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where to get 5.45mm AK-74

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by spartacus2002, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. spartacus2002

    spartacus2002 Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking of getting an AK-74 variant in 5.45mm. Has anyone had any experience with these? Where is the best place to buy them?
  2. gun-fucious

    gun-fucious Well-Known Member

    while not exactly a "74" the robarm Vepr is available in that cartridge
  3. 762x51

    762x51 Well-Known Member

    How much are you planning to spend? There are a ton of 5.45 AK's out there. The Romanian SAR-2 is a good place to start.

    Try http://www.aimsurplus.com
  4. MAKOwner

    MAKOwner Well-Known Member

    Love my SAR2, great shooter. Prefer it over my SAR1, just shoots nicer (less recoil ie virtually none, slightly tighter groups, etc)... Got mine at a gunshow so I can't recommend an online vendor.
  5. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member

    Yeah. REally depends on how much you want to spend.

    Kreb's Custom AK-74M 5.45x39mm. $1,000.00

    Robinson Armament VEPR-K 5.45mm. $570-$620.00.

    Robinson Armament VEPR KTR-03 Galil/Valmet Style. $1150.00.
  6. spartacus2002

    spartacus2002 Well-Known Member

    Any word on the differences between the Bulgarian and the Romanian SAR-2s?
  7. blfuller

    blfuller Well-Known Member

    The Bulgarian AK-74 has the latest 90 degree gas block and the latest AK74 type compensator along with synthetic furniture. It has a paint over phosphate finish.

    The Romanian SAR-2 have the AKM type gas block and no compensator and the furniture is either wood or laminated wood. The markings on the receiver of the SAR-2 are somewhat crude and not stamped. The finish is just a black oxide.

    You would have to get someone to build a Bulgarian from a demilled kit on a new receiver, or a Hesse unit which is of questionable quality. The SAR-2 is readily available for less and can be upgraded with the compensator and front sight block for less. SAR-2 have quality issues with canted front sights.

    Basically the more you spend the better. I would go with the SAR-2 with laminated stock and get the front sight block from K-Var along with the compensator. Then I'd give it a new bake-on moly finish and they look pretty sharp.
  8. AJ Dual

    AJ Dual member

    I have a SAR 2. Getting a bit rare as Century and Romania had a falling out over price. It'll be awhile before alternate importer is found, or Century or Romania makes consessions.

    It is NOT howver, despite much rumor to the contrary, a new import ban by the ATF, Bush, or fed.gov.

    I like mine, but get an AK-74 style brake threaded, and ATF legal hi-temp silver solderd onto it, or just wait and see if the '94 ban expires next fall and do what you want. The brake isn't really need on the puny 5.45 in a semi-only rifle, but without it in the way, the cleaning rod on the SAR2 will walk out of it's slot with repeated firings and eventually flop a few feet downrange.

    The finish and markings are crude, but the worst is the Century importers mark on the reciever which is electric scribe penciled on, and looks like it was done by a dyslexic alcoholic monkey. :(

    Many SAR 2's have some noticable and irritating to really painful trigger slap, but that's because the disconnector Century copies from the original Romanian FA parts has a "hump" meant to engage other pieces of the FCG a semi AK dosen't have, and it gets hit when cycling.

    If you do a search for Linx310's excellent page on Romanian import AK's he has instructions for where to Dremel off the hump.


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