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AK74 Options

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bratch, Jun 11, 2009.

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  1. bratch

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    I'm thinking about picking up a '74 and a bunch of ammo for cheap shooting/training. These are the ones I'm considering but my options are still open.

    1. Century Tantal: Probably the lowest on the list due to non-chrome lined barrel and key holeing reports. It is the cheapest.

    2. Bulgarian side folder: I like the looks of the triangle fold but it is the priciest.

    3. Bulgarian fixed stock: Looks nice but not sure if I want a fixed stock.

    4. Interarms Tantal: Uses original Polish barrel decent price, not as sure about the wire folder.

    Thoughts comments on these four? Any that I've left off.
     
  2. Sam1911

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    I built a Bulgarian AKS-74 last year (that's the triangle folding stock version) and love it. I've shot fixed stock models and loved them, too.

    I don't personally care for the Tantals at all, and wouldn't consider them, unless they were cheap alternatives like they used to be.

    JMHO.

    -Sam
     
  3. Moose458

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    I have the Interarms Tantal, and really like it. I wrapped the stock with para cord and it works fine. Locks up tight and gives a good cheek rest. Depending on price difference and what is important to you, you wont go wrong with a Tantal. If Century has corrected the barrel issue, they will be GTG. Chrome lined barrels are not that important unless you have a full auto.
     
  4. HorseSoldier

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    I think they're pretty nice when done right.

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  5. rojocorsa

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    Quick question: Can Russian semi auto from Izhevsk be imported into the US?
     
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    Russian arms can only be legally imported to the US if they've been sporterized, hence the Saigas (some special deal the Clinton administration set up, if I recall correctly, to either keep evil black rifles off the streets or protect American gun manufacturers from cheap competition, depending on who you listen to). I don't think Saiga ever did a 5.45 version, though.
     
  7. nalioth

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    Quick answer: Yes. They carry the "Saiga" brand.

    According to RAAC, 5.45x39 Saigas are in the import process now. Supposed to go on sale any time now.
     
  8. rojocorsa

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    Thanks for answering, I knew about the Saigas, but my question was meant for the Kalashnikov-pattern semi-autos. Frankly, they should be available. IMHO.
     
  9. nalioth

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    Did you say "kalashnikov pattern semi-autos"?

    45 minutes with a Saiga and you've got something like this:
    saiga556_1246.jpg

    A day in the shop (and a trip to get refinished) will get you this:
    20nch-saiga_1207.jpg

    You should not overlook the Saiga. Because it's obviously not a "kalashnikov pattern semi-auto", it's a lot cheaper to purchase.

    Putting it back "right" isn't much of a chore at all.
     
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