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Old 09-15-2019, 05:42pm   #1
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Default Best cheapest way to get AK47

My son wants one and found one for $700 new. I think he can do better than that. Perhaps even military surplus or used. Gunbroker prices are high in my opinion.

Can one be had for $300-$500? How? Where?
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My son wants one and found one for $700 new. I think he can do better than that. Perhaps even military surplus or used. Gunbroker prices are high in my opinion.

Can one be had for $300-$500? How? Where?
Tell him he'll shoot his eye out with that thing.
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Decent guns cost money.
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current bid $355: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/831395518

buy now for $530: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/832227573
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but which one ?

AK-47s are made by sooooooo many different companies/countries; and some of these are shoddy.

better ones come from
* WASR 10: manufactured in Romania and is probably the most readily obtainable foreign AK-47 at the moment.
* Arsenal SLR Series.
* Arsenal SAM Series.
* Krebs Custom.
* Palmetto State Armory PSAK-47

Israel makes a well regarded AK-47; also the Serbia (npap) version is supposed to be decent.

Worst models are the ones made in Pakistan, Tabuk (Iraq), and Afghanistan; rough castings, jamming issues.
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Tim is correct in that there are premium makers. And, as ever, quality costs.
My advice is to decide on a gun and go get one right now, like this week.
I suspect that the upcoming legislative session will contain some major setback for our freedom to own certain firearms, ammunition and/or accessories. If there is to be a "grandfather" clause; which looks doubtful; having a sales receipt, or bill of sale from an individual will be key to proving provenance. In the run up to the last assault weapons ban I sent myself a letter containing the description and serial number of any affected weapons in my inventory at the time... just in case.
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Or do what the lawless do and go steal one. (Please don't take this comment seriously... just joking here.)
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but which one ?

AK-47s are made by sooooooo many different companies/countries; and some of these are shoddy.

better ones come from
* WASR 10: manufactured in Romania and is probably the most readily obtainable foreign AK-47 at the moment.
* Arsenal SLR Series.
* Arsenal SAM Series.
* Krebs Custom.
* Palmetto State Armory PSAK-47

Israel makes a well regarded AK-47; also the Serbia (npap) version is supposed to be decent.

Worst models are the ones made in Pakistan, Tabuk (Iraq), and Afghanistan; rough castings, jamming issues.
Palmetto State Armory is currently backordered / out of stock on AK-47 right now.
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Iím guessing you mean an AKM and not really an AK-47. I can tell you the cheapest way, but I wouldnít necessarily recommend that route for most people. 😂
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Iím guessing you mean an AKM and not really an AK-47. I can tell you the cheapest way, but I wouldnít necessarily recommend that route for most people. 😂
Either enlisting and shopping for a bringback, or going the merc route and retaining one's issue weapon would not be very high on my list of ways to get one, but either would probably net a gen-u-wine AK as opposed to a semi auto copy.
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Iím guessing you mean an AKM and not really an AK-47. I can tell you the cheapest way, but I wouldnít necessarily recommend that route for most people. 😂
Buy one in person, in a Yemeni or Syrian open air market and ship it back labeled 'machine parts?'
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Buy one in person, in a Yemeni or Syrian open air market and ship it back labeled 'machine parts?'
Buy one?
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Buy one?
Oh, "placement" gets you one cheaper

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Buy one?
I'm a civilian, not military. I'd either have to buy one from a street merchant, or pay a GI for one that he took from a dead or captured Muslim fighter, and I'd have no special way to send it back to the US.

I'm sure our soldiers and contractors have a lot more flexibility in this area, for sending back souvenirs of this nature.
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I'm a civilian, not military. I'd either have to buy one from a street merchant, or pay a GI for one that he took from a dead or captured Muslim fighter, and I'd have no special way to send it back to the US.

I'm sure our soldiers and contractors have a lot more flexibility in this area, for sending back souvenirs of this nature.
Bring backs are a heck of a lot harder than it used to be, especially when youíre talking about class III weapons. So much so that guys are getting jammed up. Last time instead of bringing the whole rifles home, at least one person I know just brought back all the wood stocks and used them to make knife handles on custom knives. These knives have a story to tell. Especially when you know how the wood was harvested.
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Decent guns cost money.
Yes. I donít think he should spend a dime on it since his college costs are going to go nuts. But he is 19, has the money, did his research and knows what he wants. I made him a deal. Iíll allow the AK in my home (actually no prob) if he moves his money market to a CD (heís loaded compared to me). He said he would. Well move 3/4 of it.

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I found that today too. Not bad. Century Arms is not bad. Not great. But I hear not bad. Nothing a little work canít solve.

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but which one ?

AK-47s are made by sooooooo many different companies/countries; and some of these are shoddy.

better ones come from
* WASR 10: manufactured in Romania and is probably the most readily obtainable foreign AK-47 at the moment.
* Arsenal SLR Series.
* Arsenal SAM Series.
* Krebs Custom.
* Palmetto State Armory PSAK-47

Israel makes a well regarded AK-47; also the Serbia (npap) version is supposed to be decent.

Worst models are the ones made in Pakistan, Tabuk (Iraq), and Afghanistan; rough castings, jamming issues.
This is super helpful thanks. Iíll pass it along to him.

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Palmetto State Armory is currently backordered / out of stock on AK-47 right now.
Yes that blows. They say they are getting more ASAP. They have the $700 one which is pretty cheap.

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Iím guessing you mean an AKM and not really an AK-47. I can tell you the cheapest way, but I wouldnít necessarily recommend that route for most people. 😂
Yep. My kid isnít getting a class 3 just yet.

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Buy one?
unlimited supply I understand. Leave the M4 in the truck and save the ammo.
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