AK-47 prices


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Silent-Snail
August 29, 2004, 09:02 AM
What is a reasonable price for an AK-47, with or without accessories?
(eg) A local dealer has a norinco AK with pistol grip, folding stock, bayonette, two thirty round clips, and a seventy five round drum for sale at $850.00. Is this as steep a price as it seems?

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BryanP
August 29, 2004, 09:04 AM
From what I'm seeing that's pretty typical for a pre-ban folding stock AK. If you don't care about the folding stock, flash hider or bayonet lug then you can get a post-ban for rather less.

jobu07
August 29, 2004, 10:13 AM
Or you could wait two and half weeks and when that particular AK's ban status becomes a moot point, get a brand new one with folding stock and bayo lug and pick up a 75 rounder for probably much less.

MAKOwner
August 29, 2004, 03:20 PM
Now would be an extremely poor time to buy a pre-ban AK IMO, unless you happen to find one for a great deal (ie down near post-ban AK prices...).

That $850 isn't a bad price for a pre-ban with a 75 rnder, but like I said now is not the time to be buying one. You should be able to get a AK equipped similarly, likely made better (I'm not a chinese AK fan anymore...), for cheaper in a month or so (gotta allow some time for new production evil feature AKs to get into circulation after the AWB sunset...)

If you want an AK right now, it would make more sense to me to get a current postban. Then in a couple weeks you can pick and choose which "evil features" you want to go to the trouble/small expense of adding back onto it... You can rent a barrel threading kit for $10-$15 for example (if interested there is guy on the gunsnet.net AK forums renting these), and folding stocks are already cheap and easy to come by, one could be added easily (A underfolder would be a little trickier, but doable...)

Kharn
August 29, 2004, 04:02 PM
2 weeks from tomorrow and that AK will be worth $300 just like every other AK out there except those accompanied by a very expensive postage stamp.

Kharn

chevrofreak
August 30, 2004, 03:46 AM
The Norincos are banned under a law prior to the AWB, and will continue to hold their value.

Gary G23
August 30, 2004, 07:40 AM
First of all wait until after the AWB ends as others have mentioned. Second keep in mind that AKs come in different quality levels. Set a Romanian gun next to a Bulgarian gun and you'll know what I'm talking about. Check out several before you buy.

Kaylee
August 30, 2004, 07:56 AM
The Norincos are banned under a law prior to the AWB, and will continue to hold their value.

I don't think so, and this thread explains why. The Norincos have their high prices because they can have Evil Features -- underfolder stock, screw-on muzzle thingies, etc. Once there are "domestic" AKs with those same features, the norinco/polytech prices I expect will plummet back down to the 350-550 level -- likely closer to the bottom end of that curve.

MAKOwner
August 31, 2004, 03:48 AM
The Norincos are banned under a law prior to the AWB, and will continue to hold their value.

I personally doubt it. They were the "cheap crap" when they were new, and they'll get back down close to that, and there are actually craploads of them in country, they're not rare even now... Once there are plenty of other AKs with pre-ban features they'll be worth just about bubkiss like the rest of the AKs. (I think they'll hold a little value over Romanian guns, but nothing like what they command now)

Guess we'll see...

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