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Whats a better present PTR 91 GI or AK 47 by K-var?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Roman11, Jan 1, 2012.

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  1. Roman11

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    I am looking to buy a present for a good friend, but cant make up my mind. I am considering an AK 47 from Kvar or a PTR 91 GI from Atlantic firearms/cdnn. the price ranges are about equal. the friend likes to target practice and likes the idea of an all around defenseive weapon. which would you get and why?
     
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  2. Cal-gun Fan

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    Don't get the PTR. Its a clone, whereas the Arsenal AK's are made from the Saiga, which is a real Izmash AK. The G3 style rifles have much more recoil than a .308 should, have crappy ergonomics, few accessories available, and are kind of niche.
    The AK, on the other hand, is a bundle of fun. I got an SGL-21 back in May and am going to pick up an SGL-31 in January. I could say so much good about these guns it would sound like a commercial.
    Ammo is cheap and there is plenty of it available, its easy to mount a scope via the siderail, there are TONS of accessories available (almost as many as an AR now), there is the novelty and the cool factor of it being an AK, the muzzle brake on the Arsenals works great, the fit and finish is fantastic...I love the Arsenals. There are other AKs like the WASR 10/63s that work fine, but they aren't anything special in my opinion.

    Go for the Arsenal, you won't be dissapointed :)
     
  3. Roman11

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    J & G has this Saiga 7.62X39 Converted AK Style Rifle, Mercury-Hermes Import, New. 1-1614xq for something like 520, how would you compare it to a k-var? is the k-var worth the premium and if so, why?

    thanks in advance for your input. i do appreciate it.
     
  4. Roman11

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    The K-Var is worth it, but let me tell you why.
    They are based on the same rifle, so they will both most likely be reliable and as accurate as an AK will be. However, Saiga conversions are nothing special. Anybody can do one as long as he can use a screwdriver, basically. What Arsenal does is more complicated-they actually restore the Saiga rifles to their respective AK-103 (7.62) and AK-74m (5.45) specs.
     
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    I don't know, I recently traded a Century CETME for a Century PSL and kinda wish I had not done it. G-3 platform vs AK platform, different caliber (7.62x51 vs 7.62x54 or 7.62x39) principal is still the same.... Jury's still out!
     
  7. Roman11

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    i thought that k-var is essentially a saiga conversion plus some additional US made furniture. am i wrong? hos a k-var a ny different than the saiga conversion sold by J g? what is it about it that warrants a 300 dollar premium?
     
  8. Cal-gun Fan

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    The Saiga comes into the country as a sporting rifle. That doesn't really matter, as whatever furniture it has it is still a real Russian izmash made AK. They come in with a sporting stock and handguard that...I don't know, I think they're fugly. Plus, the trigger is moved back to prevent the use of a pistol grip, and the trigger pull is pretty bad. However, it is very easy to move the trigger guard forward, add a bullet guide for the gun to accept normal AK magazines (not possible in the sporting configuration), and add a new pistol grip/buttstock. Anybody can do that-and that is what the JG sales rifle is.
    You could buy a Saiga rifle and convert it for less money than JG charges for that one. Also, it uses crappy, leftover parts. The Arsenal rifle takes the conversion to the full level, replacing the back end of the rifle with high-end K-Var furniture, adding the bullet guide, putting a true AK rear sight on it (normal Saiga's use a different one), converting it to use normal AK handguards, add correct AK gas blocks and front sight bases (which have the bayonet lug and accessory lug respectively, and add the muzzle brake and cleaning rod. This front end conversion is much tougher.
    My point is this: Anybody can do a normal Saiga conversion, and I'm not saying that they're bad rifles, i'm just saying that they aren't anything special, whereas the Arsenal is probably the best factory AK on the market right now.
     
  9. Girodin

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    I'd rather receive the PTR.
     
  10. MistWolf

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    Myself, I'd rather receive the PTR GI. It's ergonomics are less crappy than an AK, sights are much better, the collapsing stock way cooler and I love the 308 in a battle rifle.

    7.62x39 ammo is cheaper though
     
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    Another vote for the PTR91-GI. Give me the Teutonic beauty over a 'Eastern Bloc ghetto blaster' any day.
     

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    I hear he PTR ia a PITA to
    scope. How much additional labor is involved in scoping that rifle?
     
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    Not difficult, at all:

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    PTR will still shoot with more accuracy than the Saiga AK
    The guns are priced similar.

    If I was to buy another AK, I would hold out and get a Bulgarian version which are by far, the Best AK rifles I have ever handled and shot.
     
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    Thats not necessarily true. Arsenal AKs will shoot 1 MOA with good ammunition, not sure how well the PTRs will shoot. Also, for the ergo's, there are plenty of handguards/stocks/grips available for the AK to customize it to one's liking. The same can't be said for the PTR, and G3 style rifles are generally not well regarded for their ergonomics.
     
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    Ahh yes, they mythical 1 MOA AK47. :cool: Sightings have occurred across America, but like the Sasquatch, evidence of its existence remains elusive.

    Some folks shoot three shots and then turn around and claim their AK shoots 1 MOA. Other folks, who have a more firm grasp on statistical relevance, shoot 10 shot groups before making any accuracy claims. I have never, ever seen a 7.62 AK even approach 1 MOA using a 10-shot test bed over multiple strings, no matter what ammo is used. I have seen some piss poor rifles manage to have three bullets land close to one another once in a blue moon. I'm not so sure we can call those rifles 1 MOA shooters though.

    But back to the original question, I don't like AKs but I find roller-locked HK pattern rifles to be inspiring and lots of fun to shoot. I'd take the PTR anyday, but be advised that HK clones require some knowledge before purchase to ensure you don't wind up with a problem child.
     
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    Actually I concede to that, its hard to get an AK to shoot that well. With a scope, good ammo, good conditions, it can be done, but I've only managed it once or twice. 2-3 MOA is more what you'd expect. Though, the G3 style rifles i've shot haven't been that accurate either.
     
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    My PTR-91 shoots 2.5 MOA 10 shot group with German MEN surplus, pretty sure an AK can't do the same with any kind of surplus.

    I'd take a PTR simply because I'm invested in the caliber.
     
  19. Roman11

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    Ok. Let's rephrase the question then, if you were held up in your house by a rioting mob of about 100 lunatics trying to get to our family and you had 1000 round is ammo in the relevant caliber and no time to clean the rifle etc. Which would you rather have - the k-var AK 47 with 1000 rounds of 7.62x39 or the PTR 91 with 1000 rounds of NATO 7.62?
     
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    Having shot a real G3 and a PTR, I would definitely go for the AK. Easier to handle, higher capacity magazines (which are of course denied to me in California :) ), easier to operate, ammo is much, much cheaper.
     
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    I would say that my PTR-91 is comparable if not better than the real deal HK. Yes, it's a clone but made with actual HK machines and tools. The GI model at $899 is steal. Mags are cheap and plentiful but the only downside is the cost of ammo. If you don't have a problem shooting steal cased, then you should be good to go.

    On the other hand, those Arsenal Saigas are badass and not "clones".
     
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    I'd go with the one I shoot better and have more confidence in- the PTR. The GI has fixed the fluting problems that the PTRs with the Thompson barrels had.

    If you've already made up your mind that you want to buy your buddy an AK, then buy him an AK. You don't need us to validate your choice
     
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    I actually think the PTR I shot was smoother than the HK one, tbh. They're nice guns.
     
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    HK/G3/PTR/Cetme have the ergonomics of a giant Bavarian sausage, trash the brass to boot, and good luck with ammo costs. I have never tried it, but doubt they will handle cheaper Russian steel stuff.

    Never handled the Arsenal Saiga, but I own five self-converted ones. They all are noticeably better shooters than the average run-of-the-mill Kalashnikov.

    The effective range of the 308 is superior, but the X39 is a fine intermediate cartridge and cheaper to shoot.

    Good luck

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  25. GCMkc

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    My AW# Serial number PTR-91 (supposidely these serial numbered guns won't run steel cased ammo according to some people) shoots Wolf, Brown Bear, Silver Bear, Tulammo, Federal, and match ammo just fine. With most of the Russian ammo being under $10 per 20 I feel confident to say that you can feed a PTR-91 without breaking the bank...But I usually don't shoot more than 100rds of .308 on any one occasion. CTD, Ammo-to-go, and AIMSurplus have cheap .308 ($7-$10 per box of 20).

    I feel that the ergonomics are fine for me. If I wanted to I could upgrade to paddle mag release (Bill Springfield does them for about $125-150) and an extended safety lever (PSG1 extended lever is about $100) and then they would be on point. It's definitely not as ergo as the AR platforms, but it's a totally different beast.
     
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