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Old October 22, 2018, 11:35 AM   #1
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To own a AK-47??

Recently I have been attracted to the idea of adding a pre-ban AK-47 to my collection. I think I have it narrowed down to a Polytech 56s-2 side folder.
Company has a bit of a sketchy past in late 90's with import activities, but I guess that is all part of the history.

Any advice on what to look for or current pricing. I want one new or near new in box with contents.
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Old October 22, 2018, 07:11 PM   #2
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No Polytech's were imported in the 90's. Imports stopped in 89 with the ban. Your best bet is GB or several of the AK sites. Be prepared to spend some money & do your research!

I've had about every type of preban Chinese AK & my favorites are the Clayco's and the Legend. If you just want a shooter look at the Mak 90's.
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Old October 22, 2018, 09:16 PM   #3
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I had a couple of Norinco’s, excellent weapons. The Polytech’s were top and a bit out of my price range at the time.
If you can swing a Poly, you won’t regret it later.
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Old October 22, 2018, 11:26 PM   #4
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I have owned a couple MAK 90's and they ran flawlessly, I would buy another without thinking about it.

Currently I own a Bulgarian SLR 95, which has to be one of the best AK variants ever made. If you can find either one at a good price, buy it.
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Old October 23, 2018, 08:33 AM   #5
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The side folder Gen2 PSAK47 --- $499 --- from Palmetto State Armory, outfitted with Magpul furniture, doesn't look too bad.
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Old October 23, 2018, 08:44 PM   #6
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I've had piles of AK's, including some everyone said were garbage and not to buy. One of my early ones was a Hesse that I never had a problem with. I eventually bought an I.O. (Inter-Ordnance) AK47C that everyone reported was junk, and mine ran flawlessly for years. Both were more accurate than the half a dozen Saiga's I owned. Absolutely best AR I ever owned was an ArmoryUSA AK, built in Houston on new receiver with Bulgarian parts and blond furniture. That gun had awesome fit and finish and I regret getting rid of it. Is the only AK I wish I still had. Paired with 20-round tanker mags was a great setup.
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Old October 23, 2018, 08:51 PM   #7
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The one I was after is just a bit out of my reach. made the seller an offer but we could not come to terms. Guess it gives me more time to do research.
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Old October 25, 2018, 09:56 AM   #8
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I have had, and still have, more than a few AKs. A side folding pre ban Chinese is going to set you back some serious coin, but if you find the right one, it will be worth it. If you want to save a bit of money, try and find a milled MAK90 and convert it yourself. They are in essence a Polytech Legend, but about a third the price. If you find a stamped, square back receiver MAK, they can easily be turned into a spiker with furniture and a folding bayonet assembly.

Regardless of anyone's anecdotal experience, stay away from US made AKs in general and IO and Century RAK/C39V1/2 rifles. Do some research and you will find that generally speaking they tend to fall apart after a while. Search AKOU videos on Youtube and see how they held up under a 5000 round test.

Deals do turn up from time to time, but if you do see one at a decent price, I would strongly suggest not dithering around and jump on it as soon as you see it. Chinese AKs are popular with collectors and one at a realistic price will sell pretty fast.

Both of these post ban MAK90s were debanned by me, a process that I found to be relatively easy.

Milled MAK 90, one of the nicest shooting AKs I have ever fired and is as smooth as my Valmet M62/S:


MAK90 on the left and genuine Polytech spiker on the right:


There are other AKs out there that are quality firearms, but my advice is to stay away from home builds in general. There are some kit builds by certain manufacturers that are nice rifles, but, IMO, they will always command less money than a real factory built rifle. I have AKs built by a company called Two Rivers and they do top notch work. If you decide to by a numbers matching kit and have them build one on a quality receiver you have a great shooting gun. Be advised though, that you will easily have a grand or better in such a build.
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Old October 25, 2018, 10:41 AM   #9
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The side folder Gen2 PSAK47 --- $499 --- from Palmetto State Armory, outfitted with Magpul furniture, doesn't look too bad.
But it's no Polytech in terms of quality or desirability.
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Old October 25, 2018, 04:15 PM   #10
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Highpower those examples look very nice. Thanks for all the advice guys.

I am willing to take my time and spend up as it is my intent to own just one AK, but I want it to be a top level addition.
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Old November 3, 2018, 11:17 PM   #11
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On the Gunbroker main page, after you Sign In, click "Advanced". On the next page click "Completed Items" and make sure that the category is Firearms.

Type in MAK 90 etc. A green band is seen by the photos of guns which Sold, along with the date.

* highpower3006 also knows about AKOU videos: "AK Operators Union".
When a rifle shows very premature wear (sometimes at 1,000 or 3,000 etc rds.), he shows you the bolt, bolt carrier or trunnion etc.

Am glad that my AKs--all were imported--don't require headspace checks with their fairly moderate round counts. Please excuse me; I need to go clean my dirty .380 Russian Makarov (Izhevsk) and Romanian SAR-1.

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