Aim Surplus is always my first choice. They have outstanding quality and customer service. The best license I ever got was my C&R license.
April 8, 2003, 04:16 PM
as usual, i'm a dollar short and a day late. no more east german maks and sks's are scarce. yugo's abound but i don't care for them. the grenade launcher just ruins it.
i wonder if there will be another import?
April 8, 2003, 04:28 PM
I think there will be many more shipments of different SKS's coming in. Many countries made hundreds of thousands of them. Aim has just a few Albanians left. They are very nice quality, with chrome lined barrels. Only a few thousand of those were ever made, so get one now or miss the boat. Most of the items on the C&R market come and go. Some go for good, like the Swede Mausers, East German Maks, Hakims, FN-49's, FR-8's, etc. There are still some very nice buys out there though. Persian mausers, a few Swedes, Finnish M-39 Mosins, Sistema 1911's, CZ-52's, and all those super-nice, re-arsenaled, inexpensive Russian/Soviet Mosin Nagants. Others will pop up, but you need to be waiting for them. I was waiting for CZ-50's to come back, and Century got a shipment of them in. I got a 95% CZ-50 for $110. It's quite a shooter. Century had 1911 Ballester Molinas for $50 a while back. I widh I had gotten a few of those. Good luck and happy crufflering.
April 8, 2003, 06:28 PM
I would do business first with AIM, over anyone else. SOG comes in a close second.:)
April 8, 2003, 07:30 PM
those very good albanian sks's from AIM weren't so great. some folks got beat up ones with rust.
April 8, 2003, 07:55 PM
The Albanian SKSs are pure crap. Only good for historical collection value. Wouldn't waste my money.
You want a Yugo and Interordnance has em cheap; like $139 or so, new unissued. I'm going to get a second one. BTW, this is where AIM gets theirs - where my first one came from.
April 8, 2003, 08:53 PM
carlos, thanks for the info. some guy tried to tell me the albanians were going for $299 at the gun shows.:rolleyes: the only sks worth that much is a russian that takes ak mags, even that is overpriced imo.
the only thing i don't like about the yugos is they've got that ugly grenade launcher.
April 8, 2003, 08:58 PM
NEW unissued condition only $179.95, 3+ $169.95 or excellent condition $149.95, 2+ $139.95.
got these prices off their site. my local gun shows has them for $129, just hate that ugly grenade launcher though.
April 8, 2003, 09:11 PM
Ooops, I quoted the price too low. Still $179 for a new unissued is a great deal. I kinda like the grenade launcher myself. It can be removed, however.
They also have the California version - no grenade launcher. Don't see a price though.
Next, you'll want to look at getting yourself a M44.
If I don't have to pay too much in taxes next week, I'll be getting one of each.
April 8, 2003, 09:33 PM
I got my C&R in December, I'm poor now. 'Nuff said.
Centuryarms.com and aimsurplus.com have been the biggest drains on my wallet.
April 8, 2003, 10:08 PM
April 9, 2003, 10:38 AM
The M44 is a carbine Mosin Nagant. There are several different models of Mosin Nagants. Go to Aim. They are selling almost all of them and you can check them out.
I'm not sure why you think Albanian SKSs are crap, carlos. Albanians are definitely more collectable (if you view C&R's as an investment), as well as being regarded to have slightly higher quality than Yugos. AIM had different conditions for Albanians available. If someone ordered a "good" condition and got one with rust, I wouldn't bee too surprised because it's a C&R after all. However, AIM will always take back a rifle, no questions asked. They have great customer service, so it shouldn't be that disheartening in the long run. They also had excellent condition Albanians that I'm sure were as described. I saw some Albanians that were very nice. I'm not an SKS fan myself, actually, but lots of other people like them for their own reasons.
One rifle I do like a lot that came from the communist countries is the Mosin Nagant. They are very interesting rifles and very, very affordable right now. There are so many different versions that have been reworked so many different times, every one you get is like opening up a history book (by checking out all the arsenal markings). I have a Finn M-39 Mosin that has about 25 arsenal stamps under the receiver. It's a 1970 rifle built on a 1890 receiver, and it shoots 1.5 MOA. It's an unissued rifle, in its current state from 1970. It's amazing. Those Mosins really stand the test of time.
Had my mine for over a year, but I finally ordered something on it last week. (Been holding off until I got a safe.) I just ordered 2 K31s from Aimsurplus. I'm pretty happy overall. I even got a tigerstriped stock. :)
April 11, 2003, 12:33 AM
Holy milsurps, Batman!! I just got my 6th gun today in the last MONTH!! I think I'm up to August, 2020 in my "one gun a month" program!
(right, one gun a month in my wife's fondest dreams!)
Oh, forgot , there is a M1943 Hungarian Huzagol rifle on the BBT as we speak. That'll make seven.:D
April 11, 2003, 07:11 PM
Hawk. My Yugo has a TEAK stock. Beautiful wood indeed.
Hope the second one does. Looks like Southern Ohio Gun has good prices of these too.
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