When did the West become aware of synthetic furniture for the AK-74?
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    When did the West become aware of synthetic furniture for the AK-74?

    Does anyone know of what year it became known? Late '80s?

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    There are a few photos of plum furniture from late in the Afghan campaign, and I think I remember someone on this forum saying they we really first became aware of them when the Soviet Union was imploding and they had the coup attempt with soldiers on the streets etc with plum AKs and all the media there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magistral1978 View Post
    There are a few photos of plum furniture from late in the Afghan campaign, and I think I remember someone on this forum saying they “we” really first became aware of them when the Soviet Union was imploding and they had the coup attempt with soldiers on the streets etc with plum AKs and all the media there.
    What year were the Afghan photos from? Also, are there any pics from the coup?

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    PS, when did the Sovs begin to manufacture '74s with synthetic furniture?

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    Ive found one online of a Russian soldier with plum furniture in Afghanistan and Id bet some guys in here who know way more then me may have possibly seen others. Again, more knowledgeable folks can correct me, but I think They started making the switch from wood to plum in mid 1985

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    Found the photo and took a screen grab. Never posted a pic before here so not sure it shows up. Have no idea abou the year etc, or even the authenticity, but looks like Afghanistan terrain and of crappy enough quality to be from the time period
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    So which do you think is more common among Sov '74s-wood or plum plastic?

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    Do you mean more commonly used in Afghanistan or just produced in general? If its the former, the overwhelming majority were laminated wood. If its total production, I honestly have no idea, but conseiderinf they produced wood through 1985 and then plum from 1985-1990, maybe more laminated wood were produced in total. Does any one else know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magistral1978 View Post
    Do you mean more commonly used in Afghanistan or just produced in general? If it’s the former, the overwhelming majority were laminated wood. If it’s total production, I honestly have no idea, but conseiderinf they produced wood through 1985 and then plum from 1985-1990, maybe more laminated wood were produced in total. Does any one else know?
    Basically both, but I was initially interested in total production.
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    I guess that no one here has any knowledge of the matter, then.

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    On the cover of “The Bear Went Over The Mountain” there is an AKS-74 with plum furniture. Not sure if the photo is actually from the war or not.
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    That’s funny, I own that book and I never noticed that!

 

 

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