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Old December 17, 2019, 11:35 PM   #1
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5.45x39 AK Options

I'm looking for an AK-74 style rifle. Something I've been thinking of getting for a while but the one I was hoping to get (Arsenal SLR-104FR) is no longer produced. One will come up for sale every now and again but the prices seem way outta line.

Any suggestions on perhaps other options? I don't know a lot about the AK-74s so I'm open to ideas.

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Old December 17, 2019, 11:53 PM   #2
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Old December 21, 2019, 07:50 PM   #3
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Old December 22, 2019, 04:34 PM   #4
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Don't discount the Norinco/Polytech ones from the early 90's. Also the Romanian SAR-3 (I think or SAR-2). These are as close to military grade as you can get without spending the big bucks.

I've had good luck with Waffen Werks AK-74, but I had to send it back once. They aren't around any more.

For brand new, probably only Arsenal. Gone are the days of high quality AKs for under $700-800 or so.
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Old December 23, 2019, 11:37 AM   #5
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but the prices seem way outta line
What are you (realistically) thinking is in line?
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Old December 26, 2019, 01:13 AM   #6
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Well the ones I've seen around here have asking prices of well over $1,500 used
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Old December 26, 2019, 02:09 AM   #7
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Where can one buy 5.45x39 ammunition anymore? I wouldn't want to buy a rifle that I can't shoot.
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Old December 26, 2019, 10:34 AM   #8
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On Gunbroker, I'm seeing several 5.45x39 options available for well under $1,500. I have a VEPR and if I thought I could get that much for mine, I'd sell it, for $600, no deal.

5.45x39 ammo is available in quantity at lots of places, this is where I usually buy mine from:
https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/rifle...le/545x39-ammo
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Old December 28, 2019, 03:13 AM   #9
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Look on the secondary market OP, I'm not certain about any AK current production.
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Old December 31, 2019, 12:32 PM   #10
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I have a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 R rifle and a custom made Kalishnikov AK 74 pistol.

Love to shoot both of them. I have approximately 8,000 rounds of 545x39. Most of it is 7N6 in the 1080 round cans which I purchased several years ago when I could get the cans shipped for what amounted to 13 cent a round.

I got into the 545x39 initially as a cheap practice ammo. However, I became quite enamored with the caliber. I found that out to 200 plus yards it is very accurate.

Both guns have been flawless, however in the last couple of years I have not shot them or my 556 guns very much.....health issues and too many handguns.
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Old January 1, 2020, 11:38 AM   #11
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On Gunbroker, I'm seeing several 5.45x39 options available for well under $1,500. I have a VEPR and if I thought I could get that much for mine, I'd sell it, for $600, no deal.

5.45x39 ammo is available in quantity at lots of places, this is where I usually buy mine from:
https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/rifle...le/545x39-ammo
You can get bulk 5.45 made for a few cents more than 7.62x39. It's definitely out there if you're looking. It's even at Academy. Not Walmart from what I've seen.

7n6 "banned" ammo is still readily available and not that much more expensive than the commercial stuff.
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