A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Romanian Kalashnikov

Although it is not known for match grade accuracy, perhaps the most ubiquitous, most reliable, and the best known rifle in the world is the AK or Avomat Kalashnikov rifle. Click to enlarge The AK is extremely popular among those who desire a large capacity rifle with handling characteristics that lend themselves to a defensive use.

The Kalashnikov rifle survived the assault weapons ban of 1994 as the SAR, and then the WASR. Legal variants of these rifles were able to accept large capacity magazines and drums. They remained legal in most states, although some of the more popular features such as folding stocks, bayonet lugs and flash suppressors were forbidden. Because these rifles were imported, the owners had to keep up with legal parts counts to insure they were not in violation of federal law.

The most common of these imports were the Romanians. Many suffered from canted sights and ugly wood, but they were relatively inexpensive compared to an AR-15.Click to enlargeMost imported Kalashnikovs fired the 7.62X39 round, although some were chambered in 5.45X39. Today, Kalashnikov rifles cost around $375 to $450. Thirty round double stack magazines run around $15. The SAR1 pictured here was purchased in 2002, and at that time it had a wooden stock. At 12:05 AM, September 13, 2004, the federal prohibition against vaguely military looking ugly guns sunsetted, a rum and coke was consumed, and a Romanian folding stock was attached in celebration. Hopefully we will never see those dark days again.

If the incoming administration seeks to revitalize the 1994 AWB, the Kalashnikov variants now on the market will certainly be on the list. Further information on the Romanian Kalashnikov rifles can be found here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Great timing.

By the way, what do you think about the Post election panic buying? Is it a good thing in your opinion that more people are getting guns / people are getting more guns or do you think that it is unnecessary, or what?


7:21 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Tech-sight is coming out with a version of their outstanding AR-15 rear sight for the AK. a boon for aging eyes!

8:16 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

I think that it doesn't really matter what I think.

I have one word for the panic buyers.


11:54 PM  
Anonymous brad_in_ma said...

Here in the P.R.of.MA., we have a state law that keeps the rules of the 1994 AWB in place. WASR-10s are now selling for $600 !!!!!! at a very popular Boston-area gun shop. We also have severe restrictions on pistols of any caliber with more than 10 rounds capacity, etc., etc., etc., etc. JayG of MArooned can give you more details.

And to your point about ammo . . today is National Ammo Day.

- Brad

7:53 AM  
Anonymous perpster said...

New York's virtual mirror image of the Fed AWB never sunsets.

10:17 AM  

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