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    blued bulgarian ak-74

    anyone ever seen one?
    ive got a kit that i thought the finish looked funny it apparently was blued at some point,
    maybe during a refurb?
    carrier and bolt are still painted and show a fair bit of wear.
    receiver stubs have proofs on them so it isnt a us built one that got cut. saw cuts are shiny in the receiver so it wasnt done after demil.
    yeah i know ths thraed is worthless w/out pics....
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    todd told me I asked. orf paid for all new kits and received refurbed ones as you described. my hands were turning orange and swelled up after matching serials with owner jj laying all kits out on floor reading serials matching them few days at a time. the bluing salts were seeping out of em and wax bluing inhibitor or grease and sheetmetal cuts slicing thru my rubber gloves. they tore my hands up pretty bad. 7 semi truck loads of 74 stuff came in all at once. I think todd actually got em from an importer he met at shot show maybe hesse. that's the way bulgys refurbed those. hot immersion blue hastily done except of carrier groups and trig parts on some of em.
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    cool thanks for the reply, i guess ill get the receiver blued to match when i build it then.
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    they actually look really neat that way. the finish wears off quickly and they look like a well worn plo kit only in 545. put used bulgy polymer or plum on there and them beater bulgy 74 mags with trench art and you've got something. I took lots a pics of mine at range while back. if I find pics ill post em here. I got the barrel all smokey.
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    Photos!??!? I led liked to see a blued bulgy 74!!!

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    I picked up an AKS74 kit that was finished that way not too long ago. Didn't realize it until it arrived. Let it go because I wanted original paint, but I could see how it would look good as John has described. Kind of wish I'd kept it now, but picked up a factory-built instead that I'm happy with.
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    same here, i didnt realize it was blued. would rather have had og paint but it is interesting to know they did this.
    actually seems like a pretty odd way to refurb.
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    Just a guess, but the way I understand it, the Bulgarian surplus stuff is exported by 3rd party agencies, not direct by the Bulgarian MOD.

    So it might have been a way for the 3rd party company to sell "used" guns as "new">

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    I heard something about them getting dumped into an acid bath to remove the paint, then blued.
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    that makes sense, they dont have the look of blasted or polished. kind of like whatever the surface was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZAK View Post
    I heard something about them getting dumped into an acid bath to remove the paint, then blued.
    hmmm. the finish was a little unique. strangely there were flakes of paint left on in places that seemed odd to me not having been hit at all with blasting media so that actually makes sense. they were certainly blued by hot immersion bluing salts though. the caustic salts are what I knew best from bluing 40 plus guns at pgs then bumping into real caustic acid soda in rust inhibiting grease again at orf. the immediate distinctly persisting and ever increasing burning sensation, discoloration of hands cuts, fingernails smell was all identical. lol.
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    I have at least 4 of those poorly refinished AKS-74 kits I bought from ORF. To me the finish resembles the same finish on Romanian rifles.
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    yep. the bulgys just did em so quick they skipped the bcg group and missed chunks of paint under forearms. the bulgys actually left on remnants of rig the romys act like they never used any. the bulgy finish is more durable seems like than late romy blued. like for instance around the bulgy site ears it wears to a nice even finish not a missing finish.
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