The factory trigger is one of the best we’ve ever seen on an AK. After about 1/8” of very light take-up, the trigger breaks crisply and cleanly at an average pull weight of 3 lbs. 4 oz. Overall, fit and finish were quite nice—and in our opinion—worthy of its asking price.
Fit of the laminated furniture seemed above average (no rattly, loose forend halves or sevearly ill-fiting buttstock) and the finish was on-par with other AK’s in this price range. The buttstock is fitted with a stamped sheet-metal buttplate butt plate and equipped with a sling swivel, to which we mounted the new lightweight Blue Force Gear Vicker’s One one-inch-wide sling.
Accuracy and reliability were tested from the bench at a range of 50 yards using the Aimpoint Micro H2 sight ($796); www.aimpoint.com). Rapid fire function testing with a variety of Hornady, Wolf and Tula ammunition revealed a gun that just wouldn’t quit. No malfunctions were encountered in over 200 rounds of function testing on steel plates. Perceived recoil was modest and controllability was excellent.
“To test the gun’s mechanical accuracy, we opted to keep the Aimpoint mounted and dial the distance back to 50-yards to make up for the lack of magnification. While the other brands of ammo managed at least one 3-shot group that measured under two-inches, the Hornady SST load (which we’ve come to expect super-human performance out of) printed a best group of about 7/8 of an inch. There were others that were nearly as impressive, and for a standard- pattern AK, that ladies and gentalman is damn-good performance.”
See the AKM247-C at your gun shop, or contact I.O., Inc., Dept. OT; Tel.: (321) 499-3800; Web: www.ioinc.us