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I recently got my first ever Kalashnikov parts kit (Soviet AKM). Unfortunately, it is one of the newer imports with the barrel cut up so I need a new barrel. As I'm unlikely to find the correct Soviet made barrel on the loose, what is the best options for one that mimics the real deal as closely as possible for my build. From what I understand original AKM barrels were 16.34" (415mm) long and had a 1/7.9" (200mm) twist, though when push comes to shove the length is more important for me than the twist rate.
 

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To be more "correct" you would want one of the Polish made hammer forged chrome lined barrels or the Romanian equivalent. The US made barrels can be nice as well they are made in several configurations, chrome lined versus non-chrome, hammer forged versus button rifled etc. The will also give you good service and are more affordable and count as a 922 compliant part. Just make sure you get an AKM profile rather than a milled or yugo spec profile.
 

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I've used the AK-builder.com chrome lined barrels for both AKM and AK-74. Some people prefer the foreign-made barrels, and I have nothing bad to say about either. If you are abiding by 922r, using a US barrel allows you to leave another original part on the rifle. I probably won't wear out my AKB barrel, and if I do, it's an AKB barrel. I'll just have to pop off my barrel components and reinstall a new one. If I don't have an original barrel for a kit, I'm fine using an AKB. To tell the whole truth, you'll probably have better resell value with a foreign barrel just due to public opinion, but I'm too much of a collector [hoarder] to focus on resale.

Also, if you are concerned with Soviet build practices, if I'm not mistaken, cold hammer forged barrels were not even used until the AK-74M.

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Barrel. Barrel length rifling pitch length of the rifled part barrel
Ak-74m 415mm 195mm 372mm
Ak-101 415mm. 178mm 369mm
Ak-102. 314mm. 178mm 268mm
Ak-103 415mm 240mm 369mm
Ak-104. 314mm 240mm. 268mm
Ak-105. 314mm. 195mm. 268mm

Akm barrel 415mml 4 twist 240 mm
 

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Barrel. Barrel length rifling pitch length of the rifled part barrel
Ak-74m 415mm 195mm 372mm
Ak-101 415mm. 178mm 369mm
Ak-102. 314mm. 178mm 268mm
Ak-103 415mm 240mm 369mm
Ak-104. 314mm 240mm. 268mm
Ak-105. 314mm. 195mm. 268mm

Akm Riflef part barrel 4 twist 240 mm
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