I did not see this thread untail just now lol
Anyways, I carry a bottle of lube in the grip which is all I really need quick access too and possibly a couple batteries. Maybe I have better luck with AR15s but on quality rifles (LMT ,BCM, Colt etc) I have never had a part just break unless its getting worn out. My Colt 6920 went over a thousand rounds in two days at a carbine course, I lubed it at 3-500 rounds. In a go bag I would take 2 complete BCGs, a spring kit and an extra bolt or two. I will go over whats in my little kit in a bit but honestly any quality AR will go thousands of rounds before parts break.
As I always say ,I am an AR15 fanboy but simply put , the AK is more Hardy, Thats its thing. The AR15 kind of counters that by being modular and a lot easier to work on in the field, I can literally repair or even build…errr…I mean “assemble” an AR anywhere at anytime.
Ar15s are still pretty reliable and durable they just dont hold the crown in terms of ruggedness.
All bias aside, I do think the AK is probably better for a non-dedicated user, as in somebody not willing or unable to spend a couple dozen hours going over the platform and learning the controls and maintenance needs. Me myself , with a small basic parts kit , am pretty confident I could keep my rifles going untail I run out of ammo and much longer.
Good thread, @switchpod