I hope we can get some good discussions going in this forum too!
Some questions for you....SigForLife said:I have been considering adding a reistered AK to my NFA collection. However, I know very little about the different versions/conversions, which are most sought after (I assume an amnesty registered bring back). Is there anyone here who can educate me or direct me to a site which can?
If collecting is your thing.....then an amnesty registered bring-back would be the holy grail of AKs. Expect to pay 30K plus for one(anything less would be considered a "bargain"). Conversions make of the majority(all?) of the rest of transferable AKs and there doesn't seem to be a big difference in the value or desirability among the Chicom guns. Many would consider the so-called "Red Dawn" guns to be highly collectible because of there use in the movie and the fact they they were converted Maadis which were built on Russian tooling in Egypt. The serial numbers of these guns can be verified at Long Mountain Outfitters website as they were the dealer that liquidated the Stembridge inventory. There is also a premium paid for converted Maadis that were not used in the movie because of they were built on the Russian tooling, therefore, making them more authentic. Another category of transferable AKs would be various Valmets and Galils. Even though the Valmets are premium guns, they seem to sell for less than the Chinese guns(I suppose that is a function of the lack of available parts for them). A possible exception to that may be the 7.62 RPK and M62S(milled receiver 7.62 cal). Galils seem to sell for approx 2-3K more that the Chinese guns.SigForLife said:I do some shooting, but not a lot. I have a mp5, mp5sd, mp5pdw, Uzi, Mini Uzi, Micro Uzi, M16, AUG and a Beretta 93r. I am not one who just goes and blasts ammo away, but I like the occasional ammo dump. I am probably more interested in the collectibility aspect, but I do shoot everything I have. From my limited knowledge, I understand that the AK is generally a good 1st shot, but becomes limited after that; nonetheless, it is one that keeps on going. Also, although not for the purpose I intend, I understand the caliber is very different from the 5.56, which goes right through and has a limited neutralizing affect compared to the AK round which was designed to "wiggle" and cause a more substantial neautralizing affect. I have several GI friends in the sandbox that like the AK much better then the m16/m4. Personally, I like the AUG better than the m16 but I enjoy trying new weapons and calibers.