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Posted: 1/28/2006 3:41:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2006 3:47:44 PM EDT by MadCzek]
Have an AK-47 I'm looking at and was wondering if anyone could give me some info on it (make, reliability, what they go for money wise, etc).

It has the following markings, none of which show importer.


AK47S 7.62x39mm
MADE IN CHINA

This is on the left side of the receiver. It has medium brown wood furniture (handguards and pistol grip are all same wood), a slant muzzle break, and a lug that I assume once held a bayonet (only the cleaning rod remains). The lug isnt ground off or anything, so it must have just came originally with a detachable bayo. It is an underfolder, and the mechanism is pretty solid (folded as well as unfolded). Its also obviously a stamped receiver, but actually seems to be heavier and thicker than my stamped SAR1.

Anyway, I did some research on the internet and came up with the name Jin An, who supposedly imported some AK's into the US in the mid / late 80's before ultimately being banned. I read something where this company was busted by the ATF for selling Full Auto Korean AK47's here in America. I guess they were known to not have import stampings on them, but some would be stamped PROCHINE (yes, with an "e" at the end). I cannot find any PROCHINE markings on this rifle at all, no import markings of any kind.

Serial number is 87XXXXX. If its indeed a Jin An, I read where the "87" in the serail # denotes the year it was made.

There are absolutely no other markings on this rifle.

If there's anyone out there who can help me out with identifying this rifle, and any comments on the quality of whatever line this came from, it'd be much appreciated. Also, Id like to know the ballpark value of it as well. Its clearlly been used, but is in great shape.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 4:45:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 4:53:07 PM EDT
Thanks, thats actually the internet page where I got my info. He doesnt mention anything about the quality / value of them, though. But at least its some info. The company he mentions in California that apparently imported these from China back in the 80's appears to still be in business.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 4:03:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2006 4:18:39 AM EDT by Jeepcreep]
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 4:33:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2006 2:59:09 PM EDT by MadCzek]
Yeah, I agree. I just wanted to know something about the make (never ran across one before) and make sure there werent any reliability problems. I think it was a good buy, you dont find a lot of these in great shape anymore, took it out today and it ran like a top.

Link Posted: 1/29/2006 4:52:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jeepcreep:
The value of Chinese AKs has gone down as of late. With all the Euros, and kits around, the only people who might pay a premium are collectors. IMHO a Chinese underfolder (not double) is in the 800-900 range tops. I have seen many sit in the EE and not sell at that range. Th only AKs that are selling above that are the legends, and the Claycos. More info available here www.chicom47.com



How much would an excellent condition double underfolder run?
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 4:56:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 5:17:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jeepcreep:
The value of Chinese AKs has gone down as of late. With all the Euros, and kits around, the only people who might pay a premium are collectors. IMHO a Chinese underfolder (not double) is in the 800-900 range tops. I have seen many sit in the EE and not sell at that range. Th only AKs that are selling above that are the legends, and the Claycos. More info available here www.chicom47.com



A buddy of mine bought a legend last week for $500. I don't think I'm going to speak to him anymore.
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