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Top 10 AK Posts

Poly Technologies Legend Series AK-47/S

The AK-47 is a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62×39mm assault rifle, first developed in the USSR by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It is officially known as Avtomat Kalashnikova, or in Russian slang, Kalash. Then there’s the baby brother, the AK-74. Are you into AKs? So are we. Here are the most-read AK-themed articles in the Shooter’s Log, including “A Buyer’s Guide to the AK Family of Rifles,” “The Great Debates: AR-15 vs. AK-47,” and “Converting Your AK-47 to be 922(r) Exempt.”

Century International Arms M70AB Underfolder Rifle
Century International Arms M70AB Underfolder Rifle

Buyer’s Guide to the AK Family of Rifles

Intended for first time buyers, in this very thorough and detailed discussion, the author walks readers through all the different choices of AK-47 rifles on the market. From easy to understand descriptions of the differences between milled and stamped receivers, to descriptions of the price variations in European versus US models, the Buyer’s Guide to the AK Family of Rifles offers expert advice in order to help make your AK-47 purchase easier. After discussing the basics, the author details the different features highlighting the positive and negatives of the AK-47’s options in furniture, barrel length and country of origin. Along with simple descriptions, the Buyer’s Guide to the AK Family of Rifles offers readers a glimpse into shooting, maintaining and cleaning the AK-47.

Obama Signs Executive Order Banning AK-47s

AK-47
President Obama has said that gun owners agree that AK-47s should only be given to soldiers. As a gun owner, I do not agree.

President Obama signed Executive Order 13662 banning the further importation of rifles made by Russian gun manufacturer Izhmash/Kalashnikov Concern—makers of AK-47, AK-74 and Saiga firearms. The order places sanctions on Russia due to the conflict in the Ukraine. This article explains what Executive Order 13662 means to American gun owners.

AR-15 AK47 leaning against a barnwood fence
From the outside and AR-15 or AK47 may look like a full-auto weapon, but it is the internal parts that determine the guns capabilities.

The Great Debates: AR-15 vs. AK-47

It is the question that has plagued the firearm community for decades—which is the better rifle? The AK-47 or the AR-15? From the manufacturing process to price differences, “The Great Debates: AR-15 vs. AK-47” explores the differences between the two using an easy to read chart detailing the weight, ballistics performance, ergonomics and price while concluding which is the superior rifle. Is it the built-for accuracy AR or the built for durability AK? You will have to read this article to find out.

AK-47 Frequently Asked QuestionsAK-47 Rated E for Everyone

The product experts at Cheaper Than Dirt! Field a lot of questions about the AK-47 rifle. Questions such as “what is the difference between a milled and a stamped receiver?” help the first-time buyer make a decision of which AK-47 to choose, while other questions, such as, “Will replacement furniture for a stamped receiver fit my milled receiver?” help those upgrade already-owned rifles. This article focuses on the top 13 questions customers have about the AK-47.

Stamped and llilled AK-47 receiver
When looking at the rear of the receiver, it’s obvious why a stock for a stamped receiver will not fit one that is milled. (Image courtesy TAPCO)

AK-47 Receiver Identification: Milled vs. Stamped

The AK-47 is available with two different types of receivers—either milled or stamped. The cosmetic differences are noticeable to the trained eye. Learn the differences between the two and how to identify each in this short and straight to the point article.

AK-12: Russia Unveils Newest Incarnation of the Kalashnikov Assault Rifle

AK-12 Kalashnikov Diagram
AK-12 Kalashnikov Diagram

In 2012, Russian arms manufacturer, Izhmash announced the then-latest model AK-47 rifle. This fifth generation Kalashnikov has 10 upgrades over previous rifles and is called the AK-12. Read “AK-12: Russia Unveils Newest Incarnation of the Kalashnikov Assault Rifle” to see all the improvements.

TimberSmith Red Laminate AK Rifle
Timbersmith’s Russian Red wood package for Romanian manufactured AK-47s includes three pieces: stock, grip, and handguard.

10 Stock, Grip and Handguard Upgrades for Your AK

Are you tired of the wood furniture on your AK? Or perhaps you want a more tactical look. Either way, learn what the experienced AK owners put on their rifle by reading “10 Stock, Grip and Handguard Upgrades for Your AK.” Robert Sadowski highlights 10 well-made grips and stocks for the AK-47.

Converting Your AK-47 to be 922(r) Exempt

Picture shows a post-ban AK-47 with a black receiver and wood fixed thumbhole stock.
To get around the ban, imported AK-47s came with large thumbhole fix stocks, no bayonet lug and a welded-on muzzle device.

Pre-ban AKs can fetch $1,000 and more. If you want to invest in making your post-ban AK-47 to legally comply with 922(r) exempt laws, read this step-by-step instructional on how to convert your post-ban AK to pre-ban with US-made parts. Along with the how-to convert your rifle legally is an explanation of the Assault Weapons Ban, Title 18 (922r) and Title 27 laws, along with a few notes about refinishing your older AK-47.

Technical illustration of Tapco Double Hook with calloutsTAPCO G2 Double Hook AK-47 Trigger

AKs have a notoriously bad trigger with a very long trigger pull. One of the best upgrades to you can do to your rifle is installing a new trigger. The TAPCO G2 Double Hook trigger measures 3 to 4 pounds pull and counts as three U.S.-made 922(r) compliant parts. This article is a step-by-step how-to in installing the TAPCO G2 AK-47 trigger.

All AKs, All the Time

In “All AKs, All the Time,” the author explores the specifications and features of five different AR-47 type rifles. Included in the article are the descriptions of the EAA Zastava P.A.P, Century International Arms GP WASR-10, Inter Ordnance AK47C, Arsenal, Inc. Saiga, and the Century Arms Centurion 39 and why the author recommends each rifle.

Tell us what you want to know more about the AK in the comment section.

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Comments (5)

  1. Hey Rich, nothing against AK;s. I’ve got one somewhere. But if you want the best ‘bang for your buck’ AR-15’s are way cheap again. You can get a decent carbine for around 700. some even 600. now from Cheaper than Dirt, or CDNN arms. And there’s no comparison in terms of accuracy and tactical superiority over any AK, even the so called ‘nicer ones supposedly more accurate.

    The only time that AK’s were a good deal was when they went for a buck and a half some years ago.

    1. First of all, although 2 other guys on another CTD AK article are pushing their M1 Garand’s (on an AK article!!), I’m not really here to defend AK’s. I’m here to learn more about AK’s because I’m fascinated by them.

      With that being said, your argument has holes in it. I bought my AK pistol on CTD for $437. I bought my WASR-10 on CTD for $770, and it came with a slide-fire stock that I now have mastered. They are cheaper than AR-15 except for the sporter models.

      Then there’s the ammo. My ammo is cheaper than yours. I’m going to buy some for $4.99 per box of 20 tomorrow. The ammo is where the real savings is at. Your AR cannot fire steel cased ammo without damaging it. My AK’s were made for it. My AK’s are more robust..

      Accuracy you win. Caliber you don’t win. My bullets weigh twice as much, and are more powerful.

      It is a reported fact that American soldiers complained about their M16’s because the enemy kept coming after they were shot. Nuff said!

      I traded in my AR-15 3 months ago after I discovered what AK’s were all about. I own an AR-10 (.308), but no more 22 calibers for me. America has a fascination for 22 calibers, but not me.

    2. One more thing about accuracy, because I gave up too easily in my last post. I can easily hit the 200 yard target with my WASR-10. Ditto on the 100 yard target with my Zastava M92 AK Pistol. Easily!!

      Sometimes I crack up at AR-15 owners at the range. So many of them have their weapon clamped into some elaborate steel brace so they can get those perfect target patterns, but that’s not reality. One AR-15 guy was using steel cased ammo, and he very excitedly told me he was OK because he soaked it in WD-40 the night before (TRUE STORY!!)…..Whatever floats your boats guys!!!!….LOL!!!!

      I shoot my AK’s naturally and more realistically. And they hit what I’m shootin at!!!!

    3. Exactly what Richard from AZ said!!! Enough said. Mine is Dead on at 200 yards and 100 yards… too easy… .30 cal over .22 any day…. But he summed it up pretty nicely.. ty rich.

  2. A quick peek at the All AK’s, All The Time article told me that the Inter Ordnance rifles are supposed to be a bit more accurate. I wonder if any owners can atest to that here?

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