||purchased this rifle a couple of months ago, and decided to wait a while to write the review to give me time with the rifle.
I did some research to find a rifle that combined a number of favorable characteristics.
What sold me one the rifle:
Price: $531 delivered was not beyond was I was willing to pay.
New Parts: Barrel, trigger, furniture, receiver. You are not importing a refurbished weapon.
Chrome Lined Barrel: Improved life and less susceptible to corrosion.
Tapco Trigger Set: While the pull may vary from receiver to receiver I have heard it is a generally good set.
Picatinny Rail on Foregrip: Throw a vertical or slanted grip on it right out of the box.
Side Scope Mount: If mounting an optic is something you want, this is a feature you want out. It could be pricey to pay someone to add this later so I wanted it from the factory.There are a variety of quick release mounts out there. I picked one up for $50.
Since buying the rifle:
Purchase and shipping from Buds went flawlessly as expected. Thanks!
I worried about some of the horror stories I had heard about sight canting and ridiculous magazine wobble. Since there is not a metric for ridiculous I used numbers. Front sight was canted right 1/32'' and the magazine wobble from the bottom of the mag was 3/8'' each way. I didn't think that was unreasonable for an AK. Also the finish was better than expected. No rust in or out and the internals has visible lubrication on them.
Putting several hundred rounds through it not one problem or issue.
Things you will want:
I needed a washer for my slant compensator, it was loose.
Factory iron sights are simple and asking to be replaced.
Factory mag is not bad but not but not "possibly the best AK mag" as their web site claims. I kept it to practice reloads.
My ONLY issue with the weapon is that the gas tube rattles a bit which is annoying.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]