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Old 08-04-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default Trying to decide between a Zastava O-PAP or Maadi AK-47

I have been looking to buy an AK-47 for some time now to add to my "armory". I have narrowed it down to either the Century Arms O-PAP M70 or the Egyptian Maadi AKM-47. I am leaning towards the Maadi because it can except standard replacement barrels and standard furniture, where as the O-PAP requires an adapter for TAPCO stocks

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Old 08-04-2013, 04:50 PM   #2
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I have a Maadi imported by Century Arms. It does not like HP ammo. It also did not accept the Tapco folding stock as the back plate is welded in place so no stock can be inserted. This may be due to the thumb hole stock requirements at the time. I managed to knock the plate out fairly easily and rigged up the stock from there.

My Maadi is relatively heavy and I can't hit much with it using the iron sights so she is a safe queen.

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I recently purchased a CA M70 OPAP. CA mills out the magwells to take standard double stack AK mags--no adapter needed.
ALSO, the are still on sale at J&G Sales for $599--heck of a bargain.
http://www.jgsales.com/cai-yugo-akm-47-o-pap-opap-m70-rifle,-7.62x39-cal,-with-pistol-grip-and-wood-stock.-**-sale-**-p-60085.html

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I have been looking to buy an AK-47 for some time now to add to my "armory". I have narrowed it down to either the Century Arms O-PAP M70 or the Egyptian Maadi AKM-47. I am leaning towards the Maadi because it can except standard replacement barrels and standard furniture, where as the O-PAP requires an adapter for TAPCO stocks
EGYPTIAN stuff is often poorely made...you're going to have problems.
The M70 is one of the best ak variant ever made.
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Wrong! Egyptian MAADI is one of the best and closest Russian AKM clones you can get. They are even made on the original Russian machines and tooling. The Maadi company AK's are far superior to the Romanian ones such as the WASR. If you don't want to hand out a small fortune for an American made Arsenal AK then Chinese Norinco, Maadi, or Bulgarian is the best you van get aside from a Russian one.

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The Zastava AK's are one of the best values right now.

I would go with the Yugoslavian family of rifles over most other AK variants, just something about them that screams quality all over.

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meh my pref is the romanian wasr 10/63.

long as you handpick pay careful attention if the front sight base is canted or not they are great ak's.

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The Zastava AK's are one of the best values right now.

I would go with the Yugoslavian family of rifles over most other AK variants, just something about them that screams quality all over.
I totally agree
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meh my pref is the romanian wasr 10/63.

long as you handpick pay careful attention if the front sight base is canted or not they are great ak's.

just my opinion
So do i want slanted or not?
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So do i want slanted or not?
No, everything should be fairly straight when you inspect an AK.

If the front sight is canted too far you wont be able to zero it, or if the gas block is canted it can cause premature wear on the piston and block.

Most AK's will have a slight cant in the front sight or gas block, that is just the nature of them.

Slight canting is okay and wont hurt the rifle, anything where it can cause zeroing problems or unnecessary amounts of friction is bad.

One of the easiest ways to tell (if you can't visibly determine) is to hook a standard communist cleaning rod into the front sight via the little hole and lay it with the threaded end in the rear sight notch then inspect and see if the rod is at an angle or not.

I have a WASR10/63 underfolder that came with a canted gas block that made it rough to work the action, I had to pop the pins out and redrill then move the block until it was straight.
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