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Contemplating a Kalashnikov

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Sergei Mosin, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Well-Known Member

    Because my AR needs something to glare at in the safe...

    I'm not very familiar with the AK market, but I do have a pretty good idea of what I want: something as close to the original Soviet-pattern AK-47 or AKM as possible, in 7.62x39, with a fixed wooden stock and a bayonet lug. Any suggestions?
  2. Bhi curamach

    Bhi curamach Well-Known Member

    Yes. All of them but I will stick to just a few in no particular order.
    Romanian AKM patteren WASR10. Cheap and has never hesitated to go bang when asked. Not safe queen pretty or deadly accurate but a basic battlefield AKM.
    Mine shoots everything with acceptable (to me) accuracy.
    Saiga series in your flavor of caliber.
    easily enough modified back to correct format and actually Russian made.
    I have the 12 guage and love it.
    12's a slightly different horse of course but a great way to get into AK patterns.
    Arsenal has good products I hear. Spendy but those that got 'em seem to love 'em.
    Yugo M70. Military(ish) wind nicely made. I can only speak on the wood foregrip underfolder model but the straight stock model looks to be of similar quality.
    Enough to get started on I guess...
    Cheers and enjoy.
    Oops. Saigas don't possess a lug. Worth a hard look though.
  3. Quentin

    Quentin Well-Known Member

    I've had my WASR10/63 over five years and it's still going strong. It's about the cheapest AK clone out there that works.
  4. coalman

    coalman Well-Known Member

    WASR 10/63, Chinese or Arsenal/Saiga. Get a chrome lined barrel. IMO, AK47 over AK74.
  5. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Well-Known Member

    My understanding is that the WASR rifles are assembled by Century. If that's correct, I'd rather stay away from them; Century seems to have a reputation for inconsistent quality.
  6. Auto426

    Auto426 Well-Known Member

    Take a look at what Atlantic Firearms has to offer. They have quite a few different guns to choose from, including some models that they have built specifically for them. They are a pleasure to deal with as well.
  7. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    Its generally accepted that Arsenal is the best and i agree 100%. If you want a more traditional look get an Arsenal and then just install wood furniture.
  8. Bhi curamach

    Bhi curamach Well-Known Member

    Cant argue Century's history but mine is absolutely assembled fine. I understand through other boards most of the newer ones coming out are decidedly free of the canted sites issue and magazine well wobble/fit is much better.
    I guess after far too many complaints they've stepped up the quality control.
    The mag wobble seems to be very minor in mine and is different with each one of the ribbed back metal Mag's.
    I mostly use the Bulgarian smooth slab sides and those lock up tight with zero movement.
    The one and only Tapco mag is the worst of the bunch.
    all that being said try to locate one in person if your concerned about a bad build.
    A quick visual inspection will weed out any problem rifles.
    If I didn't have any and only wanted one id get the Saiga and convert it.
    Some can be found with the gas assembly converted to AK style. The hardest part of the conversion in my utterly error prone opinion.
  9. bri

    bri Well-Known Member

    Easy, Arsenal SGL. I like the look of the folding metal stock:

  10. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Convert a Saiga. It's fun, it's a learning experience, and you get to build it YOUR way.
  11. flyskater

    flyskater Well-Known Member

    yugo m70 - thicker receiver than most AKs and built like tanks. or convert a saiga.

    I love my ARs, but when it comes to business, I'll take a my AK 74 or 47
  12. Cal-gun Fan

    Cal-gun Fan Well-Known Member

  13. ifit

    ifit Well-Known Member

    id rather get the wasr 1063 or any pre-ban chinese ak, over any saiga or arsenal
  14. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Do elaborate.
  15. ifit

    ifit Well-Known Member

    meanmustard, its just cause i prefer these variants and others over the saiga/arsenal....thats all.
  16. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Ever owned, or used them? They aren't like ARs, which to me are pots and kettles, and have very different "personalities" I'd guess you'd say. I have, and without trying to sound too elitist, Saiga/Arsenal are what an AK SHOULD be.

    But, preference in your case trumps all that. We buy what makes us smile.
  17. ifit

    ifit Well-Known Member

    never owned a saiga/arsenal but have closely looked at them handled them and shot them(friends own) did not see what the hype was all about. before my first ak i purchased a vz58 that put a smile on my face. then the rest is history for me bought all kinds of ak variants chinese/romys/hungarian/vepr and all have put a smile on my face without buyin one single saiga/arsenal:)
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2012
  18. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    I do love me some veprs, but I too find them in a class above Romys. Norincos I like better as well. IDK, something about the WASR being the archetypal inaccurate and low build quality rifle always put me off. How they hold their value is beyond me. I owned one, oh bout six years ago, that grouped best with brown bear. Best group I could muster with a clean, cold barrel at 50 yards was six inches. This while resting on bags. Not impressed.

    Hopefully, your eyes and your WASR are and we're better than mine!
  19. mberoose

    mberoose Well-Known Member

    My buddy recently picked up a WASR-2 (5.45x39)...my god is it rough around the edges. Even beyond the edges. But, it's still endearing like all AKs.
  20. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    century rifles are fine if you buy new- the new stuff is only imported by century-

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