Ok - love the forums input...
AK-47 - Used to be cheap now not so much, ammo is fairly cheap, runs like a tank, but the "better" versions are 1K-2K / hard for me to even come close to justifying some of those prices
AK-74 - haven't had any experience with but ammo appears to be cheap as well - can anybody give me info about this caliber? I'm assuming the platform is just as rugged as the other?
MK47 - runs from 12-1600 so the price can be prohibitive as well - caliber is cheap platform is nice being AR compatible with parts...have been told they function very well on cheap steel cased ammo, the platform an adaptability is great with common rails and such
What are talks thoughrs? Am I just being a snob not picking up a 4-500 AK?
I wouldn't bother with the MK. Over-built(needlessly heavy) and with no bho feature it's a pain to run multiple mags quickly. It's modular as far as furniture and possibly triggers, otherwise it's a proprietary gun.
Cheap AK47? WASR is the best least expensive option. Look for newer production. Ammo is cheap and AK aftermarket is great.
5.45x39 round is fantastic and cheap. People will always remember the glory days but reality is it's still cheap relative to other rounds and a lot of fun to shoot. It's flat shooting with negligible recoil. And 74's are just like 47's in terms of heir robust design and function.
Arsenal makes great AKs. DDI is the gold standard for American built
AKs. They've got an all American manufactured version coming out in August.