Cheap but good AKs

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by rem870forever, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. rem870forever

    rem870forever New Member

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    M looking for an AK or AK variant for around $500 but about as reliable as the Russian made
     
  2. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Any AK can be good. Classicfirearms.com has a nice selection of AKs. The have converted Saigas for $499.
     

  3. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    Wasr 10 is a good one for the money, around my parts they are going for around $400
     
  4. rem870forever

    rem870forever New Member

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    I was thinking about those but I heard bad and good reviews so I'm confused
     
  5. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Canted front sights are the most common problem. Hand picking it solves that problem.
     
  6. therewolf

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    It would probably help if you familiarized yourself

    with your friend's AKs first, so you

    will know what to look for. They

    are not a complicated gun.
     
  7. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Wow, that's tempting! And right now converted Saigas are on sale for $450, just a little more than a WASR. If I were buying new today I'd go with this deal but I've had my WASR five years and trust it.

    link:
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  8. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    My nephew bought a WASR from them and has been very happy with it. No reported problems.


    I've been wondering about the reviews for the Century version of a VZ-58 (not really an "AK").
     
  9. mjkeat

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    Q, $450 is a great deal.

    I was going to get a VZ-58 but passed it up to later read they are awesome, light and perfectly balanced. I'm not sure about the CIA version but who knows. I still want to try one out.
     
  10. Quentin

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    Yeah, $450 is a great deal on a modded Saiga and it won't last long. Very tempting to get a 5.45x39 since I already have the 7.62x39.

    But right now I think I'll go with a LE trade-in S&W 5906, they're pretty cheap right now. And a darn good US made 9mm.
     
  11. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    I bought a WASR 10 a few months ago and am truly impressed with the simplicity and reliability of this weapon.
    I added a red dot sight and tactical light and this is a fun gun to shoot!
    I'm in the process of adding a new stock and fore grip and can't wait to try it out!
     
  12. Pjj342

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    I just cant trust them

    I was looking at those too, but went with a saiga and converted it.

    The price is definately right, but just like everything else at century, its put together by low paid people, who may or may not have any firearm experience. Their goal is to pump out product, make money and worry about quality later. I cant deny have probably put out some fine weapons(an ak isnt that hard to replace parts on though), but they for sure have put out alot of junk compared to the number of good ones(compared to saiga, ruger, keltec, taurus). Thus, a crappy reputation.

    I wish they put out better weapons, because I like a cheap quality weapon just like everyone else. But unless you are familiar with the individual weapon (ie. cetme, g3, ak, uzi) STAY AWAY. They may look good on the outside and fit what you think it should be, but there may be problems you cant see. And I really dont think they have any type of warranty, I could be wrong though.

    As much as I hate saying it....SPEND THE EXTRA 200, convert a saiga or get one converted. I am biased, but Im pretty sure Im right.
     
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  13. therewolf

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    I guess if you prefer the less expensive

    "meat and potatoes" AK, you either need to

    be very familiar with what to look for,

    or willing to risk having to buy two

    cheaper guns in order to get a reliable shooter.

    I have to agree that even if you have a

    problem with an inexpensive AK, there's

    a gazillion parts, and decent gunsmiths can

    usually soon put the unit to rights.
     
  14. Pjj342

    Pjj342 New Member

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    Right now there are unconverted saigas to be had for less than 350. There seem to be a surplus of them and they are selling them cheaper than usual. When I got mine last year I paid around 420 with shipping and transfer, and I thought I got an alright deal, for the rifle I got.

    I was looking for something cheap too, but I couldnt justify the risk of buying a century or IO.

    My advice is, get a saiga now, as they are as cheap as they will ever be (i think). Then convert it in steps. You dont have to do it all at once.
    first, shoot it in its factory set up til you can afford a buttstock, pistol grip and fcg. You may be just fine with it and not want to go any farther.
    If you do want to do more, just do it gradually.
    making your saiga into an ak will get you more familiar with the weapon system than you ever thought you could be. The extra couple hundred bucks over time will be well worth it.

    Before I got my rifle, I didnt want to spend any extra money to get it to true ak form. Once I got it though, I wanted to make it perfect. Im glad I got it, because now I have a long term hobby.

    This is mine, for now....
     

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  15. sksmerc

    sksmerc New Member

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    for the money you can get something other than a wasr. wasr is my least favorite but i have only seen a few
     
  16. 75370

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    I'd like too buy an accurate AK, an AK-47 that will shoot min. of angle. Something that will keep up with my Armalite. Either 5.56 or 7.62.
    Can someone point to a gunsmith that can accomplish this????
    I've seen a lotta pics of AKs, but never one where they showed a target showing the accuracy of these????
    Just wondering why they are so popular, I've shoot a bunch of them and never found one that will consistently come anywhere near MOA. (Well unless the M in MOA stands for Melon, watermelon.)
    Maybe because they're issued with pistol type sights with a very short sight radius..
    Any ideas please.
     
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  17. therewolf

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    MOA with an AK? Surely you jest.

    They are strictly a gun for "spray & pray" accuracy at long distance.

    The tolerance of the parts is too loose, the receivers are stamped,

    the barrels are too short, and the LOP is cruddy, even if you're small.

    Armies find them convenient for fire suppression, salvo/group fire, and

    close combat.

    The AK trades accuracy for dependability, cheapness, and ease of

    maintenance.
     
  18. dragunovsks

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    The ak is popular because it was relatively cheap to manufacture due to its stamped receiver and it will run for years without being cleaned. Ive heard stories of veitnam vets finding them in the jungle covered with mud and the action rusted shut and they still fire. Thats why so many 3rd world armies use them, because they are cheap and cleaning kits in those parts are few and far between.

    The ak's downside is its not very accurate at ranges over 100 yards. Some are more accurate than others but generally they are less accurate than other semi-auto battle rifles.
     
  19. tchick

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    I also wanted a cheap AK, looked at a few WASR's but also heard the horror stories about them. I ended up getting a converted Saiga from Classic Arms a couple weeks ago and I'm very happy with it. I haven't been to the range with it yet but the quality is very good. I paid $479 which is cheaper than the WASR'S in my area.