I've owned and spiffed up literally hundreds, but the Tantal was my first kit build. Acutally, my friend Brian did all the work: I just hung around and asked stupid questions. It has immediately become one of my all-time favorite Kalashnikov variants!
Thanks Brian. Thanks also to Paul Kennard, who did an excellent job parkerizing it.
Oh yeah; I didn't really like the little wire folder, so I made a stock for it out of a piece of walnut.
The folding stock is locked in the extended position and a small spot weld is used to permanently hold it in the extended position. This spot small spot weld can be easily removed when I move to a free state without any blemishes or damage.
This rifle is equipped with a magazine lock (see the magazine relase area). This particular version of magazine lock is set up with a hole to insert a tool like a small screw driver to engage the mag release to remove the "fixed magazine" from the rifle.
In California, it is legal to have a fixed magazine rifle like AK types and AR types that are not listed on our Assault Weapons ban list (btw, this list can no longer be updated by law). We refer to these rifles as "Off List". If anyone needs more info. on this, please PM me.
So some folks here have come up with different magazine lock designs that allows the magazine to be locked into position and you can only use a tool to remove the magazine from the rifle, like you would use a tool to remove any other part..
The magazine is a 10 round magazine in a 30 round body. We refer to these as 10/30 magazines.
I have 2 Tantal builds and 2 Bulgy AK74 builds currently on their way to California in a California Compliant configuartion like this rifle.
This particular rifle was built using a brand new 99.9% new Polish Underfolder kit and a Nodak Spud receiver, plus the required 922r parts.
So all is not lost in California folks, we just make do where we can. :grin: