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Old May 4th, 2012, 03:27 PM #1
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Updated:VEPR's 7.62x39 and other variants???

I asked this question and bumped an old thread in the industry partners section but didn't get a reply so ......

I've been looking in the $500 - $800 range for the best quality rifle (AR or AK preferably Kalashnikov type) I can get in my price range and I'm ready to buy.

I'm trying to stay away from Century Arms (WASR 10 quality issues scare me) but have looked into the M10's as they are all New parts. I've also looked at Arsenal AK47's.

Seems, for the money, I can get better quality in a Kalashnikov variant than an AR if I buy right in this price range. Also, I'm not an amateur gunsmith type guy like some who want to tinker with their AR rifle constantly rebuilding, tweaking and adjusting which is why I'm looking at the Kalashnikov variants. (ahem ... whistling past the AR guys) Like to grab and go!

NOT trying to start an AK/AR squabble. Yes, I've looked at the Bushmasters Carbon & M&P15's. A possibility with the right deal. DO like HBAR's since they are cash & carry but gennerally out of my price range a bit.

++++> The Vepr AK 47 Rifle Russian Heavy Duty 762 x 39mm priced at $699 has caught my eye and this is mainly what I wanted to ask everyone. Looking at them on AtlanticFirearms.com. Love the standard styling and thumb-hole stock similar to the Russian tiger Draganov. The heavy duty barrel and receiver appeals to me for durability. http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/storeproduct967.aspx

I'm not a rich guy and lean more toward long term durability and reliability. I only want to buy one of these to round out my collection as a target rifle & a SHTF go to defense weapon. I already have a couple of pistols & several shotguns.

Anyone bought one of these??? What's everyone thoughts now that they have been out for a bit? Hows the trigger? Are there better trigger assemblies available? Also I'm considering some 'Tacticool' add-ons like Optics and a mag-light.

A negative - at least to me: My understanding is they do NOT take standard AK mags but can be converted? Are there hi-cap 30rnd VEPR mags available for these outside Maryland?

I'm way on the other side of the creek (eastern Shore) so most of the industry partners would be a haul. Takes me an hour and a half just to get to the bridge.

Maybe Clandestine or Nemesis can help straighten me out.

Thanks for all everyone does here on this site - I read here daily. I salute you! There is more firearms knowledge and experience on this site than any where else on the net.


Pardon my babbling but I get this way when I'm hedging a decision to purchase.
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if you get a VEPR make sure youget one that takes HiCap mags. $800 will get you alot of AK, make sure you shop around
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Best AK made IMO.
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if you get a VEPR make sure you get one that takes HiCap mags. $800 will get you alot of AK, make sure you shop around
hmmmm .... yea! Ive been looking around and read there are those that have been pre-modifying them to fit standard 30 round AK mags. If the price is right I'll step there if not I'll be getting someone knowledgeable to convert it for me i guess.

The VEPR sure looks and sounds rugged.
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Best AK made IMO.
Chad.....doest the VEPR take all the regular AK accessories ie stocks and Handguards? I don't like the thumbhole stock. I nice folder would great with this rifle
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Best AK made IMO.

DAYUM!!! Now that's an endorsement! I was hoping you would pop in and throw in your two cents.

Any idea about the conversion of the mag well to fit standard AK mags? That's my only stumbling block at this point.

Thanks guys for the help! I don't post much, I can't hold a candle to the knowledge and experience here so I remain generally quiet and read and learn.
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DAYUM!!! Now that's an endorsement! I was hoping you would pop in and throw in your two cents.

Any idea about the conversion of the mag well to fit standard AK mags? That's my only stumbling block at this point.
Why go through all that hassle?

Midcounty has a few already built up, ready to sale.
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hmmmm .... yea! Ive been looking around and read there are those that have been pre-modifying them to fit standard 30 round AK mags. If the price is right I'll step there if not I'll be getting someone knowledgeable to convert it for me i guess.

The VEPR sure looks and sounds rugged.
this model takes HiCaps

http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/storeproduct980.aspx
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Why go through all that hassle?

Midcounty has a few already built up, ready to sale.
I'll be running home from work here shortly. Once I get home I'll see if I can get in touch with them and get a price. Might be worth the drive. Thanks Inigoes!

fivepointstar: Thanks I'll check that one out too! But, buying from Atlantic means shipping plus transfer.

It's all getting down to the wire and i'll be taking the $$$ plunge here soon.

hmmm maybe if I don't eat for a week I can ........

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DAYUM!!! Now that's an endorsement! I was hoping you would pop in and throw in your two cents.

Any idea about the conversion of the mag well to fit standard AK mags? That's my only stumbling block at this point.

Thanks guys for the help! I don't post much, I can't hold a candle to the knowledge and experience here so I remain generally quiet and read and learn.
I mean it, they are thenicest AK you can have unless you want to pay someone like me to rework the gun, even then the VEPR will be more accurate compared ot most AK models.

Just get the model already converted for Hicaps, youll pay more to have a smith do the mods than buyig one already done.
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