Reviewed By: Tyler G on 11/02/2013
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Purchased on 10/26 and received on 11/1 and first fired on 11/2.
Mine arrived with a steel mag, a TAPCO mag, and bayonet with sheath.
The bayonet was a bit dirty and rusty and the rifle had some crud in some of the nooks and crannies, but 10 minutes with a toothbrush, wire brush, and towel remedied the situation.
The wood feels solid, but is unfinished and unlaminated. I planned on replacing it with nicer wood anyway.
When I first got it, the steel mag fit like a dream but the TAPCO mag would not fit at all so I went to file the mag down to make it fit, then I realized the follower was pushed up into the lips and was expanding them so I pushed it back into the magazine and now it fits 101% perfectly, so beware. At ~$10 a pop I highly recommend them compared to $15, $25 or more for steels.
Put 300 rounds of TulAmmo steel case FMJ and HP through both mags with no FTF and one FTL when I over stuffed the TAPCO mag with 31 rounds and the round got stuck in the mag on loading. With 30 rounds in the TAPCO mag it suffered no problems, the steel mag couldn't be over loaded and suffered no problems.
About as accurate as you'd expect an AK to be, the sights do not appear to be canted any significant amount and can fire a close grouping when trying to. Obviously these are made to go bang every time you pull the trigger, not to snipe match sticks at 1000 yards, but you will be able to reliably hit small targets from short to medium range within a few shots. For example, I hit two small 1/2 pound tannerite jars from about 50 yards away with 10 rounds through ironsights.
For ~$700 this is a great AK that will last a lifetime and eat whatever ammo you feed it, and shows that CIA has stepped up their production quality and is starting to distance itself from its old reputation. Definitely end of the world apocalypse survival approved in my book.
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