This is what I like to see! New people interested in learning about the ak. So much history in these rifles that I wish I knew the stories behind them. There is definitely a lot of info here along with a lot of misinformation that members have tried to set straight. Doug, Jerry, Jon, Mike, Steve and countless others have added so much to this hobby that had it not been for them and their dedication and knowledge this hobby wouldn’t be where it is.I'm late to this hobby but have fallen in love with it. I've pulled a ton of information from all of you guys through the archives and the biggest annoyance is that a lot of the pictures that were posted are no longer available/expired. So I have been piecing things together through different threads and digging for information. I think that is one of the best parts of the AK; all the knowledge, history, and variations to absorb. I started with ARs, then I discovered AKs and realized just how boring ARs are comparatively, and just how deep the AK rabbit hole goes (of which I haven't event scratched the surface).
As a newbie, I appreciate all the past discussions and hope there will be future ones. I've notices in other places like Facebook and Instagram and even Reddit that the convo is very surface. I just don't see the love for the history in those places, more just showing off cool mods, etc.
In other news, I am super pumped to be building two '68 RGuns Kits soon; 1 Tula and 1 Izzy. Getting the final pieces together as we speak. Here's the wood:
Both have LHG#s and are all matching. The Tula has a RSL# Matching and a Hen Scratched Top Cover. 22many, I think I saw you had a similar hen scratched kit I took a screenshot of from a long buried forum. I'm just looking to swap a Tula RSB for an Izzy RSB on my 68 Izzy kit, that is what I bought the 2 from Apex for; rolling the dice to see if I get lucky as I can't seem to find anyone to trade.
Can't wait to have these done but trying to do them right and as true to the originals as I can so it's taking some time.
Those kits are beautiful! They will build up very nice. Both those kits are top quality! Seeing what has came out of rguns over the years those are definitely better than 90%-95% of what was standard. My kit after 5 years I built into a rifle. After tracking down the correct tula parts, oversized virgin old school romy barrel and 74ullc receiver, I finally built it. The hen scratching is pretty rare so feel lucky that you have it! Thread to my build is here:
Really looking forward to what you get from copes. At the price it’s not too bad of a deal considering it’s russian parts. Even when those trunnionless kits came out years ago they were $400.
Also, when you get tired of digging for info here on the forum, pm me. There is kinda a “unofficial akforum photobucket” account that has 5000-10,000 pics in it. Great for reference!