Read this:JF89 wrote: My buddy showed me a video of a suppossed homemade AK blowing up, he said they were trying to see how hot they could get the barrel and it blew up after a shit ton of ammo, this was somewhere over in the middle east.. From the sounds of it those AKs were worse then anything over here yet still managed to fire.
http://thechive.com/2012/12/06/apparent ... 25-photos/
And as I've been thinking, we should probably lay out what we see as "quality" or maybe just "good enough quality."
For me, if a gun runs like a scolded dog and I can drag it through the rain, snow, mud, dust, and whatever else I encounter, then it is "good enough." If it does all that and puts bullets ....generally...where I want them then it is "better." Anything more is fine, but that is where I stop.
For knives, I buy Condor. They are usually heat treated well but often need some finishing work. While many complain about that, I am fine because I do the same work to "finished" knives too. So I save a few dollars while doing the work I was going to do anyway.
For rifles, if the metal is good, I can do some finishing work. It teaches me skills. Without those exercises I would be a lot less capable than I am today. And I have more time than money, so "low cost" matters to me. And I am a prepper, not just a gun hobbyist, so that has an effect too.