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I have come to the dark side...

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by mr11b, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. mr11b

    mr11b Portland, OR Member

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    I have decided to put a good amount of time, effort and of course money into AK variant rifles. Used to want to focus more on the AR style platform, especially since I've spent a lot of time shooting them. However I have found there is way more to AK variants then just my few WASR's ;) That being said I would like some direction on good reading material and good sites that are informative about the different variants available in the states of course. Also any forum members that have had this bug for awhile your help and input would be greatly appreciated :thumbup:
     
  2. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    Best forum on the net is http://www.theakforum.net/

    For variants, you have Russian, and everything else. :)

    You can check out some of my stuff here for random photos:

    http://s182.photobucket.com/home/clutterbugg/allalbums

    My favorite variants are those in 5.45x39 caliber, like this Russian Saiga wearing a Kobra red dot.

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    There are plenty of folks here who have discovered the dark side. :thumbup:

    -Thirtycal
     
  3. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    Like thirtycal said.....

    theakforum.net

    My old Russian..I miss you

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  4. mr11b

    mr11b Portland, OR Member

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    Nice pics! Thanks for the info, one thing I'm looking for is a Kobra sight. Any ideas where to find one? It's my understanding they quit selling them.
     
  5. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Eastwave still has Kobras, but they are becomingscarce and expensive. Tantal used to have them, but a recent email from the owner indicated that he will not be selling any more. Do NOT be fooled and get a Kobra built for paintball guns, they are not as well built and will be unable to maintain a zero. Your best bet is a PK type sight for cost and practicality. Eastwave seems to have the best prices that I've found for various types of sights. Kalinka seems on average more pricey, but they do have a selection of sights not found elsewhere.

    Something you should get just for the coolness factor is a 1pn34 triple tubed NV sight. I have one on my PSL and it is a kick in the rear :).

    Keith
     
  6. Generator

    Generator Bend Member

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    Variants that are awesome:
    PSL, Ak-74 I love my bulgarian, but the Polish Tantals always have looked sweet.
    Mac-90s have a good feel to them also, but the thumbstock makes it more akward to shoot and sight properly since AKs are meant to be shot perpendicular to the body.
     
  7. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. A MAC-90 looks and functions best when 'deneutered' back to preban configuration. Just watch the parts count. Polytech Type 56 stocks are still available: http://stores.polytechparts.com/-strse-AK-dsh-47/Categories.bok .

    An NHM-91 can also be made into a respectable Russian RPK clone or a reasonably accurate Norinco 86-7 RPK if you can find an original Chinese clubfoot stock (good luck with that :( ) .

    Keith
     
  8. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    Darkside my @$$... AK's are the path for the refined person on the journey towards enlightenment.

    Funny you are the 9th American Service Member who has sworn a new allegiance to the AK that I know of in the past 30 days. Interesting development wouldn't you say?

    Oh yeah as for those pics I promised, these are temporary:

    The AK74U. Original Krink kit built right:

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    Next AK74S. Need I say more?:

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    SF-
     
  9. mr11b

    mr11b Portland, OR Member

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    Nice pics, thanks for posting. Jealous as always! Interesting...wonder if there is a trend ;)
     
  10. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Hey If you can make it down you are welcome to shoot my Yugo
     
  11. mr11b

    mr11b Portland, OR Member

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    Thanks, I'll have to make a trip of it sometime. I'll bring my toys too.
     
  12. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    So true :thumbup:

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    -Thirtycal
     
  13. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking about this whole AK/darkside thing and you know, you're right because once you get one you can't stop

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    SF-
     
  15. mattg521

    mattg521 portland.,or Member

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    SF --
    It's clear that you have a sickness. A deep and troubling sickness.
     
  16. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Just imagine if the media saw this one :laugh:

    Of course, they'd be saying; "There's a mad man with a bunch of M-16s!"


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  17. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    :wow: OMG...SF, I thought I had a problem. I have two questions. First off, from being on this forum for awhile, I know you have more toys than just a bunch of AK's, so are you married and does she know what you are up to? Next, the rifle on the far right...Is that a dura coat paint job? Did you do it? Looks good. I plan on building one more Romy with a wire folder. After I finish my Romy RPK and paint it....then I think I will be done with AK's.
     
  18. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yes I am married and I bought these long before I said "I (am) do(ne)".

    Yeah I need to make room in my safe and and have been selling off some of my .308's, though I am not in the biggest hurry to do so.

    The rifle on the far right is really a Tromix S12 done up in a Durcoat pattern called Multi-CAMouflage by an outfit called Para Bellum Inc out in Louisville, KY. I was going to put mags in all the rifles (and Pistol) but what a pain. I had to get into the back of the safe to get to two of the rifles that needed the Red Star retaining plate installed in the FCG and in order to do so, I had to get them all out. At the far end of the truck the tire kind of hides the MAK 90 current project and the polytech pre-ban.

    Just a heads up, I installed the new Houge AK pistol grip, what an improvement. I would highly recommend them on your utilitarian rifles. The Draco pistol feels like an extension of the arm with it.

    Physics Guy- I am already on Homeland Security's list for certain classes I had to attend for Big Army so yeah the Media is going to love me no matter what.

    SF-
     
  19. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Nearly the exact quote I immediately thought of...

    BTW, I see a Yugo M77 in the mix, but shouldn't there be a Tabuk clone in there somewhere too?

    Keith (SF-:thumbup:)
     
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  20. shoggoth80

    shoggoth80 Greater Seattle Area Member

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    Someone has milsurpitis...particularly the highly contagious, and rapid Russian strain of the disease. I am sorry my friend, but there is no cure for this affliction... you can only placate it by obtaining more military surplus guns.