The AK-47 has the added benefit of training shooters of all skill levels in AK manipulation techniques. The low cost of shooting .22 LR ammunition is attractive, but not at the expense of an unfamiliar rifle with awkward controls and an uncertain reliability aspect, an issue only compounded by not getting any training value out of range time with your primary weapon. Fortunately for those who like military rifles, all of these issues were not a factor with the AK-47. The look, feel and controls are nearly identical to its popular big brother. From the first time the AK-47 was handled, it was noted that the shooter had the same feel as if shooting an AK-47 or AK-74. Whether it is for low-cost realistic training or to help a youngster learn to handle this style, the AK-47 will make a nice addition to any firearms collection.
Both licensed and unlicensed production of the Kalashnikov weapons abroad were almost exclusively of the AKM variant, partially due to the much easier production of the stamped receiver. This model is the most commonly encountered, having been produced in much greater quantities. All rifles based on the Kalashnikov design are frequently referred to as AK-47s in the West, although this is only correct when applied to rifles based on the original three receiver types.  In most former Eastern Bloc countries, the weapon is known simply as the "Kalashnikov" or "AK". The differences between the milled and stamped receivers includes the use of rivets rather than welds on the stamped receiver, as well as the placement of a small dimple above the magazine well for stabilization of the magazine.
I picked up a 1972 WASR 10/63 that is the least wobbling, minimally rattling, and imperfection bearing underfolder I’ve ever seen; all the while being a noncomplain’ ammo eatin’ lead spittin’ rounds on target everytime I squeeze the trigger amalgamation of metal and wood I’ve ever seen. A mere $500. It did not however arrive with a cleaning rod or a sling but instead, with a bayonet. I also picked up 5 of the 40rd magazines and it came with two 30rd magazines also. I wanna swap out the skinny lil Tapco grip with an authentic wood one. am accepting gifts and/or donations of anything AK, AR, DSA, FN, or….ect, ect, yeah yeah. Them grips feel better in you hand too; I opine.