View Full Version : hesse, how long have they been around
12-23-2003, 10:52 PM
i picked up an ak 47 thats marked "hesse" st paul, mn on lower left on lower rear right side a serial number <?> starts with a "k" on left front up high is 1972 dm ixxx also in front of the 1972 is a triangle with an arrow w/o a tail inside . i know that rom. it`s interesting a none of the late sar's have the triangle. could the "1972" be the year of production or ? stamped reciever yes . what do i have ? help please . thanks guys.
12-23-2003, 11:31 PM
Hesse AK receivers are US made. They have been in business a few years but not anywhere near 1972. They showed up around late 1997 early 1998. They have made AR, AK, & FAL receivers that I know of..... recently changed their name to Vulcan Arms. www.vulcanarms.com Most of their stuff can be made to work but is by no means regarded as the best out there. Reputation for service/warranty work leaves a lot to be desired.
12-24-2003, 12:20 PM
I believe that Hesse imported some AKs at one time. You may have one of these, in which case you're rifle may be OK. However, most stamped recevier AKs were marked on the trunion, and a replacement receiver would still have the original markings on the trunion--and that would not be the SN of the rifle. In that case, there would be another SN on the receiver. It's interesting when you have a parts kit from a single rifle, so that you have matching numbers on all the parts--except the receiver. I have a Hungarian AK-47 (not AKM) kit assembled on a Bulgarian milled receiver, and the SN is difficult to see. It would be easy to put down the number from the kit instead of the legal SN of the receiver.
The current production Hesse (now Vulcan) receivers seem to be the first thing that they've done right. There is a problem with the pre-punched front trunion holes, I understand, but it seems that all of the US-built receivers have some sort of problem. At least the heat treatment of the Hesse receivers seems to be right.
12-24-2003, 09:01 PM
Is the date on the receiver or trunnion...This may be a production date of the original rifle that the parts were taken from....
12-24-2003, 11:54 PM
coltshorty14, the triangle,1972 and rest of nr. is on the trunion <same position as the current s a r `s .i`d like to know what this is. i can understand it`s a "bastard" i`ve also now noyiced some mumbers on different parts inside. thanks all for response`s.
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