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i was watching the history chanel today some show about crime in south africa,and they said that an AK-47 could be had in south africa for less than 50 bucks!...now why cant we get em that cheap here?
 

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Originally posted by whirlwind
i was watching the history chanel today some show about crime in south africa,and they said that an AK-47 could be had in south africa for less than 50 bucks!...now why cant we get em that cheap here?
cause the importers have to pay Sergi/Pablo mucho dinero to Americanize them!!!
 

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I'll bet those import tariffs are a real killer. Bet we could have fifty-dollar SKS's too.
 
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well if you find a dead tribesman with one in his cold dead hands..you can afford to sell it for $50..remember alot of the people over there make less than $5 a day
 

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Yeah, watched that also....plus they are full auto...bummer man! :(
 

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The soviet union shipped those things to African nations by the boat load (literally) back in the 70's and 80's in attempt to buy their allegiance. Those AKs have been used and abused for 10 to 30 years now and traded among people who are lucky to have food, $50 is more money then some have ever seen.
 

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Originally posted by Pumpkinheaver
I think being full auto would be a plus!
I meant bummer because I don't have one! :( :full:
 

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$50 AK's in SA

Well, my input is somewhat dated but I used to live and work in South Africa back in 1996-97 and at that time guns of all kinds were quite common.

I would imagine that the $50 AK's first of all are second hand and secondly that they are coming from other "neighboring" regions where the Soviets supplied zillions of them to every socialist leaning country needing arms and looking to the USSR for "friendship".

Even in 1996 it was common to see everyone from parking lot attendants to rent-a-cops and concerned homeowners with guns of all types. From my observations the most popular were variants of the Uzi as well as the AK pistol (ie) AK47 without Butt stock. These compact guns were everywhere as were every kind of hand gun imaginable. I would guess that a full sized AK would be a desireable gun there but certainly not the first choice of those with more money to spend for a more compact and easily carried mini-automatic military firearm.

Would I pay $50 for one of them here? You bet! But keep in mind that what we get here are NEW AK's that have been made to conform to US laws AND that have passed through the hands of several importers, wholesalers and retailers before we ever get to see them. A South African seller dealing in used merchandise obtained from even more impoverished African lands than SA and then being sold directly in markets, from car trunks or small private in-home gun shops don't have all these loop-holes and expenses to pass on to their far less wealthy customers than we have to face.

$50 is quite a bargain unless you only make $20 -$30 a week in a country where every penny of that income is needed by most people just to stay alive.
 
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