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    1997 Bulgarian RPK-74

    Took some pictures of a Bulgarian RPK-74 for Phreakmode, and I thought I would share them with you all, this RPK-74 is the real deal Bulgarian military issue with a production year of 1997, it has plum plastic furniture, the pistol grip is black (not dark plum) with a mold number of 1/4. The plum furniture is very bright and is very close in the color of US made pulm sets sold by K-var. The rifle is of standard Bulgarian military quality, the finish paint over park, but the finish is more matte than typical Bulgarian civilian imports such as a SLR-107, the RPK-74 does not have a ribbed upper handguard which leads me to think that at some point the Bulgarians stopped using the ribbed upper, all the numbers match, with the gas tube being serial numbered to the weapon, the weapon does have some quality control problems as you can see on the front sight post pins. Some are sticking out, as they where never ground down. I examined 3 and they all had the same defect, also the most forward front sight pin and spring detent is not parked or painted, but left grey like the pins that hold the FCG in place, this is not a defect but how they where assembled, like I said I examined 3 and all where the same, somthing to take note of for the collector who is trying to get his or her RPK-74 to look identical to military issue ones, if you have any questions please let me know.


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    love them RPK's!
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    45 degree gas block? What's that about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exothermia
    45 degree gas block? What's that about?
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    Jim,

    Great photos and illistration of condition and observations. Thanks for sharing!
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    nice pics! those spot welds stick out very promently!
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    Thanks for sharing the pics!!! Please post any more military Bulgarian AK pics if you have any.

    Thanks again!

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    Nice pictures , nothing wrong with the gas block
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    Bump for my clone project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim_wombat View Post



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    Notice the selector markings are Russian, not Bulgarian. I wonder if this is in fact a Molot manufactured gun.

    I just purchased an '88 RPK that retained all the Russian markings and proofs. The only thing that Bulgaria did was scrub the Molot crest and re-stamp it with the double circled 10 (you can see where it was scrubbed).
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    Rear trunnion rivet heads; flat or domed, or a combination of both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dallas.moore View Post
    Notice the selector markings are Russian, not Bulgarian. I wonder if this is in fact a Molot manufactured gun.

    I just purchased an '88 RPK that retained all the Russian markings and proofs. The only thing that Bulgaria did was scrub the Molot crest and re-stamp it with the double circled 10 (you can see where it was scrubbed).
    While Soviet parts, it is not Soviet/Molot assembled. The biggest giveaway is the barrel parts. On a Soviet gun, they have the dimples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stottman View Post
    While Soviet parts, it is not Soviet/Molot assembled. The biggest giveaway is the barrel parts. On a Soviet gun, they have the dimples.
    Ah yes, the dreaded, we (Mother Russia) have a better way to populate AK barrels. Very good point. I'm not as familiar with the RPKs as I am with the 74s. What year did they start with the dimples at Molot? I believe the 74s started in '86 or 87.
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    87/88 for the RPK74

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stottman View Post
    87/88 for the RPK74
    OK, thank you. The '88 kit I just bought (Molot crest scrubbed, over-stamped with circle 10). Pinned barrel components. It's got Russian proof marks all over the darn thing; assemble in Bulgaria?

    What about the rear trunnion rivets (outside heads). Domed short rivets; right side long rivet domed, left side flat (like the 74s?)
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