...cause it took about a century for my WASR-10 AK47 to show up!!! (Ok, bad pun for the week has been taken care of.)
But I digress... I'm now the proud owner of the AK I posted some questions about awhile back. Pretty run of the mill for what it is, fairly crummy wooden stocks, a few marks in the metal, etc, but didn't have the nefarious canted sight I was warned about, and has the Tapco trigger that should theoretically resolve the trigger slap issue as well. Haven't been able to take it out yet, will do so this weekend, but the price was very right, and it's everything I hoped it could be! I'm really happy I was finally able to add some type of semi-auto rifle that can function as my SHTF weapon/Zombie killer to my arsenal. I'd post a picture, but it pretty much looks like an AK. It's nothing special... yet.....
Which brings me to my next question(s)....
I've started shopping for accessories, and would love some opinions/advice, I'm new to the world of AK's here, and battle rifles in general.
The vision I have in my head, anyway, is to convert over to black synthetic or metal stocks, get a better muzzle brake/flash suppressor, put some type of no/low magnification optic on top, I'm thinking maybe a red dot style, and attach some type of tac light, should the SHTF after dark. (Of course, when does that ever happen??) The final caveat to all this, is that I don't want to end up spending 3x what I paid for the dang rifle in the first place to make all this happen. Still need some money left over to buy a bunch of mags and a couple thousand rounds for it.
I think I've found what I want to do for a stock; it's a telescoping model, which I'd like, because as is the stock is a little short for me, and a little long for my gf (who is totally stoked to go try it out, btw!) This is what I'm thinking, anybody heard anything or have any thoughts that would make me reconsider?
AKS-160 - AK T6 Collapsible Stock Black, Removable Pivoting Sling Swivel and Alternate Web Sling Slot - Manufactured by: TAPCO
For a flash suppressor/muzzle brake, my initial thought was to go for something like this,
FLASH SUPPRESSOR Avtomat Kalashnikova47 BIRDCAGEstyle - eBay (item 190193285806 end time Jan-30-08 1955 PST)
but admittedly, it's first appeal to me was "Hey, that looks cool!" and second was "Hey, that's pretty inexpensive!" I really don't know what design is best, what advantages are gained from one style over the other, so... Suggestions? Comments? Gentle criticisms?
I'm also thinking this is the route I might go for an optic...
36984 - 30mm Red Dot Quick-Acquisition Sight, 5 MOA Reticle, Black, Warranty - Manufactured by: Truglo
I fully realize it's not an EOTech or anything terribly fancy, and not what I'd want if I were going to Iraq with it or something, but I just can't justify spending hundreds of dollars on something that's going to spend 98.3 percent of it's life sitting in my closet. Truglo is normally a decent brand for other products, and much like my rifle, the reviews I've read say it's decent for what it is, and the price is right. However, if anybody has a different opinion on that product, or another suggestion in a similar price range, I'd certainly consider other options!
The rest gets a little more complicated, I haven't decided entirely what I want to do. Basically, I need a fore grip, and something to mount the optic and light on. Couple routes I've considered... My rifle has the side-scope mount, so I could use something like this,
AK-47 Side Rail Mount, Quick Detach New UTG.
I'm thinking the quick release model would be good, because reviews I've read state that you cannot use the iron sight with it, so if my optic goes Ker-plooey I could rip the whole mount off quick-like and go back to iron sights. However, I don't think the weaver rail on the side of that mount will work very well for putting my light on, as it's very far back on the rifle, and would be largely obscured by my support hand, so I'd need some type of rail for the front, too, maybe one of these..?
Deluxe Tri-Rail Barrel Mount 2 Slot - AK-47 MAC MAADI by Combathunting.com
If I go this route, I'd probably end up using one of these for a front grip.
AKS-030 - AK-47 Galil Style Handguard Improve Barrel Ventilation, No Gunsmithing - Manufactured by: TAPCO
The only problem with all that, is that I have to buy all of it! Grip, scope mount and tri-rail. The other option I'm coming up with, that I'm leaning towards, is just getting this...
AKS-034 - AK-47 Front Handguard Set Four Rails Great Rail System ! Easy Install w/No Tools - Manufactured by: Cheaper Than Dirt
AKS-101 - UTG AK Metal Quad Rail System Aluminum Handguard with Rubber Rail Covers - Manufactured by: Leapers
It would replace my front grip, allow me to mount my optic on top and light on the side all with one unit. My only real concerns with doing this are that I don't know if a 30mm Red-dot will work mounted that far forward, and I don't know if I'd be able to co-witness iron sights through the optic in that position, or if there is a way to set up a quick-release for the optic on the rail like that..? If neither of those are issues, I think that's the route I'd like to go.
So......... I realize this is a great big post, and thanks to anybody who even made it all the way through without getting bored first! What do all y'all think? I'd really appreciate any input anybody has to offer. Once I get my new baby all Tacticool, then I'll throw some pics up..!