MAK-90 vs AK-47


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tahoe2
April 30, 2013, 01:24 AM
Just inherited a Mak, are they virtually the same thing? or am I way off base. :confused:
It didn't come with any magazines and I was wondering if the AK mags will fit?
thanks !

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WardenWolf
April 30, 2013, 01:36 AM
It's exactly same as an AK-47, just with a funky stock that can be replaced with a more traditional one. Some consider them higher quality than a run of the mill AK, some don't. They can take any standard AK mag.

Havok7416
April 30, 2013, 03:17 AM
I own one and I have never had problems with any mags. I have used Bulgarian mags and some cheap aftermarket (all steel). They made two versions - stamped and milled. If you are looking to change the stock and you have the stamped version, I have a spare stock set laying around somewhere.

Ash
April 30, 2013, 06:57 AM
They are neutered AK's, which is to say for the most part they operate just like an AK but will not have muzzle attachment threads (which were turned down so that even if you did thread them, the diameter would be too small to use normal AK brakes) nor a bayonet lug. The rear of the receiver may, or may not, be able to take standard AK stocks. If it is slant cut, it was intended to mount a folding stock. As a result, you'd have to get a specially-made stock. Ironwood sells (or sold) them. They work fine but look a bit odd at the attachment point. If it is not slant-cut, you can take any stock designed for its specific type of receiver (stocks cut for milled receiver vs stocks cut for stamped receiver).

On the positives, the stamped receivers are thicker steel than European stamped receivers and so tend to be more rigid. Milled are, well, milled. The machining isn't stellar in the aesthetics department, but they are solid. I have owned milled Mak 90's and they were fine shooters.

Walkalong
April 30, 2013, 08:23 AM
As posted, they merely changed the stock and deleted a muzzle break to conform to the law at the time. I converted mine and it's great.

71Commander
April 30, 2013, 08:34 AM
You need to read this:

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_4_78/80299_Chinese_MAK_90_Contraband_and_34_Third_Pinand_34__Rifle_from_Early_90s.html&page=2

As to just changing the stock, it's not that simple. The rifle needs to be 922r compliant in order to do so.

Walkalong
April 30, 2013, 08:39 AM
That's right. Not hard to do though. IIRC, you have to have 5 USA made parts to convert the Mak 90 since it has no muzzle device. (Read the link to be sure).

I used a Tapco gas rod I think. That is the only item that did not swap right out. Everything else, like the trigger assembly, was plug and play.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=92134&d=1233618843

Hokkmike
April 30, 2013, 08:39 AM
MAK 90 is a superior form of the AK. (although all true AK's are fully automatic)

Mine is converted to the original wood furniture and looks great.

Check this out IF you do the change over.

http://gunwiki.net/Gunwiki/BuildAkVerifyCompliance

Onmilo
April 30, 2013, 09:51 AM
A milled MAK 90 is one of only two AK type rifles I have fired that I considered extremely accurate.
The other was a Bulgarian made SLR sporter.

tahoe2
May 8, 2013, 02:27 AM
Mine is the milled receiver, borrowed some ammo & mags from a buddy on Sunday, it shoots pretty good,:D
the trigger is very light & smooth, but I need a front sight tool (3" wide right @ 50 yds). All in all not too bad! It's the first one I've ever shot.
Great fun; now to find ammo, this shortage is like a bad joke.:banghead:

Hokkmike
May 8, 2013, 08:09 AM
Oh, let me add that I added a folding spike bayonet. It looks as good (better) than most AK's out there. It has never missed a beat!

tahoe2
May 11, 2013, 03:58 AM
still need mags, but here she is!
183841183842

mac66
May 12, 2013, 11:02 AM
Nice Tahoe2.

There were a variety of MAK90s depending on the year imported. Some with stamped receivers, some milled, some angle cut, some fixed for 5 round mags only. They are considered one of the better AKs.

tahoe2
May 26, 2013, 01:13 AM
mine is milled and angled. Seems to be pretty good, but I only have about 50 rounds through it.
Hoping after a few hundred rounds the groups will tighten up a bit.

JHenry
May 26, 2013, 05:43 AM
all milled maks are angle cuts and have a weird circle opening rather than the more rectangular one of normal milled aks. This meens you limited to ironwood designs for any sort of traditional stock

tnxdshooter
May 26, 2013, 05:49 AM
I own one and I have never had problems with any mags. I have used Bulgarian mags and some cheap aftermarket (all steel). They made two versions - stamped and milled. If you are looking to change the stock and you have the stamped version, I have a spare stock set laying around somewhere.

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xxjumbojimboxx
May 26, 2013, 05:57 AM
shes beautiful..

Havok7416
May 26, 2013, 01:27 PM
Really? pm sent

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tnxdshooter
May 27, 2013, 05:10 AM
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