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Recommend a Side-Folding Stock for AK?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TheDisturbed1, Apr 28, 2007.

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  1. TheDisturbed1

    TheDisturbed1 Member

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    I'm really intrested in getting a side folder for my Romanian AK, Ive heard good stuff about this and that, and crap about others...
    Right now, all I have on it is the original Wood furniture than I beefed up a little.

    From Experience, What would you reccomend?
    A Romanian Wire folder?
    A Tapco folder?
    An AKS "skeleton" folder? (like what is found on the AKS-74)
    An AK-100 series folder?

    I dont really want to give "too much" for one, any input appreciated.

    Ps: The Tapco Telescopic 6-Pos. stock is still a possible alternative to me.
     
  2. AK103K

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    I'd go with the Romanian wire folder. Its well made, rock solid, open or closed, allows access to your controls when closed, and is the correct length when open. It also gives you pretty much the same cheek weld as your wood stock, and shoulders and shoots like it. Its an easy swap too.
     
  3. Destructo6

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    The AK-100 and AKS-74 style stocks (same mechanism) would require modification of your receiver and rear trunion replacement. That probably not in the cards. I guess you could use one of those adaptor blocks, but that would make the length of pull and not lock the stock in the folded position.

    That kinda leaves the Romanian wire side folder as an accurate/"correct" option.
     
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    I'll give the wire folder that - it looks like a flimsy POS, but it's rock solid.
     
  5. DMK

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    I like the Romanian sidefolder too. It's solid, strong, locks tightly, easy to lock and unlock with a flip of the thumb lever, it installs in 15minutes and it's easy to go back to wood if you want to shoot with a fixed stock for a while.

    You might want to get one of these for it though:

    http://www.fseusa.com/product_info.php?cPath=95&products_id=339
     
  6. Gustav

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    Check into the ACE stock see if they have one that will work for you.
     
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    Romanian is cheapest, but the Ace is nicest.
     
  8. AK103K

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    It aint the prettiest, but it does work well.

    The best AK folder, and the one I'd choose if they were an option, is the AK100 series, which is basically a folding "full stock". They really are nice, but to retro fit one to a rifle that didnt come with one is pricey, and requires a good bit of work.

    The Romy wire folder simply replaces your wood stock, which is just as easily restored, if you decide you want to down the road.

    If your looking at anything else, I'd make an effort to look at them in person first, and if possible, at least handle and shoulder the rifle, and even better, shoot it. Some things may look cool, but suck in use. The Romy may be ugly, but its very usable and functional.
     
  9. geojap

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    This ACE folder is the first folder that I've ever had on an AK. I can tell you that it is un-freaking-believably rock solid. I love it. It cost much more than your average folding stock though too. It is on the SLR-95 on the left.

    http://www.jasonphillips.org/offsite/AKbros.jpg
     
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    Thirded on the Ace folder. It's not cheap, but it is completely rock solid.
     
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    Does anyone have experiance with the Tapco folder? I'm about to buy my first AK, and Tapco's galil hardguard, folding stock, and m249 grip look like the setup I want.
     
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    Junk!!:banghead:

    I had this set up, i went back to wood. The top of the hand guard fell off at the range and now will not stay on.

    The side folder cracked by the part you push down to fold the stock.

    I love the m249 grip!!

    Arctic Assault

    I am PCSing to Fort Wainwright in June!!!! :D
     
  13. WinchesterAA

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    I have a tapco sidefolder, and have put it through a fair amount of abuse.

    It's flimsy and wobbly for sure, but it's held up better than I expected after reading all the reviews.
     
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    I had a Tapco side folder and would not recommend it. Not very sturdy, IMHO.

    OTH, I do like the Tapco SAW-style grip a lot, and have a T-6 telestock on one of my AKs. It's pretty solid, and comfortable.
     
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    ACE makes a folder like the one in geojaps post, but with a larger diameter tube with foam padding that is also colapseable.

    I have them on a couple tromix 223 siagas. Spendy? yes.

    Worth it? Hell yes.

    I'm going to put them on a 308 and 12 gauge siaga as well, soon as funds allow it.

    The exact one he has pictured has been on FBMGs demo 308 and 12 gauge siagas for several hundred rounds, they still lock up tight, even with the heavier recoil of those calibers vs. 7.62X39 or 223 AKs. I like the one I mentioned better though, because the nonpadded pictured one feels like you got punched in the cheek after a couple hundred rounds in an afternoon.
     
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    Don't like the tapco folder and I don't think I'd go through the trouble and expense to do the one way conversion to a '74 type folder.

    The Romy (used on E. German and similiar type on the Polish Tantal) is as solid as the ACE--but still think the ACE is "nicer". But you said you didn't want to give "too much" for one, so I think the romy type is what you're after.

    I think the diff in price is $50 vs $150--you decide.

    (If you do go romy folder, I think I prefer the lever over the button type.)

    I really, really like the T6 (M4) type. The adjustable length of pull is fantastic and its plenty solid--you just have to be prepared for the uniformed "copying an AR is Ninja kewl run amock!" type of silly comments from the folks who know more than they really do...

    End of the day, I think I prefer the orginal stock in either wood or poly. Go figure.
     
  17. TheDisturbed1

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    Awesome! My birthday is in June :D Now I'm looking forward to seeing another out-of-state car/truck plates up here! :D

    You have no idea how many "Texas Truck" plates i see on a daily basis!

    And thanks a buch for the comments... I was thinking about the Romanian folder for a while. I like to picture my AK in a "sexy" EBR look :D

    Of your experiences in purchasing these stocks... What would be the cheapest/most reliable source for getting one?
     
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    A Romanian Wire folder?

    Will one of these fit a MAK 90 (remember, the receiver sheet metal is a bit thicker on MAK's)?
     
  19. gunnie

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    other mdl fitting question...

    will the ace stock fit a valmet mdl 76? {sheet metal reciever} this MUST be without reciever modification, as the iron has gotten so spendy on too-daze used market that i rarely shoot it anymore.
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    thank you very much please
    gunnie
     
  20. gunnie

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    dunno, but if they still have the machine gun shoot every summer at Anderson, ya may wanna plan to take in same. is a hoot!!! just go down parks hwy (hwy 3) to Clear AFB turn off. about 1/2 hour past Nenanna should be directions/signs posted when event is taking place.

    back in tejas/was in AK/had tejas plates on my pickup truck when i first got there, also.

    gunnie
     
  21. TheDisturbed1

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    yeah, i'll check into that MG shoot... Where would they likely advertise?

    Anyone got a good scource for Wire Folders? I was looking into Copes, and theyre asking $50+shipping.
     
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    Century has 4 for $100
     
  23. TheDisturbed1

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    I only saw 1 for $66...
     
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    Another happy Romanian wire folder user here. The added clearance made it possible to wear big earmuffs while shooting.
     
  25. gunnie

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    "yeah, i'll check into that MG shoot... Where would they likely advertise?"

    am not sure of any afilliation, but AM sure these guys will know in advance of the anderson MG shoot:

    DOWN UNDER GUNS. 318 DRIVEWAY ST. FAIRBANKS, AK 99701. ph 907-456-8500

    no doubt you have walked up the ramp there before, did quite a bit of business there myself.

    gunnie
     
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