Eagle , no offense taken , the Russians designed the AK for house to house , and close combat in mind . It was the direct result of the painful lessons they learned in WW2 , where by far , they were engaged in desperate street fighting for most of the war . This is where the Germans had the advantage in small arms variety at their disposal . The Russians were mostly stuck with the Mosin or PPSH , they needed another class of weapon suited for the type of fighting they were doing . The AK was the end result of that search . Too late to help in WW2 , they got exactly what they wanted for that role , no more – no less . The SKS was also part of that search , and the SKS actually did see combat in WW2 . People today are quick to criticize older designs , without understanding the design . Are there better things out than the AK ? yes there is ! and after several decades in design , there would be a serious problem in gun IQ , if there was not by now . The AK was typical of Russian wartime design of the era , it was made to fit a certain role , and thats it . It was like the PPSH in the respect that it was crude , simple to operate , made to be used in bad conditions by sometimes poorly trained soldiers and still function . Crude , yes , but as far as SMG’s go ……….the PPSH was a damn good SMG , no more , no less …………the AK had a similar design philosophy . It is what it is , and will get the job done without much complaint .