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Absolute best quality and most accurate new production AK?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ligament, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. Ligament

    Ligament Member

    Hi All,
    What is the absolute BEST quality, most accurate AK in 7.62 available? I have been debating between a milled arsenal versus a VEPR K versus a Krebs custom VEPR (no longer made, but available used). Are there other manufacturers I am overlooking? I would ideally like to keep the cost under $2000. I would like parts to still be available from the original manufacturer. Any insight appreciated. Thanks.
    I should mention this will be my SHTF/TEOTWAWKI rifle. So Durability is key. Yeah, I know all AKs are extremely durable. I would assume this would point me toward polymer versus wood stocks, etc for durability.
  2. nobby

    nobby Well-Known Member

    You are answering your own question. Get a VEPR (insert model here) and you'll be set for life with unmatched "FACTORY BUILT" quality (not parts guns).
  3. PAC 762

    PAC 762 Well-Known Member


    Who do you think puts more TLC into the build process, some vodka-swilling Russian being paid minimum wage on and assembly line, or a home builder spending hours to craft a rifle for himself? And a parts gun is only as good as the parts, in which case any commonly available Hungarian, Polish, or Yugo kit has better quality parts than the Russians ever made.
  4. GTSteve03

    GTSteve03 Well-Known Member

    So the Hungarian, Yugo or Polish assembly line worker that built the parts found in those parts kits never imbibed the local rotgut du jour? :rolleyes:

    Considering the AK was a Russian design that was built originally in Russia and has had the most time and effort dedicated to production and improvement from its home country, I would say go with a Russian-built gun.
  5. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    Ligament, my first choice would be an Arsenal AK variant - they're the best of all those I've handled and fired over the years. The VEPR would be a good second choice.

    An alternative (and the path I'm following for myself) is to get the Saiga in 7.62x39, and convert it to full AK configuration. The basic gun is the most modern AK action out there (AK-100, IIRC), and when restored to its normal configuration, is accurate, reliable and sturdy. Details of my conversion project may be found in this thread - there are some changes likely to happen, depending on part availability, but that's the basic configuration right there. It will cost the same as (or more than) an Arsenal, but will be tailored to exactly what I want.

    My conversion is being done by Volunteer Ordnance Works in TN, but there are many gunsmiths who offer similar services, and you'll probably find one closer to you if you look around. You could also look at FBMG, a company run by two of our moderators, Correia and PvtPyle. They offer Saiga conversions in various calibers, although I'm not sure of how "customisable" they are. Their Web site is here.
  6. _N4Z_

    _N4Z_ Well-Known Member


    +1 Thumbs up for FBMG.

    Good people up there in Utah.
  7. PAC 762

    PAC 762 Well-Known Member

    All guns are built with "parts". Nobby was just spewing back some marketing crap that the Vepr importer uses to sell guns. Russian parts are some of the lower quality parts around. Not as bad as some, but no match for Polish, Hungarian, or yugo parts. I'd take a Hungarian gun any day compared to a Russian. Look at them side by side and try to tell me different.
  8. beerslurpy

    beerslurpy member

    Go for an arsenal or vepr, or go for a custom build like krebs or ohio rapid fire.

    Or tromix, he is known to do awesome work (he did my saiga and is currently doing my bulgarian AK). With tromix you can definitely choose your caliber. He has been making 458 socom AKs and he also does desporterizations for saigas and other such guns, so you can get 308s, 223s, 12gas etc for your AK.
  9. clange

    clange Well-Known Member

    Ok, pretty much no one would agree with you on the AK boards. The russian saigas and Veprs are very high quality weapons.

    If you're claiming otherwise I'd like to see some hard evidence. Tell me why I'm wrong and most of the posters on major AK boards are wrong.

    I mean seriously, you're saying a yugo kit build is better then a vepr? A beat to hell yugo, with a non-chromed sewer pipe barrel is going to be better than a vepr or saiga? :scrutiny: Plus, the US made receivers all have some kind of issues, some major. They're pretty good (my most expensive AK is a kit build on a global 1.0), but they still arent as good as a factory built russian or bulgarian rifle, and the build totally depends on the skill of the builder. There are a lot of US AK builders that turn out pure trash. If you're buying a kit build and dont know who built it..best of luck to you. Thats something you DONT have to worry about with Veprs, Saigas, Arsenals, FEGs, Polytechs, Norincos, Robarms, etc etc etc.

    As far as issue weapons, the russians are usually regarded as the best, with the bulgarians close behind. The polish are nice, hungarian good, german, the yugos are good (but no chrome lined barrel), chinese, and the romanians are bringing up the rear. Thats for kits. For actual imported complete guns it'd go russian, bulgarian, hungarian, chinese, egyptian, romanian, egyptian. (depends on what kind of maadi). Etc.
  10. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    The Vepr is the only AK I have much experience with, but it is a great gun. It is much better fit and finished than any other AK I have ever handled.
  11. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Well-Known Member

    Of the production guns it's a toss-up between the rifles from Arsenal, Inc. and the Robarm VEPRs. I personally like the milled Arsenals the best; I don't like the balance on the VEPRs -- too muzzle heavy. But either one is extremely well made and finished, and will give you many years of service.
  12. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Thanks for the kind words. Tromix does all of FBMG's Saiga conversions. He does awesome work.
  13. MinMAN

    MinMAN Well-Known Member

    In my opinion, a big part of the design concept of the AK weapon platform, is designed to be manufactured in large quantities in varioues Soviet block countries. Training an AK gunsmith is simple, as long as they are skillfull. I see no reason that a compitant Gunsmith with the desire to produce a first rate AKs, can't, and compete with the best of them.
  14. Essex County

    Essex County Well-Known Member

    I don't really feel such an animal exisits. I've sold three Ak's and kept my AR's. Please don't feel offended by this post. It is sincere...Essex
  15. MinMAN

    MinMAN Well-Known Member

    Valmet would be the one. The Finns have nack for taking a Soviet design, and improving it. If you can find one "Minty/like new" expect to pay between $1750-$2250. Which is with in your budget.
  16. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    For $2,000 you could take a Saiga, have it converted by Tony Rumore of Tromix to any configuration you want, put a full Ultimak rail system on it, with a new EoTech, and have enough left for a few cases of ammo.
  17. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    saiga, saiga, and ther is saiga. cold steel pour , hammer forged, chrome line bbls. i have one of ea cal. love em.
  18. georgeduz

    georgeduz Well-Known Member

    sorry to say i never had much luck with the ak or 7,62x39.with 2000 dollars you can buy a truck load of them.but if thats what you really like you will find a very hard road ahead of you.
  19. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    George, last year we had a tactical rifle match. Eight stages, rifle from CQB to 200 yards. The targets were from regular sized IDPA, to steel plates, to itty bitty 2 inch squares. The shooters in this match were no slouches, but these are our usual 3gun shooters, and they are good with rifles. Far better than the average poster on the internet. :)


    See where my name is? I shot an iron sighted Vepr K in 7.62x39. The winner shot a really nice AR, JPed out with a magnifying optic on top and CQB sights on the handguard. (and he is a damn good shooter). Everybody else in the top 10 shot a nice AR. Now if the range went out beyond 200 yards, I would have fallen behind due to the 7.62x39 and the iron sights.

    A good AK is capable of a lot more than folks give it credit for. There are accurate AKs out there. Just because you haven't seen one doesn't mean they don't exist.
  20. MechAg94

    MechAg94 Well-Known Member

    +1 what Correia said. An AK can do the job with a good gun and decent sights. It is not near as bad as some people like to say.

    If over half the AR's out there were made by Hesse or builders like them, what kind of reputation would AR's have? I think too many get their first impression of AK's based on really cheap versions.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2006

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