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Old 09-15-2013, 05:34 AM   #1
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Title says it. I want opinions on the best AK 74 variant rifle. I'm a very VERY savvy ar 15 nut and recently would like to get a AK 74. I've done a good bit of research and it seems arsenal is the way to go. Price isn't an issue. I buy quality that I know wont ever fail. So I'd rather not hear "u should get the century arms AK whatever, mine works great". no. No 1 million times over. Too risky. But I am open to opinions and do want to hear them. Are there any other manufacturers out there that make a good AK 74? I know siaga does but damn are they ugly. Now I am an ar fan. So accuracy is kinda a big deal. And I've heard good things about the arsenal aks. But I digress, lets hear it
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:07 AM   #2
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Really? Nobody? Thanks for all the imput guys. Really appreciate the help on the ak forum.
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I looked at one at a gun show once, I even picked it up. I can't remember who made it though.
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If you buy a milled receiver it will be more accurate than the stamped receiver.
Arsenal AK sounds good, I have never heard anyone with any thing bad to say about them.
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Really? Nobody? Thanks for all the imput guys. Really appreciate the help on the ak forum.
Talk about impatient.
it wasnt even a full 24 hrs
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not into the ak74. too hard to find ammo for it lately. its also not being made by any of the US ammo makers. only stuff you can get is imported and tahts only going to last at the whim of the feds.

the other thing with em is finding parts is damn difficult at best.

ak pattern guns arent exactly the most rugged things on the planet despite common misconception. the parts are poorly made and often sheer or break under lots of use. its pretty common to need to replace the rear trunions hammers and and gas pistons.
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not into the ak74. too hard to find ammo for it lately. its also not being made by any of the US ammo makers. only stuff you can get is imported and tahts only going to last at the whim of the feds.

the other thing with em is finding parts is damn difficult at best.

ak pattern guns arent exactly the most rugged things on the planet despite common misconception. the parts are poorly made and often sheer or break under lots of use. its pretty common to need to replace the rear trunions hammers and and gas pistons.
How often is common? Say a few 1000 rounds? 10000?
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Talk about impatient.
it wasnt even a full 24 hrs
Impatience is my name. Not to mention the few posts that followed mine got answers almost immediately
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How often is common? Say a few 1000 rounds? 10000?
Had a Chinese mak 90 went about 2k before the hammer snapped it was obvious the soft metal of the rear trunion that held the recoil assembly was enlarging. Replaced the hammer sold it. I've seen others used at gunshows where it was obvious that things weren't right.

There is no hard fast rule on breakage. I've got a rra ar15 that I built up using dpms parts that had those parts break in a few hundred rounds. A friend of mine has a Hungarian ak that has close to 10k through it no signs of wear.

My point is look at availability of spare parts before you buy if its your only rifle. This is true of any firearm not just ak series
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For an AK74 based production semiauto, the best quality and value is the Vepr. Reasons are: 100% factory new, upgraded materials, fit and finish, authentic pedigree. The only possible downside is being heavier, but that could be a plus also.

Next in line is the Saiga. It is also 100% single source, Russian, and very upgradeable. If you want military style, consider the Yugo: very solid receiver and the overall workmanship.

I would not categorically say that a milled receiver is more accurate than a stamped one. Accuracy is a function of many variables, barrel quality being the dominant one. A milled receiver is expected to be smoother in operation and last longer. I have not seen any hard evidence pointing to better accuracy on account of a milled receiver alone.
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