This article was originally posted by Heckler&Coke on the Survivalist Forum. Special thanks the Heckler&Coke for giving permission for this article to be reposted here.
As some of you may know, I recently got a AK74. It’s the Century M74 sporter. I got this one locally for about $400 out the door with a sealed case of 5.45 mil-surp, and 4 Bulgarian 30 round magazines after some haggling. It seems to just be relatively new Bulgarian parts kits built on a proper Nodak spud receiver. Big plus there imho. Also, worth noting, they seem to be assembled pretty well for Century.
After the first day I realized without a heat shield the hand guard was useless, as the plastic literally began to melt during my specialized mall ninja training routine, so I just refinished some wood furniture I had lying around and slapped it on.
My first impression wasn’t too good to be honest, and I was second guessing myself the whole time but as an AK fan I knew better than to reject it outright. These have the absolute worst AK furniture I’ve seen in my life. Cheap plastic, no heat shield, no hand guard bulge, heats and melts easily, and it has a cheap look and feel. The finish isn’t all that great either. It’s just a really flat grey pseudo parkerized finish. I’ve already scratched it up pretty good in a few hours of hard use.
…but for ~$350 what can you really expect?