This is a discussion on DO You Get What You Pay For With The AK-47? within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by Doc Holliday One word:NORINCO The Chinese make great AK's. Yes, I know the thumbhole stock is ugly (can be replaced) but the ...
I'd say go for the Saiga in 7.62x39. I've recently acquired one. There are a few things you have to do to get it to take normal AK mags and make it 922R compliant (silly ATF), but even after all of that you're still floating around cheap AK prices.
Mine shoots ~3" MOA at 100 yards which I find completely acceptable for a SHTF rifle. It goes bang everytime, even if there's 6 grains of sand on the bolt.
...He suggested that "every American citizen" should own a rifle and train with it on firing ranges "at every courthouse." -Chesty Puller
LOL... Ain't it funny how those stories get told each way? One will never know I guess. Did they do it because they had too or wanted to? Who knows in the end. I hear it the other way. And even now they seem to tend to go milled when they "can". But right now they cannot. So they sort of impy they are better. But I have to admit there ain't nothing wrong with a well made stamped either. A thick one. As far as I know the Russians and Chinese always used thick 1.6mm stuff when they had to. Or wanted too. And yea... there are 1mm ones that have held up. Although I betcha Kalishikov would probably frown on. Yes. Norinco is well known to make some great ones. The true Russians as well. Oh you do hear of elongated wallered out holes on some of the thinner ones. Not the way most of these guys are going to use them probably.