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    Question about scratch engraving on AK-74's

    Pardon my ignorance yet again, but was the scratch engraving on, let's say, a '83 AKS-74 done only in 3 places visible on the outside of the rifle? Selector, top cover, and gas tube?

    Also, as far as the top cover is concerned, was there no number engraved on the rear where the recoil rod end pokes out like on the Bulgarian models? Was the only place a number was engraved on the front left side of the top cover? Was it only scratch engraved just above the trunnion?

    Thanks in advance.

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    The short answer - yes.

    There was a time when even FCG parts were numbered on commbloc rifles but as time went on the practice was minimized.
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    So no numbers on the rear of the top cover, then?

    I have an old carbide engraving pen used back in the 80's to scratch your name and telephone number into things like your TV set in case someone stole it. Would this give the same kind of results as whatever it was they were using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by russian_bot_5791 View Post
    So no numbers on the rear of the top cover, then?

    I have an old carbide engraving pen used back in the 80's to scratch your name and telephone number into things like your TV set in case someone stole it. Would this give the same kind of results as whatever it was they were using?

    Correct - numbers had moved to the side of the top covers at one point. Certainly by 1983.

    An engraver like that might work - just practice on something not Russian until you get it right.
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    After seeing so many of those, they must have used a stencil, pantograph, or something because they are to uniform to have been done by hand.

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    Well, thankfully the three numbers I'll be engraving are "177". Hopefully my hand will be steady enough to scratch 5 straight lines - 1 vertical line, 2 horizontal lines, and 2 diagonal lines. I might use some blue painters tape to help out and just run along the edge of it.

    Anyone know how hard it is to scrub the 4 digit serial off the rear of a Bulgarian dust cover? Is it real deep in the sheet metal, or is it mostly just scratched into the paint? Thinking about taking some sandpaper to it.

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    The #'s on the rear of a Bulgy 74 dust cover are not too deep...de-oil the area real good (isopropyl alcohol) and smear in some JB weld...sand it down smooth and repaint...it'll last forever and will look real good...I've known guys that use this method to "wipe" receivers and they've always had good luck with it...
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    Bulgarian AK74 receiver cover serials are engraved.
    This does not disrupt or indent the surrounding metal.
    Ideally the use of a mini die grinder will smooth the area for repainting.

    On a stamped serial like a Romanian it can be removedby first securing the outside rear of the cover on a metal surface. Tben using a large pin punch to drive the indented metal back outward.
    Then the mini die grinder can be used to smooth off the numbers.

    Trying to sand off serial numbers would be a very long and tedious process.

 

 

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