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Hello fellow AK Forumers,

I have scored an all matching original barreled 1966 Romy RPK kit. I remember reading that the very early (circa mid 1960's) Romy RPK could have Russian barrels. There was a long and interesting thread here on the Romy vs Russian circle-y question. I am posting some of the barrel proofs. Can some of the more knowledgeable members educate me on whether I scored a real sleeper, i...e an intact Russian RPK barrel?
 

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Great kit score, congratulations! Based on the most superficial of evidence, IMHO its probably Romanian. Look for any cyrillic letters not common to Roman letters, or vice versa. I believe the tip-off is that the "Y" stamp is a Roman rather than Cyrillic (У) font.

To be clear, I’m referring to the “Y” letters that are stamped, not the circle with the “
У” in it. The circle-У symbol is common to both Romanian and Soviet/Russian barrels.
 
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