In previous years, AK47s were substantially cheaper than they are now. While the cost of the
basic AK has increased, there may be an increase in Kalashnikov-pattern firearms on the market today
than ever before. This increase in variation of the classic leads to the one question every gun owner
comes to at one point or another: Which one is worth buying?
N-PAP rifles are made in Serbia at the Zastava Arms factory. After their manufacture, they are
imported and modified by Century Arms International. Similar to the Romanian-made WASRs,
they are among the lowest in price in regards to AKs. The models with non-folding wooden
stocks can be found online for roughly $600, while the less common underfolder usually has a
benchmark of at least $700.
For many years now, the Romanian WASR-10 has been the option to purchase for those who
were looking for an affordable AK. Now that the price for these has increased to $550-$600 on
average, purchasers tend to do more research and weigh their options before purchase. Though
this option lacks the receiver dimples of other AKM clones, the WASR uses what is considered to
be standard AKM-pattern furniture and accessories. Even though they are not as low in the price
range as they used to be, WASRs are still solid choices when purchasing an AK.
Though the majority of Russian Firearms cannot be imported due to the Obama administration’s
new sanctions, there are still a number of Saiga rifles and conversions on the market. They can
be found as either a sporter rifle or a converted form. The sporter looks like an old fashioned
semiautomatic hunting rifle. While this particular configuration is slowly declining, they can still
be found online for around $700. Converted guns look much more like the AKs classic. Generally
speaking, they accept the standard AK mags, conventional furniture, and feature threaded
muzzles. Depending on the quality of the conversion which took place, expect to pay less than
$800, though the professionally converted can go for well over $1,000.
Veprs are the Cadillac of the AK world. They’re made in Vyatskie Polyany, Russia, at the Molot
factory on the same tooling that make the RPK. Veprs feature reinforced receivers and chrome
lined barrels. They’re more accurate and more reliable by reputation than standard AKs. With a
wide variety of caliber, they are most frequently sold in the sporter configuration similar to
Saigas and are more difficult to convert. They can be found from about $800, but they can go for
over $1,000 with certain configurations.
Arsenal, Inc. is the official US importer and re-manufacturer of firearms made at the Circle 10
factory in Bulgaria. Arsenal Bulgaria makes some of the finest AKs in the world, and Arsenal, Inc.
professionally converts them into American compliant guns once they reach our shores.
The Arsenal line is extremely popular among US shooters. They’re well-made and reliable
semiautomatic firearms. They feature stamped receivers and Bulgarian-made, chrome-lined
barrels and accept almost all standard AKM-pattern furniture and accessories.
Definitive Arms DAKM
Definitive Arms, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, is one of the nation’s top AK shops. Their
custom work is well known, and they offer production guns. The current line of 7.62x39mm
DAKM rifles stands out above the rest. Worth far more than its asking price (which is roughly
$1,000), they are built using the best AKM parts kits. The barrels used are made from 4150 CMV
steel and perform as well as chrome lined barrels. DAKMs are periodically listed and sold within
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