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 Best AK under $1000?
Mass-Length-Time  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 12:12:17 PM EST
Looking to pick up an AK this summer, and my budget is $1000. What should I be looking for?
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andrasik  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 12:13:05 PM EST
What caliber?
_Matt_  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 12:13:55 PM EST
get an older arsenal 5.45, slap an ultimak on it and then aimpoint micro

awesome combo
krayons  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 12:14:47 PM EST
this one imo

http://www.arsenalinc.com/usa/product.php?productid=3&cat=0&bestseller=Y
Makarov92  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 12:14:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By andrasik:
What caliber?


haydendavid380  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 12:20:23 PM EST
SGL21, 1200 rounds of ammo, and 10 mags.



ArmyInfantryVet  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 12:21:17 PM EST
Arsenal
ElectricSheep556  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 12:27:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By haydendavid380:
SGL21, 1200 rounds of ammo, and 10 mags.

That's what I came here to say.

SGL-21 - $764
Case of Yugo M67 - $214.20
New Bulgarian Magazines - $9.95 ea



A case of M67 lasts me between 2 and 3 shooting trips, though, so you might want more.
Mass-Length-Time  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 1:40:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By andrasik:
What caliber?

7.62×39
Sev89  [Member]
6/12/2011 1:41:10 PM EST
bump this thread to see more suggestions.

what does everyone think of the Romanian wasr 10/63?
Makarov92  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 1:42:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By ElectricSheep556:

Originally Posted By haydendavid380:
SGL21, 1200 rounds of ammo, and 10 mags.

That's what I came here to say.

SGL-21 - $764
Case of Yugo M67 - $214.20
New Bulgarian Magazines - $9.95 ea



A case of M67 lasts me between 2 and 3 shooting trips, though, so you might want more.

This
haydendavid380  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 1:43:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By Sev89:
bump this thread to see more suggestions.

what does everyone think of the Romanian wasr 10/63?


There are better options out there with a $1000 budget mentioned above. If I HAD to go with a Romanian it'd be a SAR1, not a WASR.
CRab  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 1:43:39 PM EST
Originally Posted By ElectricSheep556:

Originally Posted By haydendavid380:
SGL21, 1200 rounds of ammo, and 10 mags.

That's what I came here to say.

SGL-21 - $764
Case of Yugo M67 - $214.20
New Bulgarian Magazines - $9.95 ea



A case of M67 lasts me between 2 and 3 shooting trips, though, so you might want more.


I'd be going with this package if it was my money.
whiteing  [Member]
6/12/2011 1:43:47 PM EST
get a SAR 3 in 5.56
djsmiles  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 1:44:53 PM EST
Originally Posted By _Matt_:
get an older arsenal 5.45, slap an ultimak on it and then aimpoint micro

awesome combo


and same if you want it in 7.62x39
Fintan  [Member]
6/12/2011 1:45:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By Sev89:
bump this thread to see more suggestions.

what does everyone think of the Romanian wasr 10/63?


Not particularly fond of them. Poor fit/finish in the models I've seen, with a hearty dose of trigger slap being reported frequently. If I had to buy an AK tomorrow I'd head down to my favorite gunshop and hope that Saiga-12 is still on the shell. What's not to love about a 12 gauge AK?
Beltfedleadhead  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 1:45:14 PM EST
For $1k?

Arsenal AK for just north of $800, with $200 worth of of mags and ammo.
Winn  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 1:48:41 PM EST

tag.
Mass-Length-Time  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 1:55:26 PM EST
Thanks for the info, everyone.
Hedonist  [Life Member]
6/12/2011 1:55:33 PM EST
Either an Arsenal or a 1960's Polish Milled. Here's my Polish milled after a bit of furniture refinishing - and yes the bayonet was included. Link to the Polish Milled thread.

Pic of 47-type 1960's Polish Milled sold through Century but built by ATM. Bought from Henderson Defense because of the extra $50 "certified" option which guarantees the gun will be correct. Still much less than $1000.



My other AK rifle is an Arsenal.
Sev89  [Member]
6/12/2011 4:43:41 PM EST
thanks gd. i've spent the past 2 hours searching for an ak i wanted. Now i have that on my list to buy next

this is all your fault
haydendavid380  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 4:44:55 PM EST
Originally Posted By Sev89:
thanks gd. i've spent the past 2 hours searching for an ak i wanted. Now i have that on my list to buy next

this is all your fault


Well, what dijya pick?
whiskerz  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 4:47:45 PM EST
A Chinese Mak -90 for $229 and a lot of mags and ammo . Yes I paid that for mine new
Sev89  [Member]
6/12/2011 4:49:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By haydendavid380:
Originally Posted By Sev89:
thanks gd. i've spent the past 2 hours searching for an ak i wanted. Now i have that on my list to buy next

this is all your fault


Well, what dijya pick?


an arsenal sgl31, or something similar. I want an ak in 5.45, but if i can find a deal on a 7.62 i'll jump on it

my FFL says he can get them for 900 i think. Is this high?
RoyDamnMercer  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 4:51:19 PM EST
Robinson Arms VEPR-K in 7.62x39


roy d...and I happen to know where one could be obtained for less than $1k
MFP_4073  [Member]
6/12/2011 4:51:55 PM EST

$1k for an AK?? I just threw up a little in my mouth.

4073
haydendavid380  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 4:52:12 PM EST
Originally Posted By Sev89:
Originally Posted By haydendavid380:
Originally Posted By Sev89:
thanks gd. i've spent the past 2 hours searching for an ak i wanted. Now i have that on my list to buy next

this is all your fault


Well, what dijya pick?


an arsenal sgl31, or something similar. I want an ak in 5.45, but if i can find a deal on a 7.62 i'll jump on it

my FFL says he can get them for 900 i think. Is this high?


Yeah....I paid $715 for my 21, 31's around here are $800 or a little less.

YMMV
Sev89  [Member]
6/12/2011 4:54:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By haydendavid380:
Originally Posted By Sev89:
Originally Posted By haydendavid380:
Originally Posted By Sev89:
thanks gd. i've spent the past 2 hours searching for an ak i wanted. Now i have that on my list to buy next

this is all your fault


Well, what dijya pick?


an arsenal sgl31, or something similar. I want an ak in 5.45, but if i can find a deal on a 7.62 i'll jump on it

my FFL says he can get them for 900 i think. Is this high?


Yeah....I paid $715 for my 21, 31's around here are $800 or a little less.

YMMV


alright, that's what i thought but i wasn't sure. THanks for setting me straight
DoubleARon  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 5:02:56 PM EST
This guy sells some nice rifles. He's a member here, a .mil retiree, and published author.

http://tworiversarms.com/

bulldog1967  [Team Member]
6/12/2011 5:03:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By ArmyInfantryVet:
Arsenal


LurchAddams  [Member]
6/12/2011 5:18:05 PM EST
If you shop around a bit, you can find the SGL 21's for under $700. Watch Buds, Palmetto, AIM, and other places...
http://palmettostatearmory.com/757.php

If you want to go really cheap, get a plain old 7.62x39 Saiga rifle for about $350, and spend another $100 to convert to AK47 style.
Sev89  [Member]
6/13/2011 11:48:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By LurchAddams:
If you shop around a bit, you can find the SGL 21's for under $700. Watch Buds, Palmetto, AIM, and other places...
http://palmettostatearmory.com/757.php

If you want to go really cheap, get a plain old 7.62x39 Saiga rifle for about $350, and spend another $100 to convert to AK47 style.


what about the 5.45 version?
FrankSL  [Team Member]
6/13/2011 11:52:18 AM EST
Can't beat the Russians at the AK game.

Either a Saiga 7.62x39, or an early 90s Intrac Maadi. The latter are ugly but they are fantastic shooters. Built on Russian tooling.

DK-Prof  [Moderator]
6/13/2011 11:55:55 AM EST
If I had a $1000 to spend on an AK, I'd get two Romanian AKs from AIM, and spend the remaining money on ammo.

But that might just be me.
Howie_Phelterbush  [Team Member]
6/13/2011 11:56:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By ArmyInfantryVet:
Arsenal


this.
all4freedom  [Team Member]
6/13/2011 12:03:53 PM EST


SGL21s make me horny.
defenderhome  [Team Member]
6/13/2011 12:04:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
If I had a $1000 to spend on an AK, I'd get two Romanian AKs from AIM, and spend the remaining money on ammo.

But that might just be me.


Same here. My cheap Romanian runs flawlessly. I have never shot for accuracy but the bullets go away from the shooter and towards where the barrel is pointing
woodsie  [Team Member]
6/13/2011 12:07:45 PM EST
If you like milled receivers, the Century Polish milled AKs are actually pretty nice.

I got one and it leaves very little to be desired. I wanted an Arsenal originally but after seeing and shooting this one I wouldn't even bother. I'm no expert on AK rifles and there may be better deals out there so take this with grain of salt.

MVolkJ  [Team Member]
6/13/2011 12:14:27 PM EST
Just buy a WASR. Buy it in person, and you can eliminate all of the annoying features (canted sights, mag wobble, etc) by picking out one that doesn't have them. AKs are supposed to be cheap. It's part of their charm. Paying $800 for one just seems wrong.

Besides, you can't treat it like shit and wrap it in green tape if you pay too much.

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