i don’t know about your area but here in SE Wisconsin there is a shitload of 7.62×39 for sale and widely available. Even hardware stores stock the stuff If they sell guns. Stock up for your self, but of course have multiple calber/weapon options. good point about pistol caliber carbines. I have a Hi Point 995, kind of chintzy but it works well. One thing about the AK as Selco points out it is simple and rugged as all get out. Always works and that is very comforting in a self defense firearm.