But this was from a guy I used to work with at the gun counter in the general store many years ago. He's a great guy and I bump into him every now and then at the gas station where the old geezers hang out to drink coffee and sit on the benches in the sun when the weather is nice.
I remember telling him back when we were working together that he should buy himself a few AK-47 rifles. There was a big selection then, and we got guns at cost as a fringe benefit.
He was big into the FAL though, so that's where he put his gun money from the family budget. I asked him why he wanted one now, and he said he just felt like he should own one. I know how he feels, sometimes you just want a gun without having any real need for it.
He wanted to know if I had an AK-47 I'd sell. Years ago, before William the Bastard banned Chinese weapons from importation into the country, I bought a type 56.
I found two Mac-90's in a gun shop going out of business, and I bought both of them and refitted them with Choate stocks.
They are my working guns. I also bought a Chinese RPK that is really too heavy but I like it anyway.
I bought three drums to go with it, since the banana mag on an RPK is really awkward in prone position.
Alas, I didn't want to part with any of these guns, so I couldn't help him out. I felt badly about it, because he picked up an STG-58 at a Shot Show for me way back then and I'd like to help him. Part of the problem is that, like so many people, he doesn't want to buy through a dealer.He doesn't want to be in the NIC's data base that everybody knows the feds keep even though it is illegal for them to do so. That's why he never got his C&R, because he knew once you get on their list, you never get off of it.
He told me that he had recently been given the opportunity to buy a Bulgarian AK-47 that had been rebuilt with an American receiver and enough American parts to be legal, but the guy wanted $500 for it. My friend is still thinking of the days when you could get an AK47 in the $300 range but those days are gone forever.
There's one last AK I want to add to my collection, and that's the Yugoslavian underfolder. I know the stock lugs on these things come loose after a lot of use, and I know they are not as sturdy as a wooden butt stock. I just want one. To kind of round things out.
At the same time I bought the two MAK 90's from the store that was closing, I got four cases of Norinco 7.62X39, in spam cans, in the case. I think that the year was 1992.
Later I was able to get one case of Yugoslavian brass cased 7.62X39 on strippers, in spam cans, in the wooden case.
After all, you have to feed your babies!
Here's the Chinese SKS mentioned later in the comments section.