Yea, everyone has seen that video by now or heard of it. The resulting Big Brain pronouncements about what rifle is best have started, and the even bigger brained AK fanatics have finally found something they think backs up their personal tastes.
I got some bad news for a lot of people. His video didn’t really prove anything or teach anyone anything other than what those rifles did that day under those conditions. Here is some real breaking news. Guns are machines, and machines are not infallible. Even the ones meant for combat use.
The good news is they are still pretty damned good. But, like all machines, you still have to do your part. You have to do your part to keep them working, the same as you have to do your part to actually hit a target.
Some weather conditions or environments can exceed the ability of a machine to operate without a little help. The extreme cold for instance. The army has known for ages how to handle it. Its “all in the manual.” Hunters and outdoorsmen knew even longer than the army. It’s called “Cold Soak” by the military. You remove all lube from the weapon and you never bring it inside. You leave them out in the weather to stay cold. This keeps condensation from forming on the gun, then freezing from going in and out of warmer building to outside in sub zero temps. LAW, the arctiv weapons lube was developed. In the battle of the bulge, even the mighty M1 Garand would fail unless rifleman took a few seconds to work the action to keep it from freezing up. Pissing on it if all else fails, though it played hell on the gun later.
Yes even the over hyped AK47 will fail in cold enough weather and ice. Sorry I had to break that to some of you but better you hear it from me than some stranger on the street. Below are some video tests I did myself several years ago.
I left this Colt rifle outside over night in a major snow storm and 6 degrees. I didn’t even remove the lube. You can see how it does.
Below is testing the much maligned and hated M1 carbine. We all know what a junker it is in cold weather. Can’t even shoot through a quilted jacket the experts will regurgitate at you any chance they get.
Long story longer, just take a few simple precautions if you have to operate your rifle in extreme cold and wet temps. Yes, even your AK or shit Moisin or even your Valmet. Don’t over worry about it and certainly don’t give too much of a shit about guntuber test videos, no matter how fun they are or cool the guntuber may be. Click bait exists for a reason. And it isn’t so much to inform as it is to generate controversy because controversy gets clicks and clicks equal money. No offense to those guy but that’s just how it is.