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Old 01-05-2014, 08:13 PM   #1
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Hey guys I was looking to add an AK to my collection. I was looking at either a saiga 762 vs traditional AK I know there's some differences as far as trigger and feed ramps with that aside are there any advantages/disadvantages to either one? Budget is around $500 I don't want anything tacticool or fancy just plain ol AK, I'd even prefer wood.

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The Saiga is 100% Kalashnikov factory, therefore pretty consistent. Like going to a McDonalds. The mil surp reassembles range widely in quality, like going to a family restaurant. Even within the same "brand" like WASR. Wood is not native to the Saiga but can be retrofitted. The Russian army is no longer supplied with plywood stocked AKs.

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The Saiga is 100% Kalashnikov factory, therefore pretty consistent. Like going to a McDonalds. The mil surp reassembles range widely in quality, like going to a family restaurant. Even within the same "brand" like WASR. Wood is not native to the Saiga but can be retrofitted. The Russian army is no longer supplied with plywood stocked AKs.




Thanks! I was looking for the clarification. I haven't seen any wood saigas I was wondering if there was a kit for them. I like the traditional look of an AK, besides I already have all the tacticool crap for my ARs. Do you have any idea how difficult or for that matter how easy it is to modify the feed ramps to accept regular AK mags? That would be my only other reservation
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I just ordered my first Russian AK. Please click on thread. The wood is no longer an option for Izhmash, which is the factory that makes Saiga. Polymer is now used in military and LEOs.
You will need to go further into thread to see the polymer version.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f19/izhmash-saiga-762-mk-101658/

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Thanks! I was looking for the clarification. I haven't seen any wood saigas I was wondering if there was a kit for them. I like the traditional look of an AK, besides I already have all the tacticool crap for my ARs. Do you have any idea how difficult or for that matter how easy it is to modify the feed ramps to accept regular AK mags? That would be my only other reservation
The MK accepts AK mags, but not sure if this weapon is available in USA. Or, even legal.
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Thanks! I was looking for the clarification. I haven't seen any wood saigas I was wondering if there was a kit for them. I like the traditional look of an AK, besides I already have all the tacticool crap for my ARs. Do you have any idea how difficult or for that matter how easy it is to modify the feed ramps to accept regular AK mags? That would be my only other reservation
Not difficult. A kit would cost around roughly $100. There's a cottage industry now doing Saiga conversions.
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I got an AK. BORING.

Safe Queen.

After you empty a few mags downrange,

the thrill is gone.


If all you are looking for is a meat and potatoes

7.62X39 AKM, hold out till you can get a good

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I got an AK. BORING.

Safe Queen.

After you empty a few mags downrange,

the thrill is gone.


If all you are looking for is a meat and potatoes

7.62X39 AKM, hold out till you can get a good

price.

What would you consider a good price? And since you're bored with yours would you wanna part with it at a "good price"
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I wind up with the occasional shooter who just "has to"

try an AKM.

Price? There's about 30 million of them floating around today.

Prices fluctuate, and you never know what kind of deal you

are going to find, if you wait long enough, but if you

have all the answers you need, and are in a flying rush,

550$, given going market values at the moment.

If you are more patient, considerably less.

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This isn't just buying one to "try out" i finished a couple of AR builds (until PSA runs another sale, they get me every time) and I'd like to diversify my collection. I also like the idea of having a semi rifle with more oomph than 5.56 without the novelty or price of 300blk or other AR platforms. WPA7.62x39 is going for about half of what xm855 is for 1000 rounds. $550inc tax was what I was quoted, I'm not in a rush though id like to get one before some jackwagon does something crazy and our politicians make another run to ban them which will either drive the price up or actually succeed the next time.

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