Cheap Semi-Autos For Modification?


March 1, 2011, 06:12 PM
I've always been into firearm modification (legal of course) semi-auto mainly. I have some experience with SKS's and I was wondering If anyone had any suggestions for some cheap semi-auto handguns or rifles (anything under $200) that I could to modify.


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March 1, 2011, 06:46 PM
What sort of mods are you looking to do? Some guns are more suited to certain mods than others.

Also, you're likely going to find yourself pretty limited in that price range. I'm not sure I'd want to do much to a gun that cheap, for fear of making it even more likely to fail under use.

March 1, 2011, 06:47 PM
modify how?

as in engraved custom jobs that look like art?

March 1, 2011, 06:54 PM
Most of the modifications I do are barrel shortening, stocks, mags, sights, compliance parts, chrome/duracoat/blueing, accessories, etc. I'm mainly looking for mil. surplus guns old eastern bloc and communist weapons, I prefer the 7.62x39 and 9x19mm rounds. I was just trying to get some ideas of any weapons like this that weren't too costly.

March 1, 2011, 07:12 PM

Sam Cade
March 1, 2011, 07:18 PM
Do your friends call you Bubba?

Just asking... If so, I have seen some of your work. :-)

March 1, 2011, 07:20 PM
I've looked at the Saiga's a lot and I really like them, but here in the last few years the prices have spiked tremendously, and I can't seem to find much of anything under $500.

March 1, 2011, 07:35 PM
Haha, Nope my friend's do not call me Bubba, I carefully plan out all of my modifications and do everything legally by the book. They are all done exactly as they should be, and when I get done with a gun it looks thats what it was meant to look like.

March 1, 2011, 07:56 PM
PR - you're really not going to have much luck with milsurp handguns in that price range, especially if you're looking for them in a shop and not receiving them direct from wholesalers via a C&R license. Just as SKS's have gone up in price, so have the more common milsurp pistols. A quick google search found one or two instances of Makarov's or P83's for under $200, but in general you're looking more in the $250 and up range.

Red Tornado
March 1, 2011, 08:16 PM
Not semi-auto, but Mosins are around $100 and some members have done some really cool things with them. Especially with your normal mods.

March 2, 2011, 01:34 AM
there was a rifle thread here not too long ago that said "Sporterized military rilfes....Bubba's unite!"

but the thread was only full of beautiful milsurps.... might wanna try there

March 2, 2011, 05:20 PM
A mini-Tokarev in 7.62X25 would be cool, say the size of a 1903 Colt Pocket or maybe just a little shorter. If you do it, let us see it.

Shadow 7D
March 2, 2011, 06:13 PM
you mean like that???

March 2, 2011, 07:26 PM
The mini-Tokarev sounds cool, I've looked at them a little, and you can pick them up pretty cheap too.

Shadow 7D
March 2, 2011, 10:17 PM
I would maybe try engraving or pistolsmithing on a zymak gun, zinc is softer than steel, and you mess up, your out, what $50??

But I wouldn't expect great things from one, on the other hand, a quality gun like a used Milsup or even police turn in, provides both quality and affordability.

March 2, 2011, 11:53 PM
What are some other zymak guns that are available besides hi-points?

March 3, 2011, 01:11 AM
you mean like that???
Nope, that's a 32ACP. The 7.62 Tok is WAY hotter. 31 caliber, 85gr FMJ @ 1500-1600fps.

Shadow 7D
March 3, 2011, 03:52 AM
not caliber

Hence the 'like this?'

Shadow 7D
March 3, 2011, 04:21 AM
The M 70 is a cut down tokarev design, in .32
So, all you have to do is make the full size (think about it, same barrel) recoil system fit.

March 3, 2011, 07:34 AM
All over the Tampa Bay area I can find Astra Cubs like mine for about $130-175 depending on condition. They're tiny, but they'll engrave nicely.

This one isn't mine...mine has better finish (less plum) and rosewood grips.

Shadow 7D
March 3, 2011, 03:40 PM
They (the astra cub, colt jr. etc.) are based off the 1914/ruby type action, which is a simplified Browning 1903, So maybe try to find a small gun like the 1903 or vest pocket.

Also FIE and a few others imported them or the Itialian versions (berreta or clones)

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