Is my MAADI pre ban ? How can I tell ?
I just picked up a nice used MAADI AK-47 rifle and I was wondering it it was pre or post ban ? Can any of you guys give me some advice as to how I can find out if my MAADI is pre or post ban ?
Who was the importer? If it was Intrac, Pars or CAI then it's not a preban.
The receiver is stamped CAI St AIB VT. So I guess its not pre ban !or is it ?
Nope, Steyr brought in the prebans.
Thanks for the help. Also are the AK's like mine good AK's or are they garbadge ? Please be honest.
Around 1980 Egypt bought a whole factory from Russia to mfg. the AKM rifle. The Russians set the factory up and trained the Egyptians to mfg. AKM rifles. So the Maadi rifles are as close to a Russian AKM rifle as you can get. Egypt has no forests so the wood for the rifles stocks came from Russia.
Century Arms International(CAI) imported 3 models of Maadi rifles. The MISR,MISR S/A,and the MISR-10. They also imported 2 types of Maadi receivers that they assembled into rifles using MAK-90 parts kits to make the model MISR-90 rifles. All Maadi rifles are of good quality with only the MISR-90 rifles looking a little funny due to the black painted Maadi receiver contrasting with the blued barrel and parts of the MAK-90 parts kit. The early assembled MISR-90 rifles have the barrel and rear sight base scratched up under the handguards due to the poor quality work done during assembly but this is purely cosmetic.
Maadiís have the potential to be some of the most and some of the least desirable AKís to own, it depends on the individual gun. Steyr brought in the pre-bans and are very desirable guns, as reflected by their price. The post-ban Maadiís were imported by Intrac, Pars and CAI, in that order through the 90ís. As a general rule, the Intracís are considered the best, the CAI guns the worst and the PARS fall somewhere in the middle. The least desirable of all the Maadiís was a combination of Chinese parts on a Maadi receiver that CAI sold. However, every Maadi needs to be considered on its own merit. Iíve seen Intracís with crooked sights and twisted receivers and Iíve seen (and own) CAI guns that were fine on all counts right out of the box. The best thing about the Intracís is they came in with threaded barrels covered with an easily removable muzzle nut. Iím pretty sure all of the PARS guns came in with the threads turned off the muzzle, which makes it problematic to add a slant brake if you want an authentic look. Most of the CAI guns came in with shaved muzzles, but not all. With the exception of the Maadi/Chinese CAI guns, all Maadiís were made on Soviet supplied equipment. This makes them the most authentic AKís for producing an early 70ís example of a Russian AKM. If thatís what you are after then you really canít do better. If you just want a shooter, then theyíre at least as good as any other AK in their price range. I currently own two, an early Intrac and late CAI. Both of my guns have proven utterly reliable and reasonably accurate (for AKís). Iíve swapped out the FCGís for G2ís and had the CAI gun refinished and a Russian folder installed. To be honest, I wouldnít trade either for anything being produced today. This is all just my opinion of course, and worth what you paid for it.
Thanks for all the info. I've always been an AR guy, but after shooting my AK, I've realized how much fun the AK's are to shoot and I have a new found respect for them. I think I'm going to have my AK refinished seeing is that the receiver is scratched up ( I don't want the thing to rust ) .
Again, Thanks for all the info!
the gun ban has expired so it dosnt matter enless you live in a state that has its own laws
just noticed that you live in new york im pretty sure they still have a ban
Are any of the Maadi's in need of compliance parts to make them legal with all the evil features installed?
All but the Steyrs. I think some of the CAI guns were sold in pistol grip configuration, but they used magazine parts to get to the proper parts count.