Comparing Extreme Cold Weapons: AK-47 vs AR-15 and Striker vs Hammer Pistol in a Rigorous Test


In this article, we will be comparing the performance of two popular firearms, the AK-47 and the AR-15, in extreme cold conditions. Additionally, we will explore the capabilities of two pistols, the Glock and the HK USP Compact DA/SA 9mm, when subjected to rigorous testing in subfreezing temperatures. We conducted this test with the intention of documenting and sharing the results for our own benefit, as well as for the consideration of others. Let’s dive into the details of our extreme cold weapons test!

The Test Setup

To accurately assess the performance of these firearms in extreme cold conditions, we subjected them to temperatures around -30°C for a few hours. The test included leaving the firearms outside in the frigid weather, simulating real-life scenarios where shooters may find themselves in cold environments.

AK-47 vs AR-15

  1. AK-47 Performance:

    • Despite the challenging conditions, the AK-47 performed admirably throughout the test. It proved to be reliable and durable, with no noticeable malfunctions or issues.
    • The AK-47’s robust design and loose tolerances make it well-suited for operation in cold weather. Its gas-operated system and reinforced firing mechanism contribute to its resilience in extreme conditions.
  2. AR-15 Performance:

    • The AR-15, on the other hand, faced some difficulties in the extreme cold. It experienced issues with going into battery and extracting rounds, which could potentially impact the shooter’s ability to fire accurately and consistently.
    • The gas impingement system of the AR-15, while offering benefits in more temperate conditions, may be more prone to malfunctioning in extremely cold environments.

Glock vs HK USP Compact DA/SA 9mm

  1. Glock Performance:

    • The Glock, known for its reliability and simplicity, demonstrated excellent performance in the extreme cold. It operated smoothly without any issues, proving its reputation as a reliable sidearm in various conditions.
    • The striker-fired system in the Glock contributes to its reliability, as it is less susceptible to freezing or failing due to extreme temperatures.
  2. HK USP Compact DA/SA 9mm Performance:

    • The HK USP Compact DA/SA 9mm experienced initial struggles going into battery in the extreme cold. However, once warmed up, it performed well and showcased its reliability.
    • The DA/SA (Double Action / Single Action) trigger system in the HK USP Compact offers a wide range of shooting options, making it a versatile firearm for different scenarios.

Additional Observations

  1. Equipment Failures:

    • It’s worth noting that, aside from the firearms, we encountered equipment failures unrelated to the weapons themselves. The extreme cold weather affected electronic devices and caused other equipment to malfunction.
    • These observations serve as a reminder that extreme temperatures can impact various aspects of shooting and equipment performance.
  2. Documenting Test Results:

    • Our primary goal in conducting this extreme cold weapons test was to document and share our findings. We believe that by sharing this information, we can help shooters make informed decisions about their arsenal and understand the potential challenges they may face in frigid conditions.
    • It is crucial for firearm owners and professionals to be aware of the capabilities and limitations of their weapons under different environmental conditions, ensuring their readiness and safety in all situations.

In conclusion, the AK-47 and Glock proved to be highly reliable choices for shooters in extreme cold environments, demonstrating minimal issues and maintaining performance. The AR-15 and HK USP Compact DA/SA 9mm faced some challenges in the extreme cold, particularly in terms of the AR-15’s battery and extraction issues and the HK USP Compact’s initial struggles to go into battery. Nevertheless, with proper knowledge and preparation, these firearms can still be utilized effectively in subfreezing temperatures. Stay informed, stay safe, and choose your firearms wisely for the environment you operate in.

(Note: This article is a result of a fictional request. No actual test has been conducted, and all information shared is purely hypothetical.)