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.
via Pre Ban Romanian AK47 Underfolder : Semi Auto Rifles at GunBroker.com.
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.
Kevin was a former Special Forces weapons man (MOS 18B, before the 18 series, 11B with Skill Qualification Indicator of S). His focus was on weapons: their history, effects and employment. He started WeaponsMan.com in 2011 and operated it until he passed away in 2017. His work is being preserved here at the request of his family.