Originally Posted by range rat
I've been thinking about ordering an AK from Red Jacket as the show is entertaining and I think it would be fun to own one of Will's rifles. But, I am not sure how Red Jacket's product is any different or better than the run-of-the-mill AK available through the typical importers. Could someone tell me what exactly Red Jacket is doing to produce these AKs? Do they buy parts, assemble and do some accurizing? Thanks in advance.
IMHO, the main difference is the odds of getting a really good AK.
With Red Jacket, it's practically a sure thing (and if you somehow get a bad one, they'll fix or replace it).
With the cheaper AK's (most made or assembled by Century) it's much more of a crap shoot.
You could end up with an AK that shoots every bit as well as a Red Jacket. Or, just could get a disaster (canted sights, worn out barrel, unreliable, ...). Or (most likely), you could get something in between.
It really depends on how much money you're willing to spend to insure you get a good AK from the start vs. how much time/effort/money you might be willing to spend to fix an AK that isn't that good.