Key takeaway from the test:
- The AK is the most reliable but after seeing how many have broken over the last two and half years on the range, it’s not the indestructible weapon everybody talks about (and I always thought it was).
- This may sound crazy but it’s fair to say that they finally suffer a catastrophic failure (cracked trunion) at 80,000-100,000 rounds.
Oh. Positively glass-like fragility, then.
Well, that means that on my current AK (obtained almost NIB), I have about 79,000 more rounds to go. (I hardly ever shoot much through mine because a) I know how it works and can shoot it just fine, and b) I prefer shooting my other guns. I shoot it fairly often, but only a mag or so’s worth at a time — more a “hi there, how’re ya doin?” kinda thing.)
I know how to fix the thing if it ever breaks — I just don’t care to. If I were ever in a (SHTF) situation where my AK breaks, I’m sure there’d be a couple of other options lying around.