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Positive AK Story

Not something you see every day in the media. Even a lot of shooter would deride the Kalashnikov as a gun for target shooting, but it’ll shoot better than the average shooter is capable of. I have never been a particularly good shot with an AK, but I’ve seen people who can consistently ring an 8 inch plate at two hundred yards with one. It’s a cheap gun to own (though, they’ve gotten a LOT more expensive than when I got mine, though they’ve also gotten better) and a cheap gun to shoot. They seem to be a gun a lot of people buy because it’s politically incorrect, but later sell because they don’t shoot it much. I’ve held on to mine.

4 Responses to “Positive AK Story”

  1. Adam Z says:

    Have a AK-47 and 74. Really like both. I’m not a great shot by any means but can shoot both pretty accurately with no problems. Like the feel of the gun in my hand and you can find some cheaper ammo to feed through it. The AK is really not that particular about what kind of ammo (cheaper) you feed it and it keeps on firing away…cleaning it after shooting of course always but…

    What a jackass the reporter is in asking the question/s towards the end of the article. More or less he’s asking is the Tampa Bay Rays manager “scared” that there is a weapon/AK-47 in the house where 3 of the Tampa players live? WTF? Ohh, noo…they probably have long knives in their kitchen so does the reporter think they will “go off” and stab each other to death, too? What a jackoff…

  2. Dave says:

    Decent article. I think it does get a bad rap. I think it is because it designed and used by our cold war enemy. If Carbine Williams had cooked the thing up for us, I think it would have less of a PR problem. In any case, one of the things I like about it is that some of the lower end AK clones are priced so that just about any working stiff that wants a good semi-auto rifle can have one. As for the rifle itself I like it. People deride it for any number of reasons, some of them legit, but it was designed in the forties during the infancy of those kind of weapons. In my opinion, going on at length about its relative shortcomings would be like comparing a Paterson Colt to later revolvers, or Henry repeaters to later magazine fed weapons.
    Aside from its history, and the we won the cold war and now we can have some of their cool stuff factor there is another thing. It fires a round that can be shoehorned in to roles filled by the good old fashioned .30-30, I suspect that is a factor in its popularity as well. The of course is the aforementioned price tag. It doesn’t take all that much money to get your hands on a basic AK clone. I’m being Mr. Obvious, not exactly breaking new ground with my commentary. Still it bears repeating. The AK has a lot to offer a civilian shooter. Reliable, easy to use, easy to take care of. It fires a pretty potent round good enough to do some hunting with. It obviously would fit the bill as a defensive weapon if needed for it.

  3. Ed says:

    “Rays manager Joe Maddon declined to say whether he approved or disapproved of Longoria owning an AK-47.”

    Joe Maddon grew up in Hazleton, PA I am sure he is ok with firearms but was being PC due to MLB’s policies.

  4. Countertop says:

    Ed, How was that “being PC?”

    I think it’s exactly the rightthing to say – that he has no opinion one way or the other on what someone does.

    And that’s an incomplete quote. To be fair, you should quote the entire passage – especially where he says it’s not his business

    Rays manager Joe Maddon declined to say whether he approved or disapproved of Longoria owning an AK-47.

    “I didn’t get upset when he bought a ’69 Camaro,” Maddon said. “It’s a personal choice situation. I never would attempt to influence somebody’s personal choices.”

    Is he concerned there was an assault rifle in a house shared by three of his players?

    “I am certain that if you really polled all throughout Major League Baseball, NBA basketball, NFL football you might get three guys living in a house at one time with some kind of a weapon there,” Maddon said. “I don’t think it’s necessarily that unusual.”

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