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Old 03-28-2009, 04:18 PM   #1
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"New" AK74.

Today I bought an excellent condition Romanian-made (by S.N. Romarm, S.A. Cugir, according to the markings) SAR2 AK74, caliber 5.45x39mm, along with 4 30 round mags, one ten round mag, and 160 rounds of ammuntion, from my brother in law for $400. He's been laid off work for a month (goes back Monday) and needed the money. I didn't really need/want the gun; I did it mainly to help him out. He was willing to part with this gun because he has another almost identical to it in his gun safe.

Couple questions: I know this was a good deal, but, dollar wise, how good was it? Also, how the heck do you lock the bolt back for cleaning on an AK? I plan to buy a book on AKs within days, but I'd appreciate that tidbit of info now. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:29 PM   #2
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Couple questions: I know this was a good deal, but, dollar wise, how good was it? Also, how the heck do you lock the bolt back for cleaning on an AK?
1. Sounds like a fair (good) deal, especially in today's climate.

2. I don't think you do. I think you just pull off the receiver cover, take out the bolt, and clean it that way.
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Couple questions: I know this was a good deal, but, dollar wise, how good was it? Also, how the heck do you lock the bolt back for cleaning on an AK?
1. Sounds like a fair (good) deal, especially in today's climate.

2. I don't think you do. I think you just pull off the receiver cover, take out the bolt, and clean it that way.

Okie dokie -- thanks. I have zero experience with AKs, and intially planned just to resell the rifle and get my money back, but now that I've handled it a bit (haven't shot it yet, since the weather in Oklahoma is yucky today) I like it.

And heck, the 16 boxes of ammo alone (it's actually 320 rounds, not 160 -- my mistake) are worth at least eighty bucks of the $400 purchase price.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:05 AM   #4
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Re: "New" AK74.

AKs do not have a bolt lock to hold them open. Some magazines in 7.62x39 will lock the bolt open (Yugoslavian). However, removing the magazine results in the bolt-closing. Pull the cover, and remove the bolt for cleaning.



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A bolt hold open can be fashioned very easily by cutting a notch into the safety lever for the bolt handle.
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A bolt hold open can be fashioned very easily by cutting a notch into the safety lever for the bolt handle.
The Armi-Jager .22 AK (and Galil) lookalikes come with these notches, but I wasn't sure if it were safe to recommend doing it on a "real" one. Thanks for confirming that it's do-able.
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A bolt hold open can be fashioned very easily by cutting a notch into the safety lever for the bolt handle.
+1 for that method. , Snake, I have not had any negative experience with notching the safety lever. you can also buy them (i think its a yugo model) already made that way.

 
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Re: "New" AK74.

Krebs makes a rather nice unit: http://www.krebscustom.com/PartsPages/K ... arts.shtml (couple of items down on the page) ENHANCED AK SELECTOR LEVERS for 65.00.

A bit on the pricey side, but they certainly did it right. But if you're slow going and careful, you can achieve the same thing on your lever with a Dremel and some files. Krebs just adds an additional tab to make it even more convenient.
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Also, how the heck do you lock the bolt back for cleaning on an AK? I plan to buy a book on AKs within days, but I'd appreciate that tidbit of info now. Thanks in advance.
i found this video on youtube for disassembly, cleaning, etc and it's been very helpful.


nothing about locking the bolt back, but the notch in the safety idea sounds good.
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And heck, the 16 boxes of ammo alone (it's actually 320 rounds, not 160 -- my mistake) are worth at least eighty bucks of the $400 purchase price.
One of the best things about a 74 is the price of the ammo. You can still find cases for a reasonable price 1080rnds for 159.95. http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/R...45x39_FMJ.html
So after shipping say at the most twenty cents a round--thats a heck of a deal now days, I do not know of any round that is that cheap right now 7.62x39 is coming down but I do not think the good ol' days are coming back anytime soon. 7.62x51 yikes! Glad I bought what I did then, wish I would of bought more
Not as cheap as what they used to be (I remeber a case was 99 bucks last year) but still very reasonable. I just hope that since the are now making AR uppers in 5.45 all of the AR fans will not go [email protected] over it and drive the price up.
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