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April 23, 2010, 09:54 PM
Hey guys, I searched the forum a checked out the net, and I still have some questions on getting a 74.

Am i correct that the Bulgarian ones tend to be the best? As well as the Polish Tantals if i want I wire stock? It doesn't look very easy to get a decent cheek weld on that wire stock though. Do the Bulgarian ones from CAI have the chromed barrels and gas chambers? What's the word on the Romanian variants?

Basically i'm looking at the first 10 or so offerings at J&G sales and i'm not sure which one to pick up http://www.jgsales.com/index.php/rifles/ak-47-and-rpk-rifles/cPath/209_214

Also, what's the word on the Russian red dot sights that are made to be installed on the AK rifles? Any good or complete junk?

Thanks for the help guys.

chris in va
April 23, 2010, 11:00 PM
All I can say is consider getting an AK in 7.62x39 instead. While 5.45 is cheaper, there is some discussion about 'assault rifle' ammo getting restricted in the future, and IIRC 5.45 isn't made in the US.

That's all I have to offer, sorry.:cool:

April 23, 2010, 11:48 PM
Well i'll just have to stock up on 5.45 then. I think 20k should do :D

April 24, 2010, 07:24 AM
Also check out the SGL-31

April 24, 2010, 09:09 AM
got my ak74 from center fire systems yesterday, looks o.k., sorry to say ammo hasn't arrived yet so can't comment on the important things, trigger feels good,sights look good, not canted, rifling does not appear to be very deep??? Wish I was more help.

April 24, 2010, 09:25 AM
I have thought about this lately. I would go with 7.62x39. You can find ammo at walmart, dicks, bass pro, etc. If your in a pinch for ammo, you can find it local. 5.45 will be difficult to find local. Local dept. stores wouldn't be my primary source of ammo, but it is nice to know you can find it with out ordering it.

April 24, 2010, 09:50 AM
Do the Bulgarian ones from CAI have the chromed barrels


April 24, 2010, 06:31 PM
Well I think i've decided that I'm going to spend the money and get one from this semi-local guy


He's got an awesome reputation on the AK boards, and I can save myself shipping and FFL fees by driving up to his shop (that already saves $50).

April 24, 2010, 06:56 PM
Great choice. I read a review recently about an ARS '74 and they sound top notch. Really do love my Arsenal SGL-31 though :D