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Posted: 7/10/2003 3:35:06 PM EDT
Local gun store has both of them. Can't decide which one to get. Any suggestions? I already have an SKS in 7.62, maybe time for a different caliber? Should I avoid one or the other for any reason?
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 3:49:46 PM EDT
No reason to avoid either one.

The 47 series has / is serving all over the world and is a fine weapon. It's round however is based on 1944 technowlogy. It still does what it was made to do in one of the most reliable platforms ever made.

The 74 is the same rifle in a different caliber. The 5.45 round is a a much more modern design then the 7.62. It offers much better control in rapid fire, quicker follow up shots (less recoil), better accuracy and more range. All of this in the same reliable package as the 47. penetration against hard targets does lack with this round though.

Ammo cost is roughly equal. Most of us here have both calibers and enjoy them, but the 5.45 bug is really catching on.

Link Posted: 7/10/2003 4:34:32 PM EDT
47 or 74 made by whom?

47 has more smash stuff up factor
74 has better accuracy, especially flatter shooting over 100yds


arfcom motto: get both
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 6:03:42 PM EDT
I think both of the ones I was looking at were Bulgarian. The 47 for sure was.
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 3:16:09 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 1:06:48 PM EDT
I stopped by again today to look at the AK-74. It is Romanian. Includes a 10 round and a 30 round mag, sling and cleaning kit for $350.00. I did some shopping around on the internet and found them cheaper. But add in a transfer fee and shipping and it's close enough that I'd rather support my local gun shop. Any specific issues with the Romanian 74's I need to watch out for?
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 1:11:23 PM EDT
They arrive at the distributor with 40 round mags. The distributor may have removed it and sent along a 30 rounder, but if the shop has a 40 rounder in stock, I would demand it in place of the 30 rounder for that price. he is switching mags and reselling the 40 rounder to make more profit.

I would cycle it sevral times to see if it is smooth. Also check for canted front sights. (That would be the most important issue.)
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 2:16:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 2:40:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CAMPYBOB:
ober, he's referring to a 74. no such thing as a 40...just the much more rare 45 rpk mag.


the 74 comes with a 30 and a 10.


look for crooked sights. if the front leans off to the side more than a degree or so...pass it by.

trigger slap is a painful reality with the sar's. lose the oem fire control group and get on board the train with an rsa set of parts ($60 at midway).



Anyone have a link to Midway ??
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 4:24:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CAMPYBOB:
ober, he's referring to a 74. no such thing as a 40...just the much more rare 45 rpk mag.


the 74 comes with a 30 and a 10.



Oops, your right, I was thinking of the 47!
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 4:35:55 PM EDT
My Campy Clone:

Link Posted: 7/11/2003 4:45:23 PM EDT
5SubSLR5, I don't know Midway's web address, but The Sportsman Guide sells the RSA FCG for $59.97.

The link below will take you to it.


http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?p=WX2&i=71572
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 6:13:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 6:43:49 PM EDT
Any specific issues with the Romanian 74's I need to watch out for?


Nice price for the ability to look it over carefully. Siderail should be parallel to the bbl/receiver, or darned close. Sights and gas tube should all be nicely aligned. A major hangup in the cycling of the action (but some is normal) is a sign of a crooked US part gas piston.

Enjoy!
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 8:06:29 PM EDT
Thanks OberShutze
Link Posted: 7/12/2003 4:37:53 AM EDT
www.midwayusa.com/rewriteaproduct/882259

$82.19 DAMN!!

It looks like the price has gone WAY up since I bought my last RSA FCG. They are even $85 at RSA.
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