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Finally have a working AK

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by The_Pretender, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. The_Pretender

    The_Pretender Well-Known Member

    My little odyssey began back in March, when I purchased this rifle at a gun show. I had wanted an AK type rifle for a few years now, and was tired of the cheapy looking WASR's they always wanted $500-$600 for.

    When I saw this one it stood out because of the wood furniture and grip. The metal also looked older if that makes any sense. It didn't look like anything else in the room. The guy selling it said it was USA made, (probably because U.S.A. was stamped into the grip) but it clearly had the Romanian factory mark, Year 1964. $650 out the door.

    I bought it and couldn't wait to get to the range. I finally had the rifle that would fire no matter what. ...And all the damn thing did was constantly fail to feed. I didn't realize I bought the most reliable paperweight in the world. :banghead:

    I tried different mags, different ammunition, dozens of forums and took it to a gunsmith, but he thought it was shot out. It clearly hadn't been used all that much, so I was a little unnerved and felt like I had been wasting my time and money.

    What was interesting though, was that the wolf military surplus, the ones with the green case and the red ring, were the only rounds that never had a single issue. Everything else jammed at some point.

    I took it to another gunsmith, and he said that it was a parts kit, and whoever put it together didn't bend the receiver properly. Anyhow, he fixed it all up, gave it an amazing new paint job, fit the stock in flush (it had a gap) and test fired it with all the different ammunition I brought him. No problems.

    9 months and $250 later I finally have my own little Kalashnikov. I might get a different pistol grip, but I am undecided. I like the thickness of the current one, but it really does need to be refinished.

    So without further ado, I would like to share my joy with you all. The pictures certainly don't do it justice.

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  2. Snakum

    Snakum Well-Known Member

    Nice looking piece. You have a whole lot in it, but you have exactly what you want and it's AK reliable now. I love my 10/63s. Plinking, deer hunting (took two bucks with them this year), SHTF insurance ... a do-it-all gun that is uber reliable. What's not to love.
  3. Norinco982lover

    Norinco982lover Well-Known Member

    Wait...so what kind of AK is it? A century parts kit?
  4. Outstanding! It's workin now; that's what matters; congrats. :)
  5. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Well, it HAD to be "USA made" as it is illegal to import most military style rifles, even if they're only semi-auto versions. (Building them here is fine. Importing them is not.)

    To put your rifle on a dealer's shelf: A Romanian AKM was destroyed, the receiver cut into bits, and the rest of the parts were scavanged and imported to the US. Once here, a licensed firearm manufacturer built a new receiver for the gun and installed most of the old AKM parts into the new receiver to make a functional rifle. Along the way they had to replace a number of small parts in order to make sure they had no more than 10 foreign-made parts on the gun. (That's called 922(r) compliance.) Your pistol grip with the "USA" marking is one of those compliance parts, as will be the receiver, and the hammer, trigger, and disconnector. If you strip the gun down, you'll probably be able to find more.

    He already said it was a Romanian parts kit.

    Would be curious to know who assembled it for sale here. What US maker's name is stamped on the receiver? And what did they do wrong bending the receiver? Could be the mag catch needed adjustment, or rails not aligned with the trunion, etc.

    Last edited: Dec 17, 2009
  6. Avenger29

    Avenger29 Well-Known Member

    Makes me wonder if the guy selling it tried to do the "Make your own AK receiver from a flat" bit and screwed it up and decided to get rid of it...
  7. The_Pretender

    The_Pretender Well-Known Member

    You know, I always heard about people getting swindled at shows or getting a raw deal, but up to that point, everything I had bought at a show worked out great. This time however, it just needed an extra step.

    I guess I don't mind too much considering that a decent norinco in my area went from $800 3 years ago to $1500.

    It's ridiculous. Although I did notice at the last show some things were coming back down.
  8. Quentin

    Quentin Well-Known Member

    Ironic that the "cheapy looking WASRs" almost always work. But glad you were able to get yours working, that's the important thing.
  9. Hizzie

    Hizzie Well-Known Member

    Nice looking wood.
  10. don't take any more of your business to this "gunsmith".
  11. Kymasabe

    Kymasabe Well-Known Member

    WOW, you spent $900 on an AK !! :eek:

    I hope you're happy with it. For a few hundred less, you could have bought and converted a Saiga and had a NEW AK. But, live and learn. I did the same thing with a gun years ago, I think most of us have at least once.

    Now go out and shoot the cr@p out of the thing !

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