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Best AK47 for $1200ish

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HGM22, Nov 21, 2013.

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  1. HGM22

    HGM22 Member

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    Been thinking of trading my Yugo M70 underfolder in towards something nicer. Will probably be awhile before I can fit it into my budget, but figure to start doing the research now.

    Looking for a Kalashnikov pattern rifle in 7.62x39. Would prefer a folding stock and ability to mount a red dot (even if I have to buy after market i.e. Ultimak). Would prefer to spend less than $1000 but will spend more if worth it.

    Also, what is the difference between all the different Arsenal AKs? Seems they have Bulgarian milled and stamped receivers, but I thought they converted Saigas (which I thought were Russian produced)?
     
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    Polytech legend hands down. 1.5mm thick milled receiver. If you can find one that price most are 1800-3500 on gunbroker depending on condition.
     
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  3. jason41987

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    best AK on the market by far is the polish beryl rifle.. its the most advanced, most accurate AK on the market.. its 5.56mm although it does shoot 1" groups at 100 yards.. and after a couple hundred yards the 5.56mm round is more powerful thank the 7.62x39.. if i was going to go with a 7.62x39mm AK id probably build one from parts of an older polish model.. which most if not all are actually underfolderrs.. not sure if you wanted left side folding, right side folding, or an underfolder

    bulgarian made AKs are really nice as well, most their 7.62mm kits are for milled receivers though.. but arsenal stuff is good too.. i think they sell both bulgarian and saiga AKs depending on the model

    as for rail systems.. this is an area where ive put a TON of research and testing into, and there are really only two methods that are useful.. first one, which is the one i prefer, is the side mounts the russian military uses.. a side rail is riveted to the side of the AK during a new build and optics are slid onto the side rail and usually tightened down by pushing a lever.. they hold zero really well.. the other option would be the TWS dogleg mount which copies the polish beryls hinged top rail, but the dogleg replaces the rear sight and uses the part where the rear sight mounts to the sight base as the forward hinge
     
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  4. Cryogaijin

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    FOr under 1k I'd say the Vepr 54r on sale at Atlantic firearms right now is probably the best, though you'd have to make due with cheaper, more powerful ammo. There are folding stock kits for 'em, but with the pretty wood they have. . . kinda a shame. :)
     
  5. nathan

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    Check KVAR , the best AKs
     
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    There is also the ulitmak which the OP mention and for a RDS like a T1 is arguably a better option than either you mention. The ultimak is perhaps the most proven and accepted method of putting a RDS on an AK. In addition for a RDS there are the various MI mounts.

    They also offer an option that gives the user a front sight.

    View attachment 683956

    http://www.primaryarms.com/TWS-AK-47-AK-74-Rear-Leaf-Sight-Notch-Style-TW-p/tws42316.htm

    The real issue is that despite the claims these things have a shifting zero when you open and close them.
     
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