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Buying my first AK

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Jarhead0093, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. Jarhead0093

    Jarhead0093 Sandy Active Member

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    So I recently finished building my dream AR. Now I've been bitten by the AK bug. While not having much experience with them, other than being shot at with them, I'm not sure what all to look for. What manufacturing country to stay away from, what brands are known for reliability.

    I won't be spending as much as I did on my AR, but I figured around $1000 is reasonable. I've seen reviews of the Century Arms C39 Centurion Sporter. I really like it. It's a milled receiver and for around $750-800 seems like a bargain.

    Any input would be great. Thanks
     
  2. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Get an Arsenal. However Im quite fond of these Yugo AKs that are getting popular.

    Seriously for the best quality, Arsenal AKs.
    there are others but you're paying for the name or add-ons/ bells and whistles.

    With about 98% of AKs you're going to get a functional rifle.. There are lemons.. But they're few and far.

    Have you considered a caliber yet?
    7.62x39, 5.45x39 or 5.56 for common caliber methodology (with your AR)

    Happy hunting!
     
  3. FA9

    FA9 Hillsburrito, ORgun Well-Known Member

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    Centurion39:thumbup: My next purchase also.
     
  4. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Thought about a Siaga(sp?) 12ga? That's the only AK on my list.
     
  5. Thedudez

    Thedudez Washington Member

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    I agree with buying an arsenal that's what I am saving to buy. Real good quality buy quality cry once go cheap well........
     
  6. Jarhead0093

    Jarhead0093 Sandy Active Member

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    Yea. I thought about an arsenal. There comes a point where you're paying for a name. Like I just finished my all Noveske build. Other than the barrel, I could've gone a lot cheaper. But I wanted an all Noveske gun. With the AK I don't really care that much. I'd prefer a milled over a stamped receiver.

    As far as caliber it's going to be 7.62x39.

    The 545 and 556 are so much alike in ballistics I want something different.
     
  7. Thedudez

    Thedudez Washington Member

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    That's cool man hope you get what you and tell us how it shoots
     
  8. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Jump on JGsales and buy the Centurion39 milled (C39). Can't beat it for the price ($699 last I checked). Just don't shoot corrosive ammo through it. If you do, clean it with ballistol and water right away! Also the Arsenals are nice, so are Saiga rifles (converted ones).
     
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    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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  10. Jarhead0093

    Jarhead0093 Sandy Active Member

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    Wow. That's the best price I've seen on them. Thanks. I really appreciate that.
     
  11. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    James Yeager did a 1k rounds "torture test" on one and it passed with flying colors.
     
  12. Jarhead0093

    Jarhead0093 Sandy Active Member

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    Haha that's where I first heard about it. Then I started researching them more and more. Until I just decided to get it.
     
  13. oneharmonic

    oneharmonic Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    One of the best deals going is the Zastava M70 N-PAP, which is $530 at AIM right now: Zastava N-PAP M70 7.62x39 AK Rifle

    You can also pick up an O-PAP, which is the same rifle with a bulged trunion, for $550 at Centerfire Systems: Yugo M70 O-PAP 7.62x39 with 16" Barrel #RI2090-N

    In either case, you're looking at roughly the same price for either rifle: $565 shipped + FFL transfer ($25 or less)

    These rifles are imported by Century but fully built overseas in Serbia. They know a thing or two about building quality AKs in eastern Europe.

    Review: CAI Yugo Zastava M70 O-PAP AK-47 Rifle Review (HD) - YouTube

    Review: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/05/james-grant/gun-review-zastava-n-pap-ak-47/ (Keep in mind, they reviewed it when it was selling for $800 last May; $530 at AIM makes it a different proposition)
     
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    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a WASR threw a G2 in it and a Krebs retaining plate and called it good. A boutique AK seems kinda silly to me but that Centurion seems pretty sweet.
     
  15. Jarhead0093

    Jarhead0093 Sandy Active Member

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    Wow. Another one at a great price. Now I'm torn. I guess I'll just have to go look around.
     
  16. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    Like ARs with AKs there is never just 1 !!!
     
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    bloodnguts Seattle Member

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    Best deal right now is Yugo Opap( don't get the Npap). Use the rest of the money on ammo n mags. I suggest buying Golden Tiger 7.62x39 from SGammo.com and any com bloc surplus steel mags.
     
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    Jarhead0093 Sandy Active Member

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    So after looking around online and seeing what all the differences are I decided to go to a bunch of local stores here. I went to 6. And AKs were hit and miss. Plenty of ARs though. I did find a Saiga in 7.62x39 new. They want $660. Seems like a fair deal from what I see online
     
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    bloodnguts Seattle Member

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    Not a good deal for $660. Was it converted?
     
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    Jarhead0093 Sandy Active Member

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