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Looking for AK Knowledge

This is a discussion on Looking for AK Knowledge within the AK-47 Talk forums, part of the Long Gun Talk category; I am an AR guy...I know plenty about AR's and I own several. BUT, I want to add some AK's to my collection...Who/what brand do ...


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Old 01-18-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Looking for AK Knowledge

I am an AR guy...I know plenty about AR's and I own several. BUT, I want to add some AK's to my collection...Who/what brand do you recommend for a good quality AK? I want the AK-47 7.62x39, not the AK-74...Thanks!
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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Arsenal is the best bet. SGL SLR -- any of the Arsenal models are great. You could be dumb like me and convert a Saiga but right now getting a Sporter for the $3-400 would be very hard.

Arsenals are pretty much converted saigas but they are converted professionaly and they are real deal Russian AK's. I didn't know much about AK's and converted my saiga to an Arsenal and could have just purchased an Arsenal and saved time and a few hundred bones.

The AMD AK's are also good from what I hear ... If you can find a WASR for $500 then that's another good AK , but the prices are jacked up now and $6-1000 for a WASR is a JOKE.

I.O is hit or miss from what I've read ... some are fine and some are junk.

Get an Arsenal , you won't regret it.

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Damn they are out of stock on K-Var but I'm sure if you search online for an SGL-21 you'll find one .
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:15 PM   #4
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The first and foremost that stands out among production AKs is Arsenal.

They offer stamped and milled receivers (what's the difference? Price and weight. That's about it), as well as plenty of flavors.

The SLR series of Arsenal rifles are brand new Bulgarian parts assembled in Nevada along with 922r compliance parts.

The SGL series of Arsenal rifles began life as Saiga sporter rifles, that Arsenal converted. (Since you are new to AKs, the Saiga sporters are hunting rifles that are made in Russia, in the same plant as the original Russian military AKs)

Either option from Arsenal is great. The costs will range depending on the model.


Do not, do not, buy Century produced AKs unless you can inspect them firsthand. The parts are good quality, it's the putting them together that Century has hit-or-miss success with. Look for things like canted sights/gas block, how smooth the action is (should be one bump in the action as the bolt carrier rides over the hammer to reset it, and the bolt should slam home when released. There is no BHO), and whether or not the magazine wobbles in the mag well (play should be minimal, but not so tight that it's a pain to insert/release the magazine)
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:36 PM   #5
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Thanks guy's! That was very informative....I was looking at the Sega's at the show before the bubble and considered one of them...I think I will wait and look when the price comes down...Sounds like Arsenal is the way to go.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:37 PM   #6
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The thing about ak47s buddy they are all good and will go bang everytime you squeeze the trigger. Its all about fit,finish and price when you weigh your options you will get what you pay for. My opinion get any one you can you will love it just like i do all of mine and will never let you down
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Guess it depends on what you want to spend.

I looked at Arsenals this past fall and they were way too expensive for something that can easily be done yourself with a Saiga 7.62

I went the Saiga route and feel I saved some money, remember its a business and these guys are in it to make money, not to convert your rifle for you on the cheap cause they're such friendly folks.

Here's my Saiga, and its way cooler what Arsenal can do ;P

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I looked at Arsenals this past fall and they were way too expensive for something that can easily be done yourself with a Saiga 7.62
All depends on what "easy" is. It's not drop-in replacement parts by any means. It does involve metal work.

Some people are not gunsmiths, nor mechanically inclined enough to do the work. Some people just don't have the tools or workshop space. Some people prefer to let the professionals do the work.
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As people have said, Saiga is a good way to go. If you can find one a converted vepr is solid. Also a madi is good.

Wasr's are upwards of $1k now. A few years ago they were $200. If you look at one make sure it's in good shape. They've had a few problems.

Good luck finding anything. Today I did see a guy that is selling his wasr 10/63 with a tapco conversion, 4 mags, red dot and a few other items for $1,100. Pm me if you want the information.
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Guess it depends on what you want to spend.

I looked at Arsenals this past fall and they were way too expensive for something that can easily be done yourself with a Saiga 7.62

I went the Saiga route and feel I saved some money, remember its a business and these guys are in it to make money, not to convert your rifle for you on the cheap cause they're such friendly folks.

Here's my Saiga, and its way cooler what Arsenal can do ;P

Nice. Looks like one of mine. I don't have the foregrip. Do you like that? I also have a red/green dot. My other Saiga has a Russian docter scope.
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