Originally Posted by Infamous
ive read some stories about AKs dying...or havin some pretty good problems, im looking into some at this sight
ive only got 500 to spend so ya no aresnal guns
The latest issues like that are the lancaster arms "Red" aK74 overgased builds, the Century Arms .223 bore for a .220 bullet 5.45 Ak74
builds, the Century Arms WASR magwell disalignments, and anything Hesse/Vulcan. Of course, there are still Bwest US receivered-Norinco
hybrids sold used that are improperly heat treated and occasionally an improperly heat treated factory Norinco bolt here and there. The Wasr's
can have really bad sight or gas block canting.
I couldn't begin to suggest dropping a name brand for a fully assembled pistol grip-high capacity ready product under $500 in today's market. The sub $500
retail market is quickly becoming a sub par quality level. If you settle for a WASR, my advice is to study and learn what you can easily spot as a problem
before you purchase one. These can be a gamble. Even the Romanian SAR's
which were much better overall, had really bad cant issues.
Sadly, the Draco might be the only unmolested import J&G sells in your price range. If I had to depend on a rifle sight unseen form your choices, I would skip the rifle choices and get the draco 7.62x39 pistol. By the way, there will not be any 5.45 Draco pistols anytime soon because of legalities associated with such a choice.
However, if your good with using a drill , tap, and a file and don't mind a
working on a rifle, a $300 saiga would definitely be a much better base gun
value and you can always customize it accordingly. Its the same base gun as
an Arsenal SGL but without the extra changes Arsenal does.
I love mine. Zero problems ever. If I could find an Arsenal SGL locally, I might
buy one of those too.