In the last 20 years I have owned 15-20 AK's from cheap WASR's to Arsenals. The ONLY one I ever had problems with was Arsenal......go figure.
A WASR will serve you fine for about $450-$525. $600 will get you a folding stock M70AB2 IMO the best folder made.
Everyone and their brother is buying this one right now, buy it now and secure the price and they'll ship it asap.
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Well there's a few decent ones out there, for between 800-1200 I would try to find a norinco or polytech, bulgarians and yugos are pretty nice also. Egyptian myaadis would be high on that list. arsenal makes the saiga conversions to higher specifications and tolerences I believe. I'd check pawnshops in the area. Sometimes they get stuff there not exactly sure what they have you can fins something nice sometimes.