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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-07-2018, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at AK's. Need help!

Shopping around for a new AK and need some feedback. First off this will be my first. I'm a total newbie when it comes to these rifles. To start I will not abuse this gun whatsoever. Occasional shooting to get a feel for it and become efficient with the weapon in case SHTF. God forbid! Basic home protection. On the wall by the recliner deal. First things first is I would like something that will hold its value and be somewhat collectible. I despise junk! Second I want a new rifle, not used. Lastly I want a rifle with wood furniture. Just my preference. I'd like to keep my price range under $1200. So far I've looked at the CA39v2 but everywhere I look people bash Century Arms. That worries me. Just looking for some opinions/feedback/guidance to help me in my search. I would greatly appreciate it from some people with the knowledge of these rifles.

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Arsenal AK rifles have a good reputation. Do an internet search on them. I have one in 7.62x39. I donít believe they are available with wood furniture though.
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Arsenal makes good AK...also take a look at VEPRs as it would be my choice.

Now, if you don't have to have a true AK, you should really look at the CZ VZ58...much lighter than AK, uses a different mag. I've been wanting a VZ58 for sometime now, just haven't made the purchase yet.

They come in 5.56 and 7.62x39. I like the 5..56 version as you can get a mag adapter to use AR15 mags.
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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

-Arsenal SLR107
-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
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For a little more money & plastic furniture you should also look at the IWI Galil Ace. I bought a rifle version & liked it so much I also bought the pistol version. A updated/modernized version of the AK


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