The Grok Test: AR-15 vs. AK-47

    We’ve all heard the line about how the AK-47 is so simple a child could use it (usually followed by a nod and a wink and a dark joke about child soldiers), but how does it really shake out as a simple-to-use weapon of poorly educated peasants? William of The Wound Channel explores that idea with a recent video, where he takes Amber, a volunteer who had never shot a rifle before, and after a brief safety instruction hands her both an AR-15 and an AK rifle and records how long it takes her to figure each rifle out:

    William’s test is not scientific by any means, but it still raises the subject of rifle simplicity and ease-of-use. Science fiction author Robert Heinlein invented the word “grok” in his book Stranger in a Strange Land about a man born on Mars; while the word originally refers to a quality of understanding tied to empathy, it seems applicable enough to the subject at hand.

    Is the ease of use of different weapons a subject that interests TFB’s readership? Should TFB conduct our own scientific “grok test” on a group of unsuspecting victims volunteers? Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below!

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]