Reasons to buy Serbian AKs sooner than later

Sarajevo experiencing turbulent times. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Sarajevo experiencing turbulent times. (Photo credit: Reuters)

While United States news outlets have given very little coverage to the unrest of Sarajevo, nontraditional sources such as Reddit.com and overseas outlets like the BBC and Al Jazeera are up to date. The biggest reason CNN, FOX and their ilk’s coverage has been lacking is they don’t think it matters to Americans, at least not in the mainstream.

At the risk of seeming like an opportunistic, self-serving vulture, I’m going to recommend that anyone interested in buying a Serbian firearm do so now.

While Sarajevo isn’t in Serbia, it’s only 45 miles from the border and if the violent protests lead to full scale revolution, the two long-standing enemies, Bosnia and Serbia, might go to war again. You might be wondering what precedent I have to believe this. One word: Iran.

A scant 10 months after the Ayatollah took power, ousting a similarly corrupt government, Iran was embattled in full-scale war with Iraq. Sure, Saddam Hussein had a large hand in this, but freshly overthrown governments are prime for invasion, especially from bitter neighbors.

What does this have to do with weapons? If the aforementioned events took place, Serbia would need to rearm its militaries and shift civilian rifle production to its military. Potentially cutting off access to foreign importers forever, if the victor is either anti-American or has U.N. sanctions levied on it.

The Serbs make the fine NPAP. (Photo by: Jim Grant)

The Serbs make the fine NPAP. (Photo by Jim Grant)

Folks not obsessed with the AK-47 are now pondering, “What guns does Serbia manufacture?” The PAP series of rifles that Century International has been importing are all made in the Serbia-based, Zastava Arms Factory. PAP rifles are basically Serbian Military M70 assault rifles with the fire control and bolt replaced with American-made semi-automatic parts. PAPs differ from Soviet-pattern rifles, because they are the only AK rifles a buyer can purchase factory new in a “non-sporting” configuration.

My predictions could certainly be wrong. Nevertheless, two things are 100 percent certain: the quality of these rifles won’t disappoint and you’ll be kicking yourself later if they stop being imported, and you have to pay inflated Norinco-esque prices for one a few months later.