You guys are smart…….anyone recommend a new AK in the $7-800 range? January 15, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, blogfoolery, fun, silliness.
I have two SKS, one of which is a Chinese-made SKS-M built at the factory to take AK mags. They’re nice guns, though I’ve been having persistent minor, but annoying problems with the -M for a while now that I can’t seem to get permanently fixed.
As such, I’ve been looking at buying a proper AK-47 type in 7.62×39. I’ve been reading about the various makes, and there seems to be a wide discrepancy in opinion on many of them. For instance, some people advise to steer far clear of a WASR or Zastava (N-PAP), and go with a more expensive model. I’ll tell you, I’ve handled a few of the cheaper ($5-600) models from Century and they felt like junk (sloppy action, loose fitting stock, splintery wood, etc). But if you don’t go with Century, it seems like there is a huge price jump to a brand like Arsenal or similar that puts you in the $1000 price range, which is really higher than I want to go. On the other hand, others say that new WASRs (that are actually available) are much improved and shouldn’t be a problem (and there are “better” types from Century that cost a bit more but may have a lot higher quality).
I should add that I’d like to buy new, I’ve bought some used guns and my experience has been mixed. That’s another complication, it seems a lot of places are sold out of new AKs of any type (thanks, Obama).
I have read that the Century C39, which is entirely US-made, is pretty good and I have seen them in my price range.
Anyone have experience with different AK types and feels competent to make a recommendation? I’m not a great expert in the type, there is a huge variety and I’ve barely scratched the surface of the many different makes and models available.
And, yes, I like Russian guns. Always have. I don’t have anything against ARs I just don’t want one. I guess it’s my latent commie sympathy showing through, or something.
It’s also a way to respond positively to my bishop’s very negative rant. See, I’m helping keep some Serbian or Bulgarian in a job!