View Full Version : Romanian AK-47 - help newbie please
01-11-2004, 06:28 PM
Pics first - if they are too big, I can make them links instead but here goes:
I picked this up at a gun show today. It's 7.62x39. It was labeled as a Dragunov style AK-47. On the side, it is stamped with Romak 991 and the caliber 7.62 x 39.
So what do I have? Is there a manual somewhere online for disassembly or general usage?
It appears to be new and unfired. I paid $259 ($280 out the door w/tax.) Think I did alright?
Couple questions - on the left side there is what appears to be scope mounting provisions. What kind of scope mount/scope type is preferred on these? I have a 3-9x on a Yugo SKS that works well for me.
The magazine - standand AK47 mag? I can go to a show and buy an size mag or drum and it will just pop in no problem?
I really know nothing about this gun so an advice even if very basic is appeciated.
01-11-2004, 08:31 PM
After more time researching, it looks like this 991 accepts only 991 5 or 10 round magazines, not standard ak-47 magazine. Bummer.
I also see where they sell them for around $220 plus shipping, so I figure $280 walk out isn't too bad considering I would also have to pay for FFL transfer fee.
ANyone have a source for cheap 991 magazines?
I did find an online ak-47 manual in PDF.
01-11-2004, 11:15 PM
If it takes single-stack mags, you're pretty much screwed. I don't know of any source of single-stack mags. Centerfire Systems (http://www.centerfiresystems.com/ ) used to have them, but haven't advertized them for a while.
The rifle can be milled out to take double-stack mags. I don't know who will do this or what it would cost.
01-12-2004, 06:09 PM
Try CDNN for mags. The last flyer I have showed them in stock for fairly cheap, but you might want to check on line for availability.
I checked for you, and they only list 5 rounders for the 991.
I wonder though, would the SA2000M single stack mags also work in this rifle???
These rifles were imported in 1999 in responce to the import ban of semi auto rifles that could use LCMM/hi cap mags.
They have a unthreaded barrel with a muzzle nut pressed on and tack welded.
These rifles are just like any other AK rifle except for using the single stack mag. The downloadable Clayco AKS manual on this site has the best pics and text on how to disassemble and clean a AK rifle.
There are quite a few posts here on converting these rifles to use hi cap mags. Do a search on "991 conversions"
Also check out Linx's site for more info
CDNN has scope mounts to fit on the side rail of your rifle.
These mounts are quick detachable by flipping the locking lever on the mount to slide it on or off. The mounts will not loose zero no matter how many times it is removed/replaced.
01-18-2004, 10:41 PM
FAC has these guns for $180.00 dealer cost. I looked pretty deep, but I only found 5 & 10 round mags for these also.
Is it a Century import?
You might be able to modify the follower to get a couple of more rounds in, IF it's legal in your state.
01-18-2004, 10:55 PM
Thanks for the info!
Regarding converting it to standard (double stack) magazines, I have searched quite a bit on this site, other sites, and on google. I'm still left without a clear idea of WHERE i clearance. My understanding is I need to buy a doublestack magazine and compare it to my singelstack, and modify the mag insert well (I guess you call it that) with a dremel until it matches.
I have a doublestack magazine added to an order I already made, so that'll be in soon. Anything you guys think I should know before I get started?
Are there any legality issues with large capacity magazines? OR even the big 100 round or so drums? I live in Texas, so it's pretty gun friendly here.
02-05-2004, 12:18 PM
Hey Tinfoilhat - I'm not sure whether they will fit or not, But I have a number of 5 and 10 round WASR-10 low cap mags that are brand new that I am looking to sell. If you are interested - let me know. Thanks!
02-05-2004, 09:56 PM
Those guns have been modified to take hi-cap mags, so it CAN be done. The ones I heard of have been done with a mill, so I don't know about a Dremel. Depends on your perseverence, your stubbornness, and your supply of bits.
If you convert it, you must replace enough BATFE parts
so that you only have 10 imported parts. (You can assume that all the parts in this rifle are imported.) You can't count parts you ADD; for instance, you could replace the furniture (stock, forearm, handguard) with a US-made furniture set with pistol grip (PG). (The same qualifications for hi-cap magazine also permits you to have a PG.) The buttstock is 1 part; the forearm is a second part. The handguard (above the barrel, on the gas tube) is not a BATFE part, though you'll probably get a new one. The PG is a BATFE part, but there is none on the imported rifle, so you're adding it. The other common parts to replace are the Fire-Control Group (FCG), which is the trigger and sear (1 part), the disconnector (1), and the hammer (1). Get a good name, like FSE (Father and Sons Enterprise) or get the Cadillac, the RSA (Red Star Arms) FCG, which is $80-$85. Another commonly replaced part is the gas piston. You can also replace the follower and floor plate of the magazine, but you must do this for EACH magazine you have for this rifle. If you have other AKs and unconverted magazines for them, BATFE can claim that you intend to use those magazines in your converted rifle, making the whole thing illegal.
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