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Why are Poly Tech AK's so expensive on the used market?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ijosef, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. ijosef

    ijosef Well-Known Member

    From the research I've done the net, they were among the best pre-AWB semi-auto AK clones on the market, especially the Poly Tech Legend. My question is, do they justify the $1500-$2000 price they are taking on gunbroker?

    An older guy I go to the range with bought one just prior to Clinton's AWB. He's not into the AK, but figured he should get one in case they're never allowed again in the traditional configuration. He went to a gun shop and picked one out of a crate and paid $300 plus $75 for 1000 rounds of milsurp ammo. When I told him what prices those guns were going for, he was floored. Even the stamped, non-Legend models are taking around $900.

    So, are they worth that price, especially when you can buy a professional converted Saiga for less than half that?
  2. svaz

    svaz Well-Known Member

    An AK for $1500? HA HA HA

    The only AK I've ever seen worth more than $500 is Saddam Hussain's.

    Why would anyone pay that kind of $ for an AK? Don't get me wrong. I like AK's, I just don't like them that much.
  3. Avtomat Kalashnikova

    Avtomat Kalashnikova Well-Known Member

    they are collectable
  4. cougar1717

    cougar1717 Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if this analogy is totally valid, but Poly tech is to the AK what Colt is to the AR - it's the brand associated with the gun.
  5. ijosef

    ijosef Well-Known Member

    I guess it makes sense for diehard collectors. I suppose once guns enter that price range, they're not really for the occasional shooter anymore. Whatever the market will bear, I suppose. If I could go back in time and buy a crate full of them for $300 a piece and flip them for $1500 per unit, I'd be plenty happy!
  6. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Only for people who were already old enough in the 1980's to read gun magazines. Few entering the market today have probably ever heard of Poly Tech.

    Having said that, Poly Techs command a premium for the same reason that 1965 Corvettes do---they are nice, the supply is limited, and they aren't making any more of them.
  7. mp5a3

    mp5a3 Well-Known Member

    Too bad there wasn't a sunset on that law. We would still be importing tons of Polytech's after 2004.
  8. zhyla

    zhyla Well-Known Member

    Yep, never heard of polytechs. I can't imagine what is so wrong with other AK's to justify $1000. I'd rather have 3 or 4 AK's.
  9. Gelgoog

    Gelgoog Well-Known Member

    pre-ban+ limited number + high quality build + you will never see them again = high price.
  10. Ohio Gun Guy

    Ohio Gun Guy Well-Known Member

    Had a post ban one. They are finished better than any other AK, the action is smooth crisp, the barrel is heavier, the reviever is thicker, the mags fit well, everything is as nice as an AK comes...........but its still an AK..... a very nice ak......but an AK. :rolleyes:

    Would I shell out 1500-2000 for a milled preban AK47? Maybe if 2,000 wasnt a lot of money to me. And to some 2,000 isn't that much money. I wouldnt argue with them buying what is perhaps the nicest AK available for the money. For my hard earned dollars however, I would rather have a couple WASRs and money to get a few other rifles.

    Just my humble opinion.
  11. Gelgoog

    Gelgoog Well-Known Member

    well they are nice, but not the nicest AK. That title goes to the valmets.
  12. Prince Yamato

    Prince Yamato Well-Known Member

    Polytech AKs are based off of the Chinese Type 56 (at least the pre-89s are). They are built with thicker receivers and barrels. In general the metalwork is just "better" than a standard AK. Polytech is also part of China North Industries (aka Norinco), the corporate end of the People's Army. So you basically get a real military gun when you buy a Polytech.
  13. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

    I have a Poly Tech from the early to mid-80's imported by Kengs Firearms, Atlanta - it is very well made, fit and finish-wise, and shoots an honest 3" group at 100 yds with Wolf and Chinese ammo. It has been shot probably 200-300 rds & that's it. No scratches, no dings, and the wood is a very nice blond. Compared to some of the eastern European versions, it is a crown jewel among swine. I came into it via a trade and am not an afficionado of AKs, but its quality speaks for itself.
  14. CA2005

    CA2005 Well-Known Member

    They are the best quality AK ever available to the US market...period. They are 100% military grade and very, very well made and nicely finished. Plus, none have been imported since 1989, nor will they ever be again.

    I know people say Arsenals are nice, Valmets (only AK based), Vepr, etc. These people are not wrong...but these guns cannot match the Polytech as far as quality. Especially if we're comparing them to the milled Polytech Legend.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2010
  15. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    Valmets aren't Kalashnikovs.

    They're rifles based on the Kalashnikov.

    No disputing they're nice, though (just not an AK).

    The PolyTechs are actual Kalashnikov klones.
  16. mshootnit

    mshootnit Well-Known Member

    If you ever shot a really slick milled AK you would know why they go for that price.
  17. CA2005

    CA2005 Well-Known Member

    Very true.
  18. chihuahuatn

    chihuahuatn Well-Known Member

    Lets not forget about the Steyr Maadi AK's, emphases on Steyr imported AK's. Some things about the Chinese ones are inarguably better. But there is just something about a Maadi they were the closest thing to a real Russian and were made on Russian tooling.
  19. Hiaboo

    Hiaboo Well-Known Member

    Major reason; preban.
  20. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    THey are so sweet to shoot. THe trigger breaks like glass. Oh yeah, CHicom babies are hard to find nowadays. NO more cheap AKs from China so the prices shooots way up there.

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