AK Variant - I gotta get one - which one

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AK Variant - I gotta get one - which one

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Post by Kalrog » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:01 pm

Okay everyone - I need some help. I am in the market for an AK and I think I gotta get it soon. So I checked the LGS and I can wait if I need to, but the bug has bitten...

The LGS has a few options in AKs, but the 2 that caught my eye the most were a stamped MAK90 - used but in good shape - and one NIB of american manufacture (sorry I missed who). $450 for the MAK and it fits me better. $550 for the NIB one, but I would *HAVE* to replace the stock on that one so I would probably go with a 6 position model for a total price of closer to $625 for the NIB one. Any thoughts on advantages of one over the other or should I hold out for something else?

Oh - and I'm looking 7.62x39 I think. Although I did see a pink camo AK in .223 as well. It was the owner's wife's gun.


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Post by Kalrog » Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:41 am

No responses? Was it a bad title? Maybe - I made it more descriptive. Hope that helps.


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Post by HerbM » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:03 am

Kalrog wrote:No responses? Was it a bad title? Maybe - I made it more descriptive. Hope that helps.
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It's only been one night since you posted. Give it time.

I don't have one -- wish I did. Think that I want a Saiga, in 12 Gauge actually. Maybe even the .223 version (I don't want to own ANOTHER caliber).

I can't recommend them because I don't have one -- but the Saiga 12 Gauge just calls to me.

If you have a reason or practical purpose in mind for wanting it (not just wanting it like me) you might tell folks about that so they can fit the recommendation to your needs.
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Post by fm2 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:37 pm

Lancaster makes a really good AK.

http://www.lancasterarms.com/index.html


Elk river is a local outfit and they make the gunshows. I have heard they make some nice rifles also.
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Post by mdek » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:40 pm

I'm also looking at possibly getting an AK. Ive been eying the Saigas, but haven't found any good prices locally. I've also heard good things about elk river, but I can't find a price for a complete rifle.


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Post by Mike1951 » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:18 pm

I was recently in the market for a 5.45x39. Since I had bought my SSR-85C2 from ArmoryUSA, I stopped by Elk River to get a quote. They wanted $700 for a stocked model. I believe it was $750 for a side folder.

I wanted something better than the WASR-2's and Polish Tantal's that Century sells.

I wound up buying a stocked model from Interarms here in Houston for $599. They don't sell direct, so I still had to have it shipped to my transfer dealer.

Not sure if Elk River would also be overpriced on 7.62x39.

Aim Surplus has a few to choose from:

http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/New_Long_Guns.html
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Post by xpur3l0g1cx » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:21 pm

Get a Saiga and convert. Hands Down :cool:

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Post by McKnife » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:32 pm

I saw a few on www.TexasGunTrader.com ... give them a try! :patriot:
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Post by Tajovo » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:52 am

Tons of information here: http://www.theakforum.net/phpBB2/ Also includes their own market place buying, selling and trading all things AK related.
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Post by lawrnk » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:04 pm

HerbM wrote:
Kalrog wrote:No responses? Was it a bad title? Maybe - I made it more descriptive. Hope that helps.
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It's only been one night since you posted. Give it time.

I don't have one -- wish I did. Think that I want a Saiga, in 12 Gauge actually. Maybe even the .223 version (I don't want to own ANOTHER caliber).

I can't recommend them because I don't have one -- but the Saiga 12 Gauge just calls to me.

If you have a reason or practical purpose in mind for wanting it (not just wanting it like me) you might tell folks about that so they can fit the recommendation to your needs.
Recently bought the Saiga 12, love the feel of it, but have never fired. The suckers are skyrocketing as the assumption is a 12ga that can take a 20 round drum will be on the top ten for the commie to ban. I paid almost 600 w/ tax a few months ago, and felt I got a deal considerng I'm seeing thm over 700 on GB.
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Re: AK Variant - I gotta get one - which one

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Post by big 54r » Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:25 pm

get a saiga in either caliber and convert it with 922r compliance parts and you won't be sorry I assure you, barring that check out rpg arms in Houston, the old global armory guy's, they make good ak's even if a little pricey.


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Post by WarHawk-AVG » Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:40 am

Its an AK

Its a hammer...get whatever you can afford.

I have a WASR-10, its got the front site cant, but I can dial it in and still shoot 4-5" groups at 100 yards

It eats whatever garbage ammo I throw at it, it goes bang everytime I pull the trigger

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Re: AK Variant - I gotta get one - which one

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Post by fenster » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:20 pm

so Kalrog, did you make up your mind which of Mikhail's children you're gonna get?

I went back and forth on the ak/ar argument with myself a number of times. I've just now made up my mind to go the AK route and use the cost savings toward a gun-safe.

then the debate of which ak... after much consideration, I'm going with a Saiga 7.62x39. then the choice of buying already converted or doing the pistol grip conversion myself. classic armsoffers a pre-converted model and some extra goodies for $550 as well as an un-converted for $350. adding up the parts to do it myself, the cost savings isnt too much, but I'd be able to pick the grip and stock I like.

I have a saiga 12-ga and did my own conversion on that, so I have a few lessons learned from that project.

I bring this up in case you wish to take the same route, and want to work your saiga project in parallel.

let me know if that's the case.

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Re: AK Variant - I gotta get one - which one

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Post by Kalrog » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:25 pm

Thanks for the info. Yeah, I did decide. I got a used Mak90 in great shape for a good price in 7.62x39. Now I just gotta get out and shoot it more often.

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