It was my understanding that the bans around 2005(?) stopped the flow of kits with receivers and barrels. And that whatever "full" kits were left in the US - after the ban - were it. There would be no more. (Unless of course the law changed.) But then I read someone saying that the big importers like Century put new barrels on anyway at the docks. Barrels from Green Mountain(?). So if that were the case nothing really would be changing at all. As there are plenty of AK's overseas to cut up for kits. To add barrels and receivers to here.
Yes but it costs more for the exporter to cut the barrel up, then add the price of a US barrel. Even then, the barrel is NOT chromed lined. Not a killer but still not as good as the original. Then there is talk of issues like the US 5.45 barrels really had a bore size more like a 5.56 and Tantal's keyholing right out of the box
This may be a dumb question but I assume there is also a ban on new or used barrels being imported by themselves - not as part of a kit?
It just seems like if the situation were that dire ("all the AK's for import are almost gone forever!") many of these AK retailers would be going out of business. There just seems to be something artificial about it.
Not to large retailers like Century, but hobbyist aren't going to see as much variety due to the costs associated with the barrel issue
I clearly see the obvious decline in our economy. And everything getting more expensive. But I'm still not convinced that the import of AK's is over forever, "and everything is drying up:, and "you better buy now before it's to late", and "sell your mothers china quick! all the ak's are gone!" etc. etc. etc. It's so much advertising speak that I think has caused at least a portion of the hysteria.
I haven't seen anyone claiming that. But stuff costs more every day, and if anything AMMO is the issue now. Global war demand and steel through the roof
Either way I am on the side of those that commented about wanting kits simply for the enjoyment of building. I understand that. And have set some kits aside. I guess I'm at the same cross roads as everyone else - trying to decide "how many" parts to set aside. Or what guns to snap up that may not be around in another 6 months to a year. Or simply how much can I afford to set aside before the price gets out of my range.
Are you a collector or a shooter? If you are a collector buy more parts. If you are a shooter, just buy Century guns. I would expect their costs to jump soon enough due to fuel and steel costs.
Or...is all of this just an expensive transition between full kits as we know it and complete sets of kit gun "parts" put together in a new more creative way to get around the ban - some time in the future? I find myself believing this idea more and more.
If I owned Century (or one of the big importers - I don't even know if there are other big importers) I would hold back a certain amount of my stock after the 2005 ban and try to create a situation as early as possible where the market (us) feels like this is the last chance to ever get an AK. Sales would climb rapidly as would prices (like right now). Then even if I had a plan to still be able to offer complete rifles and/or kits after the post ban ones ran out - I wouldn't share that info until the "hysteria" ran out.
Their time is now. Most people are getting out of building for anything other than collections and if they wait to long, there will be no real demand for this niche
Then when that "new way" of importing them started I'd do everything I could to make it seem like this was a "limited" or "one time opportunity".
So that everyone would, again, run "hysterically" to their retailer. In order to continue their hobby this "one last time".
If the importers and manufacturers didn't take advantage of this situation they would be terrible business men - unfortunately. At least in the traditional sense of what a good American businessman has aways been known.
I'm one too BTW. Though not in the firearms business.
Century has plenty of 5.45 but the price still goes up. That's the "replacement" cost to buy more
But I guess either scenario has the price climbing so we are back where we started. How soon before I won't be able to afford this? And how much can I afford to buy before that time comes?
Its always going to be cheaper today than tomorrow