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American-Made AK-47 Rifles Compete: PSA vs. Century Arms

American-Made AK-47 Rifles Compete: PSA vs. Century Arms
We ran three U.S.-made AKs head to head to see how we liked them, or not: They were the PSA AK-47 MOE Edition ($749), a Century Arms RAS47 Magpul-Zhukov ($800), and a PSA AK-47 Gen2 Classic Red ($849) with Magpul and surplus magazines. The RAS47 Magpul-Zhukov (above) offered an excellent stock and furniture set-up, but the side-mount optic rail did not work with a Russian-built PK-01 VS red dot from Kalinka Optics (kalinkaoptics.com), so we ran them all with open sights. The optic worked with the PSA rifles. We found a lot to like with all three rifles and would not hesitate purchasing any of the models tested.

At one time AKs were made from de-milled parts kits or shipped into the U.S., then rebuilt with a specific number of U.S. parts to make it 922r compliant, and they still are today. But depending on what company remanufactured the rifle, the rifle might look like an AK-47 semi-automatic, but not work like one. In recent years the cost and availability of quality AKs have gone up and good ones can sometimes be difficult to acquire.

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