After sevral years of shooting, and owning AK74's and Krink's, I've come to the conclusion that they are equall to or better than the AR's. I am now down to (2) 5.45 X 39 semi auto rifles after years of testiing, buying, and selling. My Krink is built off a complete Bulgarian parts kit less reciever. It's recoil is less than an AR, virtuly no weight, and very accurate out to 300 yards with open sights. Done in digital urban camo, with folding stock. My 2nd is a Arsenal AK74 custom reconfiguration, with all the bells, and whistles. Done in FDE. It's shooting ability, and weight are simular to the Krink. I own several AR's to include LWRC, Rock River Arms, and Gunsmoke Enterprises, which all are great shooters. Although ammo prices and availability, have effected all calibers, the 5.45 X 39 still remains fairly inexpensive to some degree. The milspec surplus ammo in sealed tins has doubled in price, but still way more cheaper than 5.56/.223. With in the past few years, some of the major ammo makers have started producing the round as well, at a higher price point than milspec surplus. It amazes me that when I get the itch to go to the range, one of my 5.45 X 39 rifles are the first ones to jump into the truck. Another fact that out play's the AR's is that in a pinch, they can fire the 5.56/.223 round. Sloppy fit, but shootable. The AR's cannot say that about the about the 5.45 X 39 round. So just an opinon. on my part. thanks for your intrest, and I look forward to comments both, pro, and con! Capttom1!!!