Originally Posted by pranc2
of course i havent seen every gun that they have made. as for the my lancaster it was almost double that yes but i am a beliver in you get what you pay for. And wouldnt trade it for 4 of anything that i have seen. and i thought that CAI was an importer for ak's. maybe i am wrong..
Pranc, I'm sure your Lancaster is nicer than most CAI's, but that's comparing apples to oranges. Lancaster Arms started out (and still is to a point) a smaller soviet firearms buyer, manufacturing (to a growing extent0 and finishing company directed at making above averag quality AK-47 type rifles at a more competitive price than that of other existing custom builders (Arsenal, Krebs, Vepr, etc.) They did well for themselves.
CAI is a MUCH
larger importer of Eastern surplus firearms, builder and wholesaler of the same family of firearms. They do not
claim to have any finish on the majority of their rifles, other than parkerized metal and plain poly or wood furniture. However,
this can be done (and is a lot of fun) by the owner. That is why they are cheaper, but the function is the same, from what I've seen.
It should also be noted that Lancaster as of the last year has begun to earn a reputation of very
inconsistent quality control. I have seen canted mag wells and front sight posts, as well as ill fitting dust covers and gas tubes. Don't get me wrong!
A few minor defects wouldn't steer me from them, but it is worth a look.
I've also seen many of the same types of things out of CAI, but they always go BANG!