POTD — 5 Gold Bricks AKA 223 Valmet Mags

Thought I would share something from the armory. Of all the AK’s in the US, it is generally believed that the “best” AK’s are Finnish Valmet AK’s. Personally I am not prepared to hang my hat on that assumption.

I recognize they are well made. Especially when you look at them from a historical prospective. But I suspect many US collectors conflate scarcity with quality. That is usually a false prophet.

For example: What you see here are the rarest magazines of one of the rarest Valmet variants: the 223/5.56 M76 AK. The reason they are so rare is very few countries adopted the 223 AK and when you factor in the 1989 import ban, these rare rifles become even more so in the US.

Back to the magazines, these are so rare that in many cases the original buyers of the M76 223 AK didn’t even a magazine with the rifle!!! WTF? Talk about a death sentence!

Right now in January of 2018, these real Valmet 223 magazines are bringing between $300 – $350. Just a year ago they were $200-$250. Again…if you can find them. And I am not talking about the aftermarket Valmet mags.

So…with these mags you see and some you don’t, we have as much money, or more, tied up in the Valmet magazines than the dang rifle they are for!

Like I said: Gold Bricks. If you can find them.

Marky
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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • If these Valmet prices get any higher, they’re going to have to revalue them in Bitcoin!

    Marky

  • Brennen Munro

    If they keep getting “more stupid” in value, then it may be time to re-purpose the rifle w/magazines… AKA, sell that thing and get several things that you guys need/want/must have, and let those AK Connoisseur types trade you some real gold for those “gold brick” mags! I am lucky enough to have a pre-ban Egyptian Maadi, complete with threaded barrel and the most evil, terrible bayonet lug! It is well built considering where it came from, they were trying to just get into the US market when bam! The bs scary things that make some guns even scarier law was passed under the name of the assault weapons ban.
    I know that they made an attempt to comply with the new regulations, but adding those giant bung hole stocks and giving them the straight pipe end barrels made an already ugly rifle even uglier and very heavy! I think they also had to do something about that scary thing that “comes up”… I have no idea what “it” was, but the senator from the state of California sure did! I know several people who have gun shops and a couple of others who have their FFL just to make it easier for them to purchase, and what I know from talking to each of them is that the margins are so low for selling firearms that they would not make it without picking up extra sells from mags, holsters, and various add-on goods. I always wonder what else they want to do to me in order to protect me?
    Man have I prattled on! Enjoy your bricks Marky!

    Munro

    • I plan on picking up a Maadi one day.

      Marky

      • Brennen Munro

        They are out there. But the last one that I saw was at the very last gun show that I went too and the guy thought he had something that was crazy valuable. I could understand the kind of money he was asking if he could prove that it was Mubarak’s personal rifle or something! But his thinking was that because you do not see many of them… then that makes them valuable. I tried to explain that it was an AK, just like the millions of others out there. Being a Maadi did not make it any better/faster/stronger than the other AKM’s out there, it just made it built in Egypt vs being built in the east block. I am pretty sure that he took that rifle home with him unless he really came down in his asking.

        Munro

        • Reminds me of a conversation I had on a flight sitting next to a arms dealer.

          Marky

          • Brennen Munro

            Was he trying to sell you “Mubarak’s” personal rifle?! Or was he selling rare and mysterious firearms from the remote corners of the world, for only a reasonable mark-up to cover his expenses… I may have had to sit through a dinner with the same guy! Ha! The world is to small to carry a grudge, that’s what high explosives are for… Or something like that seemed to be his catch phrase

            Munro