Old 12-22-2015, 07:52   #1
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AK-47 vs M-4 GSW

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A Former Special Operations Doctor Explains Why He Would Rather Be Shot With An AK-47 Than An M4

Admittedly, I’d rather not be shot with either, but if I had to choose, I’d take a round from the AK-47 over the M4 any day of the week.


Dr Dan Pronk completed his medical schooling on an Australian Army scholarship and served the majority of his military career with Special Operations Units, including four tours of Afghanistan and over 100 combat missions.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:37   #2
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Too bad it originated from SOFREP. A few pictures are different at the SOFREP link: LINK

It must be noted, however, that the comparison is far from perfect, given that the M4 injury involved the bone, with the one immediately above passing solely through soft tissues.
I want to think this little detail significantly alters the discussion making it an apple and oranges comparison.

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Old 12-22-2015, 08:44   #3
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Interesting, but faulty conclusions.

The caliber and to some extent, the velocity are secondary to construction of the bullet.

The temporary cavity is larger than he alludes to due to yaw of the bullet in tissue. This happens with virtually all rounds using a modern projo, as the base, being heavier than the tip, begins to rotate the heavier end forward.

The second significant effect in the "temporary cavity" is when the 5.56 round reaches its yaw point, separates at its cannelure, and the lead core (and jacket) disintegrate into multiple fragments that create many separate wound paths.

This effect does require a certain velocity, but not all bullets function this way, regardless of velocity.

Good read, nonetheless.

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Old 01-07-2016, 08:18   #4
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Originally Posted by The Reaper View Post

The caliber and to some extent, the velocity are secondary to construction of the bullet.

This effect does require a certain velocity, but not all bullets function this way, regardless of velocity.
Concur, no one wants to get shot with this AK round
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