Another aspect discussed at Kalashnikov - Prescott was the issue of malfunctions and their clearance. This could be due to any reason from empty gun to a malfunction.
At CRG distances, a pistol transition will beat ANY TYPE OF ATTEMPTED FIX OR RELOAD. Outside of pistol distances, you will probably NOT be on your feet, but on the deck or behind cover. Thus all "Clearances" will begin there.
Moreover, WRT the AK, if the rifle stops, it is much more likely due to running out of ammo than any stoppage. Thus outside of CRG envelope, if the rifle stops, reload it. This will solve Failure To Fire, Failure To Eject, and Empty Rifle. It will not solve a Failure To Extract (AKA Type 3). But a simple Unload-Reload will fix that. Talk about minimalist and simple!
Invariably guys will point out bolt hold-opens and all the other niceties of "more ergonomic rifles", but I will point out that with these "other" rifles, the likelihood of an actual malfunction is of much higher possibility, and you cannot assume that you only need to reload.
The things you can do on a safe range are one thing. If I was downrange letting loose a burst of 30 rounds at you while you evaluated and fixed your rifle would make these maneuvers much more difficult.
What could be simpler?
Rifle still not functional?
UNLOAD IT AND RELOAD IT