Lots of talk here again about the real life awesomeness of a gun and failure to
achieve it in game. The sad fact is that Easy probably goes and fidles around with the guns
as the EA marketing department tells them to in order to profit some extra, which (if true)
I don't really find that reasonable practice at all. The game balancing should be done so that
the guns stay as close to their real counterparts as possible. How ever due the fact that its
Easy to change the statistics of the guns, thease are the first things which get Easy's greasy fingerprints all over.
more or less trivial ramblings ahead:
As an assaultrifle the AK-47 is largely outdated and rare. You don't find it all over the globe,
like the slogan goes but the various variants of it. Taleban carry mostly Chinease types
and even the occational real "AK" in middle-east Is most likely AKM (modernized AK-47).
The Kalashnikov model rifle generally benefits from it's desing in the form of rugged reliability.
However the longstroke gaspiston desing (which is part of the reliability puzzle) also
Adds to the recoil.
The 7.62x39 cardridge adds to the recoil as well but not that much. So at the AK's prominant
stomping grounds, at Taiga style forrest, the 7.62x39 really reaches to it's full potential.
The visibility In the northern forests usually ends at 200 meters so the better ballistics of the
5.56x45 NATO or 5.45×39mm basicly go to waste while the piercing power of the heavier
Here in Finland the FDF (Finnish Defence Forces) Uses RK 62 and RK 95 tp.
Thease assaut rifles are based on the licences of the original AK-47.....
How ever the RK evolved to a gun of its own over the years to a very western direction.
The tolerances are tight, polymer magazines, AGOCs, nightscopes etc..
All this makes the RKs much more accurate than the AK, but on the other hand
very very expensive. The end result is somewhere between west and east desing
firing the larger 7.62x39 accurately while retaining some of the Kalashnikov's famous
reliablility. This setup suites our military doctrine but is probably outdated in most other places
because they lack the boreal forest where the gun shines.
Since bullet penetration is something this game does not have, the 7.62x39 basicly looses all
the better points about it.
AEK was in practice experimental weapon and is nowadays rare because of the double piston and double gaschamber desing.
This gun lives on in games far more often than in reality. AN-94's double burst mechanism totally nullifies the usual
AK reliability and it's also very expensive.. It's outright doubful that any armed forces
would use thease as their mainstay waponry, yet they are featured in many games,
probably just because they are different.
I have basicly given up with Easy on the realism issue. My engineer lugs around AKS-74U
which is basicly full auto assault sub machine gun. Yet it has the same amount of
bullets in the magazine as your usual 9mm pistol.