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Side By Side Pictures of 1962 and 1963 Rifles. FWIW the 1962 rifles are a very short lived variant. GunsForum.com has a really good thread on the history of the folder AKM. Looks like these went into production in September 1962. There were several of the 1962 PLO kits that were imported to the US. A Very lucky thing for US collectors.


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Here you can see no relief cut on the 1962 then the relief cut added in 1963

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Bottom of the FSB looks to be the same

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Gas Block on 1963 has the added Relief Cut

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Tops look the same

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Top Cover serial numbers look the same

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Possible minor change in location on right side rear rib or maybe just variations of manufacture

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Folder Stock Trunnion on the 1962 only has 3 Rivets. By 1963 it changed to 5 Rivets

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You can see the outline of the trunnion on the inside of the receiver shell

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The 1962 rifle has a rivet thru the pistol grip reinforcement plate. I have only seen this on 1962 rifles. Possible used to hold plate in place during the spot welding process.

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Relief cut was added to right side of BC in 1963

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your my hero!! Vary nice pics by the way too. Is that 62 og bbl? Would love to see a pic of the hole rifle
 

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So on that 63 kit have you seen other hg's number like that on rifles after 1960? I have always thought that was only a 1960 thing
 

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Yes both Rifles are original barrel kits. I bought the 1962 back in 2005 off of GunBroker or Ebay from one of the sorters working for Hess. I'll post more pics.
 

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The 1962 was marked the same way. I had the handguard set pull out of the kit and now it is missing. DONT ASK. I’ll see if i can find a picture if it. I have seen AK47, RPK and AKM marked that way. I was wondering if it was possibly done during a refurbishment.
 

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The 1962 was marked the same way. I had the handguard set pull out of the kit and now it is missing. DONT ASK I’ll see if i can find a picture if it. I have seen AK47, RPK and AKM marked that way. I was wondering if it was possibly done during a refurbishment
 

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Both rifles have the early rear sight leaf with locking notches on the right side

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Jerry..

Is the rivet that was riveted into the pistol grip plate on the 62 domed on the bottom too? Or ground flush with the plate?


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Stock Arms on the 1962 have an angled cut, the 1963 is strait cut

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Flush Ground

Would go along with being used to hold it in place during the spot weld process

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Discussion Starter #15 (Edited)
Other than the right side relief cut the BCs look to be the same

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Changes identified so fas from 1962 to 1963

Relief cuts on FSB

Relief cut on Gas Block

Relief cut on Bolt Carrier

Folder Stock Trunnion 3 rivets to 5 rivets

Folder stock struts angle cut to straight cuts
 

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I've got last years 2019 Kalashnikov concern photo gallery book with a photo exhibit of a '62 folder that shows the bolt carrier relief cut and the five spot weld folder stock.
 

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Then the relief cut was implemented late 1962
 
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