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After the election, I have a couple young attorney friends who are interested in ak type rifles. They are on budget of under 500 bucks for rifle and ammo. I told them it would be tough to do, but wanted to check here and get your input. .

Last year I bought an AMD from center fire that was a fine rifle, but got traded off when I couldn't get a decent cheek weld on the wire stock. Is this the best reasonable deal going at just under 500 bucks? I want them to have a tough and dependable rifle if they get something. I gave them the rundown on ar vs ak, let them try out both, and they likes the ak for its simplicity and that they could save a hundred or so bucks over a budget build ar. They are avid hunters, but this would be their first evil rifle.
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worst time to buy right now with all the post election fears. I dont think you can find a new AK style for sub 500$. Right now its a sellers market.

They need to increase their budget to 600$ and then that only opens the doors to WASRS... increase it to 700$ you have some options...



http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=F1WWAK74W&name=Waffen+Werks+Bulgarian+AK-74+5.45+Rifle+Wood&groupid=11

was the best deal going ... but they are all gone...




Non-converted "hunting" Ak based carbines from Saiga can be had for sub 400$, but they only hold 10rds, no pistol grip, gas block etc...
 

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you can get Saigas for under $500

drawbacks, no factory mags over 10 rounds, there are aftermarket high-cap mags in the 20-30$ range
I have heard of milsurp mags filed to fit, not sure of the legality of that.

conversion kits to pistol grip config are 120-ish, then you can use standard $10-15 high caps

WASR at the local Fleet Farm is $459, probably not for long - but you are in SC, so no real help to your friends
 

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Well you already have experience with the AMD, which are evaporating quickly.

Suggest you have them consider a "VZ58" knockoff. They at least resemble AKs and owners like them - but they have no parts interchangability with an AK. Next cheapest is an M&M M-10 or WASR - also evaporating.

As an aside, your young attorney friends sudden desire for an AK reaffirms the notion of the past 4 years that Obama is the best gun saleman the world has known.
 

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Everyone is panic buying and it's tough to find anything in stock. But the M10 has been a really good value for the money and would not be afraid to put my own cash on one.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/411546098/M10-762+Semi-Auto+AK+Style+Rifle+7.62x39

I would also look at AKM-74's as well. Smaller caliber, better accuracy, cheaper ammo. This should be in stock if you call them. http://www.classicfirearms.com/long-guns/ak74riflewusparts

Atlantic Firearms usually has good inventory and pricing but looks like they are having problems with their website as you click on anything and it pulls up a generic routing screen.

http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/

Hungarian AMD http://www.jgsales.com/hungarian-amd-65-sa-2000m-ak-47-rifle,-feg-receiver,-tgi-import,-w-side-folding-stock.-p-3115.html

J&G is fairly limited compared to a couple months ago. http://www.jgsales.com/rifles-c-209_214.html?sort=4a&page=1

Centerfire Solutions is still showing a WASR10 for $499 in their add.
(stay away from the low caps and the single stacks) http://centerfiresystems.com/digitalpubs/Centerfire_Catalog_110712/#?page=8

http://centerfiresystems.com/ak_firearms.aspx
 
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