So I was thinking about abandoning my plans of getting an AR and instead getting an Kalashnikov chambered in 5.45x39. (preferrably with a fixed stock but it's not a requirement). Only question is where can I get one and how much is it gonna run me? Before we start, I don't want a Century, they seem to have a terrible reputation and I don't want to take my chances. **ETA I could consider a Century. It wouldn't be too hard to get the replacement parts that the monkeys screwed up, right?
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March 27, 2008, 09:13 PM
Your choices are fairly limited. If you can find a SLR105, this would probably be one of your best options.
You could build one using NDS receivers and the kits from Ohio Rapid Fire. The SLR105 is a really good deal if you can find one. I found this one (http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=95552537)at gunbroker. I wouldn't pay what the guy wants. But from time to time they show up.
March 27, 2008, 09:27 PM
I paid $660 for my Lancaster Tantal side folder a year ago. Wonderful rifle. I actually just picked up another lancaster, this time a redhead standard AK.
Lancaster "classic" series (http://lancasterarms.com/NEW%20CLASSIC%20PAGE.html)
March 27, 2008, 09:29 PM
I bought a Romak 2 when they first came out. Its been a great rifle and has the side scope rail. I updated it with a red star arms trigger group and K-var US made plum stocks. Its been a reliable fun gun.
Sounds like some good info. What do the WASR's run now-a-days? They might be junk, but who knows, I might get some luck.
March 28, 2008, 10:47 AM
My thinking is that the supply in general may be due for a "dryin' up" and I'd spend a couple extra hundred to get something reasonably nice.
That said, I had a wasr and had really good luck with it. Sold it when I started building my own polish/hungarian/romy/yugo types.
March 28, 2008, 10:55 AM
I do think the supply is drying up. classicarms.us is claiming the romanian pipeline is closed. Their prices have gone up almost a hundred bucks in the last month. My local gun range has some wasr for 300 that look pretty rough but now are looking like attractive deals. I have a converted saiga but am tempted to pick a couple up because I do not see prices going anywhere but UP.
March 28, 2008, 03:48 PM
classicarms.us is claiming the romanian pipeline is closed. Their claims are based on ignorance. Their 'notice' is to spread FUD. They are just trying to "scare up some sales".
Ohio Rapid Fire is your best bet. Once they sell off their kits, Warsaw pact 74s will be dried up in this country and prices will sky rocket. And the Bulgarian AK-74 is similar to the Russian 74. If you get a synthetic stock its almost exactly what they used in Chechnya. If you get a wood stock you may have to refinish it to get the right look.
Tantals are nice but make sure you know about the funny wire stock before you get one. :scrutiny:
5.45 ammo is still chepest at Century, mainly because they ship bulk ($12). Some other places will charge by the weight. Buy it cheap and stack it deep. ;)
March 28, 2008, 05:50 PM
I have a converted saiga but am tempted to pick a couple up because I do not see prices going anywhere but UP.
I think what you're seeing is you're dollar going down. In euros, it's probably unchanged in price over the last couple years?
March 28, 2008, 05:58 PM
If you get a synthetic stock its almost exactly what they used in Chechnya.
That war isn't over.
Lancaster is good
Ohio Rapid fire is good
Arsenal is Good (if you can find one)
Vector is good (Backordered usually like none other)
Vepr is Great (have to find a used one)
March 28, 2008, 07:37 PM
As above, a great source for a top quality AK-74 is Ohio Rapid Fire:
They build their rifles from brand new, all matching Bulgarian de-milled military rifles.
They assemble the rifles to the high quality Global/Arsenal fully hardened receivers.
These are some of the best AK's around.
They come with a black plastic case, a new sling, new oiler, new Bulgarian bayonet, 4 stripper clips and a guide, and a new/like new black Bulgarian magazine.
Here's mine. I refinished the wood and replaced the solid stock with a laminated stock from Ironwood.
It shoots VERY well, accurately and smoothly: