service six with a 4 inch barrel.
  2. The AK had a stronger kickback than the AR. This is to be expected considering the caliber difference.
  3. Using the arm brace and firing from the shoulder, the AR was inherently more accurate at 50 ft. At least, for me.
 

HP995

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I like them. AK pistol looks amazing, but in the end I prefer the AR's lighter weight and convenience.

My take: Both would look great at rallies and get noticed. (My health is not currently up to attending events so that's moot for me.) Great truck gun or home gun, easy to maneuver and store. BG will think twice. I consider most handgun versions of AK and AR very well done.
 

WalkingWolf

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I bought mine to fit in the bike saddlebag when broke down, same for the shockwave. Then the state I was traveling to is about to pass legislation to ban them.
 

hammer6

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Oct 11, 2008
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Florida
AR versus AK is pretty much an obligatory traditional gun discussion topic. We CANNOT discuss long gun carry here per the rules, so to respect the rules please keep discussion to AK/AR handguns if your comment is in the context of carrying.

AR and AK handguns used to be pretty rare but are now commonplace and fairly affordable. Legally they are handguns. They are also variants of two of the most widely recognized and utilized gun platforms in the world.

So what do you think....

1. AR versus AK? (obligatory)

2. Do you like the handgun versions of these platforms?

3. How would you employ them - OC at special events, normal OC, truck gun, or only at home?

4. People will notice these iconic guns. In today's climate would that be good attention or bad attention?

(This is not exactly the same world and nation as 1999 or 2009. Today the AR is the most popular rifle in America, so there is less of the old Fudd appeasement "I'm a gunowner and hunter, regular guy but not one of those gun extremists" kind of hypocritical and fearful mindset that we used to have with gunowners pretending to oppose scary black guns. The AR and AK handgun versions are well-established now and people are realizing that these can be useful to comply with law and situational needs, not just range toys. Loud though. Meanwhile people have changed politically after Obama, Trump, the new socialists and snowflakes, and the Florida school shooting. Not sure the snowflakes realize how many CC guns are around them every day, so as always, OC has the potential to raise awareness for 2A in other people while CC hides guns and, except in Constitutional Carry states, fingerprints and tracks gun owners like criminals. I'm thinking that's the current background to consider for good or bad attention.)

I've been to Arkansas but I've never been to Alaska.
 

HP995

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Alaska would be an ideal place to put these two handguns to the test.
 
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