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  1. If you don't read this we aren't answering your questions
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  5. Common sense shit and other important AK related knawledge
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  8. Buyer's guide to making sure your AK isn't a canted screwbuildtier piece of shit
  10. Stop asking for shit tier US built rifles to be added.
  12. Riley Defense is rebranded IO. Don't buy it and stop asking about them for fucks sake
  14. Don't consider anything from Lee Armory AKA Snake Armory. They willingly snitch and lie to the ATF about their competition to try and get them shut down so they can push their mediocre US built rifles that are still worse than a WASR
  16. Do not buy anything listed here:
  18. PSA anything***
  19. Century built*
  20. I.O
  21. Riley Defense
  22. DDI US made
  23. Random no name companies for the same price as a WASR
  24. AMD-65s with US barrels
  25. Krebs**
  26. Rifle Dynamics**
  28. *Anything that's not Zastava built or Cugir built, refer to the below list of acceptable models, all Century imports will be marked with a (ᶜ) from here on. Zastava and Cugir AKs are military rifles made in military factories that are IMPORTED by Century, and are considered the only AKs worth buying from them
  30. **Note this only applies to rifles, which are of questionable quality for the price they command. Accessories for rifles are of decent quality but will make purists REEEE, determine if such products are really useful and whether or not they could be replaced by just owning an AR
  32. ***Not pipe bombs at this point, but have questionable QC and business practices. Generally usable but buy at your own risk.
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  35. List of /akg/ approved rifles
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  40. Do buy, anything on this list for the listed price:
  42. Cheap as possible
  43. Draco(ᶜ)
  44. M92(ᶜ)
  45. Used Interarms rifles*
  47. *Due to being a secondhand market only these may be more or less expensive than the tier it is in, however at the time of making the list plenty could be had for this price or lower. In addition these rifles are a bit more hit or miss than others so do your job and check it over before buying it
  49. 800 - 1000
  50. WASR(ᶜ)
  51. WBP
  52. Saiga sporter
  53. NPAP(ᶜ)**
  54. OPAP(ᶜ)**
  55. Mak-90 sporter*
  56. Anything else Yugo**
  57. Romanian SAR 1/2/3**
  59. *Due to being a secondhand market only these may be more or less expensive than the tier it is in, however at the time of making the list plenty could be had for this price or lower
  61. **Be aware that Yugos do not accept standard AK furniture aside from pistol grips, and only with a standard stamped AK pistol grip screw and nut
  63. 900 - 1200
  64. Unconverted VEPR
  65. Lucky grab on a used Arsenal
  66. Used VEPR FM
  67. Converted Saiga
  68. Arsenal SLR-107 fixed stock model
  69. Arsenal SLR-106F
  70. Someone's kit build that you are confident is built well and is from a reputable builder
  72. 1500+
  73. Arsenal FR type rifles*
  74. New VEPR FM
  75. Sam7**
  76. DAKM-4150***
  77. Get your preferred kit and have it built
  79. *UR and CR rifles are not on this list because we do not recommend you buy one as a first time AK buyer, determination of whether or not a UR or CR is right for you will be left to buyers discretion
  81. **Milled and we will make fun of you. And be aware that any milled AK will ONLY USE furniture made for milled rifle. Do not ask about stamped furniture on milled rifles
  83. ***This is US made with all Polish parts aside from receiver as far as I know, widely regarded as good, even by the lord Bobsled, but determine if this is what you want at the price it commands
  86. Expensive as shit and about the best money can get you
  87. SGL anything*
  88. Beryl*
  89. Maadi*
  90. Pre-ban Chinese AK*†
  91. Russian kits and A74uLLC receivers
  93. *All of these will only be found on the secondhand market, so use this guide for checking over an AK before you buy it
  94. †This excludes sporter configuration Chinese AKs, and only refers to true spec Chinese AKMs like Polytechs, Type 56, etc
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  98. Furniture and accessory compatibility between rifles
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  101. Learn the difference between a slant cut receiver and a squareback/straight cut receiver
  103. A few rifles on this list are known as "sporter" rifles, which means they're not milspec AKs due to import restrictions, due to this standard rear furniture might not fit.
  105. A slant cut receiver is easy to spot by, literally, the slant cut in the rear of the receiver. They have a different type of rear trunnion and will only accept thumbhole type stocks made for that style cut. It is however possible to buy adapters that will mount to the rear of the receiver so you can attach ACE folding stocks, AR stocks, and AK stocks.
  106. If you have a squareback/straight cut receiver, you won't have any problems, just check your rear trunnion type to see what will fit
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  110. Milled vs stamped AKs
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  114. The few major differences between milled and stamped AKs are the weight, fit and finish, and parts compatibility
  116. Milled rifles are always heavier than stamped due to manufacturing process, and also do not share most of their parts, meaning that you will have to buy specific and limited furniture sets and replacement parts will also have to be specific to milled AKs
  118. Stamped AKs will do the same or better than milled AKs in just about every category, but many people with milled AKs say that the fit and finish of parts feels smoother than stamped AKs
  120. Unless you're a collector there's probably no reason to get yourself a milled AK
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  124. Caliber guide for AKs
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  128. For most AKs you will have the choice of 7.62x39, 5.45x39, or 5.56x39. There are VEPRs available in .308 and 7.62x54r but if you're going to buy one of those you probably already own other AKs
  130. To start off, no one knows what the state of 5.45x39 is so don't ask. 7N6 is ATF b& from import but there's a lot of commercial stuff coming in from Russia and some niche SP being made by Hornady, there is fear that if an import ban goes through the tap gets shut off, which is technically true, but highly unlikely. For now it's still ~23 cents per round
  132. 7.62x39 will be the absolute easiest caliber to get into, with cheap, plentiful ammo that's manufactured by fucking everybody, along with enough existing surplus to power the world. Magazines will also be cheap (and covered in the next section) and easy to find as well, which makes this the most recommended caliber to get into
  134. Next is 5.45x39, an amazing caliber which is basically Russia's gift to the firearm world. Ammo for this will basically only be bought online, in the form of 7N6, Silverbear, Wolf, Tula, Red Army Standard, and possibly Golden Tiger. Magazines are fairly common but rather expensive, starting at ~25-30 dollars* before shipping. Other than that it's the more modern option for AKs if you want to be cooler than your friend's with WASRs
  136. The last round we'll talk about is 5.56x45. Magazines are gonna be a pain to find compared to most other mags, and they're going to be fairly expensive, probably starting at 30-35 dollars before shipping. Your only rifles for this caliber are gonna be VEPRs and SLR-106s. Not recommended for noguns wanting to start on AKs but a good choice for someone who already owns multiple rifles
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  140. Where to buy yourself riffles
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  144. Retailers:
  145. Legion USA
  146. Kvar
  147. Atlantic
  148. Slickguns
  149. Your local gun store
  151. Secondhand places (sites may also contain retailer listings):
  152. Armslist
  153. Gunbroker
  154. AKFiles
  155. Gunsamerica
  156. Your local pawn shop
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  160. Mag buying guide
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  164. Recommended websites for buying one of the 3 common caliber magazines:
  165. AK Files
  166. Legion USA
  167. Kvar
  168. AIMsurplus
  169. What-a-country
  170. Circle 10 AK
  172. Basic rundown of what to expect for each caliber
  174. 7.62 mags are cheap and plentiful
  175. 5.45 mags are expensive and plentiful
  176. 5.56 mags are expensive and need to be searched for but aren't impossible to find
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  181. Accessories and ammo buying guide
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  185. Ammo:
  190. What-a-country
  192. Accessories:
  194. AKFiles
  195. Kvar
  196. LegionUSA
  197. CNCWarrior
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  201. Foot notes
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  204. Matey a huge gay
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