AK-47 Value?

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5 years ago #1
dodge
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I just aquired this AK-47 from my grandfather. He bought it new in the late 80's early 90's which I believe makes it a pre ban weapon. It says made in China on it along with the other markings. I believe "Vally Guns" was who imported it and the rest are serial numbers...? Any thoughts?

It's fun to shoot. We have a 10 round and I think a 30 or 50 round clip. I never filled the big clip to see what it holds. I know we haven't put more than 50 rounds through it cause we have some left over from a bag of 50 rounds.

Any way just wondering if anyone could let me know what the value is?

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5 years ago #2
flynscot
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The common term "pre-ban" refers to weapons imported prior to the 1986 revision of the Gun Control Act of 1968. I think you may have confused it with the Clinton-Era Assault-Weapons ban.

So, short anwer, no, if it's late 80's or early 90's, it's not a "pre ban" weapon. The Clinton assault weapons ban expired several years ago, anyway, making these types of weapons readily available again. (I think most dealers, or someone wanting to sell a military-style weapon use "pre-ban" as a marketing tool- the 1986 act banned ownership and sale of machine guns. I suppose a foreign-made AK receiver that was of select-fire type but still built as a semi auto would be more desirable to some, as it seems more authentic, but I digress).

You've got a sporterized AK here. I think this one was called the Valley Guns "Hunter." Many of these were imported from China for the commercial US market.

The factory 386 code is somewhat more desirable, supposedly being the Poly-Tech factory that made the Chinese military AK along side these. As the Chinese guns go, these are typically very nice. The Chinese AK is a well-made version. Solid weapon. Typical values are $550-$700, maybe a touch higher because or the factory code, depending on condition and stock configuration.

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5 years ago #3
dodge
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Thank youfor clearing that up. I knew someone would know. So Pre ban doesn't really apply here huh. Well I may shoot it a few more times just for fun and than I think I'll be selling it. I'm into more "hunting" type of guns anyway. I just wondered what it was worth. Thanks for responding. If anyone has more info on AK's I'd like to hear it.

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4 years ago #4
gun lover eric
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that is not a pre-ban as that is the "hunter" model ...pre-ban are pre-1986 and the hunter was imported after the ban to get past the "assault rifle" ban itself valued from 300-500 depending on the condition and the current market.

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4 years ago #5
Who?
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It might be valued at $300-500 but to who? I've been trying to sell for $200 and not one person seems interested. I'm not whining don't get me wrong. I just don't know anybody who wants an AK-47 that looks like a hunting rifle. If I were to buy an AK-47 I'd want it to look like an assult rifle too. (I inherited this gun.) It's fun to shoot though. I've personaly put a box of shells through it. Pretty accurate for peep sights. I should take it Deer hunting with the 30 round clip. Ha.

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4 years ago #6
Mauser/Luger
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This is what I keep telling people on this site...even if retail or book value is 500...the economy is so bad that everything is discounted up to half for quick cash.

People have to advertise for many months to get anything near retail...and have to put up with advertising aggravations...in some cities it is illegal to

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4 years ago #7
gun lover eric
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go to any onlime auction.....and a friend of mine just had one pass through his hands a few weeks ago ang got 400 for it and the stock was banged up....IF you can even find one as they are moderately rare due to low numbers imported because noone was buying them as they too wanted that "ak 47" look

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4 years ago #8
flynscot
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Well, first I think it's. Amusing you guys are jumping all over an post that was made over 9 months ago little slow on the uptake?

At any rate, with the Chinese/MAK AK variants, details definitely matter. A lot.

The rifle in the original post of this thread is a milled-receiver gun carrying the factory 386 (identified with Polytech) code. This is a very desirable gun regardless of the stock's appearance as it was built in the same factory that produced Chinese military AK rifles. They are generally considered to be as true as you can get to an actual military AK. People who buy these are looking for a quality true to form AK-type rifle regardless of the stock, wh ich can be changed if desired.

Rifles of this configuration still sell in the 500-700 range regularly. Auction link here.

The more common stamped-receiver or later-imported Chinese AK sporter
are certainly less. And your average parts-built Romanian/Polish/Bulgarian/Yugoslavian guns are usually less still. (Though there are exceptions to those as well.)

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4 years ago #9
loving my gun
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i have the same gun i will never sell mine i love it to much and it is diffrent from the other AKs you see

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3 years ago #10
garry
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I AM LOOKING FOR AN AK-47 Can u send photos? i

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3 years ago #11
Bob
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I have one of these Chineese Polyteck for sale.

It is in great shape, only fired a very few times

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3 years ago #12
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I haven't looked at this post for a while but Just to let everyone know I sold this gun for $275.00 It was a fun gun the few times I shot it but ultimatly it's just not my style. I'll stick with my comment earlier about it's value may be 5-$700 but to who??? Comparing this AK-47 to something like a nice shot gun is like comparing apples to oranges, but lets face it there are a lot more Trap shooters out there than AK-shooters. It would be tough to find someone willing to pay $700 for this gun even if it where Brand new never shot simply because those people are so rare. My personal opinon having shot this gun is it's not worth $150. It never jammed I'll give it that but it felt like it was going to rattle apart in my hands everytime I pulled the trigger. Makes me wonder why $700 value when there are such better guns out there. I'd take my old Remington 30-06 anyday prairie dog hunting over the AK Even if it does cost 4 times as much to shoot.

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3 years ago #13
Semi Guy
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Well I guess I was one of the rare people you were referring too... Just bought a Type 1 Hunter for $600. The condition was very good, hardly shot. I'll see how it shoots. Too bad I found your post just today! It should be on the new AWB list if there is going to be one.

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3 years ago #14
dodge
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Well it only took 5 months for someone interested in buying this gun to respond. Oh well. I hope your new gun serves you well.. Can you tell me why you decided to purchase it? I'd be interested in why it makes it worth that much.

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3 years ago #15
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I wanted a different AK and the time was after Sandy Hook. Anything AK or AR have been flying off the rack! The buttstock and handguard were a little loose when I got the gun. But just a screw driver fixed those. No rust whatsoever on a 20 year old gun. So it had been taken care of. No regrets so far. Any good deal on a milled receiver, I'd take a look!

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3 years ago #16
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Vindicated...so I was wright...he got about half. . .just like I said what usually happens...should have kept until this month then he could have got much more

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3 years ago #17
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I understand people are afraid of what might happen with any new Gun Control laws that may come around but I still don't see the draw to such a gun.. In my mind it's not the best choice for either hunting or protection. Lets face it I believe there are two main reasons for having a gun and that's Hunting and personal protection. I can think of many firearms that can fit the bill of both hunting and personal protection for the same approx price. Just looking for someone with an opinion on why this gun would be worth $700. I love guns as much as the next guy but if someone is looking for protection after Sandy Hook, is an AK or AR the best choice.. and would you really hunt deer with it.. I know you could do both but is it really the best choice for the money?

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3 years ago #18
Semi Guy
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The Hunter is a well built gun and feels very comfortable in my hands. I would use it for either purpose. Plus, it's rare. There is post from 2 year ago that says the gun is worth $700.
http://www.gunsnet.net/showthread.php?3326-Norinco-Hunter-7-62-x-39-To-Convert-or-Not-to-Convert-Why-Only-a-Fool-Would-Convert

Anyhow, so far, I like my Type 1.

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3 years ago #19
Semi Guy
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You might wanna do homework on how much an AR or AK costs now. If you have one for sale below $700, I'd buy from you.

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3 years ago #20
flynscot
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Yes, but this thread started over a year ago.

I still think that the gun could have realized a price in my original estimate range. I think the difficulty the seller had was that he was limiting his search for buyers to his local area. Often, to realize a good selling price, you have to market your gun nationally.

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3 years ago #21
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True.

I wasn't really questioning the selling price which could go up or down, especially as you stated, locally vs. nationally. I just wanted to appreciate and admire how those guns were built. Frankly, when I first received my Type 1 Hunter, I was kinda disappointed - the wood furniture was dark and the trigger looked odd. Then I opened it up... Wow, spotless and shiny! The receiver was beautifully milled and no rough edges. Some workmanship. The Chinese had devoted resources into their firearm industry for sure before 20 years ago. Would I buy another one of those? Probably, and yes in my price range.

(Previously posted under Guest name "Semi Guy". Now I'm registered to this site.)

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3 years ago #22
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Exactly. This gun isn't worth much to the average Joe out in B.F.E., but a milled receiver factory-386 gun was and is one of the best made AK variants around. People who know Chinese AK rifles will gladly pay for them.

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3 years ago #23
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Hey guys- just a friendly reminder.

Site rules specifically prohibit posts/offers to or sell firearms on the forums.

Sorry WBFan, had to delete your post.

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3 years ago #24
chazzz
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i just scored a type 1 chinese ak 47 hunter model 90 with the 386 stamp on it. got for 500 cash yea im stocked

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3 years ago #25
flynscot
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Sorry, Steve, GVB rules prohibit offers to buy our sell on the site- had to delete your post.


If you do sell it, though, feel free to let its know what it went for, though, as we are a value-oriented community, and that is great knowledge to have.

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3 years ago #26
kariii
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that things gunna be worth a sheetton!!!

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2 years ago #27
mr potatoe
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2 years ago #28
Semi guy
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2 years ago #29
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Semi-guy....

I suggest you read the rules before posting, or at least pay attention to posts above yours.

There is a prior post clearly stating that buying or selling is strictly prohibited on this site.

Mingo

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12 months ago #30
Sam
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I have underfolder with bayonet with 386 on it nice gun all original pre ban 1600$

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