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Advice on AK's please...
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05-29-2012, 06:10 AM #1
Advice on AK's please...
I just "found" a few hundred $ and am considering my next buy. I've pretty much narrowed it down to an AK, but know next to nothing about them. I know there are good and bad ones out there quality-wise, but not which is which. I don't want anything special, just one that will accept 30-round mags, and doesn't need any work. So, the question is this... What should I look for, and what's a resonable price? Put another way, can I get a decent gun for around $500? And yes, I'm in MA and have an unrestricted "A" license...Lee (In deference to the post decrying the anonymity of the Internet)
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05-29-2012, 06:30 AM #2
4 Seasons has MA legal Romanian WASR-10 in 7.62x39 with 2 pre-ban high cap mags on order for $469-479.00...No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
05-29-2012, 07:05 AM #3
05-29-2012, 07:37 AM #4
As far as WASRs being "crappy" ... yeah- they are a little rough around the edges. However, they are "the real deal" AFAIK because they are actually made by Romanians in Cugir. Granted, they are slightly converted when they come over here to be 922r compliant, but depending on the model, they are coming over here in pretty much the same form they left the factory over in Europe.
As far as getting something "nicer" a MAK-90 is always a good option in the People's Republic. You can find them from anywhere from $500-$600 (usually sold privately.... a place like 4 Seasons is going to jack the price on them) and they are a solid rifle. No evil features to make it a violation of the AWB, and if you get one with a non-cut-in-the-ass receiver, you can put any furniture you want on it.
Search the forum. I've covered this topic about once every month for the past 5 years. You'll find some more info that I'm too lazy to type up at the moment. As with any other rifle, the sky is the limit when it comes to the lowly AK.
Last edited by flintoid; 05-29-2012 at 07:43 AM.
05-29-2012, 07:43 AM #5
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Little bit pre-requisite info about them:
AK comes in several calibers:
-First and most known is 7.62x39 - which is AK-47 and AKM.
-then came along low-impulse round - 5.45x39 AK-74, Tantal, etc. this caliber being counterpart to NATO 5.56. recoil on these are light and very enjoyable to shoot.
-also there are commercial variants a.k.a K-VAR that can be had in 5.56/.223 if you so desire. Pre-ban mags for them is a bitch to find, but there is an inexpensive attachment that allows you to use AR mags, but it does require small moding to the rifle.
500 is a low number to get something nice, especially in this state, although not impossible.
when i was in your shoes just two years ago I had hard time finding good AK on the budget, being pre-ban, not beat up and with chromed bore for use with super cheap corrosive surplus. After much research and asking around, I went Saiga-way, and do not regret. You can find Saiga for ~350 and then spend another 150-200 in conversion parts but you will have a rifle that is top notch quality in 'all the right places'. I had so much fun with my first Saiga I went ahead and bought and converted 7 more . Kept 4 of them.
there are number of advantages with Saigas, but there is also few small things that *might* drive someone nuts.
you really need to think about What you want, what you expect of it and what you can actually find in mAss. got to do the homework.
if you have more questions regarding 'Saiga-way' - feel free to ask.
BTW: here some pics of what people are doing with their Saigas
there are tons more on this forum alone and everywhere else.
Last edited by dnepro-mike; 05-29-2012 at 09:16 AM.
05-29-2012, 08:39 AM #6
05-29-2012, 08:44 AM #7
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I have a SAR-1 that I like quite a bit.Originally Posted by drgrant
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05-29-2012, 08:47 AM #8
You can get double the ammo for the same price if you go with a 74 over a 47. However a 47 is more powerful and you can find cheap ammo at dick's or walmart.
I would just go with a Saiga IZ 240 or Saiga IZ 132 and put in the $20 bullet guide for hi cap mags.Harvard Sportsman Club
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05-29-2012, 08:54 AM #9
ive never shot an ak74 but the ammo is cheaper. that said, I owned a century arms SAR1 - dullish finish, but she went bang every single time on cheap russian and e. german ammo. they can be had for what youre looking to spend, you just have to look around.
gun shows will sometimes have them at this price but honestly, your best bet is to get mags there - Ive seen mags as cheap as 10 bucks in freeer states (I know Martha, we cant buy them there)and between 20 and rape me in the ass 30 here.
overall, the AK is a great platform, reliable and if I hadnt been looking for money to get my bike registered, she'd still be sitting in my arsenal.
05-29-2012, 09:09 AM #10
I have an AK-74 that I like. I am considering selling it, but I have no idea if it could be transferred to you since you are in MA.