No matter what , they have the advantage , they see you long before you even know they are around , then there is locating the shooter . what if you have the greatest long distance rifle in the world ….but they get off the first shot … and dont miss ? Its all situational , but most combat happens at less than 150 yards , well within the AK’s design , but snipers suck , most of the time , they get off the first shot , and you only know one is around , because somebody drops dead . Lets hope it isnt us . I was thinking on a day to day basis , ease of maintenance , etc , something the AK was also designed for .