Originally Posted by stija
I don't mind the price. I can't find any. Did you find that one on gunbroker or gunsamerica? Or a third website?
Do all chinese rifles, pre ban and post ban have milled recivers or not? Anyone who's an expert on aks please chime in and tell me what the difference is between pre ban and post ban chinese ak.
Does anyone also know where you can get an ak receiver, milled preferably.
I'm no expert, BUT:
I'll go look again. I can't remember where I saw it. I think it might have been Guns America, but I'm not sure, but I'll check.
By the way, you probably don't want a milled receiver. The sheet metal receivers are far more functionally dependable than the milled ones. It might look prettier and feel "heftier" but the OEM quit making them very early on for a reason: and it wasn't cost or labor; both were free (to the State) in the old USSR. The Russian military got whatever it wanted regardless of cost. The military decided that the sheet metal receiver was better.
Pre and post ban has to do with number of American made parts. Pre ban can be completely foreign made guns. Post ban must have X number of American made parts and maybe an American made receiver.
Every country that got the AK had their own little quirks and modifications to the gun, so its kind of like picking cars. They are all "cars" but some people like BMW and Mercedes. Some people like Jaguars and MGs. Some people like Fiats and Alpha Romemos. That how it is with AKs. I like Polytech Type 56's.
So, take a look at the model differences (it's easiest to go to the public library and request a copy of some of the better AK histories - if your local library doesn't have it they can interlibrary loan request it for you). This will help you select a model you like. Then go see if it is available in the market place.
The Norinco Legend series was aimed at collectors not shooters (imo) when they were first introduced. They were an attempt to go "upscale" (but not too much) while justifying a premium price (milled receiver, better polishing, nicer blue job, etc) from the American buyer. They were never intended to be a "battlefield" weapon.
The Polytech, on the other hand, was simply a semi-auto version of a S.E Asia military issue weapon. Probably better quality than what the average recruit got, but a stock military weapon nonetheless.
That was what I wanted, so I got Polytechs. Others will disagree with my choice; but I'll probably disagree with theirs (shoulder shrug). To each their own. Matters of taste.
Sorry to be so long winded, stija, but you asked, so you get to suffer the consequences.