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AK Buyer's Guide 2020

AK Imports in general are in a tight spot as far as options go. There are some rifles listed here that aren't being imported currently, but there are still a fair number of them in the US waiting to be sold off (looking at you, KVAR). For the guy/gal just wanting to get into AKs I'd suggest looking at these imports as they will hold their value much better than a US made rifle due to scarcity in case you end up selling it off. I'd reccomend, for a starter AK, a 7.62x39 WBP Fox, WASR-10/M10/RH-10, or a ZPAP as these are all easy to find via retail and are the highest quality new guns currently coming in.

NOTE: There are a lot of bad AKs out there. Bad AKs are not like Bad ARs. A bad AR has feeding issues, poor accuracy, and fit/finsh problems. A bad AK will have all of these issues along with the likelihood of firing out of battery, exploding, and sending shrapnel to you, your friends, and neighbors. If you see a gun listed here that states DO NOT BUY it's because this is one of the guns that can harm you or kill you/others unintentionally through regular use. Please Look HERE for a list of all these guns and their issues in greater detail. Be smart, be safe, read up on something before you spend your hard earned money, or else you'll be paying more down the road.

Imported 7.62x39 AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SAM7SF 1400 Milled-ARM SF ARM SF 16.3 Bulgarian BattleField Vegas - SAM7s haven't failed 300,000+ rounds The best AK currently imported into the US Can come with Quad Rails, has thumb selector
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SAM7K (SBR) 2,500 Milled-ARM SF ARM SF 8.5 Bulgarian BattleField Vegas - SAM7s haven't failed 300,000+ rounds The best short AK currently imported into the US Can come with Quad Rails, has thumb selector
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SAM7K Pistol 1,100 Milled-ARM SF ARM SF (Pistol) 10.5 Bulgarian BattleField Vegas - SAM7s haven't failed 300,000+ rounds The 2nd best pistol AK currently imported into the US Note: these come with a fake muzzle device, in order to convert the front end of the gun you need a new front sight block and have to SAM7K chop the barrel
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SAM744K Pistol 1,200 Milled-ARM SF ARM SF (1913) 8.5 Bulgarian BattleField Vegas - SAM7s haven't failed 300,000+ rounds The best pistol AK currently imported into the US These come with a 1913 rail adapter for braces, and have threaded barrels with a proper barrel length. (better than old SAM7K) Can come with Quad rails.
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SAM7SFK-80 (Gambit) 2,000 Milled-ARM SF ARM SF 8.5 (+8 from Gambit) Bulgarian BattleField Vegas - SAM7s haven't failed 300,000+ rounds The best pistol AK currently imported into the US Can come with Quad Rails, has thumb selector
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SAM7R 1,300 Milled-ARM AR-M Stock 16.3 Bulgarian BattleField Vegas - SAM7s haven't failed 300,000+ rounds The best Fixed stock AK currently imported into the US Can come with Quad Rails, has thumb selector
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SAM7UF 1,200 Milled-ARM UF UnderFolder 16.3 Bulgarian BattleField Vegas - SAM7s haven't failed 300,000+ rounds The best Underfolder AK currently imported into the US Has thumb selector
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) OR ISD Bulgaria* SLR107R 1,150 Stamped (74) Fixed stock AKM 16.3 Bulgarian Pre-2013 SLR passes AKOU 5k rounds Pre-2013 Models are ((10)) and great, post 2013 are possibly made by ISD and aren't spectacular (See date Codes for Ref) Can come with Quad Rails
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) OR ISD Bulgaria* SLR107FR 1,200 Stamped (74) 4.5mm hinge 16.3 Bulgarian Pre-2013 SLR passes AKOU 5k rounds Pre-2013 Models are ((10)) and great, post 2013 are possibly made by ISD and aren't spectacular (See date Codes for Ref) Can come with Quad Rails
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) OR ISD Bulgaria* SLR107UR 1,200 AKSU 4.5mm hinge 16 Bulgarian Pre-2013 SLR passes AKOU 5k rounds Pre-2013 Models are ((10)) and great, post 2013 are possibly made by ISD and aren't spectacular (See date Codes for Ref) Can come with Quad Rails
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) OR ISD Bulgaria* SLR107UR (SBR) 2,200 AKSU 4.5mm hinge 8.5 Bulgarian Pre-2013 SLR passes AKOU 5k rounds Pre-2013 Models are ((10)) and great, post 2013 are possibly made by ISD and aren't spectacular (See date Codes for Ref) Can come with Quad Rails
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) OR ISD Bulgaria* SLR107CR 1,200 Stamped (74) 4.5mm hinge 16.3 Bulgarian Pre-2013 SLR passes AKOU 5k rounds Pre-2013 Models are ((10)) and great, post 2013 are possibly made by ISD and aren't spectacular (See date Codes for Ref) Can come with Quad Rails
Romania Cugir GP WASR-10 (UF version available too) 850 AKM AKM 16.3 Romanian 10k rounds with AKOU and still goingBattleField Vegas - WASR tends to go 60k+ rounds The best bottom barrel imported AK Usually Terrible furniture, great Rifle, may or may not come with Bayonetlug and unwelded muzzle device, depending on state
Romania Cugir GP WASR-10/63 700 AKM AKM 16.3 Romanian 10k rounds with AKOU and still goingBattleField Vegas - WASR tends to go 60k+ rounds The best bottom barrel imported AK Uses some surplus military parts, can come with different stocks.
Romania Cugir Draco (Romanian) 645 AKM Underfolder AKM 11.75 None N/A - Cugir guns are solid Better QC than WASR (This is the REAL Draco) Pistol (This is the Draco you want)
Romania Cugir Mini Draco 600 AKM AKM 7.75 N/A - Cugir guns are solid Better QC than WASR (This is the REAL Draco) This is the short version of a real Draco, but it's an odd cookie Shortish version of the Draco
Romania Cugir Micro-Draco (Romanian) 660 AKM Underfolder AKM 6 None N/A - Cugir guns are solid This is the short version of a real Draco, but it's an odd cookie Dust Cover sight will not hold zero
Romania Cugir M10 800 AKM AKM 16.3 Romanian It's a RH10, which is a WASR with different side rail and barrel setup Wasr with a combo block, good QA/QC This is the new Imported rifle, designation M10-762. Guns made by Cugir, in Romania. Imported by M+M, Finished by Lee Armory, NOT Century Arms. Ships with Phoenix Buttstocks, Hogue Handguards and Grips, and XTech Mags. Front hood will be half cut to make co-witnessing easier.
Romania Cugir M10 DIY 550 AKM AKM 16.3 Romanian It's a RH10, which is a WASR with different side rail and barrel setup Wasr with a combo block, good QA/QC This is a great gun to get if you plan on replacing the regular items on a stock M10 or even a WASR
Romania Cugir I.O. M10-7.62 800 AKM AKM 16.3 Romanian It's a RH10, which is a WASR with different side rail and barrel setup Wasr with a combo block, good QA/QC This is imported by I.O., They don't touch any vital compenents just like Century does the WASR-10. It's fine.
Romania Cugir AES-10B RPK 1,300 RPK RPK 21.5 Romanian N/A - Cugir guns are solid Reinforced Cugir gun, likely very solid RPK, but with a carry handle
Romania Cugir RH-10 700 AKM AKM 16.3 Romanian N/A - Cugir guns are solid It's like a WASR, but better for SBR. Great Gun Has Combo GB/FSB to aid in SBR'ing. Same quality as WASR.
Israel IWI Galil Ace 7.62x39 Rifle 1,650 Galil-ish Galil-ish 16.3 1913 Top Rail N/A Likely a pretty good gun, no major reports of breakages Rifle with Folding Stock
Israel IWI Galil Ace 7.62x39 Pistol 1,650 Galil-ish Galil-ish 8.3 1913 Top Rail N/A Likely a pretty good gun, no major reports of breakages Pistol
Israel IWI Galil Ace 7.62x39 SBR 1,900 Galil-ish Galil-ish 8.3 1913 Top Rail N/A Likely a pretty good gun, no major reports of breakages NFA Item
Russia MOLOT FM converted Vepr 7.62 1,500 RPK RPK 16.3 Russian RPK Passed AKOU 5k test RPK Based sporter rifle, good quality Vepr is RPK pattern
Poland Pioneer Arms Hellpup 530 AKM AKM 11.73 None Immediate Failure with Mishaco DO NOT BUY THIS POS Do Not Buy
Poland Pioneer Arms Pioneer Arms AK47 530 AKM AKM 16.3 None Immediate Failure at AKOU DO NOT BUY THIS POS Do Not Buy
Poland WBP WBP Fox 1,000 AKM Beryl 16.3 Polish/Beryl Compatible Passed AKOU 5k Test Best stamped AK currently imported - NOTE: The Fox classic (AND Czerwony) uses a U.S. Gas Piston and users of these guns report that the pistons are soft and bend out of shape after a few hundred rounds. Many different furniture selections, also compatible with Bery top rail.
Poland WBP WBP Fox (Unconverted) 700 AKM Beryl 16.3 Polish/Beryl Compatible See WBP Fox (converted) Best unvonverted stamped AK currently imported Takes single stack mags, need to convert magwell to take standard mags
Poland WBP WBP Lynx Pistol 650 AKM Underfolder AKM 10 (Gas Tube Rail) WBP Lynx = WBP Fox but Pistol Good stamped pistol, competitor to the Draco Review by Mishaco
Poland WBP WBP MiniJack Pistol 650 AKM Underfolder AKM 10 Polish As good as a WBP Lynx or better Great stamped pistol, competitor to the Draco This is a good value pistol
Serbia Zastava NPAP 700 Commercial Serb Yugoslavian 16.3 Yugoslav Side Rail Passed AKOU 5k test These aren't as proven out as the WASR, but not terrible Yugo Pattern, standard AKM furniture will not fit Mishaco Talks on PAP Differences (No Longer Imported)
Serbia Zastava OPAP 800 Yugoslavian Yugoslavian 16.3 Yugoslav Side Rail Almost a military M70 - better than NPAP/ZPAP Very well built. High quality and durability. No Longer Imported
Serbia Zastava M92PV 650 Yugo Short Yugo Short 10 None N/A - No major reports of issues Good stamped AK pistol Yugo Pattern, standard AKM furniture will not fit Mishaco Talks on PAP Differences (No Longer Imported)
Serbia Zastava USA ZPAP 700 Commercial Serb Yugoslavian 16.3 Yugoslav Side Rail Passed AKOU 5k test while suppressed These aren't as proven out as the WASR, but still are good Yugoslavian Furniture only
Serbia Zastava USA ZPAP M70A Underfolder 750 Commercial Serb Yugoslavian 16.3 Yugoslav Side Rail See ZPAP test These aren't as proven out as the WASR, but still good Yugoslavian Furniture only
Serbia Zastava USA ZPAP M70 770 Yugoslavian Yugoslavian 16.3 Yugoslav Side Rail No Reviews yet. Hopefully will surpass the OPAP in terms of quality Hopefully will surpass the OPAP in terms of quality. Has CHF CL barrel Yugoslavian Furniture only
Serbia Zastava USA ZPAP M92 Pistol 680 Yugo Short Yugo Short 16.3 Yugoslav Side Rail Testing Started, No issues so far Good stamped AK pistol Special M92 /85 Furniture, has hinged dustcover

Kit build rifles are hit/miss. There are many good builders out there, and there are many bad ones. The bigger the name of the builder, the more likely it is that they did their research before putting your gun together. I don't reccomend buying some random dude's garage build unless you can be certain of their quality of work and the quality of the parts they used. The exception to this rule is that Century Arms builds are pretty crappy. They're so bad at it they once put a bunch of barrels in a run of their builds that were the wrong caliber, meaning people got guns shipped to them that keyholed on shot #1. Don't buy Century MADE anything.

Kit Build 7.62x39 AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
Romania Cugir Atlantic Firearms Romanian BFPU PM63 750 AKM AKM 16.3 Depends N/A Atlantic Kit Build. Well put together Rough Finish
Romania Cugir Atlantic Firearms DIY 525 AKM AKM 16.3 Depends N/A Atlantic Kit Build. Well put together Comes in parts, but doesn't require tools to finish
Romania Cugir Atlantic Firearms PM65 870 AKM Underfolder AKM 16.3 Depends N/A Atlantic Kit Build. Well put together Underfolder build
Romania Cugir Atlantic Firearms PM90 Pistol 700 AKM AKM 11.73 Depends N/A Atlantic Kit Build. Well put together Pistol
Romania Cugir Atlantic Firearms Romanian RPK 1,200 RPK RPK 20.5 Depends N/A Atlantic Kit Build. Well put together RPK with Rough Finish
United States Cugir/TRA Two Rivers PM63 995+ AKM AKM 16.3 Depends N/A Kit build by Two Rivers, outstanding quality BFPU/Iraqi Style
United States Zastava/TRA Two Rivers Yugo RPK 1,280 Yugoslavian Yugoslavian 21.4 Depends N/A Kit build by Two Rivers, outstanding quality Yugo RPK replica
United States Zastava/TRA Two Rivers Tabuk Sniper 1,895 Yugoslavian Yugoslavian 21.4 Iraqi Tabuk Siderail N/A Kit build by Two Rivers, outstanding quality Iraqi DMR Replica using Yugo Parts Kit and Two Rivers Parts
United States Zastava/TRA Two Rivers Tabuk WS 2000+ Yugoslavian Yugoslavian 16.2 Iraqi Tabuk Siderail N/A Kit build by Two Rivers, outstanding quality Iraqi M70 Replica using Yugo Parts Kit and Two Rivers Parts
United States Zastava/TRA Two Rivers Tabuk FS 2000+ Yugoslavian Yugoslavian 16.2 Iraqi Tabuk Siderail N/A Kit build by Two Rivers, outstanding quality Iraqi M70A Replica using Yugo Parts Kit and Two Rivers Parts
United States Cugir/Lee Armory Lee Armory Romanian Classic 900 AKM AKM 16.3 Romanian N/A Kit build gun by Lee Armory. Built well. A Lee Armory build using brand new Romanian parts off the military line that passed the AKOU test
United States Cugir/Lee Armory Lee Armory RL-762 999 AKM AKM 16.3 Romanian N/A Kit build gun by Lee Armory. Built well. CA Compliant AK in Saiga Sporter Configuration
United States Various/Lee Armory/Krebs Krebs Customs 1,600 AKM AKM Various Side Rail Present N/A Krebs guns can be anything, including a RAS-47. Make sure you know what you're buying! If it's a good to go rifle under all the stuff krebs throws on it, then it's a neat custom rifle

This is almost a list of AKs you should never buy. The only exceptions to this are guns built on US Milled receivers like Sharps Bros, and the latest PSA Aks like the PSAK AKE and possibly the PSAK GF3. Riley Defense is taking another shot at this soon, and so is Kalashnikov USA. Hopefull there will be some good options this year, as seen on all the items here listed as TBD

If you do want a super cheap gun that's not terribly great nor terribly awful, and you just have to have a MADE IN THE USA HELL YEAH BROTHER AK-47, then please either wait for the new options this year or buy a PSAK GF3 or newer, please don't buy a GF1 or GF2 those are crap.

100% USA 7.62x39 AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
United States Century Arms VSKA 690 AKM AKM 16.3 Century Proprietary [2 guns failed 1500 rds James Yeagar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EyqQ5ZF5qM] Very Shitty Kalashnikov Attempt DO NOT BUY THIS POS - multiple documented cases of exploding guns QC is bad, there are better options for the same money or slightly more. DO NOT BUY.
United States Century Arms C39 600 AK-47 AK-47 16.3 None This gun is so bad they made a C39V2 DO NOT BUY THIS POS Discontinued Model for a reason, DO NOT BUY
United States Century Arms C39V2 650 AK-47 AK-47 16.3 Century Proprietary [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJB9x2IPx8Q Aftermath of AKOU Test} DO NOT BUY THIS POS Both AKOU and MAC C39V2s are out of headpace after firing
United States Century Arms C39 Pistols 620 AK-47 AK-47 Various Century Proprietary See C39V2 DO NOT BUY THIS POS It's a C39, but shorter
United States Century Arms Draco (USA) 590 AKM AKM 10.5 None See RAS-47 DO NOT BUY THIS POS Pistol version of RAS47 (Do Not Buy)
United States Century Arms RAS47 500 AKM AKM 16.3 Century Proprietary FAILED AKOU DO NOT BUY THIS POS (Do Not Buy)
United States DDI DDI ? AKM AKM 16.3 Side Rail Present FAILED AKOU Don't Do It (DDI)
United States DDI DDI Folder ? AKM Underfolder AKM 16.3 Side Rail Present See DDI Don't Do It (DDI)
United States A Blind Chicken I.O. 750 AKM AKM 16.3 None The Worst AK DO NOT BUY THIS POS If you buy this gun and make a post about how good it is, you will be grilled hard. Do NOT buy this rifle.
United States Palmetto State Armory PSAK Gen 1 500 AKM PSA Puzzle Piece 16.3 PSA rail Multiple cases of parts failure DO NOT BUY Uses Cast Trunnions, Do Not Buy
United States Palmetto State Armory PSAK Gen 2 500 AKM PSA Puzzle Piece 16.3 PSA rail barely survived an AKOU 5k round test Very hit/miss quality for what you pay DO NOT BUY Uses Billet Trunnions, QA/QC on these is VERY spotty, maybe you'll get a good one, maybe not. (/r/ak47 does not recommend you purchase this rifle. Too hit or miss)
United States Palmetto State Armory PSAK Gen 3 600+ AKM Various 16.3 PSA rail 17,025 Rds at BFV before barrel Keyholed Pretty decent stamped US AK. Expect 15-25k rounds of life Passed an AKOU 5k Test
United States Palmetto State Armory PSAK P 800+ AKM PSA Puzzle Piece 10.5 Top Cover Rail See PSAK GF3 Pretty decent stamped US AK Pistol. Expect 15-25k rounds of life
United States Palmetto State Armory PSAK AKE 900+ AKM Various 16.3 PSA rail 2k rds so far at AKOU Based of the GF3, but with a better Barrel and front Trunnion Limited Sales so far'
United States Palmetto State Armory PSAK 103 Klone 699.99 AKM 4.5mm hinge 16.3 PSA rail TBD GF3 with some visual changes Not Yet for sale
United States Palmetto State Armory PSAK 103 Klone Premium 799.99 AKM 4.5mm hinge 16.3 PSA rail TBD PSAK AKE with some visual changes and barrel component swaps Not Yet for sale
United States Palmetto State Armory PSAK 103 Klone SF 799.99 AKM 4.5mm hinge 16.3 PSA rail TBD GF3 with some visual changes + 4.5mm trunnion Not Yet for sale
United States Palmetto State Armory PSAK 103 Klone SF Premium 899.99 AKM 4.5mm hinge 16.3 PSA rail TBD PSAK AKE with some visual changes + 4.5mm trunnion + different barrel components Not Yet for sale
United States Riley Defense Riley Defense Gen 1 530 AKM AKM 16.3 Side Rail Present Gen 1 failed, it's why they made Gen 2 AVOID Currently Do Not Buy, will update if needed
United States Riley Defense Riley Defense Gen 2 580 AKM AKM 16.3 Side Rail Present Gen 2 FAIL Spotty Reviews, hit or miss Currently Do Not Buy, will update if needed
United States Riley Defense Riley Defense Gen 3 580 AKM AKM 16.3 Side Rail Present TBD Wait for Reviews Wait for Reviews
United States Riley Defense TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
United States Various/TheAKGuy AKG47 899 AKM AKM 16.3 Side Rail Present N/A Kit build gun by AK Guy. Built well. Cerakote by We Plead The 2nd
United States Lee Armory Lee Armory Milled AK 2,300 AK-47 AK-47 16.3 Side Rail Present N/A Sharps Bros Milled receiver, great quality. Milled AK receiver by Sharps Bros.

5.45 is dead. Anything you can find imported today was imported a while back, except for a few exceptions with new... possibly ISD... Bulgarian guns. These don't have a great track record for the price they demand so far, so I'd stick to hunting around on the Used market or get yourself your own kit to send off to a builder.

Imported 5.45x39 AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) OR ISD Bulgaria* SLR104UR Gambit 2,000 AKSU 4.5mm Hinge 8.5 (+8 from Gambit) Bulgarian Side Rail See 104FR AKOU 5k Test Pre-2014 Models are ((10)) and great, post 2014 are possibly made by ISD and aren't spectacular (See date Codes for Ref) Easy to SBR this gun
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) OR ISD Bulgaria* SLR104FR 1,800 AKS-74 4.5mm Hinge 16.3 Bulgarian Side Rail PASSED AKOU 5k Test Pre-2014 Models are ((10)) and great, post 2014 are possibly made by ISD and aren't spectacular (See date Codes for Ref) Can come with quad rails
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) OR ISD Bulgaria* SLR104UR (Pistol) 1,600 AKSU 4.5mm Hinge 8.5 Bulgarian Side Rail See 104FR AKOU 5k Test Pre-2014 Models are ((10)) and great, post 2014 are possibly made by ISD and aren't spectacular (See date Codes for Ref) Can come with quad rails
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) OR ISD Bulgaria* SLR104UR (SBR) 2,200 AKSU 4.5mm Hinge 8.5 Bulgarian Side Rail See 104FR AKOU 5k Test Pre-2014 Models are ((10)) and great, post 2014 are possibly made by ISD and aren't spectacular (See date Codes for Ref) Can come with quad rails

A lot of kit builds in 5.45 are demanding 5.45 import prices. This is due to scarcity. I don't know how value will hold on these in the long run but if you're not going to sell this gun ever then it can be a great buy.

Kit Build 5.45x39 AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
Romania Cugir Atlantic Firearms AIMS74 1,200 AKM AKM 16.3 Romanian Side Rail N/A Takes WASR-2 mags, which are East German Style Comes in Fixed or folding stock versions
Romania Cugir Atlantic Firearms Tantal 1,200 Tantal Tantal 16.3 MAYBE Tantal Side Rail If you find one make sure the correct barrel is installed Make sure you know this only takes proprietary Tantal everything except mags Bipod version available
Bulgaria Arsenal Bulgaria Lee Armory Bulgarian build 1,600 AK-74 Fixed Stock AK-74 16.3 Bulgarian Side Rail Passed AKOU 5k Test Very Scarce rifle, but good if you want a 5.45 gun

PSA, KUSA, Riley and Century are all claiming to get 5.45 guns built in the US this year. I would wait to see if anybody does this right before buying one. 5.45 is a much higher pressure round than 7.62x39 and it will challenge the QA/QC practices of these companies much more than before. No US company has made any AK rifle other than 7.62x39 in mass, so this is a first.

100% USA 5.45x39 AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
United States Riley Defense TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
United States KUSA TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
United States PSA TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
United States Century Arms TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

I believe the only current 5.56 AK imports are from Zastava (M85 pistol), IWI (Galil Ace) and Poland (WBP and Radom). If you can find an SLR-106 or M90 they will be used or old stock. They are some of the finest AKs you can have in the US. One major thing to note before you go out and buy a 5.56 AK is that there is no one true Magazine spec for these guns. Whatever gun you buy will likely only take 1 or maybe 2 magazine types (with modification possibly) and those mags will be 3 times more expensive than 7.62x39 mags. Especially the Old Chinese guns.

Imported 5.56x45 AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SLR106CR 1,500 AK-74 4.5mm Hinge 8.5 Bulgarian N/A 106 Production ended in 2013 so all are ((10)) and are quality. Models made in 2003ish to 2006ish Known to have cycling issues due to a few runs with the guns using the improper feed ramp.
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SLR106UR (SBR) 1,650 AK-74 4.5mm Hinge 8.5 Bulgarian N/A 106 Production ended in 2013 so all are ((10)) and are quality. Models made in 2003ish to 2006ish Known to have cycling issues due to a few runs with the guns using the improper feed ramp.
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SLR106F 1,150 AK-74 4.5mm Hinge 16.3 None N/A 106 Production ended in 2013 so all are ((10)) and are quality. Models made in 2003ish to 2006ish Known to have cycling issues due to a few runs with the guns using the improper feed ramp.
Bulgaria Arsenal ((10)) SLR106FR 1,250 AK-74 4.5mm Hinge 16.3 Bulgarian N/A 106 Production ended in 2013 so all are ((10)) and are quality. Models made in 2003ish to 2006ish Known to have cycling issues due to a few runs with the guns using the improper feed ramp.
Israel IWI Galil Ace 5.56 Pistol 1,600 Galil-ish Galil-ish 8.3 1913 top rail N/A Likely a pretty good gun, no major reports of breakages Brace versions exist
Israel IWI Galil Ace 5.56 SBR 2,000 Galil-ish Galil-ish 8.3 1913 top rail N/A Likely a pretty good gun, no major reports of breakages NFA Item
Israel IWI Galil Ace 5.56 Rifle 1,700 Galil-ish Galil-ish 16 1913 top rail N/A Likely a pretty good gun, no major reports of breakages Full Length Rifle
Serbia Zastava M85PV/NP Pistol 660 Yugoslavian Yugo Underfolder 10 None N/A Sturdy Pistol, no reports of failure Takes Yugo Short Rifle Furniture
Poland FB Radom Mini-Beryl 1000+ Beryl Beryl 9.25 Polish RSB Rail N/A This is the last gun to be imported from FB Radom, the legendary ((11)) factory. After this, no more FB Radom Aks will be built in any significant quantity as they're switching tooling to the MSBS rifle system. If you're a Polish collector, don't skip this. Coming Soon, hopefully
Poland WBP TBD TBD AKM? Beryl? 16.3 Beryl Rail N/A WBP has stated they will be bringing a new 5.56 AK import to the country in the future. It's hard to say when and what it will be, but WBP has had a good track record of making some solid AKs so this would be a welcome full sized AK import. Coming Soon, hopefully
Serbia Zastava M90NP 700 Yugoslavian Yugoslavian 18.25 Yugoslavian Side Rail AKOU Review Possibly the best 5.56 AK ever built No Longer Imported
Serbia Zastava USA ZPAP M85 Pistol 720 Yugoslavian Yugo Underfolder 10 None https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1_5UmnI8hw Sturdy Pistol, no reports of failure New importer Z-USA, Rifles come in from Serbia, and are finished in the US by Z-USA NOT Century Arms
Serbia Zastava USA ZPAP M90 TBD Yugoslavian Yugoslavian 18.25 Yugoslavian Side Rail See M90NP TBD TBD

There aren't many of these guns to do a kit build on as hardly anyone issues a 5.56 AK that ends up as a kit in the US. They would be likely Serbian or Israeli if you can find some.

Kit Build 5.56x45 AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
Serbia Zastava Atlantic Firearms M85 Pistol 850 Yugoslavian Yugo Underfolder 10 None N/A Atlantic Kit Build. Well put together Takes Yugo Short Rifle Furniture

None have been done yet. Maybe next year.

100% USA 5.56x45 AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
United States None yet

This is a misc. section including the .22LR trainer rifles and all the shotguns. There's a lot of odd ball Saiga and Vepr calibers to be found as well, such as a Vepr in 6.5 Grendel. There isn't a ton of hard reviews on AKs in this section, but if you're looking for something unique, check these guns out. Also... Vepr12 >> Saiga 12 >> all other AK shotguns.

Also... for the PP-19 lovers there are some cool Vityaz clones from K USA and it's suspected that Chitin Defense will have a Bizon clone within 1-2 years as well so look out for that!

OTHER Caliber AK Rifles
Country Manufacturer Model Avg-Price $ Receiver Style Rear Style Barrel Length In. Optics Rail Reviews Recommendation Notes
Russia Molot Stock.jpg Vepr 12 (stock) 830 Vepr 12 Vepr 12 19-24 1913 top rail N/A The Best AK Shotgun RPK Shotgun
Russia Molot Vepr 12 (desporterized) 1,200 Vepr 12 Vepr 12 19-24 1913 top rail N/A The Best AK Shotgun Can come with folding stock or fixed
Russia Molot Super Vepr (Multicaliber Sporting) 950 Super Vepr Super Vepr 19-24 Super Vepr Side Rail N/A The Fuddiest AK Heavily Sporterized
Russia Molot Vepr (Multicaliber butthole stock) 950 Vepr Vepr 19-24 RPK Side Rail N/A Very Featureless .308,6.5,7.62x54R,others
Russia Kalashnikov Concern Saiga 12 800 Saiga 12 (20 .410) Saiga 12 19-24 gauge and .410 AK 100 Side Rail N/A The Most Iconic AK Shotgun AK shotgun
Russia Kalashnikov Concern Saiga (Various Calibers) 900+ Civ AK 100 Civ AK 100 19-24 AK 100 Side Rail N/A Very Featureless Can be found either in a sporting state, partially converted, or fully converted
China Chinuh Lynx 12 450 ???? ???? 19 Some kind of side rail N/A Mixed Reviews AK shotgun
United States KUSA KS-12 (T) 800+ Saiga 12 Saiga 12 18 AK 100 Style Side Rail N/A Supposedly a pretty decent AK shotgun I don't know if Saiga mags work with this gun and vice versa
United States KUSA Komrad 12 1000 Saiga 12 Saiga 12 31.5 OAL AK 100 Style Side Rail N/A Supposedly a pretty decent AK "firearm" I don't know if Saiga mags work with this gun and vice versa
Poland FB Radom Mini-Beryl-22 ? Beryl Beryl 9.25 Polish RSB Rail N/A The .22LR copy of the new and last Beryl import. Coming soon. uses special .22 mags
Romania Nova Modul Chiappa RAK-22 400 ???? ???? 17.25 None N/A It's cheap uses special .22 mags
Romania Nova Modul Century NAK9 490 ???? ???? 11.4 1913 top rail Misha/Jake have had good experiences It's cheap Takes Glock mags (booo)
Romania Nova Modul Chiappa RAK9 550 ???? ???? 17.25 Romanian Side Rail N/A It's definitely Unique Uses special 9mm mags
Romania Nova Modul Chiappa PAK 9 510 ???? ???? 6.3 1913 top rail Misha/Jake have had good experiences It's cheap Takes Glock or Beretta Mags
United States Palmetto AKV 900 ???? ???? 10.5 1913 top rail Passed AKOU 5k Test They apparently work as long as you get one with all the bandaid fixes on it already An AKM in 9mm
United States KUSA KP9 980 Vityaz Vityaz 5.5mm 9.25 1913 top rail Passed AKOU 5k Test Flawless Function Vityaz Clone
United States KUSA KR9 980 Saiga 9 Vityaz 5.5mm 16.3 1913 top rail See KP9 AKOU Test Flawless Function Near 1:1 Saiga Clone
Serbia Zastava USA M91 (Optic Included) 3,150 Yugoslavian Yugoslavian 24 Yugoslavian Side Rail N/A More accurate than a Vepr and a PSL 7.62x54R DMR style. Optic on rifle valued around $800
Romania Cugir PSL 1,800 PSL PSL 24.5 PSL Rail N/A These used to be $600 and are as accurate as an AKM. No it's not an SVD 7.62x54R DMR Style. (MADE FOR USE WITH LIGHT BALL AMMO)
Israel IWI Galil Ace.308 pistol 1,850 Galil-ish Galil-ish 11.8 1913 top rail N/A Likely a pretty good gun, no major reports of breakages Pistol
Israel IWI Galil Ace .308 sbr 1,900 Galil-ish Galil-ish 11.8 1913 top rail N/A Likely a pretty good gun, no major reports of breakages NFA Item
Israel IWI Galil Ace .308 Rifle 2,100 Galil-ish Galil-ish 16.5 1913 top rail N/A Likely a pretty good gun, no major reports of breakages Rifle


r/ak47's Discontinued Approved AK List - AK's that are no longer imported that are deemed Good to Go by the Mods

There are a lot of AKs that have come into the US. This is not all of them by a long shot. Some of these guns can be found for Cheap like the stamped Mak90, or they can be crazy expensive like the Mitchell Arms Yugoslavian import guns... if you can find them.

Model Manufacturer Caliber
SA-85M FEG 7.62x39
Valmet M62S Valmet 7.62x39
Valmet M71 Valmet 7.62x39/5.56x45
Valmet M76S-FS Valmet 7.62x39/5.56x45
Valmet M78 RPK Valmet 7.62x51 NATO
WUM-1 Cugir 7.62x39
SAR-1 Cugir 7.62x39
CUR-1 Cugir 7.62x39
WASR-10 Cugir 7.62x39
GP WASR-10 Cugir 7.62x39
GP WASR-10/63 Cugir 7.62x39
GP 1975 Cugir 7.62x39
Romak 991 Cugir 7.62x39
Romak 1 Cugir 7.62x39
Arsenal SA93 Arsenal 7.62x39
SA M-7 Arsenal 7.62x39
SA M-7 A1 Arsenal 7.62x39
SA M-7 Carbine Arsenal 7.62x39
SA M-7 SF Arsenal 7.62x39
SAS M-7 Arsenal 7.62x39
SLR-95 Arsenal 7.62x39
SLR-96 Arsenal 7.62x39
SLR-101 Arsenal 7.62x39
SLR-101-SG Arsenal 7.62x39
SLR-101S Arsenal 7.62x39
SLR-100 MSC Arsenal 7.62x39
SLR-108 MSC Arsenal 7.62x39
SSR-99 Arsenal/Gordon Tech 7.62x39
SSR-99P Arsenal/Gordon Tech 7.62x39
OPAP Zastava 7.62x39
NPAP Zastava 7.62x39
M92PAP Zastava 7.62x39
Polytech Legend Polytech 7.62x39
Polytech AKS-762 Polytech 7.62x39
Mak90/Clayco Norinco 7.62x39
Maadi ARM Soviet Tooling in Egypt 7.62x39
Maadi RPK Soviet Tooling in Egypt 7.62x39
Maadi MISR (NOT A MISR/90!) Imported via Steyr 7.62x39
Saiga Kalash Concern 7.62x39
Vepr Molot 7.62x39
Super Vepr Molot 7.62x39
SLR 102 Arsenal 5.45x39
SLR 105 Arsenal 5.45x39
WUM-2 Cugir 5.45x39
SAR-2 Cugir 5.45x39
CUR-2 Cugir 5.45x39
WASR2 Cugir 5.45x39
Romak 992 Cugir 5.45x39
Romak 2 Cugir 5.45x39
Mk 2 Cugir 5.45x39
SA M-5 Arsenal 5.56x45
SA RPK-5 (S) Arsenal 5.56x45
M85PAP Zastava 5.56x45
WUM-3 Cugir 5.56x45
SAR-3 Cugir 5.56x45
CUR-3 Cugir 5.56x45
WASR-3 Cugir 5.56x45
Galil ARM IMI 5.56x45/7.62x51 NATO


Key:

Country: Country of Origin for the receiver, trunnions, bolt carrier group and barrel system

Manufacturer: Factory/Builder that assembled the main parts of the gun. A Century Arms WASR-10 was technically "built" in the US, but the receiver, Trunnions, and barrel are all manufactured by Cugir in Romania Same thing for Kit builds: Lee Armory sells a Romanian BFPU Rifle, but it was built using Surplus military parts made by Cugir, in Romania

Model: Name of the rifle/gun, sometimes this is a model designation or sometimes a nickname. Often, the retailer will be listed here.

PRICE: Not many of these guns are in high enough circulation that Market prices can be reliably averaged/calculated The majority of these prices reflect an observed average from listings on distributors websites, such as KVAR/Atlantic Firearms/Gun watcher/GunBroker/Armslist/Budsgunshop/Brownells/etc.

Receiver Style: Closest receiever model in military production. This is helpful to know for what furniture and other gun customization will be available to you.

Rear Style: Rear trunnion type for stamped guns, or Recevier stub for the milled guns. Useful for stock selection.

Barrel Length: Length in Inches of total barrel

Optics Rail: Indicates the presence of an integrated optics rail, and what type

Reviews: Informational links to reviews/tests done by groups/individuals that are trustworthy and test the gun for the qualiites sought in a gun worthy of being a Kalashnikov copy. I WILL NOT JUST POST A "REVIEW" OF SOMEONE PUTTING A GUN ON A TABLE, TALKING ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS AND RUNNING 2 MAGS THROUGH IT AND SAYING "IT'S GREAT!". So some guns will not have a review on these lists.

Reccomendation: Our personal reccomendation here and how it may stack up to other models of AK currently available

Notes: Things that are unique to this model of gun that are important to factor in

Pics: Links to pics of the gun for visual identification (Don't Get scammed online or in person!)


Arsenal Model Designations

Model Caliber Stock Type
SLR104 5.45x39 Folding Stock
SLR105 5.45x39 Fixed Stock
SLR106 5.56x45 Folding Stock
SLR107 7.62x39 Folding Stock
SA M 5 5.56x45 Fixed stock
SA M 7 7.62x39 Fixed stock
SAM 7 7.62x39 Folding Stock
SA 3 RPK 5.45x39 RPK Stock
SA 5 RPK 5.56x45 RPK Stock
SA 7 RPK 7.62x39 RPK Stock


Arsenal Suffix Designations

SAM SLR
R = Side Rail R = Side Rail
UF = Underfolder U = Krink
SF = Side folding F = Side Folding
K = 8.5 in barrel C = 12.5 in barrel / Carbine

It should be noted that a rifle can have multiple suffixes. For example the 106CR series has a 12 in barrel and a side rail.

Arsenal Date Codes

Year Code Year Code Year Code Year Code
1970 10 1981 21 1992 32 2003 43
1971 11 1982 22 1993 33 2004 44
1972 12 1983 23 1994 34 2005 45
1973 13 1984 24 1995 35 2006 46
1974 14 1985 25 1996 36 2007 47
1975 15 1986 26 1997 37 2008 48
1976 16 1987 27 1998 38 2009 49
1977 17 1988 28 1999 39 2010 50
1978 18 1989 29 2000 40 2011 51
1979 19 1990 30 2001 41 2012 52
1980 20 1991 31 2002 42 2013 53

Rumors that 2014 is 54 also.


WASR Versions

Model Caliber Description
WASR-10/63 7.62x39 Made using surplus parts (Year of manufacture can be see on trunnion) but with new barrel and receiver
WASR-10 7.62x39 All new parts, made for export
WASR-2 5.45x39 The WASR-2 is essentially a WASR-10 chambered in 5.45×39mm
WASR-3 5.56x45 Commercial export version of the WASR is chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO
WASR-22 .22LR Trainer AK in 22LR

Romanian Models Explained

WASR-10/63 - Single stack AK pattern Sporter rifle that’s patterned off the Md.63

RH-10/M10-762 - Single stack AK pattern Sporter rifle that’s patterned off the Md.90

PSL - An enlarged version of the AKM the Romanians made because they never receive the TDP for the SVD due to “political issues”

WUM - The closest thing to an AKM that the Romanians made

SAR/CUR - Based on the Md.63 receiver

Romak - Ban Era Romanian AK import

Draco - Based of the Md.65 but named after the Md.90, in pistol format


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