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Which ak47 to buy ???

Discussion in 'The Kalashnikov Klub' started by conpro, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. conpro


    Mar 21, 2009
    I am thinking about buying another ak47 but not sure which one to get. I had a romainian and it always had jamming problems. I want an ak for the reliability of them not to jam all the time. So which one and how much am i expected to pay for a good one.
  2. conpro


    Mar 21, 2009
    No answer so i guess there all junk.

  3. EM87


    Oct 21, 2009
    Grand Rapids, MI
    From what I've heard, any AK is a good AK as long as that particular weapon is in good, functioning shape. I have no advice for you because I'm very new at this myself, bet I wish you luck in your search!
  4. glockin-45


    Feb 24, 2009
    North Carolina
    Roadking, Your a senior member,so i hope you regretted saying that. I
    can't believe how many people read a post yet wont respond. We can read all the posts and be swayed one way or another. But i think the best
    answer to your question is,which ever one YOU like best and how much you want to spend. You can have just as much fun with a cheap one as you can with a more exspensive one. Although i do appreciate hearing
    about the ones that are,shall i say not worth the money (junk) fortunately with an AK i would think there'snot to be to many.
    Have fun deciding,but i would'nt take to long. Unlike some i only see them going up in price not down.
  5. limitdliability


    Jan 23, 2003
    What type of romanian AK did you own? What company/importer was it from? Typically these AKs are heavily packed with cosmoline which can considerably affect the reliability and operations of the rifle. Did you thoroughly clean your first AK before firing it? Including the gas tube and all the nooks and crannies? This can make a huge difference!

    If you did clean it well, then I would say you may have just had some bad luck, I've fired several WASR-10s and they didn't skip a beat and are pretty affordable...probably won't win any shooting competitions, but if u want that an AK may not be your weapon of choice. Just my 2 cents...but i say give AKs another shot!
  6. conpro


    Mar 21, 2009
    It was the romainian, and yes i did clean the thing inside and out, it was pretty clean when i got it, it didnt have much on it to begin with, i know it didnt like hollow points at all but it still jammed on me at least 2 or 3 times per magazine. it was almost like the bullets were hanging up on the feedramp. so i want to get a different model this time.
  7. CWII


    Dec 29, 2009
    Did you happen to be using a Tapco Mag? I had that problem and it was the mag. I have two of them that I never use (even for range mags). I hear others say they never had any problems.
  8. Kalmah

    Kalmah Supreme Member

    Feb 22, 2006
  9. photoguy


    Jul 15, 2009
    SE PA
    Yes see post above.
    I recently asked the same question and the Arsenal rifles came highly recommended. In my research I didn't find any negative comments about them. I have one on the way.
  10. Righttoown


    Feb 18, 2001
    Also you have got until Monday Jan 4 to buy their $50 Gift certificates for $45
    I did this on Dec 29 and you can use them to buy rifles. For example they have their SGL20-61 for $579. So get online and buy 12 for $45 =$540 that afternoon you will get your E-mail Gift certificates conformation number for
    $600 credit. Call up K-Var and order the rifle you want and give them you gift
    conformation number. For this rifle your total cost with the estimate of $22 for shipping would be $563.00. So that saves you $38 which will cover your FFL transfer fee with some change let over for a couple of boxes shells to try her out. :whistling:
  11. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    A lot of the Romanians are imported with single stack mags, and then cut open to accept standard double stack mags. If they did a crappy job of adapting it to the double stack mags, you can have mag fit and feeding problems. In short, you probably had feeding problems because you bought the cheapest converted POS version of an AK47 that anybody has ever built.

    Just about anything else is better, but right now the best deals are on Arsenal Nevada conversions of the Russian Saigas. Also, make sure you use good mags. Anything Bulgarian is good, and so is any steel mag from Europe or China.
  12. my762buzz


    Mar 21, 2007
    I thought my blunt characterizations of the WASR 10 were rough by calling them the special olympics limited edition Kalashnikov.
    In regards to your description, as they say in the lower fringes of society, "That was straight up shot-calling gangster cuz."
  13. WIG19

    WIG19 Light left on

    Oct 27, 2003
    Renegade State
    The "Romanians" range from Century WASR's to Romanian parts-builds. In both cases, the quality is often directly related to the skill of the hands on the tools and the receiver used. I'd never buy a CAI WASR sight-unseen. But I've got a great one, mostly because I sat down on the floor of my local shop and evaluated 5 of them arranged around me. Some were junk, a couple woulda been 2nd tier, and the best one went home. At the pre-election price back when I bought it wish I'd bought 2 more. How to fix the common ailments on a WASR is well-documented on the internet and there are some shops that are very adept at cleaning those things up for not very much, including alignment, trigger replacement, magwell issues, etc.

    Researching the subject and knowing how to evaluate what's in your hands is usually effort well spent - ya never know when a gem might pop its head up. Romanian parts by themselves are not necessarily junk. OTOH there are a couple of US-builds right now "out there" that truly are junk.
  14. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    The fact of the matter is that a 12 year old Afghani boy can build a working AK47 out of bits and pieces of battlefield captures. If somebody in a workshop here in the US can't pull it off with regularity, I have some serious reservations about dealing with the morons. While I'm sure some of them have been functional, I have seen some unbelievable junk come from Century with their Romanain builds.
  15. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000