Last night, while at work, I ordered my first AK47.
I ordered a Hungarian AMD 63 rifle that was built from original surplus parts sets. This particular firearm is based on the Hungarian AKM. The Hungarian AMD 63 replaced their AMD 65 (their 65s were more expensive to build and had reliability issues with the foregrip).
Note: This rifle is mislabeled by importers. It is actually an AKM 63. The folding stock version is still called the AMD 65, though.
It will come with a composite stock, 5 30-round Tapco mags, a 4-cell mag pouch, and a AMD leather sling.
I ordered through Clearview Investors.
I was on the fence between an AMD 65 or an AMD 63. AMD 65s appeared to be much more difficult to find and also don’t have all that many mod options. The difference between the two is that the AMD 65 has a foldable stock (a metal piece that can be crooked). So, I opted for the AMD 63 instead.
This is the item I ordered.
The below is what is listed in the description at the above link. I’ll list it here in case it changes in the future.
AK 47 Variant 7.62×39 Rifle
Original Hungarian FEG “Heavy Wall” Stamped Receiver
New U.S. 16.5” Barrel, 4140 chrome moly
Barrel threaded 14mm-1, standard AK threading
Muzzle Brake threaded on
Tapco G2 Trigger Group
Accepts hi-capacity magazines and drums
U.S. made Butt Stock
Plastic Pistol Grips (stained black)
37.5” Overall length
Built to our specs. from original AMD 65 parts, from double stack rifles. This means that the bolt, bolt carrier, etc.. were made to handle double stack mags. The heavy wall receiver is an FEG with a double stack mag well.The rifles are built by Clearview Investments. They are well built using a new U.S. made barrel, with the gas port, front and rear sight blocks aligned carefully, assembled and then the entire assembly is parkerized. Each rifle is tested with a variety of mags prior to shipping.
Note : These rifles are built from original surplus part sets. Metal components have been professionally parkerized to a like new finish however grips and forearms are original and may show some rub or finish wear. Trust me though, overall these are nice.
I’m definitely excited about this firearm, because I’ve been looking for AK variants for awhile. I specifically wanted something that wasn’t going to beat itself up as I shot it, and it had to be not-too-expensive while also chambered in 7.62×39.
I initially started looking at Century Arms’ C39v2 because I liked the idea of an AK that was made in the U.S, but when I saw MAC’s and AKOU’s reviews of the rifle, I backed off.
I then researched PSA’s PSAK47, which is actually not a bad option. I’d have probably had one by now if they’d been better stocked. They were always out of stock.
I then researched the WASR 10s and N-PAPs. In fact, I was researching those guns last night and was on the ak47 Reddit subpage when I saw an archived post of someone mentioning Clearview Investors as a good source for a rifle they mentioned, the AMD 63. When I saw that the firearm was Hungarian-sourced and was on sale for $529 (regular price was $621), I began to feverishly research. The only issue this rifle will have is carrier tail mushrooming. Here’s an example, with pics. From my understanding, the Tapco trigger is the cause of that (the metal of that trigger is harder than the metal of the carrier tail). That can easily be fixed by installing a different trigger group (to a trigger group that is known not to mushroom the carrier group). So, I’m trying to find out if anyone has had any luck with other-than-Tapco triggers.
I’ll also be needing to get some 7.62×39 (in bulk, which will be cheaper than buying range ammo).
I’ll review the rifle when I receive it (should receive it sometime this coming week but I work swing shift so it may be difficult to get until my next weekend. We’ll see.