AK-47: The Ultimate Resistance Rifle

ak-47by John Ubele

The AK-47 is one of the most popular and easily recognized firearms in the world. Over 50 armies along with hundreds of resistance movements use the weapon. There have been over 50,000,000 AKs produced since the rifle’s creation in 1947.

The main reason for the weapon’s popularity is its dependability in combat. It also delivers a more destructive round than that of its chief rival the M-16. The M-16 and its variant the M-4 shoot a 5.56x45mm(.223) round. The AK-47 fires a 7.62x39mm round.

The following video compares the AK-47 and M-16 on several key functions. (Article continues below)

The AK-47 has an effective range of 300 meters, its accuracy can be increased by adding a scope.

There are many variants to the assault rifle which include the MAK-90, RPK, AKM, AKK, and the AK 74, which fires a .223 round, the same fired by the M-16. An increasingly popular variant is the Saiga-308 which fires a 7.62x51mm(.308) round.

Another feature of the rifle is that it has high capacity magazines. They come in 5, 10, 20, 30, and 45 round capacities. There’s even a 75 round drum available for the rifle.

Up until the recent presidential election AKs could be bought for under $500. They can still be bought for that price but it’s much more difficult to find one for under $500. To get a good quality rifle now you’d be looking at close to $700 or more. Some of the places you may choose to shop are gun shows, gun shops and pawn shops. You may also want to browse your local classified ads to see if anyone is selling a rifle.

Ammunition for the rifle was widely available up until a few months ago. Some online ammo retailers include jgsales.com, cheaperthandirt.com, and sportsmansguide.com. Be sure to buy non-corrosive rounds when purchasing ammo. The above mentioned retailers also provide accessories for the rifle including scopes, slings and sight adjustment tools.

For those who find the AK-47 beyond their budget there is another assault rifle called the SKS which fires the same round as the AK. The SKS has some drawbacks compared to the AK, but overall it’s a great weapon. You may also want to consider taking a look at the Mosin-Nagant rifle, these rifles can be picked up for as little as $120 in good condition.

The key to finding good deals on rifles and ammunition is to shop around and compare quality and price among sellers.

Happy Shopping!

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Texas district will let teachers carry guns

A tiny Texas school district will allow teachers and staff members to carry concealed firearms to protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting employees follow certain requirements.

The small community of Harrold in north Texas is a 30-minute drive from the Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office, leaving students and teachers without protection, said David Thweatt, superintendent of the Harrold Independent School District. The lone campus of the 110-student district sits near a heavily traveled highway, which could make it a target, he argued.

“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ‘sic ’em’ to a dog,” Thweatt said in a story published Friday on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Web site.

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Cops to get rifles to compete with gangs

Chicago Police officers will soon be equipped with M4 carbines to match the firepower of the street gangs they’re up against, under a policy change in the works to stop the bloodshed on the city’s streets.

Police Supt. Jody Weis’ decision to arm and train his 13,500 officers with more powerful weapons was disclosed as Mayor Daley emerged from a City Hall summit meeting with a plea to every Chicagoan who cares about children.

“I don’t want people to wait for Mayor Daley to call a meeting. I want you to call a meeting in your home, with your children and loved ones. I want you to . . . talk to those children next door. I want the parents on the block to say, ‘This block will be free of violence. This summer, not one child will be [killed by] gangs and drug dealers,’ ” Daley told a City Hall news conference.

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Al Jazeera report: Guns in Montana

Mexico’s ‘narco’ insurgency

mexican-drug-map.gifThe warning note was written in a scrawling handwriting and
nailed to the town hall of the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez
near the border with the United States.

“For those who don’t believe it we will do it,” it said, followed
by the names of 17 police officers.

Days later, four of those on the list were dead, ambushed by masked attackers firing automatic weapons and driving brand new mini-vans.

The murders of the Juarez officers are part of a recent wave of attacks on Mexico‘s law enforcement agents as Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, tries to crack down on heavily-armed drug cartels.

Since January 1, assailants have killed more than 30 policemen, soldiers and judges across the country in highly-organised ambushes and assassinations.

Full story:
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BDE644DA-C857-4B92-AA0E-87880748B55A.htm