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"I surrounded 'em"- Alvin York
"They're ain't many troubles that a man can't fix with seven hundred dollars and a thirty ought six"- Jeff Cooper
That is one good looking AK. Now you'll be able to start your own instruction booklet.
DITTO: that you did a fine job.
Great project and you have a real nice firearm for your efforts.
Let us know how she shoots with an update.
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Thats to purty for an AK!
"Just blame Sixto"
I'm pretty sure that's the best looking AK I've ever seen. For a first build, it's VERY impressive!!!
"Dont be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be. But don't be afraid to be willing to pay the price." - Lane Frost
Sweet looking rifle!
I probably shouldn't even comment on this thread since my talent to do something like this is nonexistant.
I do well to just shoot my AK.
My hat is off to you guys who are talented enough to produce something like this.
fortiter in re, suaviter in modo (resolutely in action, gently in manner).
Beautiful! I haven't heard of Duplicolor- is that an engine/auto paint? I've used Brownell's Teflon/moly, DuraCoat, and a combo of Rustoleum industrial over their Hi-Temp. Teflon/Moly is my favorite, but since I rarely do more than 1 gun every 2 years, its not terribly cost effective.
Well done! And excellent photos. I've considered getting an AK for quite a while. Maybe the kit route would be the way to go. I'm pretty well set up with ARs now, plus the SKS and the Uzi, so it's about time I added an AK to the arsenal.
"We're paratroopers. We're supposed to be surrounded!" Dick Winters
For those asking where to get the kits there are a bunch of places that people seem to like (I've never dealt with any of these places though so I can't comment on them...I'm only going by what I've heard other people say):
www.copesdist.com has a few different kits (Romy kits are $115 here $120 for guaranteed matching #s)
www.dpharms.com has some for a bit more with g2 fire control groups
www.militarygunsupply.com has some as well
If anyone is interested in it then just drop me a line and I'll point you in the right direction to some good directions and give you a list of websites that will make your build easier.
Very nice...looks great.
how's she run?
"Being a predator isn't always comfortable but the only other option is to be prey. That is not an acceptable option." ~Phil Messina
If you carry in Condition 3, you have two empty chambers. One in the weapon...the other between your ears.
Are there any BATF regs that you have to follow? Obviously, no select fire but I thought I saw something about matching numbers. Can you explain this because I may have found a new hobby.....
Why Ike, whatever do you mean? Maybe poker's just not your game Ike. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!
Looks pretty cool to me!
For those that want an even easier build, you can pick up a Saiga rifle and add the required domestic parts and you have your self a Hybrid Russian/USA AKM...
Then the biggest set of rules to keep in mind is Sec. 922(r) which says, basically, that you can't have more than 10 non-US made parts in a "non-sporting" rifles. So this means that most people will replace a few parts....in the typical stamped AK you will need 6 US made parts
Receiver counts as one part
Fire control group counts as 3 parts
so that leaves 2 more parts to be replace
most popular (due to cost and/or ease) are: muzzle device, stock, grip, forearm, gas piston.
This build I went with cost in mind so my count is:
Receiver, FCG, break, pistol grip
For someone who wants to do a more authentic looking build and keep the original pistol grip they can swap out the gas piston and keep the grip.
If you are building yor AK into a pistol then parts count doesn't matter and you can use 100% original parts