View Full Version : I.O. Radom AK47- good, bad, or meh?

09-10-2015, 10:23 PM
I have an opportunity to pick up a Radom AK. I thought it was an older Radom but it turned out to be an I.O. Radom. I have no experience with I.O. rifles but kinda remember there were quality control issues with them. Can anyone give me their thoughts?

Yes, I tried the search function but got far too many results to wade through.

Thanks in advance.

09-10-2015, 10:26 PM
Get a wasr.

09-10-2015, 10:31 PM

09-10-2015, 10:40 PM
Please stay far away from IO

09-10-2015, 10:45 PM
before making a decision, double-triple-quadruple check all the rivets, check all the pins (barrel and blocks), then pray that gas port is drilled correctly ;)

09-11-2015, 3:36 AM

Wes C Addle
09-11-2015, 3:56 AM
search IO on AK Files

you can thank me later

09-11-2015, 4:08 AM
Don't t get it. Look for a c39v2 or ras47 from century arms. They had a reputation like IO but have since overcome their quality issues.

Looks like a random AK but it is American made. If you are not American made then I assume you will pass on it.

09-11-2015, 4:13 AM
a room full of monkeys could build a better AK. I.O is junk. they did buy off some youtube gun channel though. Watching the guy talk about how great the rifle is while it was failing was funny. When he was called out on the BS the video was deleted.

09-11-2015, 4:33 AM
As mentioned numerous of times, stay away. You'll be much better off getting a wasr. If $ is not an issue, Vepr or Saiga is an excellent choice too

09-11-2015, 6:24 AM
Thanks for the quick and vociferous response; I guess there's a reason why it was such a screaming deal. The rifle, 4 10/30 mags, hard case and 200 rounds for $550 sounds like a deal but if the gun won't run, it's an expensive club.

Thanks for the AK files referral- interesting read!

09-11-2015, 7:22 AM
I have no experience with I.O (so yes, I really shouldn't be talking or opining) but I have heard nothing but bad reviews from their quality of workmanship with blips of decency here and there.

09-11-2015, 12:59 PM
Held an I.O. when they were being sold at Big 5 a few years back. It seemed like junk with a terrible finish even for an AK. I was happy with my decision not to buy when all the I.O. quality issue threads started popping up in the following months.

09-11-2015, 1:08 PM
I broke down an IO at Big 5 a few years ago and saw a bent center support and other quality control issues. I wouldn't want to shoot an IO made AK let alone own one.

09-11-2015, 1:55 PM
What about the IO Polish Beryl Archers?

09-11-2015, 2:11 PM
IO Imports are fine like the Polish Beryls, RPKs etc....

09-11-2015, 2:28 PM
The WASR wins on price and durability. It's everything an AK needs to be.

09-11-2015, 4:37 PM
I'd wait for the new Radom USA guns coming out - supposedly - soon.


-- Michael

09-11-2015, 4:52 PM
What about the IO Polish Beryl Archers?

That's what I wanna know, before I shell out 1000 bucks on one.

09-11-2015, 5:10 PM
From what I have heard imported Radom AK's are legit and priced around $500. Why not not pull the the trigger? You could always sell it if doesn't live up to your expectations.

09-11-2015, 7:25 PM
If its from radom like the archers its a quality piece because I.O. basically just put furniture on them.

09-12-2015, 4:39 PM
IO Inc (also known as royal tiger) is famed for being the only company which has managed to manufacturer completely unreliable AKs. Buy literally anything besides an IO.

09-12-2015, 5:15 PM
I would not buy one. I'd much rather buy a WASR or PAP.

09-13-2015, 11:17 AM
The seller convinced me to meet him to check it out in person because he feels it's as good as any other AK, and he owns three so he should know. Since he volunteered to come to me, I agreed.

In short, do NOT buy an I.O. AK, ever. I've shot a few and fondled many more and this thing was a hunk of stamped crap in comparison. The top cover didn't fit right, the spot welds on the receiver were inconsistent in size and two were not centered on the rail inside. The front sight wasn't centered over the bore and nothing looked like it really fit exactly right. I've handled AKs in the past and know that their fit-and-finish tolerances are pretty generous but this was ridiculous. It looked and felt like it was assembled from random parts that had been rejected for being out of spec or failed QC. The thing cycled by hand, and the bolt rode home even when rode pretty slowly but felt gritty.

Even if everyone had warm n fuzzies for I.O. I still would've passed.

Thanks for the input!

09-13-2015, 11:22 AM
Oh- and the trigger felt like it was drafted from a knockoff Chinese-built air soft toy. Creepy, gritty, overtravel, inconsistent reset- it was all there. I've felt better triggers on bargain-basement 10/22 bullpup conversions.

09-13-2015, 2:49 PM
Held an I.O. when they were being sold at Big 5 a few years back. It seemed like junk with a terrible finish even for an AK. I was happy with my decision not to buy when all the I.O. quality issue threads started popping up in the following months.


This was at a time when I had money in my hand & was going to different gun shops looking to immediately buy an AK. At the time my only point of reference was a WASR 10/63 my buddy had. When I held the IO it looked like complete garbage......everything about it screamed crappy. The furniture on my brothers Airsoft AK74 looked better than this thing. I am so happy I decided on a WASR.

09-14-2015, 7:16 PM
I would stay away from I.O ak's, my first ak was a I.O and it was junk.There was something wrong with the bolt and wasn't cycling right and was returned for warranty