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Romanian RPKs for $379 at classicarms

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by buck00, Mar 9, 2008.

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  1. buck00

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    Just passing this along in case anyone was in the market for an RPK clone. As of Sunday 9 March he had them on sale for $379.

    * They are called "AES10-B" and they are built by Century Arms (so let the buyer beware, :uhoh:) but it looks like if you want a shooter at a decent price, this would be idea.

    * Again I'm not trying to get into a debate about quality or Century Arms, I'm just throwing this out there as a firearms market availability update. ;)

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  2. nalioth

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    Nothing to beware of, Century only imports them and make them 922r compliant. These are WASRs in RPK form.

    Century doesn't build them. The Romanians do.
     
  3. AirPower

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    Do these have RPK receiver, or just AK receiver?
     
  4. nalioth

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    They've got the speshul-made-for-export RPK receivers (just like the WASR).
     
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    They do not appear to be a "bulged" RPK trunnion style receiver. Also, they seem to lack mag well dimples. That looks like a wasr receiver to me.
     
  6. nalioth

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    Contrary to popular belief, the current military issue Romanian RPK does not have mag well dimples from the factory (and it also has a carry handle).

    You may look here for multiple up close pictures of your "trunnion humps"

    .... and yes, it's a special receiver made for export.
     
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  7. squirrel sniper

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    Its a WASR reciever with a long berrel. See that ring where the sight usually is, I'll bet they took it off of one gun and welded a couple inches of barrel on it, then put the sight on
     
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    I didn't know that about romy RPKs--I wonder why and when they decided that?

    ETA--looking at a few different pix, it seems that some have heavy rpk style trunnions and others don't. Strange...
     
  9. briansmithwins

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    I have a AES-10B. There are 2 models, the 10 has a skinny barrel and rear mounted bipod, the 10B has the heavy barrel (not welded from 2 smaller barrels) and front mounted bipod.

    The 10B has the heavy 1.6mm, bulged receiver, and reinforced trunnions.

    I did a short review with pics here: http://ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=4&f=64&t=104471

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    No its not, it's got a bipod too! :D

    That convinces me I want to go get one now. :rolleyes:
     
  11. ROMAK IV

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    I have never had problems with Century Arms firearms, personally. My CIA modified WASR-10 is utterly reliable, nad reasonably accurate, as is my Century built FAL. Ditto on the Century modified 308 MAS 49/56. However, I believe the people who report problems, so beware. The best way would be to be actually able to examine the rifle you are going to receive, but then you wouldn't get the great price. On the other hand, with the cost of shipping and the transfer fee, the ability to examine one might well be worth it.
     
  12. LawBot5000

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    Uh, you are mistaken. I just ordered one from classic.

    The AES10-B has:
    -thick RPK barrel
    -correct RPK bipod
    -bulged trunnion with thick RPK receiver
    -correct furniture

    It was money well spent. Disclaimer- this is not the stock wood, I spent a good chunk of today refinishing it. Anyway, here is proof that it is not just a long barrel WASR- it is a genuine RPK parts kit gun.

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    I bought an AES-10 about six months ago, trying to replace a Norinco NHM-91 in a RPK configuration that I gave to a friend in the Georgia State Troopers.

    I was very disappointed in it. The barrel was too thin and the bipod positioned in front of the handguard was horrible. It did shoot as reliable as any AK though and I loved the carrying handle. I also ordered a Romainian 75rd drum when I ordered the gun from century, but the drum would not seat in the RPK and would only seat in the century underfolder I also ordered if you slammed it very hard.

    The new model looks like they fixed the flaws.
     
  14. LawBot5000

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    The AES-10 and the AES-10B are NOT the same. Not even close.

    The AES-10 is an abortion of a gun. They basically take a WASR-10, lengthen the barrel to 23 inches, add a PKM bipod underneath the gas block and stuff it all in a thin AK receiver. It's a recipe for failure.

    The AES-10B is a real romanian RPK minus the auto sear. It's a well put together gun that uses all the correct parts, as outlined above.
     
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    Now that is a nice firearm, LawBot5000! With the bipod and drum magazine, it would be equally suited to range fun at long distance, and for defence during the Zombie apocalypse. :D
     
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