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    I found some old Guns and Ammo mags from the early 1980's yesterday.

    one, (Jan 1983) had an interesting article on the first AKs imported into the USA by steyr, made in Egypt and selling then for $1250 which I would imagine would be at least $2500 in 2007 money

    ammo was only available from Midway at the time, no surplus...................

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    A Steyr Maadi is still very expensive as a collector rifle. I do not know the curent market price. More competition these days but still a high cost rifle I'm sure.

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    i had one of the first in 1984 of the steyr maadis i still have the original sale slip for 429.99 from the distributor it came with 3 maadi made in egypt marked mags the fit and finish was superb. never fired it and was sold a few years later to an other major collector

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    Excuse my ignorance, but I was just a kid in the 80s. What is so special about the Steyr Maddi AK?

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    Very few imported.
    What has our country become? More takers than givers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csm1005 View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, but I was just a kid in the 80s. What is so special about the Steyr Maddi AK?
    Along with Clayco it was one of the first AK type rifles to be sold in this country. If I remember ammo was around $1.00 a pop. It would be a couple of years before the Chinese copper washed steel ammo would show up. I paid $55 for my first case. Wish that price would come back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csm1005 View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, but I was just a kid in the 80s. What is so special about the Steyr Maddi AK?

    As noted one of the first imported AK variants but more importantly considered to be of high quality and closest to the original Soviet production as the Egyptians used Soviet machinery to build the rifles. Subsequent imports were not of the same high quality but good AK variants. At the ban some of the MISR rtifles were cobbled with part Chinese and part Egyptian parts.

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    Did steyr make a underfolder model ?

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    Guys thanks for the info. I remeber back in the early to mid 90s the Mak 90s and Maddis were everywhere. But I've never seen a Styer Maddi before.

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    I have Maadi ARM thats every bit as nice as any Styer Maddi I ever seen, except for the tac weld muzzle cover,(threaded barrel) ground bayo lug and thumbhole stock.....even back in the day, I thought the Styer's were way over priced, so my first AK ever was a black poly Clayco underfolder.

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    I remember when that issue came out. (still have it) I wanted an AK real bad but $1,200 was too much for me at the time. Saw some Maadis at the Columbus, Ohio show and was not impressed. Receiver was painted black. SOG was starting to dump them for $500 since the Claycos were starting to come in. Compared the Clayco to the Maddi and without hesitation, bought the Clayco underfolder for $500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richarduk View Post
    I found some old Guns and Ammo mags from the early 1980's yesterday.

    one, (Jan 1983) had an interesting article on the first AKs imported into the USA by steyr, made in Egypt and selling then for $1250 which I would imagine would be at least $2500 in 2007 money

    ammo was only available from Midway at the time, no surplus...................

    regards

    Richard

    Actually, they still sell for their original $1250 price tag or even less in a few cases. I saw (2) mint condition ones sell quickly in the last five months for $900 and $1100.

    The Steyr imports were marked "Steyr, Secaucus, NJ" on the right side of the receiver. Only about 2000 or less were imported before they were banned. These are the only true pre-ban Maadi rifles. All other Maadi rifles are post-ban rifles.

    They are a neat find for the AK collector, but I still prefer the Chinese pre-ban rifles!

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    I too can remember walking into a local gunshop circa 1984 and seeing a Steyr-imported Egyptian Maadi ARM hanging on the wall for something in the neighborhood of $1,000.00 plus dollars, right next to a Chi-Com AK with a price tag of $295.00. Since you couldn't afford to actually SHOOT the weapon (no ammo available at the time), most folks bought the Chinese AK's. I remember a few buddies of mine buying Chinese side-folders on their birthday for the princely sum of $325.00 plus tax. They loved them. Still couldn't afford to shoot them for a while, until the cheap surplus Chinese ammo showed up by the boatload a year or so later. I remember thinking the unissued $75.00 Chi-Com SKS was a better buy for the money, but heck, what did I know! You could look through large green wooden NORINCO crates of them all day, just to pick-out a few with a blade bayonet, something that closely resembled the pictures of what a Russian SKS was supposed to look like.

    Friend of mine once bought a Chi-Com SKS for every member of his family one Christmas around 1986. We spent DAYS cleaning off the cosmolene and test-firing every rifle the week before Christmas. I remember his mother didn't think much of her's but his father, brothers and sisters just loved 'em!

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    I traded my Clayco AK for a P7M8, seeing how I payed bout $400.00 for my AK back in the day....I feel good about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richarduk View Post
    I found some old Guns and Ammo mags from the early 1980's yesterday.

    one, (Jan 1983) had an interesting article on the first AKs imported into the USA by steyr, made in Egypt and selling then for $1250 which I would imagine would be at least $2500 in 2007 money

    ammo was only available from Midway at the time, no surplus...................

    regards

    Richard
    Had one myself, with a three digit serial number. Loved it, but about a year later saw a Clayco underfolder which appealed to me more. Both are gone, and I regret that.

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