Thinking about an AK 47 - is this a good general purpose?

Discussion in 'The Kalashnikov Klub' started by Jim1970, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Jim1970

    Jim1970 Learnin'


    Thinking about picking up an AK 47. Would probably spend most of its life in my closet, but it would be there in case of a martial law-type of situation. In that case, I could see it being used for defense against people, and maybe useful in taking a deer inside 100 yards.

    I've debated back and forth between an AK and an AR and I've decided the AK is the way to go. After doing some research, I found plenty of options from Atlantic Arms. Here is the specific model I'm considering:

    Is this a decent gun for the price and intent?

    Thank you,


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  3. It is. WASRs are excellent rifles if properly assembled. The good thing about buying from Atlantic is that if something's jacked up (canted sights, crooked receiver, ect....) Atlantic will take care of you.

  4. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache
    Millennium Member

    Don't under estimate the AK as an all around platform, they are great hunting/self defense weapons that hit hard, two weeks ago I took two hogs on the run with my Polish underfolder using Tula 7.62x39 124 gr sp ammo both shoulder hits dropped them DRT...
    #3 Dalton Wayne, Dec 8, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012
  5. Jim1970

    Jim1970 Learnin'


    Thanks for the info, gentlemen.

    I see pictures of AK's with adjustable buttstocks - like those found on AR's. Is this a do-it-yourself kind of mod? Standard pull on AK's don't work for my wife.

    Thank you again,

  6. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    AK-47 - gun costs less, ammo costs less, battle proven to be reliable in the lousiest conditions.
  7. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    do they still? i figure the panic buying would have driven the prices through the roof at this point.
  8. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    even if the prices on them go up they will still be cheaper than a AR15 and the like. i doubt they would bump up an AK47 price by $200.00 and leave an AR15 price the same.
  9. You might wanna do some "recent" shopping there cowboy. They have gone up dramatically.
  10. A Wasr or converted Saiga will serve you well.
  11. You running factory irons?
  12. The AK linked would be a fun choice.

    They are not less expensive to shoot though.
  13. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    I have a Colt AR-15 and quite a bit of .223.

    I have a Norinco Mak 90 and now a Yugo PAP M92 and quite a bit of ammo.

    They both have their pluses and minuses.

    .223 is more expensive and the DI Colt AR-15 fouls easier. But, magazines and ammo and are plentiful as they are a common LE and military tool. They are very accurate.

    7.62X39 is cheap and readily available. The AK is not as accurate at the AR at distance, but it is also a harder hitting round. The AK does fine when dirty and abused. It is like the Glock of battle rifle world. Ugly, but reliable as the day is long. With the glut of AK's in the United States and across the world magazines aren't an issue either.

    It all depends on what you are comfortable with.

    My MAK 90 has a forged reciever and has never given me an issue except once a stove pipe jam. All you do with those, is brush the brass out of the way and keep on shooting.

    My Colt AR has given me issues with reloaded ammo and made a catestrophic jam at a range. I will not longer use reloaded ammo. It is more finiky about what it likes to eat.

    The AK eats 7.62x39 is any variety like candy.
  14. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall HildabeastHater

    Yep that's a great general purpose AK for only $599. Buy it.

    AKs will never be cheaper.
    7.62x39 ammo will never be cheaper.
  15. [ame=""]Damage Industries AK-47 Muzzle Brake Review (HD) - YouTube[/ame]

    The AK used in my video above is a WASR as well. The stock on that one is a CAA adaptor with a Magpul MOE stock. It's absolutely DIY----two screws hold the stock into the receiver of the AK.

    How tall is your wife? The WASR will come with a Warsaw length stock which is pretty short as far as stocks go....
  16. I'll second the Damage Industries brake. It performs well for its small size. The price is not bad either.

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  17. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    are they more expensive than an AR15? cheapest AR15 is still more exspensive than a basic AK-47.
  18. $599.00 for "cheap" AK's and AR's are close to that for the "cheap" versions. The spread is closing quickly.
  19. I'm seeing higher-end AKs' such are Arsenals, going for nearly a grand. Id say the prices are getting silly.
  20. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    i was referring to basic gun vs. basic gun in my initial post.
    #19 cowboywannabe, Dec 8, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012

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