1985 East German MPi-KM — Iraq War BFPU (continued)
I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise by now, but I’m always amazed by the rifles I get back from Bloss Industries. Here it is, built with the original finish preserved throughout, plus the aging technique he uses on the receiver that just can’t be beat.
Here’s an overview of both sides, more notes are mixed with the pictures.
This proves at least some of the EG AKM-type return springs match the rifles they are in.
Plum-blued bolts are not uncommon in EG AKM kits, here’s another. Serno is faintly visible under the bolt head. Note relatively light wear where the bolt carrier rides the receiver rails. Very little metal wear is felt when you run a fingernail over it. IMHO, one of the most important indicators of how worn a parts set is.
I don’t doubt this is the original rear sight leaf, but if it ever had a serno, the sand must have scoured it off. Pretty clear from the way the finish is worn overall that the rifle was issued in a gritty environment.
Barrel turned out to be great; the original front end is the key feature of the build. Here’s the telltale Suhl factory stamp.
Looking into the chamber, two views of the uniquely EG tapered breech end. Everything looks pretty fresh inside the receiver, eh?
A close-up shot of the original Iraqi rack number on the buttstock. You can tell it’s there was another number originally painted underneath.
In a way, the best part — the incredibly detailed work Brendyn did to replicate the original features on the only non-original part of the gun — is saved for last. I didn’t even ask him to do these two cool features, he just took it for granted that they were part of the job. Here, Brendyn replicated the original rack number under the front stub very realistically, down to the layers of paint that were underneath. Amazing he got so close on the crazy yellow.
But that was not all. No idea what they indicate or why they’re there (though I prefer to imagine they’re inventory stamps used on captured Irani weapons from the Iraq-Iran War) but the original rear stub had a mix of stamped western-style letters/numbers. Brendyn said he had to wail on them pretty hard to impress the extremely hard receiver shell.
Almost forgot the most important thing, it shoots great and is quite accurate for an AK!