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    Probably Recreator Blanks for receiver (a bit pricey). Barrels are available everywhere. AOA, AK-builder, Apex, K-Var, Atlantic. Prices vary from about $100 to $160'ish.
    I would look for a CHF barrel.
    Not sure if you care or not about the 922r little thingy. If you do then use a calculator.



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    Since PSA said they would come out with a new rifle (same looks as RH-10 or M10-762) but with a FN CHF chrome lined barrel, this implies that at some point FN barrels for AKs would be available to the puplic too.
    Their barrels for the AR platform sell for over $200 $220-$260 depending on the vendor and if it is on sale or not), I would expect a similar price point too for our AKs.

    Is it that much better of a barrel worth almost double than commie barrels?
    It's up to the user/buyer.

    Anyway, I am being speculative at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dixy2k View Post
    Probably Recreator Blanks for receiver (a bit pricey). Barrels are available everywhere. AOA, AK-builder, Apex, K-Var, Atlantic. Prices vary from about $100 to $160'ish.
    I would look for a CHF barrel.
    Not sure if you care or not about the 922r little thingy. If you do then use a calculator.



    Later Edit
    Since PSA said they would come out with a new rifle (same looks as RH-10 or M10-762) but with a FN CHF chrome lined barrel, this implies that at some point FN barrels for AKs would be available to the puplic too.
    Their barrels for the AR platform sell for over $200 $220-$260 depending on the vendor and if it is on sale or not), I would expect a similar price point too for our AKs.

    Is it that much better of a barrel worth almost double than commie barrels?
    It's up to the user/buyer.

    Anyway, I am being speculative at this point.
    Thanks for the info.
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    Sounds like some of the kits might make good candidates for a Khyber Pass build.
    A triangle stock and leave the worn finish and scattered rust areas.
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    I got my md65 kit from midway a few days ago. It’s borderline a BFPU kit, but it doesn’t have any rust except a slight amount in the gas tube. It is all matching though. The bluing is completely gone from the underfolder and the and barrel components, but other than that it’s in good shape. I didn’t realize this was an export model with no dong when I bought it, but that’s my fault. Trunnion rivets and trigger guard rivets were still present and had to be drilled out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cincymaga View Post
    I got my md65 kit from midway a few days ago. It’s borderline a BFPU kit, but it doesn’t have any rust except a slight amount in the gas tube. It is all matching though. The bluing is completely gone from the underfolder and the and barrel components, but other than that it’s in good shape. I didn’t realize this was an export model with no dong when I bought it, but that’s my fault. Trunnion rivets and trigger guard rivets were still present and had to be drilled out.

    They had the same sale not long ago and the underfolders were sold with palm swells only. Reverse dongs have been rather hard to find and pricey , if these had dongs I would have purchased more than one .
    Yours sounds like a nice kit, I ordered one and it should be here Thursday .
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    I'd go with a Recreator receiver for these.

    Former users of your kits. Croatia is next to the Adriatic so rust is not uncommon. Even my Croatian source EG74 kit has a little rust.









    Large S A R is the correct selector marking.

    Notice how the "S" is tilted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPiKM-72 View Post
    I'd go with a Recreator receiver for these.

    Former users of your kits. Croatia is next to the Adriatic so rust is not uncommon. Even my Croatian source EG74 kit has a little rust.







    Large S A R is the correct selector marking.

    Notice how the "S" is tilted?
    I wonder how hard it would be to change an F to an R.

    Anyone got a spare A and selector notch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottyb View Post
    I wonder how hard it would be to change an F to an R.

    Anyone got a spare A and selector notch?
    Years ago member serzant modified a F to an R and added the A to his Maadi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPiKM-72 View Post
    I'd go with a Recreator receiver for these.

    Former users of your kits. Croatia is next to the Adriatic so rust is not uncommon. Even my Croatian source EG74 kit has a little rust.









    Large S A R is the correct selector marking.

    Notice how the "S" is tilted?
    When I get it built I will use a Recreator receiver since you and dixy2k suggested it. I will send it to a builder to be built. I don't have the tools to build one. I would rather pay someone who knows what they are doing. Thanks for the info.
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    I think recreator is really the only game in town anymore anyways. 74ullc is pretty much extinct, nodaks quality has suffered, and Childers seem to not be as historically accurate. But I guess it’s how anal one wants to be.

    43m1garand, you got the perfect kit for a BFPU. If your into that kinda thing I think it would be great. Romy rifles you see built up into BFPU rifles all the time but a export pm90?...you just do see those used and rusted everyday. Nice score!
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    Romanian barrel? NEIN 22Argh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPiKM-72 View Post
    I'd go with a Recreator receiver for these.

    Former users of your kits. Croatia is next to the Adriatic so rust is not uncommon. Even my Croatian source EG74 kit has a little rust.









    Large S A R is the correct selector marking.

    Notice how the "S" is tilted?
    Thatís some sloppy looking spotwelds, there.
    I built three Romyís last year, a Ď67 under-folder, Ď70 fixed stock, and the 1992 sidefolder from Midway. Iím no expert, but you could really tell where they cut corners in the later manufactured rifles. Not that itís less functional, but those earlier rifles just have a more hand-built look. I love all the machining marks and stamps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babalu View Post
    That’s some sloppy looking spotwelds, there.
    I built three Romy’s last year, a ‘67 under-folder, ‘70 fixed stock, and the 1992 sidefolder from Midway. I’m no expert, but you could really tell where they cut corners in the later manufactured rifles. Not that it’s less functional, but those earlier rifles just have a more hand-built look. I love all the machining marks and stamps.
    Typical of Romanian rifles. Its no secret that the Romanian tooling had gotten severely wore out over the years. The romy g kits are great indicators of the sloppy machining/workmanship over the years. For this exact reason it’s why I prefer the early romanian kits/rifles.

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    The sloppy Romanian machine work seemed to start around 1980 or so. Sadu more so than Cugir.

    I've had a good number of original barrelled Romanian kits. The ones from 1977 and 1978 look better than the finest Soviet AKM, but not as good as a Polish or East German.

    My 1989 Sadu is almost as bad as a Maadi - the Sad is my favorite.
    Constantly studying spots welds, mag well dimple shapes, center support rivet heads and selector markings for the last 12 years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPiKM-72 View Post
    The sloppy Romanian machine work seemed to start around 1980 or so. Sadu more so than Cugir.

    I've had a good number of original barrelled Romanian kits. The ones from 1977 and 1978 look better than the finest Soviet AKM, but not as good as a Polish or East German.

    My 1989 Sadu is almost as bad as a Maadi - the Sad is my favorite.

    I'm thinking those spot welds in your photos are beautiful, like a homemade pizza!
    BTW Thanks for sharing the photos and the reminder that the correct markings would be S A R.

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