One of the biggest negatives listing in the AR vs AK debate is the AK-47′s shorter sight radius. Well a member over on Reddit posted an interesting picture comparing the sight radius of an AK variant rifle and a carbine length AR-15. Looks pretty even to me.
To be fair a mid-length or rifle AR upper would have a longer sight radius so you could still use the AK’s shorter radius vs the AR as a valid argument. This just goes to show however that it’s not that the AK has such a shorter sight radius than the AR-15 (it’s still a pretty darn short radius in general), it’s the fact that the AK’s rear sight is located so far forward.
Is this a deal breaker for those choosing between the two? Honestly to me it isn’t, there are other pros and cons to both rifles to consider. When it comes down to it, it’s all about which rifle you’re more comfortable with.