So most of us have heard something like this before: “The AK47 is so cheap and easy to produce, that it can be manufactured by any 3rd world monkey with a hammer and some sheet metal.” (Or something along those lines).
The funny thing is, that in America where we have the best of everything to work with it seems extremely difficult to find a well-built AK variant.
We have seen barrel issues, rivet issues, trunnion issues, bolt and bolt carrier issues, canted sights etc, etc.
With that in mind, I’ve been thinking it would be good to start a thread where we can sort out the good from the bad.
AKOU does an excellent job of testing and reviewing AK pattern rifles and tends to be my go-to for any new info on currently produced variants.
So what say you? Which AKs are good to go…and more importantly which ones should you avoid like the plaque?
I know anything by I.O. Is pretty much junk…Arsenal and Saiga are generally good stuff. JRA is apparently coming out of the gate and falling flat on their face. Norinco and Poly Tech are pretty good and the ubiquitous WASR may be loved or hated depending on who you talk to, but they always go bang…not Kaboom. (Their factory is another story lol).
How about the others folks…chime in, let’s sort em out!
If this goes well, I’ll attempt to keep an updated list in this first post in order to make it easier to access for those interested:
FEG (as long as it was not mangled by the importer)
James River Arsenal (JRA)
Really really bad.
Inter Ordinance AKA I.O. Inc