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We Put an AK-47 and M16 in a Head-to-Head Test

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We Put an AK-47 and M16 in a Head-to-Head Test

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Which rifle would perform better in a swampy forest with high humidity and heat: a state-of-the-art M16 or the less glamorous Kalashnikov AK-47? The answer might surprise you.

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One weapon helped Alexander the Great lead the underdog Macedonians to defeat the once invincible Persian Empire. Another helped commoners take down experienced knights from their horses, revolutionizing European warfare in the Middle Ages. And another, used today by guerrilla fighters and terrorists, has claimed more victims than nuclear bombs. Examine three weapons that can cause immense damage with very little training: the pike, the crossbow, and the AK-47 rifle. Discover the secrets behind their effectiveness.

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