Not all U.S. modified Century Arms AK-47 variants (WASR-10, SAR-1, SAR-2, & SAR-3 Rifles) develop problems.
But, far too many of the Century Arms U.S. modified AK-47 VARIANTS HAVE PROBLEMS, like trigger slap, (due to cheap malformed cast trigger groups); canted front sights; canted gas blocks; improper sizing of the magazine well (mags fit too tight, ot too loose...); and bad, or sloppy headspacing not found in anywhere near such numbers in 100% FOREIGN-ASSEMBLED AK-47 VARIANTS from China, Hungary (F.E.G.), Egypt (Maadi), or Bulgaria, and the "TRUE Romanian" AK-47 RIFLES, like the ones only imported in 1997, before the "Great Deceiver", Bill Clinton signed another executive order halting 100% foreign-assembled AK-47 varinats that accept hi-cap mags, like the better-made 100% "TRUE" Romanian Cugir Arsenal Rifles, known as the WUM-1, CUR-1 (Romak-1) in 7.62 x 39mm caliber, & the AK-74 caliber (5.45 x 39mm) Romanian AK-74 variants known as WUM-2, CUR-2, or Romak-2 Rifles.
What is realy strange on other websites, is why so many people want to defend a rifle that is known to have the problems outlined above, unless some of the discussion is from FFL's who love the Century Arms TRASH for the great profits they derive from them?
Remember, AK47World.com DOES NOT SELL GUNS!!!
So, what would we derive from being truthful about POOR QUALITY AK-47's?
WE ARE ONLY LOOKING OUT FOR OUR CUSTOMERS, and therefore wish to guide them towards better made-foreign-built AK-47 variants.
If that sounds anti-American, please remember the AK-47 is not an American-derived weapon, and VERY FEW Americans have the DECADES of experience building AK-47 Rifles that the foreign MILSPEC AK-47 Arsenals have in making these weapons.
In otherwords, having a partially, or completely U.S. assembled AK-47 is kind of like having a Mercedes built on a Chevy Vega assembly line!!!
Evidence of this, is the trigger slap & the other problems of Century Arms U.S. assembled AK-47 variants, the STUPID POWDER-COATING (Baked Enamel) on U.S. assembled SA-M7, so-called, but not real Bulgarian AK-47's, has resulted in many of our customers breaking front sight adjusting tools, because of STUPIDLY-PLACED baked enamel on the front sight apparatus, WHERE the 'characters' in Las Vegas who make the SA-M7, had the nerve to suggest that customers go through the HASSLE of shipping their SA-M7 rifles back to Las Vegas for front sight adjustments!!!
Gee, that's real bright Arsenal USA???
It appears the guys in Las Vegas finally realized (with their Black Phosphate finished "SA-M7 CLASSIC", that "REAL BULGARIAN" AK-47's, like the better-made pre-1998 imported 'TRUE' made in Bulgaria AK-47 variants, like the SA-93, SLR-95, and the SLR-96, have the more appropriate military style Black Phosphate finish, instead of a STUPID, Heat-retaining Baked-Enamel finish found on regular U.S. made SA-M7 rifles!
Q. I just got a Romanian SAR-2 and I have a few minor problems with it. The first problem is trigger slap. Another guy at the range with an SAR-1 said that he had the same problem until he changed the tigger. Is this common with SARs?
Q. Next the front sight seemed ok, but the accuracy with wolf ammo as pretty bad. I guess its the same with all AKs - about 6inch groups at 50 yrds. This is what the guy with the SAR1 was getting with wolf ammo and what I was getting with my MAK90.
A. CENTURY ARMS AK-47 VARIANTS CAN VARY WIDELY ON ACCURACY, BUT THE STEYR HAMMER-FORGED BARRELS ON BULGARIAN SA-93, SLR-95 & SLR-96 RIFLES SEEM TO OFFER THE BEST ACCURACY FOUND IN AK-47 VARIANTS IN THE U.S.A
Q. I had 2 (out of 500) shells get stuck in the breech of the SAR-2. I was able to remove the shells by slamming the bolt forward and pulling it back with force. I think this is due to the lacquer that Wolf ammo has on it.
Does anyone have any bad experiences with these rifles (SARs) and if so how did you fix them? Also what modifications/additions did you make to it?
A. Again, this is usually due to the POOR QUALITY CONTROL FOUND IN CENTURY ARMS AK-47 VARIANTS!
FOR THE REASONS ABOVE & OTHER REASONS, AK-47World.com ADVISES Consumers TO AVOID THE SAR-1, SAR-2 & SAR-3 Rifles from CENTURY ARMS, unless you like to gamble with your money, or your life (if you depend on a SAR series AK for self-defense), OR UNLESS you're a Kalashnikov armorer, or gunsmith qualified to fix the numerous problems found with the SAR-1, SAR-2, SAR-3, and WASR-10 series of AK-47 variants from Century Arms!
FINALLY, there's a guy in San Marcos, Texas who loves Romanian AK-47 variants, but who assumes that everyone who has trigger slap problems with SAR-1, SAR-2 & SAR-3 Rifles from Century Arms AK-47, will be as adept (with a Dremel tool) as he might be, in fIxing the TRIGGER SLAP PROBLEMS with CENTURY ARMS SAR-1, SAR-2, & SAR-3 AK-47 variants:
Subject: U.S. Troops PREFER AK-47s -
>Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2003 20:05:12 -0600
>Middle East - AP
>U.S. Troops Use Confiscated Iraqi AK-47s
>Sun Aug 24, 2:15 PM ET
>By ANDREW ENGLAND, Associated Press Writer
>BAQOUBA, Iraq - An American soldier stands at the side of an Iraqi highway,
>puts his AK-47 on fully automatic and pulls the trigger.
>Within seconds the assault rifle has blasted out 30 rounds. Puffs of dust
>dance in the air as the bullets smack into the scrubland dirt. Test fire
>U.S. troops in Iraq (news - web sites) may not have found weapons of mass
>destruction, but they're certainly getting their hands on the country's
>stock of Kalashnikovs - and, they say, they need them.
>"We just do not have enough rifles to equip all of our soldiers. So in
>certain circumstances we allow soldiers to have an AK-47. They have to
>demonstrate some proficiency with the weapon ... demonstrate an ability to
>use it," said Lt. Col. Mark Young, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 67th
>Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
>In Humvees, on tanks - but never openly on base - U.S. soldiers are
>carrying the Cold War-era weapon, first developed in the Soviet Union but
>now mass produced around the world.
>The AK is favored by many of the world's fighters, from child soldiers in
>Africa to rebel movements around the world, because it is light, durable
>and known to jam less frequently.
>Now U.S. troops who have picked up AKs on raids or confiscated them at
>checkpoints are putting the rifles to use - and they like what they see.
>Some complain that standard U.S. military M16 and M4 rifles jam too easily
>in Iraq's dusty environment. Many say the AK has better "knockdown" power
>and can kill with fewer shots.
>"The kind of war we are in now ... you want to be able to stop the enemy
>quick," said Sgt. 1st Class Tracy S. McCarson of Newport News, Va., an army
>scout, who carries an AK in his Humvee.
>Some troops say the AK is easier to maintain and a better close-quarters
>weapon. Also, it has "some psychological affect on the enemy when you fire
>back on them with their own weapons," McCarson said.
>Most U.S. soldiers agree the M16 and the M4 - a newer, shorter version of
>the M16 that has been used by American troops since the 1960s - is better
>for long distance, precision shooting.
>Two weeks ago, Sgt. Sam Bailey of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was in a Humvee when a
>patrol came under rocket-propelled grenade and heavy machine gun fire. It
>was dark, the road narrow. On one side, there was a mud wall and palms
>trees, on the other a canal surrounded by tall grass.
>Bailey, who couldn't see who was firing, had an AK-47 on his lap and his M4
>up front. The choice was simple.
>"I put the AK on auto and started spraying," Bailey said.
>Some soldiers also say it's easier to get ammo for the AK - they can pick
>it up on any raid or from any confiscated weapon.
>"It's plentiful," said Sgt. Eric Harmon, a tanker who has a full 75-round
>drum, five 30-round magazines, plus 200-300 rounds in boxes for his AK. He
>has about 120 rounds for his M16.
>Young doesn't carry an AK but has fired one. He's considered banning his
>troops from carrying AKs, but hasn't yet because "if I take the AK away
>from some of the soldiers, then they will not have a rifle to carry with
>Staff Sgt. Michael Perez, a tanker, said he would take anything over his
>standard issue 9mm pistol when he's out of his tank.
>And the AK's durability has impressed him.
>"They say you can probably drop this in the water and leave it overnight,
>pull it out in the morning, put in a magazine and it will work," Perez