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looking for an Ak-47

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by semper_fidelis, Dec 14, 2009.

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  1. semper_fidelis

    semper_fidelis Member

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    Hey folks, I'm now looking for an AK-47. As always I'm looking for the best cost to quality ratio I can find. What are the best, most durable and accurate, brands/origins/countries. Do any U.S. companies make them for a decent price? Anyone know of any laws that I have work around in IL? As always thanks for your help and merry Christmas
     
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    KVAR is a good option. Another one is Classic Arms, which has decent Romanian WASRs for under $400. The WASRs aren't as nice as the real Russians that KVAR is selling, but you can save about $100 and still get a rifle that shoots well. I have both. Balancing cost and quality, you're about even.

    BTW, it's not really cheaper to convert your own Saiga any more. I did that and saved no money. A fun project, though.
     
  5. wally

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    True enough, but it still lets you shoot the cheaper Saiga now and get the conversion parts later as funds permit.

    --wally.
     
  6. mountainpharm

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    I bought mine from Atlantic Firearms and am very happy with it. Atlantic is a member here and will extend a discount to you if you mention that you're also a member of THR. Very easy to deal with these guys.

    www.atlanticfirearms.com
     
  7. rangerruck

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    If you want all parts bran new, good , pretty accurate and cheap, there is only one; Saiga.
    for stock ak's , I like a Bulgarian, the origional polish copy ak is very good, I like the various Yugo's as well, and the chinese milled.
     
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    Arsenals are very good.
     
  10. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    You can base convert a Saiga in the caliber of your choice, for the gun and standard mags + $130.
     
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    check out I.O INC they make AK-47s in NC
     
  12. Norinco982lover

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    What all is involved in the tune up?

    I love my converted Saiga and I finished the whole conversion for around $500 total.

    The WASR is cheap cheap cheap and usually not a bad gun either.

    ~Norinco
     
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    Get the Arsenal Saiga conversion ASAP. The sale is supposed to end shortly. It's got a new russian reciever, new chromed barrel, scope rail and threaded barrel with an effective brake.
     
  14. semper_fidelis

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    What all is to be converted on the Saiga?
     
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    you can get some pretty good prices here and some come with a pretty good deal on ammo as well http://www.jgsales.com/index.php/ri...7-and-rpk-rifles/cPath/209_214/sort/3a/page/2

    I got mine off a former coworker because I wanted one that I knew worked and he has a whole arsenal of them, so I knew it had the bugs worked out of it. I prefer the true look over the pretty modified ones. Some splotch marks, scratches, and tough looking wood makes it look authentic. Some of those gussied up modified ones look like they belong in a Hollywood movie, but that's just me.
     
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    Here's the latest one I did. Romanian G - Nodak Spud NDS-3 receiver - modified Tapco single-hook trigger group - Choate handguard - Vltor carbine stock tube - Magpul MOE stock - Krebs flash hider - tritium big dot front sight/aperture rear - manganese parkerizing by me.

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  17. CosmicGrooves

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    I was in your boots two weeks ago. I didn't know anything about the AK's and which one to get. After some research and asking questions here, I got the SGL21 from K-var.com. It was a brand new rifle for not much more than what the cheap Romanian WASR's cost. It will arrive at my FFL dealer today and I hope to go pick it up tomorrow.
     
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    I also just recently bought and purchased my first AK. Being a tightwad to begin with, I got one of the cheapest I could find, which ended up being a WASR from ClassicArms. I can't really compare it with other AK because I'm still pretty new to this, but it works. Took it out over the weekend and it shot every time I pulled the trigger. I'll probably get some upgrades for it, but as a base configuration, it's not bad. Some of the accessories (sling, bayonet) were junk, but with two 30 round mags for $390 it's cheaper than a Saiga kit (which I seriously considered and still might have to try).
     
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    i'm wanting one myself. i'm probably going to just get one of those base ones too.
     
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    . . at least until their sale ends.

    (then it's back to gouging the American ignorant)
     
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    I went the bottom feeder route and bought a WASR 10/63 at a gun show three years ago. Picked the best one out of a rough looking bunch and couldn't find anything seriously wrong with it. Cleaned it up and have had a lot of fun with it. No complaints here, it's never malfunctioned even with cheap surplus ammo.

    I'd say if the lowest common denominator functions that well you can expect good service from most AKs out there. Just check it out before buying as you would with any firearm.
     
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  23. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    Like I said before, tell me why you would pay $450 for a WASR, then another $400 to have it fixed, that's $850 not including various taxes, shipping, FFL, NICS, etc. costs???

    Just buy a Saiga for less than $400, get $130 worth of parts, sit down for 2 1/2 hours. Much better gun, for $300 less.
     
  24. Dr.Mall Ninja

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    thats allot of work to do to a 400 dollar gun.
     
  25. nulfisin

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    To answer the question, "what is involved," no one is trying to ignore you. There are many threads on this and plenty of videos on the Net. Essentially, you are converting a sporterized Saiga into "battle" format. The most important part of the conversion (but certainly not the only one) is moving the trigger group forward to its more natural position. Again, it's a fun project, but if that's not your cup of tea and you have the funds, you can buy one already converting for the same price as converting it yourself. Alternatively, you can buy a WASR for about $100 less. A good gun IMO, but not as good as the Saiga.
     
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