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Question about SAR-1 Romanian AK-47

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HIPOWER, Aug 7, 2003.


    HIPOWER Well-Known Member

    Hi folks. How many rounds will these rifles last? I've heard that the milled recievers are more durable than the stamped ones on the SAR's but how much more durable? Will the stamped reciever last in the long haul? How many rounds do you have through your SAR?

  2. MAKOwner

    MAKOwner Well-Known Member

    Bare minimum I'd give a stamped AKM 15 to 20,000 rounds worth of life, probably alot more. Barrel life is up near 40 or 50,000 I want to say. I'm not sure I buy the whole stamped having a shorter lifespan thing, provided it is a properly built rifle...
  3. Sir Galahad

    Sir Galahad member

    The Kalashnikov was made to go a full 30,000 rounds before a part failure. That means, before a spring broke or so forth. I've heard of AKs with 200,000 rounds through them. Mine has several thousand. The stamped receiver will last just fine. The AKM, the final version of the 7.62x39 AK is the one with the stamped receiver. Soviets never were into making things they had to throw away too soon, so you can bet the AKM lasts plenty. You will get your money's worth and then some from a SAR-1 and your grandkids will be shooting it. You save so much money on magazines and ammo alone, you could actually buy a second SAR-1 and just fire it a few times to verify function and sighting, then clean it up and cosmo it and store the weapon. But you may never even need to unwrap that baby, trust me.
  4. bad_dad_brad

    bad_dad_brad Well-Known Member

    Geez, way more than I will ever shoot.
  5. 762x51

    762x51 Well-Known Member

    Come on.....thats only like......30 cases of ammo. :D

    Oh no.....that means I've only got about 27 cases to go before a part failure. I better take it easy for a while. ;)
  6. RustyHammer

    RustyHammer Well-Known Member

    YES .. and if you own more than one, your trigger finger will likely wear out first! :what:
  7. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Actually, the general consensus seems to be that in AK series rifles, stamped receivers actually last longer than milled due to greater wear resistance. (It's not light gauge steel; it's pretty thick.) Perhaps the nicest AKs on the market--and perhaps the most expensive--are the VEPR series, based on Russian-made RPK-style receivers. Those are stamped, not milled.

    HIPOWER Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the reassuring information. I had never heard the opinion that stamped receivers are just as or more durable than the milled receivers. Interesting.
  9. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    This from Robinson Arms (source of VEPRs):

    Now, some AK owners do swear by the milled Bulgarian receivers (mucho $$$), but stamped-receiver AKM's have been serving eastern-bloc nations for decades, often in gritty conditions with little maintenance and usually fired full-auto, and they hold up. I've read that SARs are some of the most faithful reproductions of the AKM extant, so I'd be pretty optimistic about their durability.
  10. Sir Galahad

    Sir Galahad member

    Vic Vega, that is an EXCELLENT post!! A great read and very good points! Thank you for posting that!:D

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