My first AK build finally done! What a journey!
This was for sure no typical build. This is a 1958 Polish Type 3 KBK. It is a parts matching kit, original military threaded barrel, and has a TortTort receiver. I even have a Polish T3 sling and a 1958 circle 11 bayonet to match! Going to get the markings engraved on the receiver once 2 River Arms starts accepting orders again.
But man...this isn’t an AK build I’d recommended doing. The barrel is near impossible to find. Also, a gunsmith who is willing to install a threaded barrel, that already has an extractor cut, is a mission. I really did not want to use a new AK builder barrel. I hunted down an original barrel and I wanted it installed. I must’ve called 7 major US AK gunsmiths and none wanted to take this build. Lewman Arms out of Tampa agreed and man they did a good job! Fit is perfect. They magically got the extractor cut to line up at 12 o’clock while being properly headspaced.
Not only are these barrels are extremely difficult to find and pricey, but I was even lucky enough to get the last in stock T3 receiver from TortTort. This was for sure beginners luck and now I’m in love with AKs!