Originally Posted by damaticous
I'm looking to get my first AR or AK. I still haven't decided.
I have a question though, what is the difference between a AK74 and AK47? I'm seeing more 74's than 47 lately.
AK 47 = Big Bullet moving slower, bigger recoil
AK 74 = Small Bullet moving fast, barely any recoil
Mikhail Kalashnikov was pissed when the Soviets went to the 5.56 equivalent when they changed to the AK 74. He said that his weapon was perfect already.
In Vietnam the Reds were shocked at how much damage the little 5.56 bullets were doing, and decided to nearly clone it. The smaller bullet allowed them to carry a lot more ammo, and have much better follow-up shots due to little recoil.