This auction was represented as a “pre-ban Romanian Underfolder” AK and ultimately sold for just under $1k.
It wasn’t that at all.(In response to comments, the auction seller did make some adjustments before the hammer fell, but the “pre-ban” nomenclature stood. If somebody bought this in a ban state, he will either be committing a felony or — if he’s lucky — will find it impossible to take delivery).
AK 47, Underfolder, Hi-Cap, semi-auto. Rifle is in Excellent condition, comes with two 30 round mags and one 40 round mag and Bayonet. Date stamped in receiver is 1968.
It appears, from its undimpled receiver, to be a common-and-garden-variety Century WASR. These are indifferently slapped together by Century in Georgia, Vermont, from parts from scrapped military AKs and new el-cheapo receivers.
We’ve seen dozens of these, and we have yet to observe one without assembly or finish deficiencies. They generally do function, which is a credit to Kalashnikov, not the Century crowd.
Maybe the new market is so overheated that a Century AK is worth a grand. You’re better off buying a parts kit and bending your own receiver — while it’s still legal.