MAK90 for $350. Good deal?


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LS240
August 25, 2010, 04:37 PM
I found a MAK90 locally for $350. I'm seriously contemplating purchasing it. I don't know a whole lot about MAKs though so I don't know if it's a good deal. It appeared to be in very nice condition upon first inspection, and had what I believe to be ATI furniture("Dragunov style").

What do I need to know about MAK90s before making a purchase? Difference between models, 922R compliance, furniture compatibility, etc. Basically any info will help with my decision.

Thanks for reading!

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TIMC
August 25, 2010, 07:11 PM
The main thing to know about it is they are worth a lot more then $350

kwelz
August 25, 2010, 07:23 PM
Depends on the condition. There is one at my LGS for 375 but when I took it apart the thing is a mess. I have been thinking about it but don't know if it will be worth it.

Strip it down. Look for Rust, damage, etc. If it looks good get that thing.

zhyla
August 26, 2010, 01:48 AM
In todays (quickly falling) market I think that's a good deal as long as it's in serviceable condition. The slant receivers on some Norinco AK's can be problematic if you want to replace the stock.

CSestp
August 26, 2010, 02:09 AM
I would look at paying around 300, but I loved my MAK-90 even more so than my Saiga ak47. Shame it got stolen.

justashooter in pa
August 26, 2010, 03:21 PM
ATI furniture on a MAK90? crap on a perfectly good machine. if adjustable stock and pistol grip prolly also not 922r compliant. 922r requires 10 or less foreign parts (from a list of 15-16 for the AK) on guns made after '89. MAK90 was a thumbhole reach-around on that one. if someone has put an adjustable stock and pistol grip on without reducing the foreign parts count otherwise the gun is non-compliant.

922r is relevant to any semi-auto with over 10 shot detatchable magazine and having 2 or more "evil features". EF include adjustable stock, pistol grip, threaded muzzle, bayo lug, grenade launcher. if this gun has more than 1 and does not have 5 US marked parts it is out (6 in case of a threaded muzzle).

that said, they are reliable machines if not "improved" by some a-hole hacksaw mechanic.

ideally, you should get some real US made furniture for it, add a tapco FCG, and a standard muzzle nut. the barrel will be reduced diameter, so you can use plumber's solder to add the muzzle nut, and then find a friend with a TIG welder who can build up the bayo lug grind off. or... you could jsut buy a euro AK for less than that would cost.

leadcounsel
August 26, 2010, 06:06 PM
that's a steal provided it's in good functioning condition. i don't like the ati stock but the pistol grip is comfy. or you can put the original thumbhole wood stock on which i personal love.

these were in the $600-700s last year, and more!

the mak90 is a great weapon, forged rather than milled receiver. watch out though b/c i did buy a lemon once.

JTH
August 26, 2010, 07:07 PM
If you have the chance to really examine the receiver and barrell and the bore is shiney and the receiver is in good shape it's still a good deal. The Norinco MAK 90 receiver is made of thicker metal even though it's a stamped receiver. You have to take that into consideration if you retro fit it with a conventional pistol grip stock. You just have to carefully file down the the new stock so the shoulder stock will be centered properly into the rear trunion. I have a mint MAK90 and it's going to get a new KVAR stock furniture. Still thinking about Plum color composite furniture, it looks almost dark brown, something a little different than black. I was given this rifle by my best friend from high school, who is a dentist and makes big bucks compared to me a high school teacher, he also several years ago gave me a Law Enforcement Remington 870 shotgun, so that should tell you what he has in his arsenal!
JT

bri
August 26, 2010, 08:41 PM
If it's even in "OK" shape, yes, it's a good deal.

TheGrimReaper
August 27, 2010, 12:29 PM
I'd grab it up!

nathan
August 28, 2010, 10:13 PM
Thats the price new in box i got in 2004 . Grab it now.

SpeedAKL
August 28, 2010, 10:18 PM
Do it. I was browsing today in gun shops and they are going for almost twice that.

spyder1969
August 28, 2010, 11:43 PM
Buy it and I will give you $400 for it!

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