This gun is AWESOME. The quality was much better than I had expected. I had heard there was some quality control issues in the past - which obviously have been fixed. The sights were on straight, the rivets were set perfectly - no dented receiver, crooked or high set rivets.
My only minor complaint is the included plastic magazine...it wobbles L/R about 3/4". I ordered two surplus European steel mags and they fit much better. The seams on the plastic stock needed a little trimming with a razor blade at the mould seams, no big deal. It did however, come with a nice cleaning kit w/pouch - a nice surprise, However It didn't come with the cleaning rod...again, no biggie... $8 bucks online.
Also the fore grip in the description looks like the old Tapco plastic. The (updated?) fore grip on mine is stamped with I.O and has a small picatinny rail on the bottom, which my hand grip slid on perfectly! It also came with two screw on side rails to mount a tac light etc to the fore grip. In addition, it surprisingly came with a CNC milled scope mount attached. (sweet). A bit of the blueing around the scope mount is a little rough - again a minor blemish, but hey it's an AK, not a safe queen.
I ran over 60 rnds through it and it shot perfectly with cheap Walmart steel cased ammo. It has a GREAT trigger...smooth and decisive. I polished up the trigger group with a dremel for even smoother action.
This gun is probably the best bang for your buck for an AK. You will NOT be disappointed for $531!!!
The transaction with Bud's was smooth and easy as usual with regular email updates on the order status.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!