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Second guessing my AK buy, some reassure me

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JHenry, Jul 31, 2012.

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  1. JHenry

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    Well i bought a milled mak-90 the other day for 950, but im sort of second guessing the price. The rifle is in very good condition the only real blemishes on the finish are under the dust cover and a slight scratch on the FSB. Other than that its all matching and it already has the ironwood stock set on it. From what i figure(based off what has been realistic values) a milled Mak-90 that hasnt been shot to be hell(rifling is very nice in mine) goes for around $700-750 with the thumbhole stock. The IWD set is about $120 or so last i checked, and whatever 4th part they replaced to make it 922r compliant. IMO i paid a fair price $870 plus sales tax which came out to $950.

    The main selling point for me was the milled receiver which i drool over, it just looks 20x better than the stamped.

    Anyways offer your opinions. Pics on request

    *and the importer stamped on the side I D E MCLEAN VA, ive checked a few sources and as far as i know no importer was ever located there so thats a bit of a mystery to me.
     
  2. TexasPatriot.308

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    think you overpaid, but come the next gun scare, around and or after the election, you can get your money back and then some.
     
  3. JHenry

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    well thats the other thing, i dont see the prices going down in the near future, and i dont really plan on selling it, just checking to see how far off the median price i was.

    Either way im happy with it and all and i had been hunting for an ak for the past year and this was the first one i came across that had the "i gotta buy this feeling"

    Plus considering the cost of other milled ak's it doesnt seem like it was that bad.
     
  4. RX-178

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    I'm not going to say you overpaid, just that you probably could have gotten the same deal for less money if you waited, and/or searched around. That doesn't mean you didn't get a decent deal on it, especially if it's the rifle you WANT.
     
  5. Baba Louie

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    If a milled receiver is what you wanted, you did fine. It is yours now to have and to hold and it will always be worth that amount or more. Already 922'd w/ ironwood... oh yeah, I'd say some photos would be appreciated. ;)

    Getcha s'more more magazines, and a slew of ammo and tell us how well that heavy little china doll shoots.
     
  6. JHenry

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    well i graduated last may and took all the money i was gifted to buy a rifle, and i always liked the AK. Ive been looking for one ever since, which amounts to 7 or 8 gunshows i believe. And this was the first time the gumps gunshows had ever had a mak 90, previous to that was a bulgarian import(cant recall the model) for $850 i think. Other than that it was Arsenals well above $1000 and wasrs.

    I bought 60 rounds early today and will fire it ASAP, i might set aside 5-10 rounds for grouping but no promises :D

    and ill go take some pictures now
     
  7. OARNGESI

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    you got a quality gun that hasnt been imported since the 90s, enjoy it and its value will increase over time
     
  8. JHenry

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    In all its glory
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    a shot of the double hook trigger
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    the oval 386 and cuts
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    and the unknown importer mark
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  9. Infidel4life11

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    I don't think you overpaid.
     
  10. JHenry

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    that eases the conscience. Although i wish it had included a sling, the thing has got to be pushing 13-14 lbs fully loaded
     
  11. meanmrmustard

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    I think you overpaid. Me personally, I wouldn't pay what you did for any less than an Arsenal. For AK variants in general, never have nor would pay over $650 OTD. Tex is on the right track, as if you ever needed to sell or were conscious of an overpay, you could at some junctor recoup most or all of your money. I wouldn't bank on elections or gun tragedies, but AKs are going up and so is value, so do not fret. For perspective, I passed on a Mak a month ago in primo condition, couldn't get seller off the $700 mark for a $650 rifle.

    For what you paid though, you could have got a nice AR. But, if you're like me, who needs one? Hindsight, cuz you got a Mak, and a decent looking specimen. Congrats, and enjoy it.
     
  12. Rob G

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    You didn't overpay, you just didn't get the best deal I've ever seen on one. I would rest easy and enjoy your Mak90. What you have there is arguably one of the nicest AKs ever produced.
     
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    Photo 2: Footfault!

    Seriously though, nice rifle.
     
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    It is somewhat unusual for accessories (even a nice stock set like that) to get much benefit in the sale price of a used rifle, UNLESS that's exactly what the next buyer wanted anyway.

    If that describes you, then you did fine.

    In the end, you have the rifle you wanted, in your hands, now. Sometimes that's worth a bit of cash just to get the matter done with. If searching for months to find the lowest dollar for an item is a hobby of yours, maybe you didn't do well. If your goal was to get the rifle you want in you hands so you can go shoot, I'd say you did fine.
     
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    In 1996 someone offered me a milled Russian for $1000.

    As mentioned before, you just didn't get the best deal. However I haven't seen many milled Ak's in a long time. You got what you wanted, enjoy it.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I997 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    You didn't over pay. Look at what a milled Arsenal cost now, $1995.00. $870 was a good price. You can't count sales tax anymore than when you talk about tax on a new car deal.
     
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    If its converted then its not original. $700 would be my best price .
     
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    Around Washington state and Tennessee, the two states I have lived in in the last few years, a Milled Mak90 is worth around $600-650 in excellent condition with a thumbhole stock. In all fairness, NOW with the recent shooting, the prices are going up and they're all over the place. $950 - you got hosed. Sorry to break the news. You should have researched it more. I saw your original post but didn't want to burst your bubble... but since you did ask...

    I overpaid in 2009 during the Obama scare and paid I think $750. But fortunately I had an offer more than what I paid and recouped my cost.

    If you love it, then what's a few hundred bucks? Hopefully you can buy some more at lower costs and average out your costs.
     
  19. Sam Cade

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    I think you overpaid greatly. Around here milled Mak90s go for around $600-650 when they pop up.


    The lack of a threaded muzzle,siderail and the grossly inflated weight makes that rifle a non-starter for me.


    As long as YOU got what YOU want, it is all good though.
     
  20. Roadking Rider

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    I look at it this way. If you really wanted it and you were able to pay cash or write a check for it you didn't pay to much. If you put it on plastic and went into dept to buy it and plan on paying it off over a period of time you got ripped.
     
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    questions are for before the purchase. Lesson learned for next gun buy.
     
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    Any gun on any given day is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, no more and no less. The fact that there is no way I would pay that much for a Chinese Norinco MAK 90 matters not, long as you are happy with the gun at the price you paid.

    Ron
     
  23. Float Pilot

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    Here is Alaska I have not seen a milled receiver AK for sale in years. They are (were) very popular up here do to their robust construction and possibly better accuracy due to that rigid construction. Many are tucked away next to a well loaded back-pack, the owners using cheap WASR's for converting ammo into noise. The milled Norinco's being held back for the day when they are needed.

    Over the last week or two , prices have increased... Just as they have all been creeping up over the last few years.... Up here a stamped AK now goes for $650 and a milled around $850 and up... So while your price may seem steep in comparison to prices a couple years ago.... it is not all that terrible.
    If I had been there, I might have whined and complained,,, but I probably would have bought it as well...
     
  24. JHenry

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    well thanks for all the replies but i havent seen a mak-90 milled or stamped for less than $650 in the past year. im sure theyre around but i certainly cant find them. the only other milled mak-90 i saw was for 750(but it was for trade only) and it still had the thumbhole. After everything is said and done the approx value of my mak-90 is around $900. I figure had i gotten an unconverted one for $725 id have to put in $165 in the IWD stock(just priced it on their website) another 25 for various hardware components and a compliance part, and at least 25 $s in shipping. So that all added up would come out to at least 900-935(given that there is some room in hardware and shipping). considering what someone paid for the stock set and since its in good condition and i wont need to replace it, i can essentially subtract 200 dollars(165 + 13 in shipping + hardware costs + whatever i need to finish it).

    The IWD price check actually did alot to ease my mind, i thought the set was around $100 which had me thinking i couldve easily done the pistol grip swap myself for significantly less
     
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    I would be very interested to see just how accurate that milled receiver might shoot with some good hand-loads or quality factory ammo....
     
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