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Old 12-03-2012, 16:26   #1
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Saw two RedJacket Ak's today and ... eh

So I saw two Red Jacket AK's on the rack today and took a look at both. Maybe I am just not the AK consumer that nit picks them apart, cause they didn't look anything more special then the ones next to them, One was duracoated a tan camo and the other was plain.

Over all I was left really unimpressed. Why are they worth $1299, and $1399? My Yugo M70 that I have done up my self is more impressive to me, maybe because i put the time in it.

I added a comp, para cord wrapped the stock, changed out the sights to a tritium front and a RPK rear. Thing shoots exactly where I want it to, i'd deer hunt with it in heartbeat. $429 + 100 or so, so call it under $600.

What would I get with a Red Jacket AK for double the money?
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Old 12-03-2012, 16:38   #2
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Old 12-03-2012, 16:43   #3
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Red Jacket seems to be more about the name stamped on the firearm than about the firearm itself. Do they do cool stuff for the show? Yeah. But everything else, all their "common day" items, just don't seem to be anything special, other than the name.
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Old 12-03-2012, 16:46   #4
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Nothing about their AK's is really special. They're well-made, and certainly have good fit and finish, but unless you like the name "Red Jacket", its basically the same quality as an Arsenal. So I wouldn't pay more than an Arsenal for one.

No, wait... I'd pay an extra $50 if it was parkerized.
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Old 12-03-2012, 16:50   #5
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Old 12-03-2012, 16:57   #6
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But it's a Game Changer!
Are boys ova thur in tha sand bawks need dis.
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Old 12-03-2012, 17:27   #7
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For that much money I will buy a new Slr101s and spend the rest on ammo and mags. If it had to be a custom, I would buy a Krebs.
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Old 12-03-2012, 18:09   #8
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There is a lot of "special" involved in RD builds. Dee dee dee kind of special.
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Old 12-03-2012, 18:18   #9
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Red Jacket:

Cut to size, file to fit, paint to match.....

And then add $1000 to the price for the name.
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Old 12-03-2012, 20:51   #10
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Did you handle or shoot it, or ? All apple pies and chocolate chip cookies look alike? That's the problem with AKs, they all look alike, until you take it apart or lick it.

People pay a premium to buy a Colt, vs a Rock Island, vs. a Dan Wesson. To me, they look the same in the case. Same goes for a Colt vs. Bushmaster, vs LWRC.

The converted Veprs and Saigas are one hell of a deal!
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Old 12-03-2012, 21:00   #11
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One biggest problem with the AK's is unlike Glock, M&P or Bushmaster, or Ruger, or Colt, etc..... you have no one really reliable to go back to for product support and service

Century?
IO?
ARSENAL?
TGI?

Pretty iffy-- its a crapshoot-- given that, the AK design does live up to its rep.
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Old 12-03-2012, 21:38   #12
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Nothing about their AK's is really special. They're well-made, and certainly have good fit and finish, but unless you like the name "Red Jacket", its basically the same quality as an Arsenal. So I wouldn't pay more than an Arsenal for one.

No, wait... I'd pay an extra $50 if it was parkerized.
Agreed with everything you stated there. They do solid conversion work.
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Old 12-03-2012, 22:26   #13
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dont they do bolt carrier work and stuff?
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Old 12-10-2012, 15:32   #14
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Did they get Jesse James to weld and paint it?
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Did they get Jesse James to weld and paint it?
Or Chris to figure out how to turn the gas setting on a game changer AR
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Old 12-10-2012, 18:19   #16
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I'd pickup a Krebs before a Red Jacket.
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Old 12-10-2012, 19:34   #17
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That's the problem with AKs, they all look alike, until you take it apart or lick it.
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Old 12-11-2012, 13:16   #18
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Did they get Jesse James to weld and paint it?
i laughed so hard when they had jesse trying to use a vertical milling machine to make a BAR grip or something. how is that guy a metal worker?
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Old 12-11-2012, 19:44   #19
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I'd pickup a Krebs before a Red Jacket.
I don't believe they're in the same price range.

Or are they?
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:32   #20
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I've handled several RedJackets.

It seems like Red Jacket has become more of a sitcom based in a gun manufacturer/store than a custom shop which happens to have a show.

For $1400 I would wait for a rifle from Rifle Dynamics.
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