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I just got out of the U.S. Army on a medical separation and received some sep pay since I was six years from retirement. I've had ARs in the past and have used the M16 extensively obviously for nearly 14 years. I decided to use some of that sep pay for a nice rifle. Being in the army in training, Afghanistan, and Iraq I have fired countless 5.56 through M16s I am very familiar with SPORTS (Correcting Malfunctions). So I decided to get my first AK. I bought a brand new Saiga Izhmash 5.45 AK 74 after some research. I wanted a high quality russian AK without dropping $2000 on a DAKM. I got the Saiga for $600 and after about $300 more I will have it complete and ready to fire for the first time this weekend. I will post some pics when it's done.

Here is the upgrades tell me what you guys think since I am still new to AKs. I'm going for a modernized look with the dependability of the AK.

Cut off the shroud, threading the barrel 14-1 LH and adding a Tapco Intrafuse slotted muzzle brake (I also got a type 74 brake to see which I like better)
Magpul Zhukov S stock
Replacing the foregrip with a picatinny quadrail system
Adding a picatinny side mount for a red dot
Finally a cheap vertical grip with bipod from ak builder.

It will be all black, including some 45rd Pmags I got from a local dealer.

What do you guys think? Did I forget anything important? I want to get a bumpski stock down the road for fun but that's another $450.
 

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Welcome to the group!!

And THANK YOU for your service to this great country!!!

As for the AK, just need to warn you that they can be very addictive. AK-addiction has been known to lead people to owning several AKs from different countries and in different calibers!
 

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Well hell just jump in. Welcome and I think you have built a start.
 
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Thanks guys! Brawny I will post some pics soon. It's stripped down, I'm waiting for said furniture in the mail. Just wanted to see if I forgot anything or should have went another route on any of the parts.
 

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Welcome aboard!
 
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Attachments don't seem to be working.
I've read several threads that say the Zhukov stock is shit.
 

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Nice to meet you and thank you for your service! I am former military too - and addicted to AK's!
 
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