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Old January 20, 2015, 09:57 PM   #1
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Kalashnikov-USA

Excuse this if already posted:

http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/20/news...v-made-in-usa/

Article about AKs being made here in the US. I've never owned an AK, but I'd be tempted to buy one if priced right.
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Old January 20, 2015, 10:02 PM   #2
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I own a SKS which has a somewhat similar action. Fantastic rifle. VERY reliable and pretty accurate. The DI AR's will be a bit more accurate with their lighter bullets, but I'm a big fan of the 7.62x39 caliber.
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Old January 20, 2015, 10:11 PM   #3
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So I guess my Centurion 39 doesn't count as a made in the USA gun since it isn't called an AK47?

Century builds theirs in VT if I'm not mistaken. A high quality AK in my opinion.
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Old January 20, 2015, 10:17 PM   #4
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I own a SKS which has the same action. Fantastic rifle. VERY reliable and pretty accurate. The DI AR's will be a bit more accurate with their lighter bullets, but I'm a big fan of the 7.62x39 caliber.
An SKS does NOT have the same action as an AK...
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Old January 20, 2015, 10:17 PM   #5
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Neat... I like reading the comments in 'news articles' like this. That's fun stuff right there.

It makes sense to produce AKs in the US now given current pricing and unfortunate sanctions.
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Old January 20, 2015, 10:38 PM   #6
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Are these AKs going to be actually US made? A lot of supposedly US-made AKs are just slapped together out of foreign parts with just enough domestic parts to be legal. I suppose that wouldn't be too bad if the price is ok.

My wife has been asking me for a wood-furniture AK to compliment my Saiga...
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Old January 20, 2015, 10:45 PM   #7
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If it's gonna be made with quality parts and the pricing isn't insane......I'd be interested in adding one to my collection.
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Old January 20, 2015, 11:15 PM   #8
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Id be the first in line to buy an AK made in the USA. We could make them better ANY DAY!

I really hate the term "Assault Rifle" everything I shot in my life had no intentions of Assault more then the next gun.

edit* why I take that back I may assault a paper target every now and then.

edit 2** We can make it better IF the right people get on board.

edit 3*** Then we can sell it back to Russia the American way.

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Old January 20, 2015, 11:18 PM   #9
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Please please please...if they are going to make AKs let them also make Dragunovs
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Old January 20, 2015, 11:31 PM   #10
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This would be a hilarious result of our present sanctions regime; AK says to heck with finding workarounds and just comes here to produce guns unfettered. Talk about an Executive backfire

This exact scenario has basically already happened with an increasing number of European firearms companies, and now with formerly Eastern European companies like CZ and Radom (supposedly coming here to build the MSBS). I'm waiting for Imbel and Norinco to set up a franchise at this point

"Please please please...if they are going to make AKs let them also make Dragunovs"
Don't buy into the hype; they'd pale in comparison to the slick, modern wizardry of any modern 308-class target gun made today. What you want is a VSS Vintorez

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Old January 20, 2015, 11:33 PM   #11
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Id be the first in line to buy an AK made in the USA. We could make them better ANY DAY!
Century Arms has made the C39 in Vermont for a year..now making the C39V2 and RAS47
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Old January 20, 2015, 11:34 PM   #12
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YES...Norinco.
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Old January 20, 2015, 11:57 PM   #13
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Americans will not make the AK as well as the old standard commie countries. American industry will find ways to cheapen the design, cut corners on materials etc. You will end up with no chrome on anything, weak springs, all polymer mags. Also I have never seen American 7.62x39 outperform russian wolf in any of my AK, sks, or sig rifles. Surplus steel mags are strong.
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Old January 21, 2015, 12:12 AM   #14
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How in the world could you cheapen the AK design? It's based on over-gassing, over-springing and a massive bolt to beat to dust anything that gets in it's way. No need for fine components.
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Old January 21, 2015, 12:22 AM   #15
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"Americans will not make the AK as well as the old standard commie countries."
It's funny, but I fully believe this to be the truth. I think the guns will work just as well, but won't be made as well. Americans absolutely destroy anyone else on the planet when it comes to finding ways to cheap out on product that don't irk the customer enough to affect sales. We are the kings of cheap junk (and yes, that includes having said junk made overseas to cheap out even more in a way that doesn't impact sales)

There is also an undeserved myth about a lack of craftsmanship in the Bloc countries. Show me an American in the 80's that was still employed making Nixie tubes by hand (Ukraine made them up until the collapse, and I believe still does to service aging equipment). The Soviets spared no expense when they thought it was needed, but also cheaped out when they thought they could; being a poor societal governor, these choices were often not very good.

"How in the world could you cheapen the AK design? It's based on over-gassing, over-springing and a massive bolt to beat to dust anything that gets in it's way. No need for fine components."
Furniture, surface finish, non-contacting machined surfaces, dimensional compatibility. None of these things figured highly in the first place, though. Ironically, since robots are already so much cheaper than humans in the gun-building world, several of these items are guaranteed for a bump. I also think we'll see plastic used where it is kinda inadvisable (think trigger guards, guide rods, and safeties)

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Old January 21, 2015, 12:30 AM   #16
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C39V2 dissected..the only plastic is the magazines...but guess what you can go buy surplus mags if you want.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=VK-466v-P-U
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Old January 21, 2015, 12:45 AM   #17
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American AK is much more than a novelty. It is the same concept as others have done, and proven good. I can see more involvement and more support from groups like magpul. As for cutting corners, sure some corners will be cut, but others will be improved. Modern manufacturing processes will take over for outdated processes in some cases which can create higher quality parts. Will the gun be as slick as a Marlin 336, probably not, but neither is an arsenal. I can see this as being a very high quality weapon, or at least as good as a current AK.
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Old January 21, 2015, 01:42 AM   #18
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The AK 47 design is hard to beat. Its the preferred weapon of choice on the other side for 60 plus years. And we are still facing them in my places in the current situations . Its combat proven and what better way than to produce them here.
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Old January 21, 2015, 02:05 AM   #19
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Hey, if we produce them here then they are open for military contract right?
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Old January 21, 2015, 03:16 AM   #20
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I bet theres tons of captured AK s from Vietnam, Grenada, Afghanistan and Iraq in US stockpiles. And of course the Pentagon buys a lot of those for use as arms aid in cases like the Free Syrian Army and other indigenous groups fighting for US interests.
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Old January 21, 2015, 06:20 AM   #21
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Americans will not make the AK as well as the old standard commie countries. American industry will find ways to cheapen the design, cut corners on materials etc. You will end up with no chrome on anything, weak springs, all polymer mags. Also I have never seen American 7.62x39 outperform russian wolf in any of my AK, sks, or sig rifles. Surplus steel mags are strong.

Centurion 39: milled receiver, laminate stock, chrome barrel. Retails for $650.

Watch the torture tests on YouTube.

Not to beat the dead horse, but for goodness sake, it's s quality AK built in the US (in VT) and even has an American flag stamped into the receiver.
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Old January 21, 2015, 06:21 AM   #22
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Here's my AK - built in the USA.
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Old January 21, 2015, 07:10 AM   #23
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Id be the first in line to buy an AK made in the USA. We could make them better ANY DAY!

I see a lot of such sentiment, but reality hasn't shown this to be true. Currently, the "American" made AK-s on the market are considered inferior to foreign imports. You can disagree....but you'd be wrong
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Old January 21, 2015, 10:18 AM   #24
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An SKS does NOT have the same action as an AK...
Yep, I stand corrected. Meant to say somewhat similar action, so I will change the original post. Thanks!
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Old January 21, 2015, 10:39 AM   #25
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Actually if its an AK , i would buy an import. If its an AR, i buy American.
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