Quarantine Queries – AR or AK?

If you're wondering if the author just threw the two title rifles on the bed for a title image, yes.

The internet is a wondrous place. Full of information and entertainment.

… and bored people.

So much incipient stagnation has built up that two of the internet folk rekindled the fires of the AR vs AK debate…

For fun!

This is Pandora’s Box levels of bad idea. And the good thing in the box is 20 minutes of entertainment, nothing so glorious as hope. Is it worth the risk?


Huh, come to think of it maybe it is hope. Entertainment, raw enjoyment over a topic taken to comic extremes. Parody of arguments that at some juncture or another have been made in all seriousness, if perhaps under-informed. Finding a moment to laugh and grab a good one-liner from either bit.

AR or AK or FAL or SCAR or XCR or ACR or X95 or Bren 2 or APC or AR180 or G3 or G36 or 416 or MCX or…

If you have a quality built rifle and handgun that you take out for training and/or competition courses semi-regularly, minimum a good one annually. If that carbine and that pistol have the ancillary lights, sights, holsters, and other supporting gear to allow you to do the job you need that rifle and that handgun to do. You are set, brand and style be damned.

It’s probably not as much stuff as you think.

  • Carbine
    • Light
    • Sight
    • Sling
  • Mags 10x
  • Carrier for 2-6 mags
    • Belt mounted
    • Bandoleer
    • Chest Rig
  • Ammo
    • 2 mags of Duty/”Social”/Protection
    • 1,000 (ish) rotating stock for practice.
  • Pistol
  • Mags 6x
  • Holster(s)
    • IWB
    • OWB
    • Mag(s) 1-2
  • Ammo
    • 2 mags of Duty/”Social”/Protection
    • 1,000 (ish) rotating stock for practice.

All in one chunk this amounts to a hefty expenditure but there is flexibility and it doesn’t all need to be acquired in a single bite. Spending about $400 a month, averaged, over a year would have you well covered. Like, really nice.

$200 a month, again average spend, will cover you in full in about 18 months on the outside. Upkeep is covered easily with $200 a month after that. That’s ammo, cleaning and maintenance, and a training course. Continuous solid skill upkeep with dependable equipment for the price of your cell service and internet.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.