Welcome everyone to the 35th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.
In our last edition, our poll showed that you the readers, by the thinnest of margins, deemed the Crossfire MK-1 a Hot Gat.
In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a gold plated Zastava AK47. As is tradition, this gold plated AK is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $7,500 with No Reserve.
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP?
24K Kalashnikov or Golden Gopnick Garbage?
Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:
“This is what happens when African warlords go through a midlife crisis” – Luke C.
“The Cartel called, they want their money. Preferably right now.” – Pete
“That Shroud looks like a Russian oligarch’s sex toy” – Matt M.
“For the Taliban Mullah who has everything… except taste.” – Will P.
“Plata o plomo? Gold or Lead? Why not get both?” – Eric B.
“Finally, an AK built to the modest proletariat standard it was originally designed for.” – Tom R.
“Please let that krink brake be a new trend of “tactically oversized” gold front sights” – Rusty S.
“Dictator 2020: Starter pack – the gun” – Giorgio O.
This week’s HGFC find was sent over to us by viewer Brent C. Nice find Brent!
Selling this Gucci Gat is GunBroker seller Fords Custom Guns, located in Crystal River Florida. Let’s see what they had to say about this blinged-out out Serbian AK.
Full size Zastava AK47 imported by Century Arms
24k Gold plated with polished chrome small parts
Fully engraved by Ford’s Custom Plating & Services, Inc.
Included, 24k gold, custom engraved 30 round mag
Included, 24k gold, custom engraved drum
Included, 24k gold, custom engraved muzzle break
Furniture is aluminum, 24k gold, custom engraved, with folding shoulder stock
Shipping included with “Buy Now”. Otherwise, buyer pays actual shipping/insurance cost.
Not California or Massachusetts compliant. Buyer is responsible for knowing their state laws.
Selling prices reflect a 3% cash discount.
This certainly isn’t the first gold plated gat to be featured here on Hot Gat or Fudd Crap. With that said, it certainly stands out from the rest. When it comes to engraving there’s a sort of sweet spot in both the amount of engraving and the style of engraving. This particular style misses both marks for me and features patterns I would expect to find on my grandmother’s tapestries.
I can’t complain too much about the different choices in magazines. Because let’s be honest, none of us have a gold plated AK drum magazine laying around. That said, I can’t shake the odd engraving style or placement. It seems it was imperative that the back of this magazine be engraved, while other areas were seemingly neglected.
This whole build just seems disjunct. Between the different engraving styles, and mixture of skeletonized furniture beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love a side folding AK, but this is just way too much.
With that said, Zastava AK’s are fantastic in terms of quality. So maybe, just maybe, there’s someone who’s REALLY looking to stand out in the AK crowd.
What do you think? Is this golden Kalashnikov a Hot Gat, or just overly posh Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this Gold Plated Zastava AK is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap: