Reviewed By: Dylan J on 05/06/2014
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
What else is there to say? This firearm was and still is a real steal.
For $348 total you have the firearm, 4 magazines, the cleaning kit, and an oil container and that's including the shipping and insurance. The gun itself is made from (if I remember correctly) a new receiver, new barrel, and new FCG. Everything else on this thing is made from original parts. So you're getting a neat little piece of history as well as a fun range toy for a good price. There are even after market parts available for this thing. Getting light strikes and misfires? Well stop using corrosive 50 year old ammo for one, but look into buying an American made FCG for this thing, which a couple people make. Want it in a more readily available and cheaper caliber? Don't shell out the extra $100 for the 9mm of this gun that only comes with two poorly modified and problem riddled 9mm magazines. Just buy a 9mm barrel for it which can be found at Samachine.com
9mm rounds work in the standard 7.62x25 magazines just fine.
Anyway, on to what my personal firearm is like, that I ordered just recently. Out of the box it was pretty nice, very greasy though as expected, it was no trouble to clean up. Everything seems to be in order but the gun does have a few extremely minor problem areas as do some of it's accessories. The safety lever and the button to hinge open the receiver are both fairly difficult to move. Once you get them the first time they work fine for a few moments, but leave them alone and they'll kind of lock up again. I'm chalking this up to grease in areas I can't reach to clean causing the parts to stick. There are very very small spots of rust in certain hard to reach areas but that is passable. You won't know they're there unless you're looking for them in every nook and cranny. (under small parts, beneath hinges, etc.) Places the gun grease can't really reach all that well.
Of the four magazines I received two are in wonderful condition and the other two are slightly corroded and blemished. These particular two have some difficulty being put into and removed from the mag well , taking a bit of force to get them in all the way and a lot of wobbling and rattling to get them to slide back out where as the other two go in and out smoothly and quickly. Considering these are surplus magazines it doesn't much surprise me. These magazines will feed and shoot just fine as far as I know, but they're a pain to use and impeded the overall efficient functionality of this firearm.
The oil bottle that comes with the gun is more of a novelty. I don't ever see myself using it for hold the oil or lubricant for this firearm. In one way I'm glad for this because the oil bottle that shipped with mine won't even open. The cap is corroded and rusted shut.
Overall I'd say this is a great item that you should pick up while you can. It's a fun and cheap little range toy or even a home defense carbine if you set it up in 9mm. It may come out of the box with some faint wear and tear, but if you ask me that just adds to the character of this firearm. The moment you pick it up, you can feel the history in it. It's worn, but it works, and well at that.
On a final note, it's worth mentioning that as far as I know Inter Ordnance is no longer importing these from Radom. Atlantic Firearms is already sold out. If you want one of these, DO NOT WAIT. There are very few of them left and they won't last forever.
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