How to buy an AK?

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Re: How to buy an AK?

Postby RocKor » Thu, 04 Aug 2011 22:18:52

The Interarms AKs are somewhere in quality between the Arsenals and the Centurys. There are still some Interarms with poorly fitted magwells and canted sights and gas blocks, but it's nowhere near Century levels.
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Re: How to buy an AK?

Postby jrswanson1 » Sun, 07 Aug 2011 23:05:37

Drewsifer wrote:If anyone is having the same problem as I am, you may want to look the Vz58 instead. Overall better rifles, although they get butchered during import as well. However I've heard a lot of good things about them.


Now I realize half the Vz58s here are from Century, so you have the drunken monkeys putting them together, but Czechpoint is part of CZ and makes them to order. Much better quality, new parts, and they aren't built by Century. They do cost, though.

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Re: How to buy an AK?

Postby clayinva » Thu, 11 Aug 2011 21:28:12

RocKor wrote:I'd go to a store that sells Arsenal's and get your pick of the litter.


Anyone know of some stores like this, either in Central VA or the Hampton Rds. area?


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Re: How to buy an AK?

Postby Diomed » Sun, 14 Aug 2011 02:18:49

clayinva wrote:
RocKor wrote:I'd go to a store that sells Arsenal's and get your pick of the litter.


Anyone know of some stores like this, either in Central VA or the Hampton Rds. area?

Trader Jerry has Arsenals, but I think they're all north and west of you.


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Re: How to buy an AK?

Postby jrswanson1 » Mon, 15 Aug 2011 13:14:19

Diomed wrote:
clayinva wrote:
RocKor wrote:I'd go to a store that sells Arsenal's and get your pick of the litter.


Anyone know of some stores like this, either in Central VA or the Hampton Rds. area?

Trader Jerry has Arsenals, but I think they're all north and west of you.


But he does hit all of the gun shows in the area. I think he even goes to the Hampton show.

Jim

ETA I bought a Saiga in 7.62x39 at the Dale City gun show. Trader Jerry's was there, but I ended up buying the Saiga from Dark Sun for $389. The conversion parts are on their way, so I'll have a new project to work on. I may hold off on the bullet guide until I procure some AK magazines.


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Re: How to buy an AK?

Postby clayinva » Mon, 05 Sep 2011 12:24:45

Sounds like good advice. I am pretty sureI have seen Trader Jerry at local shows and have purchased from Dark Sun before although never a rifle.

Thanks, will keep these two in mind.


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Re: How to buy an AK?

Postby jrswanson1 » Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:36:43

I actually have half converted my Saiga this past weekend. Wish I had found my Dremel before I started, but moving a couple of times really didn't help. Anyway, the hard part of the conversion is putting everything back in, since mine came with a retaining plate instead of a retaining spring, which caused me some confusion when I watched a video from Carolina Shooting Supplies. It's back together, I need to take her to a range for a function test, then I'm doing the bullet guide, but that's further down the road.

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Re: How to buy an AK?

Postby Rich » Fri, 21 Oct 2011 06:54:01

Guess I got lucky. I bought a Century WASR 10 and it has been flawless. But there was a good selection to choose from and I spent a bit of time picking what I thought was the best one. So the advice of others to not order one sight unseen seems like very sound advice. If you can get familiar with them before hand should make getting a good one less of a crap shoot.


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Re: How to buy an AK?

Postby TallEd » Sat, 07 Jan 2012 00:38:12

I have a Vepr .308 and I love it. Very solid and reliable. They are heavier than a normal AK, but I like that, especially for a .308. They are more accurate than other AKs as well. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is hard to find magazines. I heard there is a company, in the US, that makes hi-cap aftermarkets but I haven't tried them yet. Hopefully someone will have one at the gun show tomorrow.

I found mine on gunbroker. Most of them there are expensive but they pop up at affordable prices once in a while.

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