Reviewed By: Josh Z on 12/07/2014
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Excellent. New build, fit and finish is very nice. Bolt appears to be chromed and not stainless (it is magnetic), sights are dead on out of the box and front sight post is dead center in the sight block. Accuracy is acceptable considering the standard short sight radius. Heavier than standard barrel is stout. Although it isn't chrome lined it is nice and polished down the bore and cleans easily.
Comes with a double stack bolt and a mag well that appears to have been opened up, so not an original double stack from Zastava. The milling work is clean and even, although it would be nice if they would finish it off with some cold blue.
Trigger is a Tapco G2, very smooth, light pull. Haven't measured pull weight, would guess around 3-4 lbs. Fore grip and buttstock are finished nicely and fit outstanding. Although, the western style buttstock just doesn't work unless you are planning on utilizing the left side scope mount. I immediately changed out the buttstock for an RFT tactical skeleton stock. Pistol grip is comfortable and functional, and I personally like the way it looks.
Safety was initially VERY tight, but a little tweaking of the selector arm and all is well. Gas tube lever is also very tight requiring a pair of pliers. A little filing on the gas tube would solve this, but I prefer it tight over loose. Should wear in over time.
Reliabilty to this point is 100%. Came with one Tapco and what appears to be a surplus Romanian mag. The surplus mag looks like it was used as a hammer a time or two. A few minutes with some pliers and the baseplate was functional once again and the mag functioned perfectly.
Overall this is a fantastic rifle and an outstanding value. You are getting a solid, new manufactured quality gun. When comparing to other AKM's around the same price point this one is heads and shoulders above in just about every aspect. Great buy.
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