AK74 Options


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bratch
June 11, 2009, 03:23 PM
I'm thinking about picking up a '74 and a bunch of ammo for cheap shooting/training. These are the ones I'm considering but my options are still open.

1. Century Tantal: Probably the lowest on the list due to non-chrome lined barrel and key holeing reports. It is the cheapest.

2. Bulgarian side folder: I like the looks of the triangle fold but it is the priciest.

3. Bulgarian fixed stock: Looks nice but not sure if I want a fixed stock.

4. Interarms Tantal: Uses original Polish barrel decent price, not as sure about the wire folder.

Thoughts comments on these four? Any that I've left off.

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Sam1911
June 12, 2009, 08:04 AM
I built a Bulgarian AKS-74 last year (that's the triangle folding stock version) and love it. I've shot fixed stock models and loved them, too.

I don't personally care for the Tantals at all, and wouldn't consider them, unless they were cheap alternatives like they used to be.

JMHO.

-Sam

Moose458
June 12, 2009, 11:49 AM
I have the Interarms Tantal, and really like it. I wrapped the stock with para cord and it works fine. Locks up tight and gives a good cheek rest. Depending on price difference and what is important to you, you wont go wrong with a Tantal. If Century has corrected the barrel issue, they will be GTG. Chrome lined barrels are not that important unless you have a full auto.

HorseSoldier
June 13, 2009, 12:27 AM
I don't personally care for the Tantals at all, and wouldn't consider them, unless they were cheap alternatives like they used to be.

I think they're pretty nice when done right.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j132/jboschma/IMG_20070512_0001.jpg?t=1244863429

rojocorsa
June 13, 2009, 02:54 AM
Quick question: Can Russian semi auto from Izhevsk be imported into the US?

HorseSoldier
June 13, 2009, 03:22 AM
Russian arms can only be legally imported to the US if they've been sporterized, hence the Saigas (some special deal the Clinton administration set up, if I recall correctly, to either keep evil black rifles off the streets or protect American gun manufacturers from cheap competition, depending on who you listen to). I don't think Saiga ever did a 5.45 version, though.

nalioth
June 13, 2009, 12:21 PM
Quick question: Can Russian semi auto from Izhevsk be imported into the US?
Quick answer: Yes. They carry the "Saiga" brand.

I don't think Saiga ever did a 5.45 version, though.
According to RAAC, 5.45x39 Saigas are in the import process now. Supposed to go on sale any time now.

rojocorsa
June 13, 2009, 01:42 PM
Thanks for answering, I knew about the Saigas, but my question was meant for the Kalashnikov-pattern semi-autos. Frankly, they should be available. IMHO.

nalioth
June 13, 2009, 03:51 PM
I knew about the Saigas, but my question was meant for the Kalashnikov-pattern semi-autosDid you say "kalashnikov pattern semi-autos"?

45 minutes with a Saiga and you've got something like this:
http://www.novarata.net/abrams/saiga556/1024/saiga556_1246.JPG

A day in the shop (and a trip to get refinished) will get you this:
http://www.novarata.net/abrams/20nch-saiga_1207.JPG

You should not overlook the Saiga. Because it's obviously not a "kalashnikov pattern semi-auto", it's a lot cheaper to purchase.

Putting it back "right" isn't much of a chore at all.

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