Anyone know the history of the AK55 barreled kits?
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    Anyone know the history of the AK55 barreled kits?

    I would like to know when, who, and how many of these magnificent AK55 barreled kits were imported? Why were they demilled so differently than other kits we've seen; what with their full lightning cuts and matching numbers? Enquiring minds wanna know.

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    I remember them in sportsman guide at 99 bucks some other places also.


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    I believe Gordon Technologies brought in some, and built some on Bulgarian receivers.

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    Yes....the 100 series.....they were nice looking but were missing the rear sling swivels and other nicnaks.
    The thread protector was welded on also due to the AWB of 94.

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    I've had two pass through my hands they have superior finish and craftsmanship. for some reason there was muzzle wear on both looked to be from a violent cleaning rod maybe the Hungarians were hard on cleaning their guns
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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDUBI View Post
    I remember them in sportsman guide at 99 bucks some other places also.


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    Do you remember when that was?

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    It was in 2000....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot308 View Post
    I bought 2 in person from TGI in maybe 2007. The selector marks were cut off and the lightening cut was not complete but 1 was 90+% and the other was ~70% but still very nice.
    Were those numbers matching kits and do you about how many they had?

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    Excellent observation!

    I have never seen an AK55 barrel that wasn't prematurely worn at the muzzle end (and perhaps elsewhere, that's all I can see), even on visibly pristine kits that were barely fired. Maybe cleaning, but from what I could see the lands start wearing very early with a groove down the right side of each land face starting at the muzzle, and it goes downhill from there. I know there are a lot of good things said about the quality of Hungarian craftsmanship, but I read it more as "generally competent (though not particularly inspired)" with the exception of the milled rifle barrels. Must have been post-1956 counter-revolutionaries sabotaging the barrel works. Don't think they got their barrel making techniques down pat until they started making AKMs because I have never seen the same wear characteristics in those barrels, they are good stuff.

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    I've had two pass through my hands they have superior finish and craftsmanship. for some reason there was muzzle wear on both looked to be from a violent cleaning rod maybe the Hungarians were hard on cleaning their guns
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    Most kits I've seen with the nice long front stub are missing the rest of the receiver
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    ive also seen the barrel issues in all the t3 kits that ive handled.

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    TGI was selling complete, working AK-55s on GB for $595 BIN back in '08.

    Law Enforcement, etc.

    I think I screencapped one of the auctions, but I can't find it.
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    TGI still has them but they are not advertised.

    They have postie amd and amp and many others that are stuck in the customs bonded warehouse.

    Gorgeous condition but need proper permission slips.

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    I had a feeling that selling those to police departments wasn't wasn't going to happen.

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    Not the correct reality...Customs is 50 50 with those stuck in the warehouse. Gotta be a valid reason...

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