Better Rifle for the Apocalypse? AR-15 vs. AK-47 Pt. 2

For those keeping score at home, the AR-15 is a better option in weight and accuracy. The AK-47 is preferred when it concerns the stopping power, which means it is 2-1 in favor of the AR-15. Read on to see which carbine takes home the title!

Likelihood of Jamming

Trusting your weapon is very important, especially if your life or the lives of your family hang in the balance. The military version of the AR-15 used in the past, the M-16, had a bad reputation among US troops in Vietnam because it was prone to failure in the elements. Today, modern ARs can perform in the harshest conditions, keeping your AR clean to ensure future dependability.

The AK-47, on the other hand, can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’! It can be thrown in a mud puddle, stomped on, picked up, and it will reliably fire every time you pull the trigger. The AK is made for harsh environments, so in a post-apocalyptic world where you wouldn’t have time to clean your rifle thoroughly, the AK-47 is optimal.


Which rifle shins brightest when it concerns reloading? Swapping out a magazine with an AR-15 couldn’t be easier. Swap out a mag by simply using a quick press from your fingers and your other hand to fetch a fresh magazine. Reloading an AK requires some more work. You must grip the empty mag, thumb the lever, wiggle out the empty old mag, and wiggle in the loaded new mag.

Readying an AR for usage is also a much quicker process. All that’s needed is to switch the rifle’s safety and close the BCG, chambering the round. The AK is slightly slower, requiring the user to sweep down a lever-style control on the right-hand side, then rack the bolt back.

The AR is much faster in terms of reloading, making it the clear winner.


Both the AR-15 and the AK-47 are great weapons that will do the job of defending yourself and your loved ones if there is a disastrous world event. Each carbine came in boasting some stellar pros, and each also had its drawbacks. Still, overall, after considering all factors, we would lean more towards the AR-15 as the better rifle to use in an old-fashioned apocalypse.

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