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What is the best AK on the market?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by sbryson21, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. sbryson21

    sbryson21 Nampa, ID Member

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    Ok this might be a stupid question but let me start by saying I don't know anything about AKs. With that being said, I'm starting to become intrigued with the idea of owning my first AK to keep my true love (my AR) company. I've done some research here and there on the internet but I just get scattered information. I'm just wondering who makes the best AKs on the market right now (or ever) and what makes them the best? Also what do you AK owners/lovers out there think about the 5.56 AK variants? Just curious because I already have a bunch of that ammo already and have no 7.62 ammo yet.... Any info greatly appreciated!:thumbup:
     
  2. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    I thought it was 5.45
     
  3. coctailer

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

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    I like the VEPR.

    There is a member selling one in the classifieds that has been tempting me..............

    Must.............resist.........
     
  4. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    I had a MAK90 in .223, it was a pretty nice gun. Mags were a little hard to come by, but not impossible. It was a great shooter, as long as you remember it's an AK and don't expect sub-MOA groups from it most won't disappoint.

    As for new production .223s, look at the Arsenals. Bulgarian guns with great quality mags available.

    As far as a quality gun.....you'll get 20 different responses....

    I've owned the MAK, an SAR-1, a WASR 10/63, and a Saiga. The MAK was probably the nicest for fit and finish, followed by the Saiga. The SAR and WASR, while good guns, leave a little to be desired in the "finish" department.

    my MAK90:

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    ( I did convert it to pistol grip config....it was a thumbhole stock originally )

    Me and the WASR last motnh @ PR:

    ....and I'm sure they'll be about 10 different AK nuts posting after me with more... ;^)
     
  5. Platt05

    Platt05 Washington Member

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    I guess I'm not an AK purist because I don't care about the wood, I prefer the look and function with aftermarket plastic parts. Happy with my SAR-1, very accurate up to 100 yards, pleasure to shoot and you know it's going to last.

    The 7.62 round is very impressive
     
  6. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    I like the VEPR, or milled receiver Polytech.
     
  7. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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  8. candyman

    candyman Scappoose, OR Active Member

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    the vepr is a great gun but you cant change the stock and it weighs alot more (guess atlest 50% more)


    cant go wrong with anything milled
    most anything hungarian or bulgarian will be a great gun

    my personal fav is polish but its not cause they are the best
    the just speak to my little broken mind :D
     
  9. jeepinjoe

    jeepinjoe Lynnwood New Member

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    I would have to say the Valmet M-76 for me, since I have 3 of them. Made in Finland, .223 caliber, mags are to come by, but you could convert Bulgarian waffle mags with Circle 10 to fit. Very accurate for an AK.
     
  10. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm partial to the Saiga. Have one in 7.62x39 and it's just a nicely made, reliable rifle, from the same manufacturer that gave us the original AK's. Can't ask for much more. I've tried the WASR variety before, and while it functioned alright, seemed to be of lower quality.
     
  11. Nosrac

    Nosrac Lakewood, WA Member

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    I'm pretty happy with an Arsenal ak74...I like the cheaper 5.45 ammo.