$500+ too much for an AK?


April 8, 2010, 12:14 AM
Found one at Duham's for $550 made my century Arms

Another one @ Cabela's for $499 made by WASR.

Both have wooden furnitures on them. Both are carbine length i believe..

too much? yah or nay? i wanna pick up an AK sometime

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April 8, 2010, 12:15 AM
Yep. That's too much for those. For a bit more you'd have an Arsenal SGL-21 from Atlantic firearms. Search "AK" on here and you'll see that this has come up a lot.

April 8, 2010, 01:25 AM
Actually, "WASRS" are imported by Century Arms. Chances are, both guns you saw were WASRs imported by Century. Regardless, yeah, I think thats a bit high. I recently paid $424 for a new WASR with a Tapco folding stock and Galil handguard factory installed. While WASRS seems to be "hit and miss" I haven't had any significant issues with mine and has been 100% reliable for the 200 rounds I've put through it so far...

April 8, 2010, 01:26 AM
Yes, that's too much.

April 8, 2010, 01:32 AM
1) Pretty much all AKs are going to be "carbine length."
2) $500+ is about average for an AK, but way too much for a WASR (which are IMO grossly overpriced right now). I paid about $450 each for my Yugo underfolder and my Saiga + conversion parts in October of last year. J&G is still selling Yugos for $470. Why buy a hackjob WASR when you can buy a much better-made AK for the same price or even less?

April 8, 2010, 04:29 PM
thanks. i will check out the Yugo and Arsenal AKs

April 8, 2010, 05:20 PM
Check out classicarms.us
They have some pretty good prices on AK patterns

April 8, 2010, 06:15 PM
too much....should be around 250 or 300

April 8, 2010, 06:37 PM
Classic Arms, J&G Sales, or Centerfire Systems will have them for a lot cheaper. Though, you do have to figure in shipping costs, and FFL transfer fees. Compare that to the price of the rifle at those places local, where you would have to pay sales tax.

April 8, 2010, 06:38 PM
wow.. those are some nice AKs on classicarms

April 8, 2010, 06:45 PM
aimsurplus has them for around $349.

April 8, 2010, 06:46 PM
The WASR is just fine if you want a decent entry level AK. Mine's been fine for four years but I checked it out first hand before buying. $500 is high for a WASR, I'd try for $400.

April 8, 2010, 08:33 PM
I paid $499 for my AK. It was sold as "new" at a local gun shop. Its a mostly US made I.O. Inc. Like I said its sold as new but that can be a little misleading. The barrel, receiver, furniture, and trigger group are all US made brand new never fired. The rest is mostly military surplus (Romanian). In my opinion it was worth the 500 bucks and its been a great shooter.

April 15, 2010, 04:27 PM
I will say this where I am from I paid about $360 for my Century Romanian AK, and that was a few years ago, but ran 2,000+ rounds through have yet to clean it, and it functions perfect. I have seen them for around $400 where I live so, like everyone else I say $500+ is very high for those particular rifles.

April 15, 2010, 08:18 PM
Lots of mis-information in this thread :uhoh:

WASRs are as bad as AKs get. You may get a good one, you may get a bad one that gives you trouble, and you may get a bad one that you never push hard enough to fail. Just because a few people have good ones does not make them good guns, just lucky buyers.

Here's how it works:

In order to be sold in the US as a "sporting" rifle, there has to be a certain number of American and foreign parts in the gun. Different model rifles have a different balance of parts.

For the WASR, Romanians disassemble used decomissioned military weapons and ship the parts to the US, sans reciever and usually barrel. Once in the US, the sometimes heavily used parts are put onto a US made reciever with a non chrome lined US made barrel. The problems are that the parts aren't all new, and that they don't always assemble the rifle right, resulting in problems from canted front sight blocks (very common, sometimes you can't zero the rifle it's so crooked) to misfitted actions that don't cycle properly.

There are entire companies who make their money unscrewingup these guns. Rifle Dynamics does quite a bit of it, and they do a damned good job from what I see.

Saigas are a great start for a really nice rifle, but even they can have issues that should be looked over by a professional. Here is where you can buy a nice converted Saiga, by Arsenal I believe. These are real Russian AKs with great barrels:


Again, some people buy a rifle from a bad builder and it works fine, but some people end up with a nightmare gun built by someone who won't take responsibility for it. It's just $200 more for the Arsenal built Saiga....

April 15, 2010, 09:21 PM
$500+ for a WASR or Saiga is waaaaaaay to much.

Now, in 5-10 years that may just be right. Unless someone domestically starts building them without foreign parts (eventually the supply will stop right?).

Uncle Mike
April 15, 2010, 09:38 PM
If you can find a dealer that wont rape you, SOG has Bulgarian AK-74 (5.45X39) for $350 dlr.IF there are any left, we ordered some.

I just bought a Saiga BRAND (Izhmash), AK-47...not a converted Saiga Sporting rifle, but a AK-47 made by Saiga at the Izhmash plant. (Receiver)

Hope I did alright, got it from K-VAR, it is a Arsenal.

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