Can't ID AK
A friend of mine has a GSAD AK in 7.62, and we were trying to figure out how much it would be worth. It has no major markings on it to identify except a ser.# that is 4 diggits long, all parts have matching numbers, fixed with a folding spike bayonet. All wood furniture is in excellent condition. I looked up GSAD and it stands for Golden State Arms distributor in Manhattan Beach California before the gun importing banning took place, no longer in buisness. Actually he said there was the word china stamped on the side of the barrel, between where the gas tube meets the barrel and the front sight. Are these quality AK's that he should keep for his collection or sell for some cash to purchase somthing else.
Does it have a milled or stamped receiver? It is probably in the $500 to $600 price range. From 1983-1993 GSAD imported some 1000's of AK rifles from China. The guns were made by "Jing-An", a factory operated by the Chinese secret police (as opposed to "Norinco" which was run by the Red Army).
I own a GSAD AK, they are quality AK's here is a link you can read
G.S.A.D: Golden State Arms Distribution located in California. They had many locations including Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, and Santa Fe, CA. These guns are the most mysterious as they arrived in America about the same time as the Clayco guns, except they had less manufacturing markings. They simply state 7.62x39mm “Made in China” GSAD, in a usually faint roll stamping, that’s it…no factory codes and no exporter markings. Many argue these got here before the Claycos, thus the reason for the additional markings on the Claycos. The majority of these rifles were bought up by companies in Hollywood to be used in the production of movies and have come to be referred to as “movie guns.” In the late 1980s, production of movies showcasing the Vietnam War had tapered off and the movie guns were sold by the hundreds by the movie houses to distributors nationwide. GSAD however, had been in the firearms importation business for many years prior. Their claim to fame was being an importer of Enfield type rifles. They also imported weapons under the name Globco as early as 1957. GSAD is also to have been rumored as the source of firearms for the Bay of Pigs invasion, as well a clandestine asset of the Central Intelligence Agency. GSAD is known to have imported rifles in the 053xx range, as well as atleast serial #'s 0787x through 09xxx, in both fixed stock and underfolding configurations. "Double-underfold" models with folding spike bayonets and underfolding stocks have also been reported. GSAD imports are usually marked over the trigger guard on the left side of the receiver:
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Yep, known as Hollywood guns, one in excellent condition can get as much as 14,15 hundred.
I picked one up about five years ago for a good price, they are going up in price at a good rate.
and they are great shooters :)