Showing posts with label ak. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ak. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

AR/ Glock/ AK Field Repair Kits

My goal is to have a fairy small (paperback book sized) that could live in a ruck or range bag. The desired endstate is to be able to fix most likely problems that will occur in the field. It would be for 1x rifle and 1x pistol. I am going to do this for The AR and Glock primarily but also the AK. Lists follow:

Complete bolt
All small parts that go on BCG (firing pin, firing pin retaining pin, etc)
Hammer spring
Pin that holds trigger/ hammer in

Complete striker assembly
Trigger spring
Guide rod
Glock punch

Complete bolt
Hammer spring

If someone has input that is welcome. In particular if someone has thoughts on a comparable kit for a 1911 that would be cool. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Yugo vs AKM Parts Bleg

Hey Folks, Sorry to have my first post in awhile be a bleg but a friend asked so I'm trying to help him out. He is curious about specifically what parts are not compatible between the Yugo pattern AKs (which rock and are a heck of a deal) and the standard AKM. Does anyone know?

My laptop is still being a pile of shit. Maybe I'll write a real post on my phone tomorrow.

Thanks in advance

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Looking For a Yugo/ Zastuva Receiver Cover

Hey Everybody, I'm trying to find a normal (non rail) receiver cover for a Yugo/ Zastuva M70. Can pay cash or trade something for it. If you have one to spare please contact me via email ( If you know where to buy one (a Brick and Mortar store in Iowa obviously wouldn't be helpful) please let me know in the comments section.

Thanks in advance,

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Home Brewed AK-47's

An AK made out of a shovel. Warning for our more conservative readers the Chive, which is the site I found this on, has pictures of girls in bikini's and other Maxim/ FHM type stuff. If you start clicking around links on the site you may see that stuff.

Build This AK.

If you socked away an AK parts kit, or 5, an all of a sudden want to turn them into rifles this could be a good way to go about it. Seems like something a moderately handy person with some basic equipment could do.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Relooking Cost AR vs AK #Whatever

Longtime reader Chris gave us a blind flash of the obvious about this ongoing debate over at his blog. One of the benefits of the AK platform has always been price. For the price of an AR you could have two AK's or an AK with some ammo and mags or whatever. Even 5 or 6 years ago AK's cost half to two thirds as much as AR's. Accessories such as mags and ammo were cheaper too.

With the massive explosion of the AR platform in recent years (for goodness sake they sell them at Walmart now) many new folks have gotten into, or expanded their role in, making AR's. This has driven down the cost point of real quality mil spec type fighting guns too which is pretty great.

As Chris pointed out it is pretty hard to touch an AK for under $600 these days. I did some checking and confirmed this to be accurate or close enough. There are some basic but solid AR's at or very near that price point. Some nitwhit AR hater or fanboy might argue that only a $1,600 big name AR is capable of being a decent fighting gun. That nitwhit's AK fanboy buddy could argue with equal effectiveness that only an Arsenal AK customized out of a big name shop is capable. They are both stupid and equally wrong.

I did wonder if accessories for the AK platform were still cheaper.

As to ammo this 7.62x39 Tula FMJ in a spam can is running 24.8 cents a round. You do pay a premium for getting ammo in a spam can (though it is already properly stored which is something to consider). You can get it closer to 20 cents a round if you don't want or need it already packed.

PMC .223 ammo is available for $350/1,000. At first glance this is more expensive than 7.62x39 but we are talking modern manufactured brass cased ammo vs com block steel cased stuff. If we compare apples and apples steel cased .223 can be had for a tiny bit more than 7.62x39. Conversely brass cased 7.62x39 is pretty expensive both because it is relatively rare and it requires more metal than .223.

[Personally I do not shoot steel cased ammo in the AR platform. I shoot steel cased ammo in AK's and Glocks but not other guns. The only hassles I have had with AR feeding were with steel cased ammo. While not in any way scientific the answer to use brass cased ammo was obvious to me. YMMV]

So ammo is really a wash in terms of cost.

As to mags I can answer this somewhat easily looking at recent purchases. I got a bunch of PMAG's from Brownells for $14 a piece. Mil spec type (new) AR type mags are running around twelve and change if you buy in any quantity. The excellent to good condition surplus eastern European milsurp AK mag's I use are running $15 right now. Then again they do pop up cheaper sometimes, I bought some for $11 back in April.

Mag prices are also a wash.

Spare parts are one area where AK's still have the edge. You can get a full AK parts kit (the whole gun minus receiver and barrel) for under $200. I am not willing to look up prices and make estimates but you cannot do that with an AR.

Chris's point that AK supplies are drying up (at least in part due to import regulations on Chinese guns) is valid. AK prices are going up. I would guesstimate AK's and AK stuff is up about 40% over the past 5 or 6 years. AR stuff, except ammo has generally stayed flat or dropped in price.

This is not meant to be a comparison of the two platforms. John Mosby made a very compelling case for the AR which is worth considering. That being said if you have an AK (especially if you bought it at $250-350) and are happy with it then keep on keeping on. My point was to take a look at the cost to purchase, equip and train with an AR and an AK today. It is fair to say that when considering the strengths of either platform (real or mythical) you can pretty much remove cost from the discussion as it is very comparable.

Take care of each other,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Got AK Magazines?

$9.95 Surplus European Steel AK47 7.62x39 30rd Magazines 

I have gotten AK mags and ammo from them in the past and have only good things to say. I receive no compensation for mentioning them and our only relationship is that I buy stuff from them.

Monday, April 9, 2012

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I put some time into my systems over the long weekend. I need to find a few things and order some odds and ends in the near future. Still good progress was made. Will get off my lazy butt and do some posts on this stuff soon.
As Zero noted it is about time to freak out that the next administration, in this case most likely a lame duck Democrat will bring about another AWB or whatever. If I was just a shooter this would be easy as I would toss all available resources towards guns, ammo and mags. However since I need to worry about eating, drinking clean potable water, communication, shelter and such there are certainly trade offs. Luckily I have had a few years working a decent paying job to fill most of my needs and some of my wants. Thus I don't need to freak out but looking at where I am and prioritizing filling a few holes is not a bad idea. I sort of overlayed my biggest holes with the stuff most likely to be easily taken out of circulation (at current prices) and got a shopping list.
The stuff I see as most vulnerable are imported items and magazines. For example imported Siaga shotguns and dirt cheap HK G3 and AK-47 mags could be gone in a single executive order or a change in import regulations. I don't own or have a huge desire to own a Siaga, though if I did I would get one and plenty of mags. Since I picked up some mags for the PTR-91 I may get some day that is off the list.
Today I ordered an AK-47 spare parts kit and 10 more European surplus AK mags. I don't really need the mags but at $9.95 a piece they are a great deal.They give me enough to comfortably equip another AK which is a nice option to have. If I never get there they will go into the barter/ charity pile. This purchase is the last I really want to make before November timeframe.

However if I can get around to it picking up 10 more PMAGs, 10 more Glock 9mm mags, and an AK drum would be nice. Speaking of which does anybody have experience with an AK drum that doesn't suck and is currently available at a reasonable price? I have to weigh it up against other things on the list and am not sure where this stuff will fall. Still though November is a long time away.

It is probably not a bad idea to take a look at your situation. If you have a gun lying around with just 2-3 mags, especially one that you rely on it might be prudent to order a few more just in case.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Survivalblog Article: A Practical Utilitarian's Take on Firearms and Calibers

Worth looking at and thinking about.

I respectfully disagree on the overall assessment of M16/M4/AR-15 platform. They do need to be cleaned now and again but nothing crazy. They don't need to be spotless, just have the inside free of junk (chunks of carbon usually being the culprit) and some lube in there. If you are unwilling to do that then buy an AK. As to durability. I haven't seen the Buttstock/ buffer tube of an AR series rifle break during the course of military operations.  Like any precise mechanical object they can be broken; I confident it would be easy to destroy any of the old WWII bolt action warhorses, a Remington 870, AK, Glock or whatever in 60 seconds flat by slamming it repeatedly into a rock or a curb. (The exception to this is the old M2 .50 cal because it is too heavy to swing well and has really thick metal components, I would have to take off the barrel and mess up the threads or take pliers to the trigger mechanism which would kind of be cheating).

In my opinion the M16/M4/AR-15 platforms ergonomics and commonality/ availability of parts/ accessories/ ammunition as well as the unparraleled modularity outweigh it's modest negatives.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Stuff From The Interwebz

How to live in your car

A very nice minimalist chest rig for an AK. I think they also make a 4 mag model. I will probably pick up one of these when I get around to filling out my whole AK setup.

A gal talks about how to carry a gun and a baby. I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for women who carry handguns that are not a) subcompact/ cracker jack box sized or b) in a diminutive caliber like .32 or .380. She is not a big lady or wearing a "I have a gun vest" or a parka.

Highlight, quote and understatement of the day "if your child can get to the trigger that is bad." My .02 cents on that topic. First put on your gun then grab the kid. Kid doesn't go where the gun is because it wouldn't be comfortable for everybody involved. I carry appendix inside waist band slightly to the right. Kiddo either goes on the left hip if he is just riding or in my chest area if I am doing the comforting screaming baby thing. Since we are talking about kids and guns it is worth rehashing my core belief on this topic. Simply put guns are secured or under the physical control of an adult. In other words lock it up or carry it.

Today I have been intrigued by Iceland's reaction to the whole great recession/ economic collapse thing. 1, 2, 3.

Also I stumbled into a new blog Jerking the Trigger andreceived an email about the Open Garden project.

Hope that stuff gives you something to read and enjoy or at least think about. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Question- AK Parts Kit?

Hi All, I am tentatively in the market for an AK parts kit (gun sans barrel and reciever). The usual places I shop do not seem to have them. If you know somebody that has them in stock please drop me a note in the comments section. Thanks,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

Let us start out with a question. When (in a defensive situation) would I prefer a shotgun to a rifle?

I have been thinking about it for a couple days and haven't come up with a situation yet. If I am going to have to fight somebody I would like an AR or an AK. Both have a viable defensive round, especially considering I would be using modern defensive ammunition. They hold a lot of bullets and are self loading.

This got me thinking about the role of shotguns in home defense. They are sort of a weird beast anyway. Everybody pretty much agrees you should have one, myself included, but they are fraught with disinformation and misunderstanding. When we strip away the myths it is easier to talk about them.

First of all we have to deal with "stopping power" and penetration. The prevailing myth is that shotguns will utterly destroy all flesh and bone but won't go through wallpaper, let alone the whole wall. I would say that is half right. At close range buckshot does really nasty things. However in a sort of funny way projectiles that will devastate one type of stuff will do the same to another. Buckshot will go through walls no problem. Interestingly the performance is not that differently from .223 or 7.62x39.

Next comes accuracy and shot spread. Shotguns are not a land mine or a magical death ray. You have to have the thing pointed at someone for them to work. Shot spread varies by load, choke and weapon but at "in house" ranges it is going to be closer to fist than dinner plate or trash can sized. I have heard the rule that buckshot spreads at about an inch a yard but you really need to pattern a gun with the barrel/ choke to be sure. [A smart guy I knew took his new shotgun to the range with a 5 pack of 2 or 3 different types of buckshot to see which worked best. That might be an idea worth putting in your kit bag.]

The next is that shotguns are super easy to use. I won't say that is entirely wrong but using them in a realistic combat situation takes some practice. The real issue is that these folks are using two very different standards. The standard for using a shotgun is that they can load it, chamber a round and shoot a target or a cardboard box 15 feet away. The rifle standard is that you have to be able to field strip it while hanging blindfolded from money bars and engage man sized targets out to 300 meters with iron sights in driving rain and wind. See an issue here? If we narrow the rifle standards to CQB at ranges of 50 meters or less (which greatly decreases the marksmanship factor) it is a whole different discussion.

To be honest I would give the rifle an advantage because it is easier to make fast follow up shots with due to the lower felt recoil and being self loading. If, after a short orientation you handed a dozen random people a shotgun and had them put one shot per target into a few targets at realistic defensive ranges and did the exact same thing with an AR or a Mini 14 or an AK I would bet an 18 year old bottle of Scotch the rifle would win out.

Let us look at it another way. What would you think of a rifle which must be manually reloaded and has a capacity of 5-8 rounds? Why should a shotgun somehow be different?

Now onto rifles. I will talk in generalities about AR and AK pattern rifles and most of it would apply to a Mini 14 or whatever you run. I would call stopping power even as both are quite sufficient. You can't exactly kill people twice or anything. Rifles win hands down in capacity with 3-4 times as much ammo as a standard pump shotgun, also they penetrate soft body armor. While home invasions are relatively rare they are getting more common. This scenario is definitely an ugly one, but an ugly one where rifles shine. Also rifles are useful at much longer ranges. An AK or AR which could defend your living room could hit a man sized target a couple football fields (or much further, I’ve seen 800 meter hits with an M4 and an ACOG) away. Past 50ish meters or maybe a bit more with slugs and iron sights, cursing is more effective than a shotgun.

That does not say shotguns don't have some real strengths.

Cost is a huge plus. New pump shotguns cost somewhere around $300. You can buy gently used Mossberg 500's and Remington 870's for around $200-220 all day long. Seriously shotguns are great because everybody can afford one. If you can't afford a basic pump shotgun with a little bit of planning then I recommend you reexamine your life and finances.

The next biggest plus is versatility. With one weapon you could shoot a turkey in the morning, pheasants at mid day, a deer just before nightfall and have something very comforting in your tent or cabin at night. With a long choked barrel and a short open cylinder you are good to go for a lot. Toss in a rifled one to shoot slugs and that is even more versatility. There isn't (not including oddballs like those single barrel rifle/ shotgun things) another weapon out there that can do that.

Also pump shotguns are good because they have evaded pretty much every anti gun law out there. You can’t have an AK in Cali or Washington DC but you can have a shotgun. Lastly you can't get much more common than 12 gauge. If they sell bullets they have shotgun shells. Also if I had to come into a place and need to mooch ammo a shotgun would be a good gun to have.

Now before somebody bites my head off just because something else is better doesn't mean shotguns aren't an acceptable tool. To the question are shotguns, in a standard over the counter configuration sufficient for home defense I would say yes. To be honest if you can’t handle a problem in the house with a tube full of buckshot you probably can’t handle it anyway. That however doesn’t mean I don’t like to put the odds in my favor as much as I can.

I own both and you probably should too.

Monday, December 5, 2011


It is about time to talk this subject again in my rotating semi repetitive foundational posts. Magazines are important because well magazine fed firearms suck without them. Seriously for want of a magazine a quality defensive firearm becomes a slow to reload single shot weapon.

Quality- I strongly recommend that you buy only factory original magazines for practical defensive use. Buying junk aftermarket magazines is penny smart and dollar foolish, I can’t think of many other ways to invite more grief into your shooting life. If you really want to have “range mags” that are junk then I guess that is fine but keep them separate. Personally I don’t see the point in this as I train with what I would fight with and even if that was not the case I still hate bad mags, even at the range.

The one exception to this is for military pattern weapons. Surplus/ government magazines are typically comparable to factory originals. Also for these military pattern weapons sometimes a magazine is so ambiguous that many companies have quality offerings, this is the case with the AR and 1911 and maybe to a lesser degree the AK given the new US Palm offerings.

Cost- When most reasonable people buy a car they consider the cost to insure and repair it. Sometimes you might be looking at two similar cars and one may (usually because it is foreign or rare) have much higher costs. I recommend you do the same with guns in terms of spare parts, ammo (both separate topics) and magazines. I’m not saying to absolutely avoid guns like Sig’s and HK’s with high magazine costs in favor of ones with much lower cost magazines like Glocks or 1911’s or the Browning HP or whatever. My point is to consider the costs and make sure you can afford them.

Spending all the money to have a defensive pistol or rifle and having less than a handful of mags because of their cost is flat out stupid. I read something on line about a guy who used a rare and from all I have heard very nice Valumet .308 as his rifle. He had one twenty round mag, which a friend lost but that brings us to a whole different topic, for the thing. Seriously he could swap it for a good G3 clone and have a combat load of magazines for the price of lunch at a casual dining restaurant.

Quantity- This is certainly a subject for debate. Personally my happy levels are 10 for a pistol and 20 for a rifle. My standard load would be 3 pistol magazines and about 7 rifle magazines, though of course it depends on the situation. This gives me a full load of magazines, a spare set (maybe at another location) and a few for replacement/trade/friends. Note that this is PER GUN. So if you have three pistols it would be 30 magazines, for two AR’s would be 40 magazines, etc. Also this is for core type defensive weapons. For .22’s, a .380 pocket pistol, etc I keep somewhere around 5. Admittedly my appreciation of nice round numbers could be a factor.

Some folks might be comfortable with less and that is probably reasonable. Two full loads of magazines is probably a good bottom point. For a pretty conventional setup would be about 6 per pistol and more than a dozen per rifle. This is enough that if a magazine is lost or damaged and you can’t replace it immediately it will not be a critical loss.

Some folks like more magazines and that is just fine too. Our friend Commander Zero brings up the point that magazines are the easiest and most likely piece of gun stuff to be targeted by a ban, heck we had one for a miserable decade. It is entirely possible that almost overnight % or that what you have could be ALL YOU WILL EVER GET.  I came of gun buying age during that ban and it sucked. When I started making decent money and had taken care of a few more pressing matters I put some money into magazines. If what I have now is all I am ever going to get that wouldn’t be ideal but I would not be completely hosed either. Think about that for awhile and skipping a couple dinners out (make your spouse dinner or do something else nice instead) to have a few magazines put away just in case might not seem like a bad idea.

Replacement-Magazines are a disposable item that have a finite lifespan and require periodic replacement. In this regard they are sort of like a Timex digital watch. They last a long time but they do inevitable break or get worn out and the easiest course of action is to replace them when that happens.

 If there was a list of things that cause shooters unnecessary problems using magazines that are worn out, damaged or otherwise unserviceable; comes  after buying bad mags in the first place, and would be followed by using cheap ammo in a gun that can’t handle it.

Why go through the hassle. Seriously it isn’t that big of an expense to buy quality magazines and periodically replace them. If springs are worn out replace the spring. If the magazine body is worn out then toss it.
Maintenance-Inspect magazines to make sure they are free of rust and that the inside is not all gummed up with crud. Oiling magazines in not recommended as it attracts gunk which causes issues. Just take them apart and wipe them down now and then.

Rotating- This is a hotly debated topic to which I am not sure there is a right answer. Springs can get ‘set’ and that causes the magazine to jam and have feeding issues or completely lock up or in some cases just puke out bullets. This is bad for obvious reasons. My observation is that functional magazines can stay loaded for months at a time with no noticeable issues. I don’t know what the right answer is. One clear benefit of rotating magazines is that it CONFIRMS that the magazine is still functional and that it will work. Best case it gives you an opportunity to confirm the mags are good and do a quick cleaning. Worst case it could show you that a magazine may need some TLC or new springs. The best time to find out you need to do this is when you are maintaining/ rotating magazines, not when you need the darn gun to work.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Guns in Get Home Bags and Long guns in Vehicles

I caught part of a discussion on guns in get home bags the other day. In general for the purposes of getting home I think whatever your normal carry piece [you do carry a gun right? I do not mean some ultra compact .32 but a decent fighting handgun you can hit stuff with, right?] is sufficient and a couple extra reloads are a sound idea. If you do not carry a gun then having one in your kit is a good idea because it is difficult to shoot somebody without a gun. In a scenario where you are headed home in a unorganized fashion, possibly on foot due to who knows what being able to shoot somebody could come in handy.

To me the ideal gun for this situation is a compact or full sized pistol, whichever you prefer and have anyway. Glock 19/17, a 4” .357 or a 1911 or whatever else suits your fancy it doesn’t matter. Personally I would have a Glock 19 because I like them. The point of this handgun is to let you defend yourself from an immediate personal threat while you are driving, walking or whatever home if things get wonky.
Unless you work/ travel so far from home that you can’t make it on an MRE and a handful of granola bars, and that area is rural I don’t see a need to have a .22 or something to hunt small game with. On the other hand if I lived and traveled long distances in rural Alaska or the real isolated parts of the West I would have a rifle capable of taking large game, a .22 and whatever pistol I was carrying in addition to my other supplies. In my opinion with the exception for long distances (say 100 miles plus) in seriously rural areas a get home kit doesn’t need anything except your normal carry pistol.

Now we will move on to the topic of guns in vehicles. For pistols I can sum it up in one sentence, better than the nightstand but nowhere near as good as the waistband. There is one exception. A friend of mine carried a Walther PPK/S and kept a Browning High power in his car just in case. Not a bad way to go all things considered, especially if you won’t carry the bigger gun.

For long guns it is not as simple. Long guns in vehicles can have two good roles: rural work tasks and opportunity hunting or disasters\ civil disorder. Rural work tasks and hunting is pretty much self explanatory. A rancher with a coyote problem keeping his .22-250 in the truck to take a shot when he gets a chance or a guy putting his rifle in the truck during hunting season in case he has a slow afternoon at work and can skip out, etc.

Disasters that are bad enough that (or happen in a way especially unlucky for you where) they will prevent you from immediately going home are where these long guns come to shine in my opinion. If you happened to be visiting a cousin at the start of the LA Riots or Katrina an AK or a pump shotgun with a few hundred rounds in the car would be awful handy. Also it would be good for a Zombie apocalypse.

The biggest issue of this plan is if you have to move on foot. The places where it is socially acceptable to walk down the side of the road with a rifle are not ones likely to have traffic which would impede vehicular traffic.  Walking out of the nearest town with a mall carrying a rifle is going to lead to interaction with the cops and quite possibly incarceration. For laymen that is really bad. Zombie apocalypse excluded all the situations which would require you to move home on foot that I can think of offhand are not ones where a rifle at low ready would work.

That would leave you with two options. Have a long gun you can conceal somehow or leave it behind. I don’t know about you but leave it behind is not a great option to me. For concealing it an SBR would be perfect but that has its own issues. Something with a folding stock also has a lot of promise. An AK with a folding stock gets pretty small as does Mini 14 or really anything else with a 16-18 in barrel and no stupid AR buffer tube. It wouldn’t be the fastest to bring to bear but you shouldn’t need it and you’ve got a pistol for that anyway.

I would bear in mind that this long gun (a shotgun could do fine too if you are so inclined) stands a higher than normal likelihood of being stolen as it will live in your vehicle. Along those lines if you can’t afford to lose it then don’t keep it in the car. I had one rifle it would not pull full time trunk duty but that is just me. This is a great place for a backup rifle or a second or third of a kind weapon.

Personally I do not see a reason at this point to keep a long gun in my vehicle all the time. I bring one if I am going far from home or out into the woods. Needless to say guns need bullets so bring plenty of those too. 4-5 magazines and 200-300 rounds seems reasonable to me. In writing this I realize I should add a decent system to carry those magazines on me and a small cleaning kit.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

AK 47 Folding Stock installation

Awhile back I saw an AK47 with a wire folding stock at the range. When the owner and I got into the usual "geee that is nice" type conversation I asked about it. After getting permission I fondled it and found it delightful. He mentioned it was a WASR 10 and a Romanian side folding stock then suggested OST as a source for the stock. He also had a US Palm grip on it which I found very nice but have yet to get around to ordering (which I will rectify that eventually) so isn't really worth further discussion.

Since I got back one of the preparedness oriented things I did want to do is install a folding stock on my rifle. I got out the stock and the rifle which was a good first step. Next I opened a bottle of Heineken. After initial inspection the stock had a little bit of rust on it. I took that off with some sandpaper (yeah I don't care about the finish at all a reason AK's are awesome, it will get touched up with spreay paint) easily enough. When I was in the garage I also picked up a phillips screwdriver from the garage when I was out there. Consulting the wire side folding stock I was it had two screws. One was exposed on the stock and the other was on the inside (take off the top cover and pull out the working parts, it is in the back). I removed them easily enough with the screwdriver. I grabbed the stock and gave it a tug. It did not come off. I looked to confirm it was not attached anywhere. Then I grabbed a flat screwdriver to pry with (AK's are great, who cares if I scar the wood a little bit) and stock it through the small hole in the receiver where you can see the end of the stock and gently pried. It came out easy enough. Old stock off.

Now to put the new stock on. I looked at it and upon getting it ready to install noticed it had hex bolts. I could not find a hex key anywhere (not my residence) but found a screwdriver which would work using the redneck method of finding a screwdriver that just barely fits and can turn the bolt. I went to slide it the stock in and it wouldn't quite fit. I took the combination outside and gently bumped the butt of the extended stock into the concrete patio. Two bumps later it and the stock slid right in. I put the screws in and it slid right into place. I tightened the bolt, put the working parts back in and it was good to go.

I am lazy and did not take pictures but thanks to the power of google I still show you. Here is what the new stock looks like, this is what the rifle looked like and this is what it looks like now.

The butt as it hits my shoulder is almost identical. The lockup is rock solid both when extended and collapsed. The sling swivel already atttached is a great touch. The rifle folds up pretty darn small also. It could easily fit into a medium sized duffel bag or a rucksack. Somebody makes a nice backpack that just happens to fit this setup.

What uses does this have? Well discrete transportation is obvious. Being able to carry a rifle to or from my residence, outdoors or wherever is just convenient. No point in scaring the sheeple. It could also be very helpful in numerous darker scenarios. Also collapsible stocks are great for handling a rifle in and around vehicles, etc, or just comfortably carrying a rifle in situations where you want it but the odds of actual contact are low.

This was truly a "drop in" part change. I am thrilled with it.

The next steps in project AK will be a more intentional sling and a us palm grip. After that I have some other ideas but will talk about them later.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Random PDW Thoughts

I have been thinking a lot about an SBR/ PDW type weapon recently. No really great reason, just sorta daydreaming. I've been thinking that it would be way easier to carry around, both tactically and discretely than a normal (even defensive type) rifle. I have almost no use for carbines (defined for this purpose as a long gun that shoots a pistol bullet) but this could be handy. The criteria for me would be a round that can penetrate light armor, a stock, reasonable accuracy, affordability and commonality. Specifically I have been thinking about one of those short barreled AK's. It would fill a nice little niche. Convenient to carry around or put in a bag, ample for defensive purposes and good for CQB.  Taking one of those pistol AK's and putting a folding stock on it would be the easy and affordable route, alas ATF regulations make it much more complicated. I am thinking that when I eventually settle down if you can still, for a modest fee and some hassle build an SBR I might just bite the bullet and do it.
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