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Old November 22, 2010, 06:01 PM   #51
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I would MUCH rather have a VZ than an AK fellas. Just a few reasons: milled receiver, neat mag release, neat safety switch, and just because it is NOT an AK .. thanks for all the photos
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Old November 22, 2010, 06:27 PM   #52
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I would MUCH rather have a VZ than an AK fellas.
Well join the club. Personally I find the big advantages to be the controls (mainly the safety), improved accuracy, better workmanship, and the lighter weight (especially when compared to a milled AK).

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Old November 22, 2010, 06:50 PM   #53
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Personally I find the big advantages to be the controls (mainly the safety)
You just have to remember that the safety is opposite to the AR! The AR safety is typically operated with the thumb by flipping it down to the "fire" position. This is both natural and ergonomic. The Vz.58 safety is operated with the trigger finger (RH shooters) by flipping it up to fire. Not quite so ergonomic but still functional.
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Old November 22, 2010, 07:06 PM   #54
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Perhaps not the most ergonomic, but it is much improved over the AK system, and it has the side benefit of "telling you" when it is on safe (by getting in the way of the pistol grip). Additionally it follows the standard of pointing the lever parallel with the muzzle (not all firearms adhere to this standard but many do). As someone without an AR, the issue of being the opposite isn't a concern, but for those inconvenienced there is a Ambi. Safety available.

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Old November 22, 2010, 08:48 PM   #55
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milled receiver
Just what is the fascination with milled receivers?

Has the Arsenal propaganda marketing gotten to everyone?
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Old November 22, 2010, 09:42 PM   #56
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Just what is the fascination with milled receivers?
IMO they look nicer and exhibit better workmanship, but in an AK it is absolutely not worth it as there is too great a weight penalty in addition to the excessive cost. I know that some folks feel that they are stronger and/or more durable, but I don't subscribe to those beliefs. If I am doomed to using an AK , then make it stamped so I can leave the wheelbarrow at home.

As far as the VZ.58, I am happy that it is milled (for the reasons mentioned above), but it is a different design that still affords light weight (in fact lighter than a stamped AK).

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Old November 22, 2010, 10:21 PM   #57
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thanks mav, same rifle with new furniture(fab def. vfr hg) the red dot i pulled from my ar to try out on the vz. unfortunately the upper hg does not come of easily as compared with the pin, as both halves are solidly clamped on toghether with 4 screws. the hg is very light and when installed does not throw of the balance of the vz. this is the most solid hg i ever put on the vz, but not without some issues. so a heads up for those who are considering this particular hg. what i found out is that the cz-usa gas block(mine) is taller than an original vz58 hg(my vz parts kit)
vz58 gas block from my parts kit

cz-usa vz gas block

this prevented the front portion of the upper hg to sit flush with the lower, sadly i had t cut off the front portion and dremel a good amount underneath for it to sit flush.
this is part of the front portion i took off(notice how much i would have to dremel so i decided to cut it off,

then trimmed a little bit more under neath to sit flush

some close up pics, you can see the releif cuts on the hg where the screws go

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Old November 22, 2010, 10:40 PM   #58
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Thank you for the information, ifit. That gives me a bit to think about, because I like how simple it is to remove the piston for cleaning (would be really handy if I decided to shoot corrosive ammo). I could probably swap the upper for one from North Eastern Arms, but that would make it a $350.00 handguard!
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Old November 22, 2010, 11:09 PM   #59
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My D-Technik VZ58 from WaffenWerks.





I figure that she's elegant enough for a picture with my wife's great-grandmother's hand-embroidered piano bench.

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Old November 22, 2010, 11:14 PM   #60
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Nice looking rifle, Shane. You are now a member in good standing.

A few questions for those of you with muzzle devices on your VZ.58: Do they actually reduce recoil or simply suppress flash (basically how much louder will it be after installing one), and how difficult is it to cut back the bbl extension for threading?

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Old November 22, 2010, 11:26 PM   #61
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My muzzle brake was permanently attached by WaffenWerks (who apparently also replaced the front sight to include a bayonet lug) so I don't know how hard it would be to do the job oneself.

I haven't had a chance to shoot my new VZ58 yet, so I can't remark on the muzzle flash impact. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a marginal increase in noise for the shooter, and a notable increase in noise level for anyone standing next to the shooter.
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Old November 23, 2010, 12:26 AM   #62
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How difficult is it to SBR one of those?

I was thinking how if I got another AK it should be a Krink build. But I did get to handle one of these Vz58s at a local FFL and was impressed by the quality of its machining and worksmanship, weight and balance, and the placement of the controls (I even shoot lefty, so the AK's controls aren't even that bad for me). With the lighter weight and better balance, I was wondering how short you could get the barrel on one of those without adversely affecting reliability or accelerating wear, and without massive modification of the gas system? Could you have the barrel threaded for a flash suppressor right in front of the gas block and put a QD Vortex or Blackout on it? How long of a barrel would that be?

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Old November 23, 2010, 01:32 AM   #63
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With the GP gas system I imagine it wouldn't be terribly difficult to SBR, but I don't really know. If you plan to run a suppressor it would probably do alright, otherwise you would might need to open up the gas port for it to operate reliably, especially if you want to go all the way down to a Krinkov length bbl (only 8in. IIRC).

An interesting little detail that you may or may not already know is that virtually all of them (those with mil. spec barrels) are already technically SBRs. IIRC the bbl length is 15.75in., and thus requires a short extension for sales in the US.
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Old November 23, 2010, 01:36 AM   #64
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An interesting little detail that you may or may not already know is that virtually all of them (those with mil. spec barrels) are already technically SBRs. IIRC the bbl length is 15.75in., and thus requires a short extension for sales in the US.
Actually, 15.66666666~" or 15⅔", but "illegally short but fixed with a permanent muzzle device" will do
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Old November 23, 2010, 03:28 PM   #65
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Well I don't want to have to alter the gas system and I don't want to have to run any funky muzzle brake. If I have to think more "AMD-length" than "Krink-length," i.e 11 to 13 inches verses 8 to 10 inches, I am okay with that. I just think it would be cool to stubby that thing up a bit and add a suppressor, and I was wondering realistically how short I could get away with?

I don't even own the rifle, I am just mulling over ideas in my head. Window-shopping, if I may?
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Old November 23, 2010, 07:32 PM   #66
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Just speculation but using what little I know about AKs, you'd probably be okay with AMD length, but iffy on Krink length (even the original has trouble with certain types of ammo without modification). Perhaps Bohemus might know a bit more...they are made in his backyard after all. It might be worth shooting him a mssg.

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Old November 24, 2010, 01:06 PM   #67
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MTMilitiaman: Somethink like this? Even if its not supercompact you wont get away without modification of the gas system - channel between barrel and piston is slightly wider but I dont have any exact number, nor I have any FSN 01K home to measure it...
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Old November 24, 2010, 01:18 PM   #68
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Bohemus, I don't care much for the supercompact, but the compact is sure pretty.
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Old November 24, 2010, 01:52 PM   #69
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I like the FSN 01K too. Thanks for the additional information, Bohemus.

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Old December 9, 2010, 01:17 AM   #70
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How did you get in contact with Waffen Werks and what was the price?
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Old December 9, 2010, 01:22 AM   #71
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This is the latest info from my research...

TGI in stock folding style with 1 30 round mag - 690.00

Czechpoint sporter with 2 10 round mags - 745.00

Accessories :

There is a package for the M4 style buttstock with recoil damping tube forerail for 185.00

is this about the cheapest to outfit this weapons platform?

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Hoping to order within the month.

Lastly Czechpoint states to be running a Holiday special starting Dec 15th, wonder what the discount will be.
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Old December 9, 2010, 11:27 AM   #72
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Benny, I don't know if the deal is still available, but I ordered my VZ.58 from TGI for $590.00 (with the inclusion of only one 30rnd. magazine). This was 6mo. or more ago, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

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Old December 9, 2010, 11:31 AM   #73
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I really like the Vz.58. Here's a video review I did of my rifle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPB9GbbBylI
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Old December 9, 2010, 11:57 AM   #74
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Great video StG. I agree with your assessment.

BTW, the furniture is sawdust impregnated resin...which is actually much stronger and more durable than it sounds like. It is similar in strength to fiberglass but cheaper and affording an interesting/different look.

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Old December 9, 2010, 11:58 AM   #75
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While not in its final form, it does for now. I kinda, 'threw' that together, as far as the accessories are concerned, with some parts laying around the shop, and some I purchased from various establishments.

Lookie..../www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=549085
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