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Posted: 1/15/2015 6:37:03 PM EST
I'm looking to buy or build my first AK. I have been an AR shooter for a few years and finally got a little bit of cash saved to buy something else. I would like to buy a complete gun for less than $500 if I could. I don't mind building the gun, I have a couple of AR builds under my belt but haven't touched an AK. Is there a way I could build an AK for around $350? if anyone has some tips or parts lists please help. Thanks.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 6:48:44 PM EST
Do you have a parts kit and receiver now? If so, and your only going to build only one, I recommend to pay a smith (that knows what he's doing) and have him build it. You will need probably several hundred dollars in tools to do the job right. Building an AK is not like assembling an AR.

Smith cost on the build alone will probably cost $300/$350 (higher depending on finish desired)

If you do not have a parts kit, the days of cheap parts kits are LONG gone. Also long gone are the AK Building parties :O(

I'd look at a WASR, or even better, a SAR-1. These are Romanian and I'm sure you'd be satisfied with either.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 6:52:47 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Snake-in-the-Grass:
Do you have a parts kit and receiver now? If so, and your only going to build only one, I recommend to pay a smith (that knows what he's doing) and have him build it. You will need probably several hundred dollars in tools to do the job right. Building an AK is not like assembling an AR.

Smith cost on the build alone will probably cost $300/$350 (higher depending on finish desired)

If you do not have a parts kit, the days of cheap parts kits are LONG gone. Also long gone are the AK Building parties :O(

I'd look at a WASR, or even better, a SAR-1. These are Romanian and I'm sure you'd be satisfied with either.
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Thanks, I do have a buddy who has all the jigs and tools, I would only need to bring the parts and we could assemble it. I was looking at atlantic's contractor WASR's for $469 thats probably what I will end up going with.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 7:05:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/15/2015 7:06:56 PM EST by AEnemaBay]
There's no way you'll build an AK for $350 nowadays. A kit alone is going to cost you that plus the cost of a receiver, barrel, compliance parts, etc. Then you have the cost of the tools which will run you several hundred dollars as well. You're better off picking up a WASR-10 if you have a $500 budget.

ETA: WTF, I clicked on this thread and there were no replies. I hit submit and now there are replies that were posted longer ago than it took me to type. Weird.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 8:20:36 PM EST
If you decide to buy , take a look at the Serbian AKs
I have a NPap and a M92 , they are well made shooters. I also have a SAR1 I've had for 15 yrs but they are pricey now
Had a WASR 10 and was not impressed , much lower quality than the SAR1 but haven't handled any of the newer ones.

Unfortunately AKs have really increased in cost's so $500 really limits the options nowadays.

JMHO
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 5:29:17 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/16/2015 5:33:54 PM EST by CavScout8]
You can pay $400 for an AK we'll say. You'll probably only get a used rebuilt WASR.

Or...

You can work one more day at work, and be able to spend $500 and get something better. Work a couple extra days and get something awesome.

This is the method I use to sink money into guns. What's a day at work compared to an extra $150 towards a higher quality weapon, or ammo, or w/e; etc.

EDIT: on WHAT to get, I've been happy with the imported (factory built) AMD-65. Other than the house paint, great quality. Yugo imports are good. Russian imports are great. Bulgarian imports would be great, if an option. Odds are good you'll be happier with an import than a rebuild.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 7:23:25 PM EST
Get a $500 new WASR from Atlantic. QC checked for no canted sights, mag wobble etc. The newest batch of WASRs have been very nice. I might look to get one for my first AK.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 11:31:12 PM EST
WASR or NPAP. Slight edge to the WASR.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 2:46:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AEnemaBay:
There's no way you'll build an AK for $350 nowadays. A kit alone is going to cost you that plus the cost of a receiver, barrel, compliance parts, etc. Then you have the cost of the tools which will run you several hundred dollars as well. You're better off picking up a WASR-10 if you have a $500 budget.

ETA: WTF, I clicked on this thread and there were no replies. I hit submit and now there are replies that were posted longer ago than it took me to type. Weird.
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I agree- in my post above I was talking $300/350 just for the smith charge to build if the OP already had the parts.

As far as your "ETA"- it's the NSA, BATF, and the FBI all intercepting these posts- sometimes it takes a few minutes for their systems to process them. Just kidding-- I HOPE!
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 3:01:14 PM EST
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Originally Posted By hyeg35:
WASR or NPAP. Slight edge to the WASR.
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Why is that?
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 3:08:12 PM EST
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Why is that?
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Originally Posted By AngryDriver:
Originally Posted By hyeg35:
WASR or NPAP. Slight edge to the WASR.

Why is that?

The WASR uses standard furniture
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 3:58:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By p226guy:The WASR uses standard furniture
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Ah. That and the high comb on the stock are the two things steering me away from the NPAP, but they seem to be really good quality.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 4:21:32 PM EST
No point in building an ak now a days unless you want something custom or have left over kits and already have all the tools. In my opinion factory receivers are superior than USA made receivers. Serbian or wasr would be my choice under $500. Avoid polish ones from aim and other vendors, they are crap. And if you want an arsenal slr107fr be ready for canted sights and a horrible trigger.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 11:37:15 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Robotizing:
No point in building an ak now a days unless you want something custom or have left over kits and already have all the tools. In my opinion factory receivers are superior than USA made receivers. Serbian or wasr would be my choice under $500. Avoid polish ones from aim and other vendors, they are crap. And if you want an arsenal slr107fr be ready for canted sights and a horrible trigger.
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I have 3 Arsenals and one being a 107FR and I never saw one with canted sights. Mine is perfect right out of the box. If I was you I would stick with your WASR
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 11:44:20 PM EST
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I have 3 Arsenals and one being a 107FR and I never saw one with canted sights. Mine is perfect right out of the box. If I was you I would stick with your WASR
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Originally Posted By AUTOFUN:
Originally Posted By Robotizing:
No point in building an ak now a days unless you want something custom or have left over kits and already have all the tools. In my opinion factory receivers are superior than USA made receivers. Serbian or wasr would be my choice under $500. Avoid polish ones from aim and other vendors, they are crap. And if you want an arsenal slr107fr be ready for canted sights and a horrible trigger.


I have 3 Arsenals and one being a 107FR and I never saw one with canted sights. Mine is perfect right out of the box. If I was you I would stick with your WASR

I had an Arsenal SGL31 with a slightly canted front sight. Shit happens.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:24:41 AM EST
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Originally Posted By AUTOFUN:


I have 3 Arsenals and one being a 107FR and I never saw one with canted sights. Mine is perfect right out of the box. If I was you I would stick with your WASR
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Originally Posted By AUTOFUN:
Originally Posted By Robotizing:
No point in building an ak now a days unless you want something custom or have left over kits and already have all the tools. In my opinion factory receivers are superior than USA made receivers. Serbian or wasr would be my choice under $500. Avoid polish ones from aim and other vendors, they are crap. And if you want an arsenal slr107fr be ready for canted sights and a horrible trigger.


I have 3 Arsenals and one being a 107FR and I never saw one with canted sights. Mine is perfect right out of the box. If I was you I would stick with your WASR


Never owned a WASR, I do have two Arsenals though. I really like them but slr107fr had canted sights, and many people reported the same thing.. Next time just ask before being a...
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