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Bad Gunsmithing on MAK-90

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by lan40583, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. lan40583

    lan40583 New Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    A couple months ago I decided I wanted to put a side rail on my Norinco MAK-90. I ordered a side rail from kalinka optics and started pricing gunsmiths. Most of the gun shops I called refused to even work on AKs, so I was left with only about three places who would do the work. When the rail came in, I took the rifle to the place that offered me the best price, and three weeks later I got a call to come pick up my gun.

    This is where things start going downhill.

    When they brought my rifle out from the back room, I immediately noticed that the gunsmith had put the rail on upside down!:what: Before the guy even handed me back my gun, I pointed it out to him, and after comparing the rail on my MAK to one on a WASR he took it back for the gunsmith to have a look. When he returned, he told me the gunsmith would fix the problem and have it ready ASAP if I wanted to wait. I had driven about 30 minutes to the gun shop and had nowhere else to go, so I decided to wait it out. About 45 minutes later my gun was finished, and I quickly inspected the mount to make sure it was facing the correct direction this time.

    That was two days ago. Today, I decide to make a trip to the gun range, so I start packing up my MAK-90 and my POSP scope. It was at this point that I realize I haven't even fitted the scope to the rail, so I try to slide it on, without success. It turns out, the screws the gunsmith used are sticking out about 1/16 of an inch from the face of the rail, keeping the scope from sliding over it.:cuss: At this point I'm lost for words. I can't believe I just payed this incompetent gunsmith for a hack-job on my rifle.

    So now I want to see what my options are. I haven't called the gunshop to complain yet, because I have no idea what kind of compensation I should demand for this atrocity. Should I demand that they completely replace my gun, since they did drill 3 extra holes in my receiver than were needed, even though the current plate covers it up? Should I merely expect them to fix the job and replace the screws? Can/should I just fix the job myself by purchasing the correct screws and replacing them?

    Here are some current pics of the botched gunsmithing:


    Sorry for the poor picture quality, they were taken on my iPhone.
  2. War Squirrel

    War Squirrel Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Damn, that's bad luck man... I wouldn't know where to go from there.

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