Need help choosing a ak47

Discussion in 'AK-47 Talk' started by CSkeltis, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. CSkeltis

    CSkeltis XDTalk Newbie

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    Hi everyone, title says it all. i really want to get a ak but not sure what to get because there is about million different models of them. I really like the traditional look thats real simple. I have about a $800 range, any suggestions will be greatly appreciated

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    Saiga makes a really nice, affordable AK. My buddy has one and it is a blast to shoot!
     
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    Sub'd as I'm considering an AK as well.

    Thoughts on Century and IO?
     
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    Century had quality control issues for a while. They all went 'bang' but had issues with canted sights and gas blocks - especially on the WASR rifles.

    Saiga is the best factory AK out their right now. Arsenal and Krebs uses them as the base for their rifles. It will require a little bit of conversion (cheap) to get it to "look" more like an AK. Getting the forend to look like an AK, though is a bit more difficult.

    If the classic look of an AK is important, then I'd go with a Romanian G or AKM rifle. They are not necessarily pretty, but they are crazy reliable. The Yugo's are excellent, too, but lack a chrome lined barrel. It might be worth it to go to a gunshow, look for a used AK on sale for a reasonable price ($400 or so), check for cant and check that it passes the bullet test. If so, you'll probably be getting a good AK.

    Avoid Ohio Ordnance receivers or anything from Hesse/Vulcan. Hesse/Vulcan especially, they weren't sufficiently heat-treated.
     
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    KP Ling XDTalk 1K Member

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    Arsenal

    You are going to pay every bit of that $800 for a new one, and perhaps a little more. But I guarantee you it is worth it.
     
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    If you're looking for a good quality relatively cheap AK look at the Interarms from Atlantic Firearms. Very good quality for the money, much better than Century's and IO's.
     
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    If you don't mind a little shop time and the $150 or so bucks to convert it, go with the Saiga. Brand new, Russian made AK47.
    The cost goes up about $100 to get the for end to the AK specs. I left my factory forend on and added vents.
    IMO, if I'm going to buy on the grid,and I can afford it, buy new.
     
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    I've also read and seen a number of good reports on Arsenal. Seem to be well made Russian built AKs and that included optics mount is a good feature. An SGL21 is definitely in my future!
     
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    thanks for the reply's everyone.. looks like i just gotta get out there and get a little hands on with some
     
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    You will not regret it, its reliable as an AK should be, shoots great and very accurate for the round its firing.
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    goretro77 that is a very nice gun. the local gun shop has a few arsenal's.. im definitely gonna have to go take a good look at them
     
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    CSkeltis XDTalk Newbie

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    any suggestions about buying one from the local dunhams sports, or from gibraltar gun show. not sure how good quality some of those are
     
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    Most of those will be WASR's and won't come with any of the extras that you would get online and for cheaper. Unless they have a killer deal you are better off finding a good FFL and order one online.
     
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    Some say these are the best AKs in the world.
     
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    I'll be getting a CIA GP 1975 later this week. I'll make sure to give a full review on how I like it.

     

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