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AK Forearm HOT!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by cbrgator, Jan 5, 2010.

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  1. cbrgator

    cbrgator Member

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    The wooden forearm on my Yugo AK gets very very hot. Are there any suggestions to fix that without having to get rid of the wood?
     
  2. Robert

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    Line them with heat tape? Like what you would put on headers...
     
  3. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    Yeah not a whole lot you can do really. Line them with heat tape, go plastic, or wear gloves. I don't really have much of a problem with heat on mine.
     
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    Well, if you dont want to change the handguards... dont fire it as much, not much else left there.
     
  5. Z-Michigan

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    Fire slower.

    Use it mostly in winter.

    This is part of the AK design, with the lightweight barrel profile. Imagine what it's like for the soldiers with full auto.
     
  6. Robert

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    My FAL has the same issue. I shot it in a match last year and burned my hand. I have a second set of hand guards that I am going to put heat tape in as a test. Once it is done I will post the results.
     
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    Move to Oregon and shoot in the rain? BSW

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    I've left a few of mine smoking and watched the sap bubble. Just be careful of where you grab it.
     
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    Stock CZ VZ 58's with the wood furniture have

    A nifty, neatly airspaced sheetmetal sleeve in the upper handguard.

    The lower has enough airspace around the barrel that it doesn't need one.

    Under sustained fire, warm, yes, smokin' no.

    Just another reason I'll take the 58 over the 47 anyday.

    isher
     
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    That looks exactly like the one that's used with the plastic handguard. I don't think it will work with wood handguards. BSW
     
  13. Hizzie

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    Nature of the beast. Wear some mechanix gloves.
     
  14. Wanta B

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    If you must keep the wood...

    Take the forearm peices off.Sand them down one milimeter on the inside facing the barrel but not were it needs contact with the mounting points. At this point if you want the original look simply instal some header tape or modify a heat sheild as suggested by others.If you wantslightly better cooling...Carefully mark the lower forearm --and upper if you want a bit more still--for drilling small 1/4"-3/8" holes,keep in mind how you want the air flow and heat to move,also remember heat will be felt more thru' the holes.Drill them out,apply header tape tape,use a punch/pen/pencil/screwdriver to puch holes from the inside face toward the outside.Trim excess if any on the outside face.

    As above but instal a small portion of picatinny rail on lower forearm.Instal small fold down foregrip...I like fobus and beretta grips tho' both have no name versions that are less expensive.

    If you feel a bit more adventuress a buddy back home had his coated with automotive exhaust coating...works quite well,but needed some cleancing here and there,ie.some hot spots remain but it is MUCH better.Come tothink of it you might try some of that on a heat shield...may help even more...

    Good luck,AKs run HOT,HOT,HOT....
     
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  15. KYShooter

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    I actualy melted my stock tapco forend to the barrel when I first got my AK, I have since put an quad rail on it and have no more problems with heat.
     
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    Making a heat shield out of stainless steel is not going to work anyway. They can sell them to people who don't know anything about physics, but steel is almost as efficient at transmitting heat as aluminum, and it is more conductive to heat than both air and wood, as well as plastic.
     
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    I don't think the plastic ones with the shield work all that great myself.
     
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    Welcome to the club :)
     
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