As a long time AR-15 shooter I never jumped onto the AK train back when they were really cheap. I finally purchased my first AK variant rifle around two years ago and it was a Yugo M70 NPAP. Overall I love the rifle, the fit and finish are great and it’s very accurate, surprisingly accurate actually. One of the downfalls of the Yugo PAP AK rifles is all their proprietary parts, because of this AK factory and aftermarket stocks and handguards won’t fit on the Yugo AKs. I did see the new Archangel Yugo AK47 Furniture at the 2016 SHOT Show and there is the Magpul Yugo Zhukov-S Stock available as well so there are parts coming out for the Yugo.
The other major drawback to the M70 NPAP was the factory wood stocks, they caused the dreaded “Yugo Cheek Slap”. Check out the photo below from an old akfiles.com thread about the Yugo stocks. The top stock is a standard AK stock, the bottom is the Yugo NPAP stock. It has a much higher comb, which is nice if you have a scope or optics mounted to your rifle but if not it can make you feel like you’ve been jabbed in the face all day after a range session. A few things I did to try and remedy this was to add a muzzle brake which helped to reduce recoil and thus the slap. I also moved my face closer to the rifle receiver which also helped with the issue but it still was a pain to shoot. I ended up just using an aftermarket mount and added an AR15 buffer tube and stock which elimitated the issue and made my Yugo much easier to shoot.
While at the 2016 SHOT Show I noticed something very interesting at Century’s booth, they made a new stock for the Yugo rifles that’s shaped more like the standard AK stocks. They’re calling these new stocks the “Warsaw Stock” and they appear to be already included on newer Yugo AKs they’re selling. They’re made in the USA and are US 922r complaint with an overall length of 9.5″. It looks like Century saw all the complaints on the various gun forums and came up with their own solution, they currently go for $59.99 over at centuryarms.biz.