Best AK-47: Complete Buyer’s Guide [2019]

Confused by all the AK variants out there?

Don’t worry…we were too.

WASR10, PSAK47, PAP M92
(L to R): WASR10, PSAK47, PAP M92

We’ll start with AK basics so you can see if an AK if for you.  Plus some common questions such as milled vs stamped receivers.

Then…which one to get across different budgets and even countries.

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Brief AK-47 History

The AK-47 stands for “Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947” and was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov.  It was the main assault rifle of Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War.

There’s tons of variants but the one we think of most when we hear “AK-47” is the AKM.

AKM, Wikipedia
AKM, Wikipedia

And there’s a lot of AK’s…in a 2004 report, it was estimated that 100 million out of 500 million guns worldwide belonged to the Kalashnikov family of rifles.

Why Are AKs Awesome

Kalashnikov built the AK off principles of it being easy to mass produce, easy to maintain, and easy to operate.

It’s so easy…kids can use it.

Iranian Child Soldier, Wikipedia
Iranian Child Soldier, Wikipedia

Unfortunately…yes.  When compared to the AR-15, the AK-47 is much easier to train users.

And of course…there’s its reputation of superb reliability.

The AK achieves this due to its simplicity and use of loose tolerances.

Field Stripped AK-47
Field Stripped AK-47

Simplicity comes from the use of a long-stroke piston design which uses the gas from the round to move a piston and bolt carrier.

The gas doesn’t directly contact a lot of things…it keeps things running cleaner (unlike ARs).

AK Piston, Matt Rittman
AK Piston, Matt Rittman

Everything is also large-and-in-charge so there’s less possibility of small parts breaking.

AK Bolt, Piston, Recoil Spring
AK Bolt, Piston, Recoil Spring

Plus, while some things had to have tight tolerances…most didn’t like the bolt carrier and trigger mechanism.  Check out all that space in there.

AK-47 Receiver
AK-47 Receiver

It can take lots of environmental debris before something stops working.

Next up…its ammo.  The 7.62x39mm packs a bigger wallop with a larger caliber bullet (7.62x39mm) compared to the AR-15’s round (5.56x45mm).

5.56 vs 7.62x39mm
5.56 vs 7.62x39mm

Check out our picks for the best AK ammo and the best AR-15 ammo.

Lastly…though it doesn’t have as much upgrade capability as an AR-15…there’s still A LOT you can do to make an AK your own.

AK-47 with UltimAK
AK-47 with UltimAK & Aimpoint

Why AKs Suck

Common arguments are that the AK has inferior ergonomics when compared to more modern rifles such as the AR-15, increased recoil, and terrible accuracy.

Regarding ergonomics…I think it’s true.  Some things are harder to manipulate such as the safety and magazine release.

WASR-10 Parts Diagram
WASR-10 Parts Diagram

But since the charging handle is on the right side, most people will be able to use their dominant hand to more easily rack it compared to the AR’s charging handle.

AK-47 Without Dust Cover
AK-47 Without Dust Cover

And because the round is larger…there definitely is increased recoil.  But not so much that it would bother most (kids).

Lastly…the reports of the AK being inaccurate.  It’s a little true,comparitively.

Stormtroopers Missing
Stormtroopers Missing

Because of the looser tolerances and piston system…AKs usually are good for “minute of man” at 300 yards…meaning you’ll hit a human sized target if you do your part.

With my AK…I can ring 12″ steel at 100 yards all day long.

Milled vs Stamped Receiver

This will come up as soon as you start digging into the world of AKs.

It means how the main receiver (metal piece that holds everything) was created.

AK Stamped vs Milled, AK Operators Union
AK Stamped vs Milled, AK Operators Union

The original AK-47s were milled, which means they took a solid piece of steel and took metal out to create the receiver “shell.”  You can most easily tell these apart since they are much heavier…plus they don’t have rivets.

Milled AK Receiver, Ultimak
Milled AK Receiver, Ultimak

The AKM later on was stamped which means they took a 1mm thick piece of steel and bent it into the shape.  Then used rivets (see the bumps) to add the other necessary parts.

Stamped AK Receiver, Ultimak
Stamped AK Receiver, Ultimak

This made it much easier to produce and saved a bunch of weight (1-2 lbs).

So what’s the best?

If you’re an AK purist, anticipate shooting a lot, or have a higher budget…go with the milled.

Battlefield Vegas which rents out TONS of guns did a Q&A session that said stamped receivers start to fail at the 100K round count while milled receivers have yet to fail.

Keep in mind how large 100,000 rounds is…chances are you won’t even approach 5,000 in your lifetime.

A Lot of Ejected Brass, Battlefield Vegas
A Lot of Ejected Brass, Battlefield Vegas

So…stamped is fine.

Country of Origin

For a long time…AKs made it into the US from former Eastern Blocs in the form of build kits.  But thanks to both Obama and Trump…most of the “best” sources such as Russia have dried up.

These will be from factories such as Molot with their VEPR and Izhmash with Saigas.  If you can still find them…they will be at a much higher price.

Molot VEPR
Molot VEPR

BUT…there’s still plenty good ones out there.  The rest of the guide will focus on AKs that you can still readily buy.

Ready for what you’ve been waiting for?

Best AK-47s

1. WASR 10

The famous/infamous WASR 10 is manufactured in Romania and is probably the most readily available foreign AK-47 right now.

It’s also the cheapest and has a reputation of not having the best quality control…

Which for the one I have…is true.

WASR 10
My WASR 10

The magazine well is rattly (many had to be milled once they entered the states since they had to start their journey only able to accept single-stack magazines.

And the front sight is hilariously canted when zeroed.

WASR 10 Canted Front Sight
WASR 10 Canted Front Sight

It still works with irons but it’s at a weird angle so I upgraded to a red dot.

Aimpoint H-1 on AK
Aimpoint H-1 on AK

But how does it shoot?

Short answer…great.

I haven’t had a malfunction even with random steel-cased ammo.  And it’s worked with several different kinds of magazines.

I even buried it in the dirt to test it out.

Buried AK
Buried AK

It worked…however, I would not recommend doing that since even to this day I’m still cleaning dust out of the receiver.

At Battlefield Vegas they said it has been super reliable and they have yet to shoot out a WASR barrel.

Here’s also AK Operators Union which tests out a bunch of AKs.  Their current WASR has over 10K rounds and still going strong.

For a starter AK that might have some QC issues here and there…you can’t go wrong with a WASR 10.

You’ll usually be able to find them around the $700-800 range.

Best Starter AK
778
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Arsenal SLR Series

We jump up a little bit since the recent import bans have taken out a lot of the mid-tier AKs.

When you want the best AK money can buy…you go Arsenal.

Arsenal imports Bulgarian AKs and makes them good to go for the US market.

My favorite series is the SLR107.  From there you can choose different furniture configurations…I like the SLR107R with the fixed stock.

Best High-End AK
949
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

What’s your take on the Arsenal SLR if money were no object?

Readers' Ratings

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3. Arsenal SAM Series

And of course, we’ll throw in a milled version…

Check out the Arsenal SAM series that will set you back about $300 more than the stamped SLR versions.

1289
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

4. Krebs Custom

I haven’t had much experience with Krebs…but they come highly recommended.

Just be ready for some sticker shock as they start around $2000.

2000
at Krebs

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

5. Palmetto State Armory PSAK-47

A good play on words…the PSAK-47 is also 100% made in the USA.

PSA makes reliable and super affordable AR-15s (full review) by doing everything in house…from raw materials to finished rifle.

PSA 5.56 & .223 Wylde
PSA 5.56 & .223 Wylde

They applied the same concept to their AKs when they saw foreign build kits drying up.

In the beginning, they used some cast parts but now they are completely forged for maximum strength in their GF3 series.

Recently, I also some of their regular PSAK-47s along with their prototype AKV (9mm) and AKP.

PSA AKV and AKP
PSA AKV and AKP

And I also got the PSAK-47 in hand for a full review on shootability, reliability, accuracy, fit, finish, and more.

Check out the full PSAK review here.

PSAK-47
PSAK-47

AK Operators Union seems to agree too with their 5,000 round test on their Gen 2 version (billet trunnion).

Now…the best thing is that the PSAK-47 starts at $499 with their blemished Liberty Classic with standard black furniture.

PSAK-47 Liberty Classic
PSAK-47 Liberty Classic

That’s almost $300 cheaper than the Romanian WASR 10.

However, I’d recommend spending a little more to get their “MOEKov” which combines the great Magpul MOE front handguard with the Zhukov folding stock.  So clever, PSA…

Update: We also have a video review of the GF3!

If that helped, please subscribe to our YouTube channel since we’re adding new videos every week!

Best Bang-for-Buck AK
559
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best AK-47 Pistols

1. PSA AK-V and AK-P

Again, thanks to the embargo it’s getting hard to get some Commie AKs into the country.

But PSA has got your back.

PSA AKV 9mm & AKP 5.56
PSA AKV 9mm & AKP 5.56

We love their AK-V in 9mm which is based off the Vityaz-SN used by Russian Special Forces.

Vityaz-SN, Wikipedia
Vityaz-SN, Wikipedia

The second generation AK-V is passing all tests with flying colors.

PSA AKV 9mm
PSA AKV 9mm

And we have no problem recommending it for someone who wants something…different and super fun.

Though it’s still selling out almost instantly…I’d get on PSA’s email list if you want to snag it anytime soon.

730
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Want something in traditional 7.62×39?

Check out their AK-P…the “p” stands for “pistol” duh…

We shot it a bunch last year (and had a blast) and will have a full hands-on review coming for it soon.

800
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Lead Star Arms Barrage

Need something a…little sexier?

Check out Lead Star Arms’ Barrage!

900
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

I’ve been waiting for Lead Star’s PCC to come into stock so I could finally snag one.  They are very high on my list for Best 9mm PCCs.

And if their quality flows through from their 5.56 ARs and PCCs…

Lead Star Arms Shooting
Lead Star Arms Shooting

I wouldn’t hesitate getting their AK pistol version.

Do Not Buy List

Century Arms C39V2

For a while this was one of the highest recommended AK’s that was fully made in the USA, sadly it has come to light that there are major design defects in the rifle that now place it firmly on the “don’t buy” list.

If you want to hear the long version, I highly recommend this Military Arms Channel video that was made in collaboration with Rob Ski from Ak Operators Union, Local 47-74.

The short written version: after about 3,000 rounds the rifle has the high possibility of becoming unsafe to fire. This happened with both of their C39V2 AKs at right around the same round count.

If you already have a C39V2, you should inspect it closely (or have a gunsmith inspect it) to see if your rifle shares the flaw.

Conclusion

We’re at the end…and hopefully, you have a slightly better understanding of AKs and which one suits you best.

WASR 10 and PAP M92
WASR 10 and PAP M92 Pistol

If you’re looking for the best value…you can’t go wrong with a new made-in-America PSAK-47 for $499.

Best Bang-for-Buck AK
559
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

But if you’re looking for something often regarded as the best AK variant out there…check out Arsenal’s Bulgarian SLR series.

Best High-End AK
949
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

And lastly…the infamous WASR that might have some QC issues but will keep on trucking.

Best Starter AK
778
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

How did we do?  Any that we missed?  Check out our Best AK-47 Upgrades to fully accessorize your gun.  Or…want an AR that takes AK mags?  Check out our review of PSA’s KS-47.

KS-47 Fit and Finish
KS-47 Fit and Finish

63 Leave a Reply

  • Steve W.

    Hey Eric. This whole article is about the best Ak-47s, and RIFLE DYNAMICS isn’t even mentioned. RD rifles are better than any rifle including the Krebs you mentioned. Better in every way. I honestly do not understand how they weren’t in the article. You should check them out. Pretty dang amazing rifle.

    1 second ago
  • Cunty McShitterman

    Accuracy and AKs... In my experience the quality of ammunition plays a huge part is the accuracy of your AK. I have a bunch of AKs and they all have their own favorite brand. A quality optic and mount will also help tighten up your groups considerably. Most folks that can't shoot well with an AK are not familiar with it's irons, are using a god awful trigger, Tula ammo, and no optics of any sort.

    1 week ago
  • Sam Carter

    Hey about AKs, you never mentioned Occam Defense Solution's ODS-1775, which is like a space age AK, with incredible craftsmanship. Can you please review it?

    1 week ago
  • Roman

    Hi Eric and Pew Pew team, Nice article. Especially the US made Kalashs info. But you have quite a lot of facts original Soviet propaganda there. If you are interested, I could translate from Russian few recent articles about AK history and some facts about reliability. Roman.

    2 weeks ago
  • Cj

    Gentlemen, respectfully, why would anyone buy a budget WASR AK for $778.00 when you can build 2 very decent AR15’s from PSA for about the same money? Don’t like the 5.56/.223 round? Fine build it in .300 blk, 6.8 or 6.5 Grendel or a half dozen other loadings. I totally get the AK from 10 yrs ago where you could buy a WASR for $300.00 all day long and ammo for cheap... but now? I’m sorry, I just don’t get it. Now people get excited over an AK if it will hold 1 MOA. The crappiest of my AR’s will do that. Hell some of the AR pistols will do that or better. With the right ammo and shot from a lead sled my competition AR will shoot .25 MOA (thats no wind, from the sled with a remote plunger activating the trigger- I can’t shoot anywhere near that well) that costs way less than a Krebs Custom. Also I don’t see even the ultra high end AK’s like a Krebs being more reliable than either my POF or my LWRC which we’re both way cheaper. This isn’t to knock the AK. It’s a great platform and I rather shoot a good AK than a crap AR like an Omni all day long. I’m not knocking the round either. I have a Mini 30 and a PSA KS47. My issue is the explosion in price that’s happened since Obama blocked the imports. I just don’t see the AK being worth the price now.

    3 weeks ago
    • Steve W.

      As far as reliability goes. The company rifle dynamics makes the very best Aks on the planet. And I would bet any amount of $, their rifles beat your pof and Lwrc in reliability any day. And that’s a fact. In fact their rifles would most likely beat any ar15 in reliability. And that does come at a pretty high cost, as a RD rifle is even higher end than a Krebs, and worth every penny. Some people just like Aks more than ar15s. And if $ isn’t an issue wtf not have what you want.

      10 minutes ago
    • Steve W.

      Under best high-end Ak. Wouldn’t the Arsenal Sam series rifle be the pick and not the SLR? Sense the Sam series rifles are more $, and milled.

      17 minutes ago
    • 619

      If money’s not an issue who cares about the price that’s why!

      5 days ago
  • Shaman

    Hey, great article I stumbled upon. As a owner of a Krebs Custom kv-13 mod 2 and a pd-18 pistol, no one will be disappointed by this company. I also have a pap92 converted by Meridian Defense into a bad ass get busy tool. And I have a RAS47 I purchased right before all the bad came out about it. My next AK will be from Tactical Edge(ZAYTSEV 12.5" PISTOL W/ SBA3 BRACE) IN 5.45X39. Plenty of AK choices at a price point most won't get to. But, for me, an AK modernized be these American companies are far better than any AR. I'm biased of course, but would put my Krebs up against any AR. The only penalty is weight and that is up to the shooter if they are fit or not. A pistol AK is all you need, but this is America, we have everything a shooter could want in any caliber you could ask for. Great article again, keep on shooting!

    1 month ago
  • Chief

    Gentlemen: I suggest you consider the SAM 7R. 7.62x39mm caliber rifle, forged and milled receiver, chrome lined hammer forged barrel, 14mm muzzle threads, muzzle brake, cleaning rod, bayonet lug, black polymer furniture, intermediate length buttstock, scope rail, one 10-round premium magazine (Circle 10), sling, oil bottle, and cleaning kit. FEATURES: • 100% new-production parts and components. • Bulgarian hot-die hammer forged receiver, bolt, and bolt carrier • Cold hammer-forged 16.3 barrel from Arsenals Bulgarian factory, built on Steyr manufacturing technology • Hard-chrome plated bore and chamber • Removable 4-port muzzle brake with 14x1mm left-hand threads. • Intermediate length US-made 10 trapdoor buttstock. (Total length of pull 13.4.) • Substantially extended service life over other types of assemblies. • 922(r) compliant with US or imported magazines. • AK scope rail. K-Var Corp. in Las Vegas, NV, is distributor with excellent service and assistance. Combine that with the quality of the SAM 7R and I believe it is the best AK available for the money. The weapons you mentioned are noteworthy; but the SAM 7 is well worth the slight additional cost of approximately $1,260.00 as of Spring 2019. K-Var also has a modest LE/MIL discount.

    1 month ago
  • Larry S

    I remember unloading the AK out of cargo containers all bought and paid for by the US out of a slush fund from the sales of kilos of pot. The price of a key was $210 the price of an AK $210. This price came about from 1976 and held until about 1992. The Americans banned the AK in order to Americanize it. That is remake it for profit. They now have their proprietary parts where before each part interchanged with every other gun no matter where it came from. They've been neutered and profitized where if you knew the original AK you wouldn't buy (or trade) one today.

    2 months ago
  • Longtrail

    Nice article. I think original AK's were stamped though. You gave three contrasting examples but should have mentioned more. On your "Do Not Buy" list you neglected to mention the infamous IO,Inc AKM247. That thing is an unsafe disaster!

    2 months ago
    • Eric Richardson

      It's rough not knowing enough or nearly as much as I would like to know about guns. minutemanreview.com's list of best or recommended AKs lists the IO,Inc AKM247C as best for Mil-Spec as if it's great. Is that the same gun and or do you think it too is trash? Thanks.

      1 month ago
      • David, PPT Editor

        IO has long-running safety and durability issues. They've come out with multiple iterations of AKs each claiming to have fixed their problems with this latest and greatest generation, all for that to prove untrue. AKOU is a great resource for all things AK and their testing really blew IO out of the running. You can take a look at their IO Tags here.

        1 month ago
  • Krinkov

    What about Zastava?

    3 months ago
    • Mike Hunt

      What about BOB?

      1 month ago
  • Robman

    I would not dismiss the C39v2 out of hand. A year and a half ago as I write this (January ‘18), Small Arms Defense Review did a comprehensive test on the C39v2 and the RAS47. The C39v2 did quite well and even the RAS47 wasn’t bad. Century has made incremental improvements over the years and the ones they are producing now have addressed most if not all of the earlier issues they were having. I have an earlier production C39v2 that I modified with East German internals (recoil spring assembly, bolt carrier/piston, bolt). I have about 2500 rounds through mine thus far, and it passes the go/no-go gauge just fine. I don’t beat up my rifle Rob Ski-style, but it shoots very well thus far. Only wear problem I experienced was slight chipping at the upper edge of the right receiver lug, and that same part acted like a “chisel”, gouging into the rear face of the secondary locking lug on the bolt (since replaced). This was solved by having a gunsmith slightly soften the edge of the right receiver lug; no more chipping and no more bolt gouging. In ‘18 Century started rounding off that edge at the factory. They have also introduced an improved recoil spring assembly (“Gen 2”) and the bolt is now machined out of 4140 steel. Bolt carrier is still cast but that is common in many commercially available AKs, including the vaunted Polish WPB offering (my East German forged bolt carrier is a thing of beauty, tho’). RAK1 trigger is very good (even most Century critics admit that), and the barrel they use now is a 4150 chrome moly vanadium from Green Mountain; this is the same grade of steel used in military issue M4s and M16s. Bottom line is that if you want a milled receiver AK and don’t want to spend half the GDP of Peru on an Arsenal (I haven’t seen a new SAM7 for less than $1800), the current production C39v2 is worth considering. A friend of a friend got one eight months ago and he just loves it.

    3 months ago
  • Ken huson

    Sweet bang for the buck think I’m gonna grab one thanks

    3 months ago
  • Samu

    You completely forgot the Finnish SAKO/Valmet RK-62, which is/has been made in different shapes and forms, even as a (very good) full-stock hunting rifle. The Finnish Defence Force uses it as the main service weapon. It is a highly refined version of the AK design, reliable, durable and accurate: we have a mandatory 6-12 month service and most of our fresh-out-of-highschool average young men can shoot 2-3 inch groups at 100-150 meters within a few days of practice. The Israeli Galil is based on the RK, not AK as many believe. The RK is widely considered as one of, if not even the best AK variant. Not easy to get hold of, though civilian versions are made and sold to USA among other countries. It's also not cheap, but you should definitely try it out and add it to your list.

    3 months ago
    • Steve B.

      I think he left the Valmet out because it is no longer imported in the U.S just like the Vepr and Saiga. A Valmet in .223 is still my personal favorite though.

      2 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      We didn't forget it, but since it is such a rare rifle in the USA and it is impossible to find a consistent source for them - it isn't included in our Buyer's Guide. Maybe someday :)

      3 months ago
  • Peleg

    You didn't mention the M92 PAP SBR option, but I do understand it's not a rifle to begin with until you convert it.

    3 months ago
  • Madman

    So where is the best of the best aka Finnish Valmet and Sako RKs?

    6 months ago
  • Ivan

    Point taken on the c39v2...………..and discarded.

    6 months ago
  • David

    Why does your wasr 10 have the mag dimples? Im not expert but as far as i know all wasrs come in with flat sided recievers with mag well reinforced with a piece of sheet metal welded in place.

    6 months ago
  • Rodney Tanner

    Decent article but the original AKs were stamped. The Soviet Union went to milled due to an issue with the rivet process. Once that was solved, they went back to a stamped design with the AKM. Also AK rifles are not “inaccurate due to looser tolerances”. That is a common myth. Watch some videos from The AK Guy on YouTube and he will explain it for you.

    7 months ago
    • Mike Hunt

      Thank you for straightening that out there sparky.

      5 months ago
  • Richard Hyman

    Hey Guys, love your articles, but I would really like to see a reattack on the Century C39V2. I ask because my wife just won one in a local gun store raffle so I immediately turned to you guys for a review. Ended up going down the Youtube rabbit hole and found that the two year old videos pretty much trash it but the newer seem to give a fair to positive review of it. Would really love to see where you guys would stand on a "two years later look". VR, Richard

    7 months ago
    • Robman

      See my post above. I have to respectfully disagree with the editor below. As I pointed out above, Small Arms Defense Journal performed a comprehensive test on the C39v2 and Century’s stamped receiver RAS47. The C39v2 did quite well; even the RAS47 was okay. Main thing, first, I’d check the serial number, and call Century to find out when it was made. If it came off their production line February ‘18 or later, it’s probably fine. If it is older, a ten buck gunsmith job can soften the edge of that right receiver lug and you should be good to go. If it’s a lot older (‘15-‘16 production), before they were willing to say what the bolt was made from (now they clearly say it is machined from 4140 steel), you might look at having an after market bolt fitted (e.g., Polish WPB), which runs about $100 plus gunsmithing costs if it doesn’t headspace properly out of the box. The bolt carrier is cast, but so are a lot of other AK’s. If you want to go all the way and get a primo after market bolt carrier, then you’ll need a recoil spring assembly from the same manufacturer as they are designed to work together; an after-market bolt carrier with the OEM recoil spring assembly can cause hang ups. The mods I recommend here, if it is an earlier production C39v2 (you shouldn’t have to do any of that to a recent one) may sound like a lot of trouble and expense, but given how much people trash Century on the ‘net (most of whom have never owned or even fired one), you may not get enough money to buy a new WASR or PSA AK. I would also caution that quality control for these latter two is uneven; if you get one made on a good day you are getting a real bargain, but you could also get a piece of junk, and you are rolling the dice. Also, the WASR and PSA have stamped, not milled receivers. The milled receiver on the C39v2 (or an Arsenal SAM7, for that matter), adds nearly two pounds in weight, but it is extremely tough and also doesn’t flex while firing, so it contributes to accuracy.

      3 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      Rob Ski is one of the definitive voices on AKs, he did a video only last year showing that both his C39V2 and another YouTuber's C39V2 are both defective to the point of being unsafe after several thousand rounds. I would highly recommend watching that video. Based on his work, I wouldn't buy or keep a C39V2. If it was my wife that had won one, I'd tell her to sell it and buy a WASR-10 or PSA AK-47.

      7 months ago
  • Elliot Riley

    Another great AK, in the Arsenal price range, is the new WBP Fox. You can buy them not converted from Arms of America or buy them converted to an AKM through Atlantic Firearms. I received mine from Atlantic and it's absolutely beautiful. Rivets look great, front sight is very straight, mags are tight, and all seems in order.

    8 months ago
  • Josh

    What are your thoughts on C39V1’s? Just as bad as version 2’s or a better buy? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    8 months ago
    • Elliot Riley

      I would stay away from them. They've also had problems and one of the videos above even says you'd think they'd have fixed those problems... You'll be better off with a WASR 10. If you get it through Lee's Armory they'll even inspect it for you prior to shipping so that you know someone good at what they do has had eyes on.

      8 months ago
  • Moldyapple

    What did trump do to stop the importing of these AK’s? I was unaware of something he might have done?

    8 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      There is a link to a news article on the subject: here is the link!

      8 months ago
  • Kirk

    I have 2 AK47’s. One WSAR 10/63 Romanian and a SAIGA AK 762. I love both of them. They show well, ammo’s cheap, and they take the punishment with no problem. I don’t use the SAIGA much, since u can’t find them anywhere because of Russian sanctions. Not sure what they’re worth right now. I liked your article. It was....interesting.

    10 months ago
  • Matt

    Eh ok but the century arms aks are really bad. There has been videos documenting the wear and tear from the bolt being cockeyed blowing chunks out of the reciever and other crazy damage. Not just one bad apple but the multiple guns doing the same shit. By 3000 or so rpunds it ends up closeing ona no go gauge and soon after itll close on the feild gauge as well.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Matt, we've recently changed up our recommendation of them to Do Not Buy.

      11 months ago
  • Brent

    Great artical great information Thank you

    1 year ago
  • Malik Willis

    Hello, great article and I wanna say I appreciate the informative content. I just wanted to know if I wanted to go SBR route for an AK of the brands you mentioned who has that comes with the wood grain? I've only seen solid black variations of that weapon. Also, other than the fact they shoot louder than longer AKs and convenience for close combat what is the differences? Thanks in advance

    1 year ago
  • Ak’s are garbage

    I look at ak’s like a range toy and I’ll never take them seriously. It’s like a Honda Civic. It’ll get you where you need to go but you never want to be seen in one. It’ll do the job but who cares and as for 2000 dollar ak’s and up? Give me a break. That’s custom ar15 money. Anyone who thinks 556 isn’t enough of a round hasn’t shot 70+ grain ammo and I can slam any size steel at 800+ yards out of a 16 inch barrel. Ammo is lighter, more accurate and shot being hit with any rifle round sucks so it doesn’t matter not to mention when your past 300 yards it’s a moot point. Have a short barreled at and use better ammo. Worried about taking someone down? Point where you want to shoot with a 556 and it’s done. “AkS aRe MoRE rELiaBlE” have never heard of bravo companies rifle 14. Google it. Your at is having issues and you don’t have time to clean it? Oil. Every time.

    1 year ago
    • YurBoyJo

      Dang man, people are salty on the AR! Haha. I only like an AK in the hands of a Wolverine. Otherwise it’s a bad guy gun! ;)

      9 months ago
  • Max

    How can you be so tone deaf as to use the atrocity of child soldiers to make a "cutesy" "funny" point for the greatness of the AK platform? Why not just say that's it's easy to get used to without making light of something so terrible? What the hell is your problem?

    1 year ago
    • YurBoyJo

      I see it as a good thing honestly. No, I don’t want my child going to battle but if they have to, I’d like them to not experience any issues because of the tool I left them.

      9 months ago
    • Kevin

      Wah wah wah snowflake.

      11 months ago
  • Kyo

    People on r/ak47 say gen 2 PSAK front trunnions and bolts are still cast instead forged. Ya'll wanna double-check that?

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      I will!

      1 year ago
  • JC King

    No mention of Rifle Dynamics? Yes, they are expensive, on par with Kreb's, but they can't be left out of a list of Best AK's. I recently got a AK74 from them and am ready to set aside my AR. Shoots beautifully! Good people there too. I live in Vegas so I got to order and pick up in person and meet Jim Fuller. Check them out if you are looking at higher end AK's.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks for the rec, JC!

      1 year ago
  • B .

    I have had my Ak47 for years. I have put tens of thousands of rounds thru it, never, not once has it failed to fire, eject or anything. SAR-1 baby! German steel bananas and Chinese drums. The only problem I ever had was having to replace the furniture up front because i keep setting it on fire. Will she drive tacks? nope. Will she hit center mass at whatever distance i need her to? Yup. and what most people dont know is there is not a nickels worth of difference between what happens when a 7.62x39mm projectile impacts compared to what happens when a 30-30 round impacts.... dirt nap time. There are some more accurate ak47s out there but mine has been a good hog gun for me.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Nice, B!

      1 year ago
  • Dennis

    If I was looking at an AK-47 due to the larger 7.62 caliber vs 5.56 I would stick with the AR-15 platform and go with a 6.8 SPC.. Better accuracy and about 200 FPS faster! As far as an AK running cleaner than an AR that argument is nullified when you go to a piston AR...apples-to-apples.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Yup, 6.8 SPC or I'd go with .300 Blackout if you're going short or suppressed.

      1 year ago
      • Cloudface

        Not?: https://www.aklysdefense.com/index.php/component/mijoshop/product/114-aklys-aksv

        3 months ago
      • YurBoyJo

        ABSOLUTELY! The SEALs jaded me; after shooting mp5s suppressed I can’t for the life of me see the purpose of a semi-auto pistol (sub machine gun in semi). It’s an oversized pistol!!!! If you’re going to go small (frame) grab a .300 blk out and shoot thumb sized rounds.

        9 months ago
  • Matt

    Anyone suggesting a Century built AK can’t be taken seriously. Those things are garbage with sub spec trunions on their stamped models and soft bolt carriers across the board. Search century AK failure and see how many hits you get. They are completely unsafe.

    1 year ago
    • Dan Boyd

      How can you condemn The many different Century AKMs built in different factorys all across the globe with one blanket statement. Seems to me that in order to produce universally $hitty rifles in this manner would require the worlds best reverse QC! I’ll call it SC!

      1 year ago
  • Kennschaefer

    Thanks for the info on the AK. A nice history and explanation of the weapon. My question is which woul you have if you had only one. A good AK or the AR 15?

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      If the question were you can only have one and go to war in an unknown place...AK. Otherwise for range and competition use...AR.

      1 year ago
    • David

      AR-15 is quantifiably better in every way. That said, I would choose based on what ammo was easier and more widely available. Here in the US, that means the AR-15.

      1 year ago
  • Kris

    Bought an sar 1 from a friend a few years back for 150 bucks .what I know about these that the were a century arms import during the ban era . Had a 2001 build date stamped on the lower .this thing was well traveled .acuracy was a joke and it had terrible trigger slap .was not a pleasure to shoot sold it 6 months later for 325 and never looked back.Love my ar's

    1 year ago
  • Ish

    Any idea when the PSA AKP will become available and for how much?

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      It should be along the same timeframe as the AKV...so it's scheduled to be ready for the end of this year. I'm hoping about the same price as their regular AKs.

      1 year ago
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