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I might start AK shopping

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by DarkWing6, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. DarkWing6

    DarkWing6 Tacoma, WA New Member

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    So I am going to begin searching for an AK. My wife is not too hot on the idea, but I can probably talk her into it.

    I don't have a ton of "gun" knowledge, but I have gone through a great gun safety course and I shoot every once in a while. I have a few good friends that are gun junkies and my father-in-law is a police officer.

    I have shot my friend's AK 4-5 times and I love it. Probably my favorite gun I have shot. It is a Chinese issue (Norinco??) from the early 90s (pre-Clinton ban).

    I would like to get one that is simple and reliable. What are your guys' suggestions on a good AK to buy, and when do you think is the best time to buy? I know the recent election results have caused gun prices to shoot up, so I don't know if you think I should give it a couple months for excitement to drop or what.


    Thanks in advance for any advice!
     
  2. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    AIM surplus will have cheap WASR's pretty soon. they come with two mags, a mag pouch, sling, oil bottle and a bayonet. i think they are about $400.
     
  3. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    Wasr-10...... Just buy one and get it over with!

    With that being said I just sold my AK to build an AR...:laugh:
     
  4. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    then tried to buy a AK again right away.

    best bet to to get one from someone off a forum or off the internet. gun shows / shops will rip you off now the obama is elected.
     
  5. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    You should buy a parts kit and build one yourself.
     
  6. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    I like trades
     
  7. DarkWing6

    DarkWing6 Tacoma, WA New Member

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    What is involved with this? Links to places to buy? That might be fun and a great learning experience.



    Ya, links to places to get these would be awesome! I'm in the dark when it comes to gun shopping, so feel free to hold my hand. :p
     
  8. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    You just have to spend more time here buddy, you'll learn ;)
     
  9. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure I'd recommend a parts kit for someone with limited gun knowledge. Especially since AK's are relatively cheap right now. Your mileage may vary...

    I think you'd be fine going with a WASR - search online for what to look for before you buy (mag wobble, canted sights/gas blocks, etc). There's a bunch of sites out there dedicated to AKs: AK47.Net, AKFiles.Com, etc. I'd just start googling for WASR-10 and see what pops up.

    It's hard to say whether to buy now or wait. Personally, if I was in the market for an AK, found one in decent shape, and it seemed in-line with other AK prices, I'd pick one up. WASR prices (around Seattle) seem to be around $480-$495 when I looked on Tuesday. I paid a lot less for mine, but I didn't wait until after the election to buy. If you really want one, better to have now than wish you had later - my opinion.

    You'll also want to start looking for magazines & ammo. Both could be in short supply; or not.
     
  10. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Do some reading here. http://www.ar15.com/forums/board.html?b=4
    the "Build it Yourself" forum is very helpful.
    If you score a kit and a receiver from Nodak Spud, all you need to do is find a build party. Anyone can complete an AK with some skilled AK builders around.

    If you get a kit, make sure it isn't a "virgin" kit and has the original barrel.

    AR15.com equipment exchange usually has a few kits also.

    This is my first AK build:
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  11. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    all ak's are reliable and dependable. That is their nich. I would try for a ak74 (223) cal.
     
  12. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    i thought 74's were 5.45???
     
  13. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    Are those accurate?
     
  14. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    better question, are AK's accurate?
     
  15. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    didnt think so. but do want
     
  16. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    a real ak74 is in 5.45x39.

    But you can get an ak in .223 (5.56x45)
     
  17. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    arn't the saigas? if so that would be a good buy.
     
  18. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    You can get those in many calibers.....
     
  19. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    only option is to get them all
     
  20. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    saiga's come in .223, .308, 7.62x39, 12ga, and 20ga.