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    1985 EG MPi-KM, A Real Deal BFPU

    1985 East German MPi-KM – Iraq War BFPU

    I was very lucky to be offered this ’85 EG MPi-KM kit, original and complete except (obviously) the receiver, by a fellow forum member a ways back. To sum the provenance up in a sentence, the pieces found their way back to Fort Bliss via an unknown service person (not the seller or known to him) around 2003. These are some of the pics I was provided.

    See, all there… Note the über cool Iraqi rack numbers (186) on the butt; second number is painted under the front stub.






    Barrel condition looked very promising!






    And, the bolt face had no pitting around the primer ring.




    The price seemed reasonable given the scale of my desire, so I went for it. Starting out with an intact EG front end for a build was one of those collector goals I never expected to reach. Very few (almost none) of the EG PLO kits were in this condition with a nice bore and factory-matching parts.

    Eventually, after lining up a “custom” unblasted 74ULLC receiver and, I will proudly note, a fine group of TAPCO compliance parts, this was all shipped to fellow member BR7.62 (Brendyn) at Bloss Industries. An amazingly short amount of time passed, and it was done. Next post reviews what came back.
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    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.











    Matching numbers…







    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.




    Journal sizes.




    Proof/inspection stamps.




    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!
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    Words can’t describe how awesome the kit, story and build is.

    “Brendyn is #1” should be the title


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    That is a really nice rifle!
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    Wow!! Amazing rifle and that build is over the top. Congrats!

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    Really enjoyed reading this thread...thanks for sharing.

    Brendyn did an awesome job!
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    I to enjoyed reading this great pics great build somthing im sure you will cherish for the rest of your life thanks for sharing
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    sweet baby jesus
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    nice pictures Brian, thanks for letting me paw this for a bit.
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    That is definitely the coolest East German build I've ever seen. Beautiful work!
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    Amazing story and BRs work on the rifle is nothing less than perfection. Congrats and thanks for sharing all that it is!
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    That's sweet from the kit, to the build details to the completed rifle. The only way to beat that would be to have the original rifle.
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    Absolutely incredible piece of history you and Brendyn have been able to preserve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlado View Post
    Absolutely incredible piece of history you and Brendyn have been able to preserve.

    Thanks, and I swear I didn't throw away the middle section of the receiver - never had it - no possibility of a reweld!
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