Video: What to Look For When Buying a Kalashnikov Rifle

Video: What to Look For When Buying a Kalashnikov Rifle

The AK is one of the most robust firearms designs ever conceived. Quite simply put, there are few things – elements, abuse, operator – that can put it out of action. But despite the hardiness of its design, not all AKs are created equal. As is apparent to anyone who has studied the rifle, its quality and performance can vary widely from manufacturer to manufacturer and where its made in the world. But there are some basics rules of thumb that can be followed to help weed out the lemons from the vast selection of AKs available today. Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics (a company that specializes in custom AKs) gives a pretty fair rundown of how to evaluate the rifle in the above video from Tactical Life. And while Fuller touches upon a number of points in assessing an AK, one of the most important is making certain everything on the rifle is in line – literally.


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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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