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AMD 65 questions

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BushyGuy, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. BushyGuy

    BushyGuy Well-Known Member

    hi does anyone have any experience with an AMD 65 AK47? it has a wire folding stock and a huge muzzle brake . i wanted to buy one but i want to make sure i am getting my moneys worth before i buy it it was for sale at my gun shop for 495.00 , any reviews would be kindly appreciated!
  2. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    Is that price before or after taxes/dealer fees? Because AIM Surplus and Centerfire Systems have these brand new for $400+shipping/fees.
  3. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Nothing wrong with one, and $95 (over AIM's price) to cover their shipping, fees, and a bit of mark-up isn't outrageous.

    Go play with it a bit in the store. Specifically, extend the wire stock and mount the gun in a firing stance. Is that wire stock comfortable for you? Can you get a decent cheek weld? Does your eye line up reasonably well with the sights that way?

    AMD-65s represent some compromises to make them more convienient for troops who'd carry them a lot, in and out of vehicles, tanks, etc., and shoot them a little. If those compromises make the gun less "shootable" for you, look into a different AK variant.

    Also, due to the unique kind of receiver and stock the AMD uses, there are no other stocks that will swap in place of it. If you get that gun, you're stuck with that configuration. If your body type works well with that stock, go for it.

    If you think it might be a bit uncomfortable ... it will be.

  4. kanook

    kanook Well-Known Member

    Make sure the brake is a good solid weld. Don't wanna know why I know this and let's leave it at that.
  5. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Kanook, it probably wouldn't hurt to explain to him why. It's probably rare that this would be a concern, but it is an important issue.

  6. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    . . but our stupid laws negate one of those unique features.

    The AMD-65 barrel is about 12" from the factory (this make for a shorter weapon), but all of them that are sold here have full 16" barrels.

    Depending on who manufactured it, it might have a 16" barrel on it + a standard muzzle brake, in which case, no welding is necessary.
  7. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    I wondered if that wouldn't be the case with a newer production one. Since the barrel import restriction was tightened there's no good reason for the US made barrels to be short, requiring the super long pinned/welded flash hider.

  8. kanook

    kanook Well-Known Member

    The original( the ones that were imported first) had a short barrel. the hider made it legal. the weld was crappy and broke. It took alot of explaining and paper to prove that it was not tampered with and was from the (second)factory that way.

    If you have a short barrel with a something attached to make it legal length it must be perminate. With a broken weld it is not perminate. It is considered a SBR and without papers it is unregistered NFA.

    If you get an agent that sees and understands the honest, a quick run down to the welder and your good to go. Otherwise you will need a very deep pocket.
  9. Gunfighter123

    Gunfighter123 Well-Known Member

    Mine has worked 100% and out of the 5 AKs I own , it has the least recoil ---- you must either "build up " the wire stock with para-cord etc. ot shoot it with a "head up " stance. If you are getting it new -- there is some kind of factory warrenty{sp?} most often 1 year ---- the early AMDs did have a problem with the little weld on the brake/extension shooting loose in a 100 rds. or so ---- from what I've read , the importer/maker paid to have the rifles sent back and rewelded.
  10. TRguy

    TRguy Well-Known Member

    I like mine, added a few things,




    Biggest down side, no cheek weld, after about three mags of holding your shoulder coconut to the side for sight alignment you are cussing it.

    however it is 100% reliable, never a single FTF, or FTE.
  11. TRguy

    TRguy Well-Known Member

    Could always add this to yours if you buy it

  12. John Parker

    John Parker Well-Known Member

    Cheek weld? On an AMD? That's blasphemous!
  13. amd6547

    amd6547 Well-Known Member

    As a CQB weapon, no cheek weld is needed...And as a CQB weapon, the amd65 excells. The folder is compact, solid, and deploys quickly and easily.
  14. TRguy

    TRguy Well-Known Member

    Nothing about a cheek weld changes any of what you typed.
  15. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    I do not agree with that statement.

    I do not own one but here is a quick run down of what I have most often heard owners say.

    The stock is not comfortable. Looking at it one can easily imagine that is true.

    The VFG is in the way for fast 30 round or 40 round mag reloads, 20s have no issues.

    It is a different variant and I wouldn't mind having one for that reason. If it was to be my only AK I'd probably go another route personally.
  16. RX-178

    RX-178 Well-Known Member

    That does seem to explain why most of the Hungarian surplus magazine pouches are for 20 round mags.

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