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Good Morning,

This is a showcase of yet another old junker Soviet AKM rifle. It started life as a fixed stock 1973 Izhmash AKM and at some point in its service, was converted to a folder. The conversion is well done when considering the region this (probably) originated from. The quality is indicative of a state-level arms depot and not something on the commercial market like in Khyber region for example. Every single removeable component is marked in green marker pen, likely from when it was converted to a folder to keep like parts from getting mixed up with other rifles at the time.

The stock and stock trunnion appear to both be regionally made items. The rivets on the arms are not Communist factory quality and are undercrushed in many places. The spot welds, and spot weld pattern on the arm are unique and the overall quality of the arms are garbage. Soft metal that has splayed over time. The internal rivets on the stock trunnion are flat in nature (naughty naughty, somebody didn't study how Soviet rivets are domed) and as expected with likely limited riveting tools when converted. It has a Polish push-button folder mechanism. The folder sits at a canted downward angle and the butt pad angles inwards an incorrect amount. As aforementioned, a junker.

Not a single removeable part is original to the rifle as it left the factory. Some parts are Soviet, and some from different origins, but have been force matched to the trunnion serial number. The pistol grip is another regionally made part of poor quality. The screw opening on the end was not cut enough to allow the head of the screw to fully fit flush, thus it sticks out like a nip. The handguards are the awful tactical style that many AK's in that region are adorned with, again, matching to the rifle due to the green paint. I will probably remove these over time because they are fugly, but for now, they need to be documented.

This rifle has the highest round count of any AK I have ever come across. Before it was re-welded, the front stub was slightly loose around the trunnion rivets, causing a rather large visible movement when tugged on with finger pressure. If it blows up one day, C'est la vie. Ironoically, it shoots very well up to 100 meters.

-OG barrel front half + rear half reweld onto Childers middle section
-VladTech™ on the receiver after weld clean up to begin the pitting process

Component details as original to the original rifle:

  • Farsi "poetic" sling from Afghanistan
  • Hungarian bolt carrier scrubbed and force matched
  • 3x serial number Izhmash top cover, force matched
  • Early Soviet gas tube
  • Scrubbed and force matched bolt
  • Folder assembly has serial number stamped
  • Standard Gen 2 Izzy gas block
  • Non-force matched recoil assembly, but matching paint

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No idea where his were made but if it’s Iranian it would be worth keeping as a conversation piece. It would still have to come off of there though. Lol
I used to have a similar set back in my tactiCOOL days when I had a RDS and a light mounted on them. If the target was a 100 yards away it didn’t have to fear of being hit! Definitely not a good way to mount a RDS. Lol

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Perhaps Vlado’s is Iranian but I think the ones Dante shows are actually these:

The ones on Vlado’s remind me of Israel’s Mako or FAB hand guards with the slanted cuts but it’s definitely not there’s.
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