What AK do I buy?

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by suprdave, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    I am a proud SKS owner, and want to get an AK. The problem is I don't know which "nationality" to buy. I keep hearing good things about Yugo's. What about WASR's? Any help will be appreciated.
     
  2. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    I've always heard that the Romanian WASR is about your best bet.
    Someone please correct me if i'm wrong.
     

  3. TXnorton

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    It all depends on how much you are willing to spend.
     
  4. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    I'm trying to stay under $800
     
  5. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Dammit Norton tell him about the Arsenal Inc. in Las Vegas Nevada, they make custom AK-47-74's and do some mighty fine work and are very reputable. I am staying out of this discussion, the last time I was involved in an AK discussion 2 people got banned. Personally I'm old school and have field experience with and like the Romanian made SAR-1's.

    Jack
     
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  6. TXnorton

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    OK Jack!

    Suprdave:

    For what it is worth go to:

    ARSENAL INC

    Then find a dealer and inquire on availability and price. Arsenal (Las Vegas, Nevada) makes a VERY fine AK. I paid a premium price to get a milled reciver under-folder AK and am VERY happy to have it. I paid $1300 for this AK back in mid-2008 before the AK/AR market went nuts. But I'd stack up this AK against either of my AR's for quality and accuracy (I only shoot these rifles at 100 yards).

    There are plenty of cheaper AK's out there, I see them every week at the range splattering rounds across three targets at 100 yards, while I drill 20 into the 8 ring (with an EOTech).

    Your milage may vary, and you get what you pay for.
     
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  7. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    My Arsenal AK
     

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  8. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Should be buying in a few weeks.
     
  9. orangello

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    When i picked up my SKS, a buddy picked up a WASR10. He has really enjoyed it. He wasn't looking for something to hunt with; he was looking for an inexpensive plinker, something with a bit more kick than a .22, but still fairly cheap to shoot. He has since added a collapsable stock & railed forestock & better pistol grip & vertical grip post for the forestock & a railed receiver cover & an inexpensive scope. I will say that his came with fairly cheap wood furniture and front sights that seem slightly canted (on target somehow though). Shop around though, as he paid a bit more than he should've (gunshow). His also has some muzzle device permanently attached (spotted & pressed), but it doesn't look bad.

    Have you considered a Saiga in 7.62x39?
     
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  10. Darth AkSarBen

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    I have a Saiga in .223 that is oustanding for accuracy. I made it into a more " moderized" version of the AK-101. The AK-101 is the .223 model where the AK-47 is the 7.62 x 39 version. You really want something that shoots tight and packs a whallop, check out the Saiga in .308. Saiga is made in Russia at Izhmash factory, same place they make the AK-47 and AK-74. In fact, Ellett Bros had a bulletin recently of some Saiga's that came into the country that still had the 3rd hole in the receiver for the full auto, and had to be recalled.

    Get a Saiga, convert it to the original PG and forward fire control group, and you have a NEW rifle and NEW barrel to play with. Not something that has been cut up after being used and been put back together again in U.S.

    My Saiga after converions:
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    A group I shot recently with Hodgdon Benchmark powder.

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    Different day, and different load:
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  11. canebrake

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    My Romey 'fun gun' and my Colt deadly serious piece!

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  12. slowryde45

    slowryde45 New Member

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    how about the other RUSSIAN...

    the VEPR...

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    Vepr II, 7.62x39

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    Slo
     
  13. canebrake

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    Real nice slow! That's the cleanest looking comblock I've seen to date! Props! [​IMG]
     
  14. slowryde45

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    thanks cb,

    I also have a few of it's brothers in 5.45, .308, and .223 ;)

    bought the 7.62x39 first in the 20" VEPR II. Shot it the first time and went back and bought the VEPR K model, 16" carbine.

    Liked that one so much I bought one in .223 and then 5.45. Added the .308 last. Back then you could pick one up for $519. Now, heard they were going as high as $1K. :eek:

    Robinson Armament did a good job bringing them in and making them US compliant. I wish they would have left the rear end of the receiver squared off to make it easier to change stocks. But I did find the adapter from Ace Stocks. Haven't changed any of them yet, as I kind of like the look they have.

    No, they're probably not for the AK afficianados out there, but then again, the RPK receiver, trunion, and barrels are right out of the MOLOT plant in Russia.

    I also have a few of the Arsenal AK's, too, for the traditional look. ;)

    Slo
     
  15. canebrake

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    That's not a poly mag....is it?

    I hate the three I got for my Romey.

    Got about a dozen of the used steel and after cleaning the rust and oiled them up they work much better than the plastic stuff!

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  16. slowryde45

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    Sorry, had to go to bed. Anyway, yes it is a Bulgarian Poly. The only problem I had was with the lip on one needed to be filed a little to make it easier to lock into place. Other than that, they have been problem free. I've had more probs with the .223 mags. I've got a collection of those, Weiger, too. Most of them are finicky when locking into place. They all will feed properly, just have to fiddle with them to get them loaded.

    Other than that, I have quite a few Russian, Hungarian, and Bulgarian steel mags, all have been rebuilt with new springs and followers when I can find them. Also have a couple 75 and 100rd drums(have Chinese and Romanian), just for fun.

    And that's a good looking fun gun you have there, too. I like the furniture on it.

    Slo
     
  17. Laufer

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    There is also an AK website with tons of other info.
    You might also look at "SKSboards" for the sub-forums.

    It appears that people want the traditional "AK clone" so that they can reliably use 30-round mags, versus the Saiga which is imported with the 10-rd. mag., leading to many peoples' conversions for the large mags etc.

    The standard large AK mags built in various countries are reportedly interchangeable and seem to cost less than the larger types
    (if available) for other rifles.
     
  18. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    Thanks for all of the info guys. Hopefully I'll be buying in two weeks. I'll definitely post some pics of the new addition.
     
  19. ARnoob

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    I've only had Romanian "G" models and Yugos. I like the Yugos best.
     

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  20. diggsbakes

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    Nice. How do those drums function? Been lookin' at em.