Best AK 47 variant for the $?

Best AK 47 variant for the $?

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    Best AK 47 variant for the $?

    Hello everyone in defensive carry land. I've been out of touch for a while due to personal matters but now I'm back. I am in the market for an AK type rifle. I am not an AK snob so I am not looking for something 'pure'. I'm looking for a good, cheap,and reliable AK. I am specifically looking for one that won't break the bank. My spending limit is probably $700 Max. I would appreciate any advice and opinions on the different affordable AKs out there. Look forward to hearing from everyone.
    Remember as a rule of thumb in defensive carry...your intention is always to STOP....not to hurt, however; in a gun fight, its either me or them.....and Im sure as hell that it will NOT be me.
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    WASR. About $500 to $600. They're ugly but they run just fine.
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    I you need a project you can convert a saiga rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    WASR. About $500 to $600. They're ugly but they run just fine.
    Yeah, not the most visually stunning but mine works like a charm (especially after stripping the paint off the bolt and polishing it). I got mine for $499 "new" at the LGS.
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    Anyone have opinions on M+M M10 or the Inter Ordinance AK? I found these to also be quite affordable except I know nothing about them. Please share your thoughts.
    Remember as a rule of thumb in defensive carry...your intention is always to STOP....not to hurt, however; in a gun fight, its either me or them.....and Im sure as hell that it will NOT be me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComplexKaos View Post
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    Remember as a rule of thumb in defensive carry...your intention is always to STOP....not to hurt, however; in a gun fight, its either me or them.....and Im sure as hell that it will NOT be me.
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    WASR's are fine. I refininished the wood on mine and painted the metal with Krylon high temp BBQ paint and baked it on. Has held up wonderfully.
    Also strip the blue off the bolt carrier with white vinegar and polish with jewlers rougue. I need to put some pic's of mine on here. Took it to the
    gunshow last weekend to trade it for a fixed stock and people couldnt believe it was just a lowly WASR

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    My WASR hasn't let me down yet. I'd have no trouble recommending it, just make sure and give it a look over first, make sure the sights and gas tube are straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyrh9 View Post
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    How about an AK 74 instead of a 47?

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    There's exactly one way to get a cheaper AK and have it perform like an AK is capable, and that's an AK converted by someone that knows what they're doing. If you're handy with tools you can do it yourself, there are plenty of places to see how. If you'd rather just buy one, check here. The disadvantage here is that you'll have to rework the front end to put optics out there. The side mount will be ready to go when it shows up though.

    Other than that you can get a WASR. I have one, and no doubt it runs without fail. However when compared to the other AK rifles in the safe it falls well short. It is inaccurate, rough, and just not really representative of the AK platform.
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