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Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Albion, PA (1B & 1A)
I know I'm late on this but here it is...
Not the finest hour to get in on the AK market, imports of high quality have been sanctioned away (Saiga, VEPR, Norinco, MAADI, Polytech) and prices have soared on available rifles.
Assuming you want Ak47 in 7.62x39, not Ak74 in 5.45x39 since you mentioned c39v2. The only currently available imported COMPLETE new rifles to my knowledge at present are Arsenal (Bulgaria), WASR (Romania), and Zastiva (Yugoslavia).
Back to Century Arms c39v2, so you want something collectable and should hold value or gain value right? That puts you squarely in the import market to start, which is good imo. Wish I would have picked up the Russian Vepr I was on the fence about a year or so ago for $800, they are going for like $1500 now that imports were sanctioned. Sigh... oh well.
No US made AK will hold value like an import.
No US made AK has proven quality equal to imports.
For medium duty range time you would likely be ok with anything, but there are more choices...
Parts kits from genuine Euro and commie tooling are imported from many more countries, and built into fine rifles stateside, Atlantic Firearms and James River are pretty well known and make great stuff from great parts.
With your budget I'd point you toward a few I would trust my life to...
-Atlantic Firearms built Ak47 with WBP Polish parts
-For nicest build quality, fit and finish, customer service
-Not likely to gain much value
-Most likely imo to have collector value down the road
-You gotta swap furnature for wood yourself
-WASR 10 (Century only makes them 922r compliant)
-Bang for your buck, 2015+ imports are top quality
-Furniture is wood but ugly balsa, no "dimples"
Availability varies greatly with all of these all the time...
Used ain't always a bad thing...
If you must buy 100% domestic DO NOT BUY I.O. RAS47
Last edited by barbell; 09-27-2018 at 06:38 PM.