Tell me anything about "IO?"

Discussion in 'The Kalashnikov Klub' started by ScrappyDoo, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

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    Local gunshop is now stocking, carrying, and certainly pushing, new AK called "IO"? And they're dishing that these are the greatest thing since sliced bread...

    This is the place I got my two PAPs, and I really feel they're great and just what we here in Jersey are looking for in a topquality AK that is NJ legal out of the box, but clearly the PAP is certainly "different" than your garden variety AK and variant..

    So any info on the IO? Apparently these are US made, but to me is that not a bad thing? I wouldn't want a eastern European AR and nI can't figure out why US is making AKs, but hey I figured I would ask the experts here.
     
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    Not an expert but haven't heard anything good from those I trust.
     

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    I've read mixed reviews about I.O. Some have said they're total garbage, and others have some that run top notch. Like any other AK if you're going to get one from the gunshop inspect it thoroughly beforehand.
     
  4. DFin

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    I am on my 2nd IO AK. I.O. replaced the 1st because it jammed (fired shells got stuck between the top of the bolt and the top cover) and shot far R even with sights adjusted to max. 2nd AK jams too. They did replace the Romanian trigger with a Tapco but it still jams: bolt gets stuck on the hammer and stays in the open position. IO won't prepay shipping for me to return it. I just installed a new Wolf xtra power recoil spring that I hope resolves the jamming issue. I will also install a recoil buffer. I.O. uses U.S. made receivers, Mossberg made barrels (not hard chromed) and sometimes Tapco trigger/hammer assemblies sometimes Romanian. Mine is accurate enough 4 me 2 hit shotgun shells @ 50 yds.
    Cycle the bolt B4 U buy. I tried 2 I.O's, in stores,that stuck to the rear when pulled open and felt very rough. Try the trigger too. My 2nd I.O. had a very crappy Romanian trigger. The 1st one came with a Tapco trigger. They told me they use Tapco's when they have them in stock. I think most of the other parts are eastern european made. Their AK's do not have the quality of guns made by the major gun makers. I think they are just slapping a bunch of parts together as cheaply as they can to make a profit.
    Some (maybe most) turn out good but some do not. I received 2 that did not!
     
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  5. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

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    See that tells me everything I needed to know, I learned here on GT that if your AK jams within the first 1,000 rounds you take notice, if it jams twice you have a lemon, something like that phrase (Don't hold me to the exact wording...)

    But yeah, an AK that jams isn't much of an AK is it? I am working on a deal for an Arsenal Saiga, hopefully I just get that one and be done with it.
     
  6. DFin

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    I.O. has made me regret not paying about $300 more for an arsenal!!! An AK that jams sucks!! I have never had so much trouble with a gun and I own quite a few.
     
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    what do you mean cycle the bolt? Like how fast or slow?? If I cycle a bolt very slow, it would stay there, right?
     
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    I.O. AKs are worst than Century International Arms made AKs.
     
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    On my newest IO AK the bolt does not stay stuck in the open position whether I hand cycle it fast or slow. However it does frequently, but not always, get stuck during live firing. The 2 IO AK's I hand cycled in gun stores felt very rough, like there was broken glass inside the bolt way and the bolts stayed stuck open when cycled fast or slow. I have read on this forum that some members AK bolts stay stuck when hand cycled, kind of like a bolt hold open device, but function fine.
     
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    I just handled one in the shop the other day and found it interesting that if I cycled the action slowly, the bolt would stay open - like you said - a bolt hold open device. I'm not familiar with AKs so I don't know if that's good or bad, seemed kinda cool @ the time. It would shut very very easily from that position with the slightest of a nudge.
     
  11. maxxmojo

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    That's just the bolt carrier hanging up on the hammer as it's cocked all the way back. It's pretty common with newer AK's or AK's with new FCG's installed, or just a really funky hammer. Usually after a few hundred rounds it goes away.