First AK, which do you choose?

raftman

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In today’s market, if I were getting into a 7.62x39 AK, the Kalashnikov USA KR-103 is due out soon. I was really impressed with their KR-9 and would be surprised if the 103 ends up being crap given the trouble they went to with the 9... but it may be a couple months before it’s out, and another couple more months before there’s a good consensus that it’s good. If I wanted something already on the market now (panic buying situation notwithstanding), I’d probably go for a Zastava (as imported by Zastava USA). It occupies a middle ground where it’s not Century Arms crap but also not so nice/expensive that I’d feel bad about getting heavy use out of it.
 

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Should have picket it up 10-15 years ago, latley they have gotten overpriced for what they are, dont take this the rong way they are cool but i remember them for $269 at the shows. 7.62 id look for norico or mak90 or m70ab2, latley ive been having a blast with my 9mm akv. Might want to check PSA website also
 
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If you just want one to beat around, you can get by with most (stay away from the CAA imports, though. Unless you like magwells widened with dremels...). You can get a nice Cho-build locally for under 2K. Billy used to work with Jim Fuller, and their AKM builds are top notch.

That or get a RD build. You can find them under 2K.
 
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Looking to add an AK to the collection, which would you choose in today's market and why?
I bought one of these zastava m70’s w thumbhole stock for $450 new (on sale) locally. It was a good gun. Holy moly was their tooling machinery worn out. Unbelievable how these guns can run so well when the metal in the bolt etc is so rough cut.
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I have had a few MAK 90s, a SA-85-M, and a couple of Bulgarian Arsenals, a SAM7-61 and a SLR107R. The Norincos were great for what I paid, around $250 way back in the day. They go for more than they are worth nowadays, imho. The Hungarian SA-85 was excellent and I regret ever selling it. I sold the SAM7 and still have the SLR107. I like my Arsenal, but I’d really like to get another SA-85-M or a Russian SGL21
 
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