I bought this rifle new for $215 way back in the mid-1980's. At that time it was my third AK. I had picked up a nice Hungarian SA-85, and sold it for twice what I paid for it, then taken the money and bought two Chinese AK's for about $215 a piece. Really. This was the second of those two. The other was an underfolder.
I had bought them both thinking I'd keep the better of the two. I ended up trading the underfolder to a friend for some long-forgotten deal. Then the 1st gun ban hit, and these all turned into gold over night. I should have bought 30 of them.
This rifle is a typical AK. It has never mechanically failed in over 4,000 rounds. The only stoppage it ever had was from bad ammo, and I can't really blame that on the rifle.
Of all the Chinese AK's I've seen over the years, this one is one of the nicer examples. The only thing I have never liked about it, is the lack of a nice, blade bayonet. That and I wish it had wood instead of plastic furniture, but the fit and finish is far nicer than most of the other ChiCom AK's I've seen.
Here's a shot showing the very cool cleaning kit which stows in the side-folding stock.
This rifle has seen a lot of use and abuse over the last 20 years, as evidenced by the speckled magazine shown here. I wish I had grabbed a nicer one for the photo shoot, but this illustrates the fact this rifle has not been a "safe queen".
Mikhail Kalashnikov - I salute you.
Ya gotta have a Kalashnikov.
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