Skip to comments.Whats the best AK-47
Posted on 01/30/2006 2:33:25 PM PST by Jimma
I am going to purchase an AK-47. I was wondering who makes the best one? I am also curious as to what to look for as far as wear and tear.
Ummmm, you can't be serious.
Ask your Imam.
I don't know.
why would you ever want to own that gun? Osoma envy?
I hear there are some little shops in Karachi that have a pretty good selection. Ask for Muhammed.
You'll get some serious answers. I know quite a few guys who use AK's at my range and they enjoy them. Cheap ammo and reliable.
Don't you mean "series?"
look for a milled,not stamped parts.
Bulgarian or East German are better than Chinese.
arsenalinc - made in US.
You can't purchase a selective-fire AK47 or AKM. You can purchase a semiautomatic version manufactured abroad for the US market. I would imagine that a Finnish rifle made by Valmet would be among the better versions. I have also heard the Romanian rifles are shoddy. For a semi-auto chambered for the .30 Russian short I would rather have a nice Russian-built SKS carbine. I used to have one in cherry condition with a finely milled receiver. Sorry I let that one go.
Well...I already have a ruger mini-30 (7.62x39). I am getting a second primary weapon (one for me one for my wife) and want to use common ammo.
I use a ar-15 modified for 7.62. I love it.
The ones made in Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, or former Eastern Bloc nations.
I have an Arsenal AK in 5.45 that I'll put up against any AR carbine made. Flawless function and 1 1/2 to 2 minute accuracy. Stay away from the cheap Romanian AKs that are everywhere these days. Whoever is converting these rifles from single stack to double is using a tape measure to set up their equipment.
Agreed...the Chinese made AK's are pretty bad. Romania and Ukrainian made ones are good. There's also a variant made here in the US, which is pretty good.
Get the one with the full auto mode.
From what I understand, they are easy as crap to make. Afghan peasants hammer them out of sheet metal.
Iunderstand the Czechs made a pretty good version, as far as it went, but it depends on what you want it for.
If you are feeling really down and blue now that Alito got confirmed, I suggest you not post your questions on one of the biggest bulletin boards in the world.
The gun shop displays and sells them openly. They are the chinese made ones so they aren't worth the price. But, it does make a nice pop versus the AR-15.
Uncle binni's favorite toy is an AK-74, 5.45x39 mm.
What country are you in?
I've got a couple from my tour in Somalia,
Never fired and only dropped once.
Seriously though, I agree with above posts, buy American
Mine is Romanian. Never had a problem with it.
Best battle rifle in the world.
I meant the gunshop here in Silver SPring, MD.
Just from personal experience, I would save up another $400 or so and get an AR-15. Check out Rock River Arms, or Bushmaster, there are many builders, and the quality is well worth the price. AK's aren't bad for a $3-500 gun, and for $200 you can get a milled receiver (don't get a stamped receiver) SKS, but if you can save up about 900 you can get a quality firearm. My 2 cents.
Get a surplus Yugo SKS if you want a cheap, reliable rifle taht;s legal to own.
They're damn scary accurate out of the box usually.
They are cheap and legal even in Los Angeles, Ca. I got all mine for less that $65.00 with a C&R shipped to my house.
You can make is look "scary" with aftermarket plastic if you must. The only down side is a fixed 10 rnd mag and stripper clips and you can upgrade to a removeable mag...but why bother?
If you're series about this, go get yourself and your wife a couple of M1 carbines. The real ones, not the fakes. If you're not series, I don't have an answer for you.
really add $600 to the money you'll waste on this trash and buy a Rock River M4 Tactical Elite...you'll really have something worth keeping.
"I have also heard the Romanian rifles are shoddy. "
I have a hi-cap Romanian WASR-10 which is as accurate as any other ak type, very sturdy, fun to shoot, and doesn't need much cleaning so long as you dont use corrosive ammo.
"get an AR-15."
What do you think makes the AR better than the AK?
The Yugoslavian AK is by far the best. It has a groove in the safety that functions as a hold-back for the bolt. No other AK has that feature. The receiver is thicker and more rugged that the usual AK, half again as thick. The finish is better. The wood is teak. They are also the most expensive of the AK's.
7,62x39 not so cheap or plentiful these days, not sure why.
I have a Norinco MAK-90 that was really cheap, accurate and is fun to shoot. I bought it the first time I heard the words "president-elect Bill Clinton".
Robinson Armament's VEPR models or Global Trades AK's are probably going to be your best bet if you looking for quality, reasonably priced AK type rifles. Both are made here in America from imported parts.
It seems a fairly large number of Romanian made guns with milled receivers are finding their way to the market here in the U.S. so it might be easy to find one of those.
The important thing is milled not stamped.
Check on www.gunbroker.com which is a firearms auction site. There are always a lot of AKs on there.
Ignore the "Ask your Imam" and "Osama Envy" crowd as they are either ignorant or they are joking.
The AK-47 is an extremely reliable, fun to shoot, relatively accurate gun (I have a friend whose unmodified Russian made AK-47 will shoot a 2" 6 shot group at 100 yards).
It uses readily available, inexpensive ammunition, and is not more or less "dangerous" than any other semi-automatic firearm (I assume you are trying to get a semi-auto version as the fully auto AKs require a Federal Permit with relatively high fees and a lot of paperwork).
Seriously, these are the best ones you can buy (legally!):
Less expensive than the AR-15, very inexpensive ammo, and high reliability to name just a few reasons.