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Old 01-14-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default 7.62 x 39 AR Upper receiver

Im sure there's a thread here...somewhere. I couldn't find any in the last year though. Has anyone had first hand experience? I have heard everything from light primer strikes to problems feeding but nothing recent. It looks like bushmaster is now selling a dedicated upper. I'm still thinking about it but I don't want to waste the money on a headache. Before anyone says "just get an ak" Ive priced it out and it looks like it could be a wash by the time I get an AK worth shooting. Any thoughts?

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Old 01-14-2012, 10:05 PM   #2
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I have thought about one for a while now, but folks keep talking me out of it.

Armalite is making a 7.62x39 upper now. If I was serious about buying one, I would check out Armalite's.

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Mmm... just checked the DPMS site for giggles and the say theyre re-designing their entire 7.62x39 product line. could be something there too. Thx for the Armalite heads up btw

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If you're concered about something that's "worth shooting" I'd stay away from Bushmaster and DPMS. A $400 AK would be a better bet than those two. I had a x39 AR that ran great but it was quite a bit more than an AK "worth shooting". A $700 Arsenal or a $499 converted Saiga would be cool. If you really want a x39 AR take a look at AR15Performance.com.



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Nice gear. They are out of stock on everything atm. Im gonna have to question the $400.00 AK as a substitute though. All reliability of design aside, a cheap AK usually means a cheap barrel and a cheap barrel means the accuracy is crap. At that point its worthless if you cant hit anything.

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Nice gear. They are out of stock on everything atm. Im gonna have to question the $400.00 AK as a substitute though. All reliability of design aside, a cheap AK usually means a cheap barrel and a cheap barrel means the accuracy is crap. At that point its worthless if you cant hit anything.
I think his point was that with the reliability issues some have voiced here as of late with the DPMS & Bushmasters, a $400 AK will at the very least function.

Friend of mine has two of the WASR's...they are by no means tack drivers, but the accuracy is acceptable for many applications.

JMHO, tho...
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Nice gear. They are out of stock on everything atm. Im gonna have to question the $400.00 AK as a substitute though. All reliability of design aside, a cheap AK usually means a cheap barrel and a cheap barrel means the accuracy is crap. At that point its worthless if you cant hit anything.
What kind of accuracy are you looking for? It is more than accurate for its intended job. The round nor the weapon system was made for DMR duty.

My old WASR is minute of man all day at any range you would ever want to engage a target at. Hell my Draco w/ side folder is GTG at 100 yards which is much further than most of us will ever engage a target.

If you're wanting a bench rest gun you'd be better off w/ a bolt gun.
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I've been in a few gunfights where we were sprayed by your beloved AKs, it ended poorly FOR THE ENEMY by a well placed shot from one of our OVERLY ACCURATE RIFLES M-4/M16s.

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As cheap as a WASR or converted Saiga is, it makes sense to add one to your arsenal. No doubt 7.62x39 would be more accurate in an AR upper but I'll keep my five year old WASR and cheap reliable magazines along side my ARs instead. I have buddies who say "how can you own the rifle that was shooting at you 40 some years ago" but I don't see it as a problem, in fact why not become familiar with their operation.

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I've been in a few gunfights where we were sprayed by your beloved AKs, it ended poorly FOR THE ENEMY by a well placed shot from one of our OVERLY ACCURATE RIFLES M-4/M16s.
As Sec Rumsfeld said at the time...

"the enemy is attacking our forces, and our forces are killing them..."

Nice job, 75370...glad you're back safe.
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