Looking to get a rifle in the next 6-7 months, and thus would like some suggestions. I have gone shooting with rifles a couple times (AR-15's) so I have some minor experience.
I had a friend suggest getting a .22 due to negligible recoil and lower ammo cost, however my father already owns a .22, also my brothers have a AR-15 and ACR that I can take shooting almost whenever I please, so I don't see any reason to get any of those.
I don't have a solid price range at the moment, and Would be willing to save for a couple months to get a more expensive rifle if I wanted it. I might use it for hunting deer, but it would be mainly for range shooting/ pleasure shooting.
So currently my thoughts are on a few different rifles, Those being:
AK- should be easy to disassemble / reassemble. But all the different manufactures with differing quality of build make me shy away as I don't know which ones are good.
(Would research this if I wasn't so damn lazy)
K31- Straight pull bolt, WW2 vintage, and I have a couple of friends who love their K-31's to bits, not sure how available ammo is though.
Mosin-nagant- My friend says his isn't comfortable to shoot and it looks like it has a short stock (which could be remedied with padding) honestly I'll probably get one of these eventually even if its just a mantle piece most of the time.
And my current favorite- ARAK 21- Would be nice to be able to swap between 7.62 and 5.56
in minutes (or 300 BLK), has the lower of a AR, but the gas system of a AK. charging handle in front instead of the AR style rear handle. I would get a 7.62 and 5.56 Barrel and bolts, and maybe a 300 BLK but I gotta look into the availability of 300 BLK before deciding.
I'm pretty set on the ARAK at the moment, however I would like suggestions to see if something else catches my eye.
Get an AK in 7.62x39, the ammo runs about 25 cents a round, it's big enough for deer, and the thing is reliable as hell. Magazines are cheap and available and the aftermarket is huge. Here's a quick breakdown of what the general /akg. consensus is:
Cheap Romanian rifles that do what they need to. Pre-2008 they were a bit spotty but new ones are great entry-level rifles, can be had $500-650.
>CAI Yugo N/ O-PAP
Retard strong rifles that are proprietary. Aftermarket is more expensive and, again, pre-2008 rifles can get shitty. They work as well as any AK and run the same as a WASR.
Really neato rifles that are predominately American-made. Good fit and finish and the customer service seems to be terrific.
American-made Century rifles. Strong, sturdy, and they work, but they're a little gritty in their action.
Canted sights and shitty finish prevent them from climbing any further up. They're good rifles, but not god-tier as owners pretend they are.
Custom guns, custom prices.
Firstly, thank you for the info, and second, I think I would go with a Arsenal SAM7R or a Rifle Dynamics 703 assuming I chose the AK.
Brace for question flood-
For the DDIAK47SFHPB is the stock the "traditional" AK style? everything I find seems to point to yes.
would go with a C39V2... except they're all sold out on their site. Any suggestions for online purchasing of fire arms through non-manufacturers?
Whats the difference between the SAM7R variants? all I can see is minor things like wider trigger on the 51 or muzzle brake on the 65.
When I looked at the Krebs Custom sight, I didn't see any AK's for sale, and didn't see any build kits or such. Do I just have to wait for a rifle to show up or am I missing something?
And for Rifle Dynamics, Are the 701, 702, and 703 same except for style of stock?
Whew... Question flood over... Gonna take a nap, will check in before work.
1. All fixed-stocked DDI's use standard AKM-style tangs and receivers, any standard AK buttstock will fit.
2. If you're gonna buy from an online non-manufacturer, look up reviews first. People have gotten shit with Cheaper than Dirt. Most people love Midway USA, Atlantic Firearms, and JGSales. If it weren't for Hickok a lot of others would add Budd's too... just buy the rifle and have it shipped to an FFL, its usually a $25-50 fee.
3. R = Standard, R51 = Wider Trigger, R65 = 4-Piece Muzzle Brake, R66 = Rail System, SF = Side Folder, SF84R = Side Folder w/ Rail & Thumb Safety, UF = Under Folder, K = Krinkov
4. Krebs does limited runs on certain guns as they do their builds. Now it seems they've got Yugo 5.56 and .308's built. They also offer a plethora of upgrades to do yourself. Look around online, maybe find a used one or talk to someone at the company because I have no personal experience with them.
Thats the Rifle Dynamics 703.
Thank you for all the answers. Will think on this newfound knowledge for a while.
Another different first rifle fag here.
I've been out shooting plenty of times with the other guys in my family, and I'm 19 now, so it's high time I buy myself rifle to own. I always liked the idea of owning a bolt-action milsurp rifle with some decent historical use since they're cheap enough for me to afford and I think history is cool as hell, so I've got a couple rifles in mind.
I have about $1400 saved, would like to stay under $400, and I'm interested in finding a Mauser K98, but I have no delusion of being above other rifles like a Mosin-Nagant. My oldest brother owns a Mosin, and it was narrowly my favorite to shoot of all my family's guns, of which we have Glock 19's, an SKS, a Mossberg 500, and an AR-15.
What's /k/'s advice? I want something with a nice, smooth action which is why I'm drawn to Mauser.