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    No. AKM rifles had transitioned to the same...

    No. AKM rifles had transitioned to the same fiberglass handguards well before AK74 production began in 1985.
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    Up until that "batch", all the "Balkan" origin...

    Up until that "batch", all the "Balkan" origin SVDs I have seen were Russian, or Military marked Chinese.

    I think your explanation of the "overrun" finding its way to the Balkans makes the most...
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    Have you ever lived in the United States? The...

    Have you ever lived in the United States? The "news" is not real life, anymore then "Christiane Amanpour" and CNN fairly represented the situation in the Balkans in 1995.....
  4. From trying to use some of them while demilling...

    From trying to use some of them while demilling AKs into "parts kits" while living in Europe, two things become clear-

    Only really good if you are dealing with huge lots; For example, as an...
  5. A big batch (on a curve) came out of Finland...

    A big batch (on a curve) came out of Finland about 14-15 years ago. A friend (and member here) got them for reasonable, like a few hundred dollars.

    McKay Industries makes/made a repop, but they...
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    The finish that Mario at PoHF used on my 1971 OG...

    The finish that Mario at PoHF used on my 1971 OG side folder back in the day was spot on......
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    The AES10B route might be a miss as well. ...

    The AES10B route might be a miss as well.

    Granted, it was 12 years ago with the 1st imports, but the AES10B I had used a skinnier profile then the RPK-203 kit that I had.
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    They were common actually. The small captured...

    They were common actually.

    The small captured weapons locker that we had when we took over in 2008, there was a Garand, complete with local made leather "bedazzeler" chest rig for en-bloc clips.
  9. Izhevsk- City in Russia where Izhmash factory...

    Izhevsk- City in Russia where Izhmash factory is/was located.. Or do you mean "Baikal"? Which was/is a seperate company, but had allot of overlap.
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    That didn't help, but the Arms plants in Cugir...

    That didn't help, but the Arms plants in Cugir didn't really re-organize until rather recently. Sadu ended AK production in 1999. And though the line between "Domestic/Export" has blurred since 1989,...
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    Nice! I would like to find at least one "live"...

    Nice! I would like to find at least one "live" example to photograph... But it seems like even though Romania has had a fire sale the last few years, these still remain rather rare.
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    As an example, 1 shipment was 1100 pieces-...

    As an example, 1 shipment was 1100 pieces-
    https://www.importgenius.com/importers/arms-of-america-llc

    That's one shipment.

    And Polish kits have been under constant import for 20 years.
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    "They" repaired top covers, so 5 minutes on a...

    "They" repaired top covers, so 5 minutes on a milling machine to remove a serial number isn't out of the question. Remember, nothing wasted.

    NOS parts doesn't always mean "new" parts. I haven't...
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    These parts are serial numbered on original guns....

    These parts are serial numbered on original guns. I always figured the "lightening cut" was to remove the old serial.
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    Seen Mitchell Arms M90 underfolders being sold...

    Seen Mitchell Arms M90 underfolders being sold for $1600 - 1800 in the last month.

    Many of the recent ones have actually come from Slovenia, so "actual use" might have been some guard duty at...
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    Many of the barrels on the "OG" barreled kits...

    Many of the barrels on the "OG" barreled kits were garbage. As in, I have still seen them for sale for less then $50 this year. One of the few times in kit building that I would say its better to...
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    Peanut butter is the "old wives" version of "Goo...

    Peanut butter is the "old wives" version of "Goo gone". I would try that first.
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    No, the Cyrillic prefix is also part of the...

    No, the Cyrillic prefix is also part of the serial number.
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    1- Per Instagram, the end of the year. 2- Nope.

    1- Per Instagram, the end of the year.
    2- Nope.
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    Hard to tell, but looks like Israeli marking;...

    Hard to tell, but looks like Israeli marking; Sometimes they would add, or transcribe a new serial number.
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    Fixed AK-74, first variant of shorty 7.62x39 with...

    Fixed AK-74, first variant of shorty 7.62x39 with oddball side folder, side folder / forward gripped RPK are the main ones that stuck out to me. And the others might look "run of the mill", but am...
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    286929 One here. This pic is supposedly the AK...

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    One here. This pic is supposedly the AK display case at the Military museum in Bucharest, Romania. Basically all the hard to find rifles from the early 90s, late 80s in one place. I already...
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    286793 RPD bipod should work. Based on what...

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    RPD bipod should work.

    Based on what he has had for sale, and his user name, read between the lines on the origins.
  24. Are you going to replicate the rest of the parts?...

    Are you going to replicate the rest of the parts? Because virtually everything else is different.
  25. Years ago, I used Norrels and it was a perfect...

    Years ago, I used Norrels and it was a perfect match to Tula paint. As I remember, it was a 50/50 mix of gloss and flat.
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