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Whick AK-74 rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by stchman, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. stchman

    stchman Well-Known Member

    Hello all I have been looking at getting an AK-74 rifle (cheap ammo). I like the looks of the Lancaster Arms one on AIM.

    There is also a Elk River Arms one at classicarms.us.

    Which is the better rifle? They are both priced the same. The Lancaster looks nicer, but I will sacrifice a little looks for better quality.
  2. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    Look for the best price with shipping.

    Quality is gonna average out.
  3. memphisjim

    memphisjim Well-Known Member

    get a saiga and convert it that trumps other options
  4. stchman

    stchman Well-Known Member

    The Saiga AK-74 is about $100 cheaper.
  5. memphisjim

    memphisjim Well-Known Member

    you put more than 100 back into it converting it
    but you have a new rifle set up the way you want
    made at the izmash (sp?) factory where kalishnicov (again sp?) still works
  6. Quiet

    Quiet Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the Saiga-545.

    It's made by, Izhmash, the same people and on the same machinery that makes AKs for the Russian military.

    It comes with a chrome lined barrel. Which, is good to have when shooting all of the inexpensive surplus (corrosive) ammo.

    Lots of the AK74 parts kits guns (ie. Tantals) do not come with chrome lined barrels, so you need to be deligent about cleaning it.
  7. Kurt_D

    Kurt_D Well-Known Member

    Quality will be a wash probably. Points I'd consider are:

    1) AIM's Lancaster has a new US (stainless I believe) barrel - so far I've heard of no keyholing issues and stainless would be a little better than non with corrosive surplus.

    2) Uses a NDS-2 receiver - which is quality and a copy of the Bulgarian's SLR-105 (AK-74), I prefer it to the Elk River.

    3)If there's a problem AIM will make it right.

    4) The Elk River might use the orginal chrome lined barrel - that would be the only plus I could think of of them.

    5) A Saiga 5.45 is nice because it's all new parts but you will spend the difference on conversion parts and it still won't look like a traditional AK-74 unless you spend even more. Also, while the basic conversion is easy you have to have some mechanical ablities. You'll have to judge there.
  8. Ingsoc75

    Ingsoc75 Well-Known Member

    The idea of getting a Saiga and having a brand new rifle is nice and all but some people would just like to get their AK and hit the range rather than spend more time and money getting it converted. :)
  9. rocinante

    rocinante Well-Known Member

    www.classicarms.us has an interesting 74 about half way down. I have heard avoid the century tantals because they used .223 barrels and accuracy is nil.
  10. CZUB

    CZUB Member

    Stainless might be slightly better than non but is not as good as chrome lined for shooting corrosive ammo.
  11. Babarsac

    Babarsac Well-Known Member

    Check with Atlantic Firearms. They have quite a few AK-74's and are a great company to deal with.
  12. Ingsoc75

    Ingsoc75 Well-Known Member

    +1 on Atlantic Firearms
  13. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    you like the same one i do, idk why but the "rough rider" just looks awesome to me
  14. anteken

    anteken Member

    FYI, the new Lancaster RR are being made with chrome moly barrels...no chrome lining, no SS.....just so you know.

    If you clean it, it's fine....take a look at the barrels of all those Garands.
  15. Hizzie

    Hizzie Well-Known Member

    Avoid TGI. Not the best builds and customer service has gone way down hill.
  16. atblis

    atblis Well-Known Member

    If you can get your hands on an Interarms Tantal, they are very nice. One of the nicest put together AKs I've ever seen.

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