Sounds like you have a crap magazine. Get a few surplus european steel mag from aim, avoid any mags made by National Magazines. Most jams in semi auto guns are caused by cheap magazines, especially AK's.
Look on youtube for videos on how to strip your rifle. Lube the moving parts up and make sure your gas port isnt clogged and your gas tube is clean. If those are clean and several mags fail to feed it right, you have a deeper problem.
As for your original question, it depends on what you want the rifle for. It is great to own an AK and AR. AR's are much more customizable and are more fun to show off, but they cost more and require more maintenance though. If you like guns and just want another to add to the collection, get an AR. Just avoid Hesse, Vulcan, Blackthorne, and guns/ parts from AKpartskits.com. Some good brands are Bushmaster, CMMG, LMT, Rock River, DPMS, and ive heard model1 and Olympic Arms were alright.
ADD: If your safety is in the trigger guard, you have a SKS instead of an AK. Many SKS's have problems with detachable mags, since they weren't made to take those. About the only thing you can do to make it more reliable is to try out different mags or switch it back to the original 10 round fixed mag.
An AK and and SKS may take the same cartridge, but they are very different in their operations. If you like the way your SKS shoot, you might be better off with buying an AK.
· 9 years ago