So, what’s not to like about an AK-47?
Stamped receivers, on the other hand, are made by taking a thinner piece of steel and molding it into the shape of the receiver, then using rivets to add the additional parts. They are much lighter and a lot easier to mass produce – which is why most modern AKs will have stamped receivers.
The quality starts in the milled receiver, which offers a longer lifespan and a sturdier build all together. The thumb-operated safety switch is quick and smooth, and it automatically locks open when the magazine is empty, so you can reload as quickly as possible.
The barrel is the most improved part of this rifle, with a chrome steel lining that helps you to shoot more accurately and will prolong the life of the rifle in the long run. There is a slant-cut compensator on the barrel as well – but if you prefer a different muzzle, the cap can be removed and the barrel is threaded for customization.
American-made AKs are a little different, but increasingly gaining in quality as the gun continues to gain popularity and more and more American manufacturers are producing them. An all-American rifle like one from DDI or Century Arms definitely won’t let you down these days.
The sights is one area where this gun actually fails compared to some other AKs on our list. They are comparable with standard, 300-yard AK-47 sights, like what you might find on the Century Arms Red Army. It can be mounted with optics, though, without too much of a headache. The barrel is also threaded for any muzzle to be installed. With a little customizing, this could be the perfect competition shooting rifle.
All things considered, this is truly one of the best AK-47s out there. It is sturdy, reliable, accurate and well worth the price.
The Red Army RAS47 is their standard, run-of-the-line AK. That’s not to say it is bad – this is a classic and reliable gun, that beginning to advanced shooters will enjoy without ever having to maintain.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take it up a notch with this I.O. Inc. gun. I.O. Inc. produces top-quality mil-spec rifles, bringing military grade quality to recreational shooting. This particular rifle is actually a step above their more standard guns, and not that much more expensive.
The 5 Best AK-47s in 2020 AK-47s are one of the most famous assault-style weapons out there – they are also one of the most vastly misunderstood. If you are looking
Veprs are available in a wide variety of calibers, including 5.56x45mm, 5.45x39mm, 7.62x39mm, .308 Winchester, and 7.62x54mmR. Most recently they began being offered in 6.5 Grendel, a very unique and fun cartridge. They are most frequently sold in a sporter configuration similar to Saigas and take a bit more work to convert. Veprs can be found for anywhere from $800 to over $1,000, depending on the specific configuration.
Sporters look like old-fashioned, semiautomatic hunting rifles with Monte Carlo stocks and long handguards. While guns in this configuration are drying up, they can still be found online for around $650 to $750. If you want a great starting point for your own conversion, sporter Saigas are the way to go. Know that some modification is required to make Saigas compatible with standard-capacity AK magazines and conventional AK furniture.
To use a crappy car analogy, Veprs are like the Cadillacs of the AK world. They’re made at the Molot factory in Vyatskie Polyany, Russia on the same tooling that build the heavy-duty light machinegun versions of the AK (the RPK). Veprs feature reinforced receivers and Russian chrome-lined barrels. They’re considered more accurate and more reliable than standard AKs—which says a lot.
Arsenal, Inc.’s SLR line of 5.45x39mm, 5.56x45mm, and 7.62x39mm firearms is extremely popular among US shooters. They’re reliable and well-made semiautomatic replicas of their select-fire siblings. SLRs feature stamped receivers and Bulgarian-made chrome-lined barrels and accept almost all standard AKM-pattern furniture and accessories.
For many years, the Romanian WASR-10 was the go-to “cheap AK.” Now that they typically cost $550 to $600, today’s shooters tend to weigh their options a bit longer before taking the plunge on the old standby (though that might not be a great idea, considering that due to a military contract, “export” WASRs may not be made for quite some time according to AK Operators Union).
Definitive Arms’ prototype 6.5 Grendel Vepr.
Though most Russian firearms can no longer be imported to the United States as a result of the Obama administration’s sanctions, there are still ample numbers of Saiga rifles and conversions available on the market. They can most often be found in one of two configurations: as a “sporter” rifle or in “converted” form.
St. Petersburg, Florida-based Definitive Arms is one of the nation’s top AK shops. Their custom work is present in several of the guns featured in this article. They also regularly offer production guns, most often through retailers like Atlantic Firearms and Copper Custom.
The prices of AKs aren’t as low as they used to be. The fact that entry-level ARs are cheaper than their Combloc cousins is simply something the gun community now has to deal with. While the cost of a basic AK has gone up, there may very well be more Kalashnikov-pattern firearms on the market today than ever before. But which ones are actually worth buying?
The prices of AKs aren't as low as they used to be. While the cost of a basic AK has gone up, there may very well be more Kalashnikov-pattern firearms on the market today than ever before. But which ones are actually worth buying?