Question by L: What is the best AK-47 on the civilian market?
I’m looking to add an assault rifle to my collection of semi auto’s, revolvers, and shotguns.
I don’t want to spend more than $ 700, but I want a quality AK-47, or a clone of one.
I heard that the Yugoslavian and Romanian AK’s are good, but what do you think?
I want an Ak-47 that’s chambered for the 7.62 x 39 round.
Answer by HunterFisher444
The one you are going to buy.
Answer by Dj
By far the best available AKM you are going to find in the US today is made by Arsenal Bulgaria. They are more expensive than the cheapies from Romania and Yugoslavia but a side-by-side comparison will show why they are more and why they are better in fit, finish and function.
Also, the Chinese NORINCO guns that were imported before Clinton stopped them in 95 are of outstanding quality if you can find a used one.
Good luck finding one……you may need to just settle for what you can find as opposed to what is best.
Just so you understand the facts: AK-47s were replaced by the better AKMs in the 1950s and were no longer made, so any Kalashnikov-style rifle sold today is actually an AKM and not an AK-47. Ones sold in the US are not “assault rifles” they are “semi-automatic carbines”.
Answer by rotorhead
I have an older Chinese model probably imported by Norinco. I say probably because all it has is the country of manufacture on it, no importer. It’s an under-folding metal stock paratrooper model. I bought it used in a pawn shop about 13 years ago. It looked like it had never been cleaned but otherwise had no rust. I gave it a good going over and have never had a problem with it. I have fired military AKs from various countries while in the Marines and except for being fully automatic, didn’t have any that were any better than the one I have.
I have not fired any of the other civilian versions other than the one I have but I don’t see how any could function better.
Here’s what I have. I really like it.
Answer by Tj
Yugoslavian and Romanian AK’s are both good choices. And most AK’s are chambered in the 7.62 x 39 round.. However you’re going to have to do some looking around, for one that you really like, because most of these guns are “piece guns” which means all of the different components that make up the gun were at one time separated in many different boxes, and then reassembled and sold in the US. Note: you can get different color variations with these guns. That is why if you look at all of the serial numbers on each component they don’t match. If you do find one with all matching numbers then you have quite a find! and It would be worth a lot more money. Otherwise you should expect to pay around $ 300 dollars for one in good condition . P.S. also their should be a cleaning kit in the but stock which makes the gun a little more desirable.
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