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Old 01-09-2018, 08:19 PM   #1
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Fellow member Mishaco had some Russian AKM kits from the 70s he had Legion USA contract build with his Polish CHF barrels on a childers receiver. I think he/they did a great job. 1970 Izhevsk with all major parts matching. I swapped the bakelite pistol grip with a NOS Ruskie wood grip, the metal on the grip was just a touch darker but very close in person. This was a small contract run, unsure if he has any left. Very pleased so far.

Good job Misha.

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Good looking Russian....
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:12 AM   #3
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I bought a SLR104FR from him on Gun broker and I had questions on it and I called the number and he answered all my questions and ended up talking for 45 min. He is a awesome guy to deal with.

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Old 01-11-2018, 12:09 PM   #4
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Dang it man, I just drooled on my keyboard.

Beautiful Ruskie.
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Yeah, that nice. Makes me want to work at getting my Saiga converted. I have a wood set pretty much on par with yours OP.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:34 PM   #6
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Yeah, that nice. Makes me want to work at getting my Saiga converted. I have a wood set pretty much on par with yours OP.
Me too, I already have all the parts, paint, etc...Just gotta send her off.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:37 PM   #7
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Nice rifle but those rivets don't look right, AKbuilder set?
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Old 01-11-2018, 06:29 PM   #8
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That's a beauty, I hope she serves you well.
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Congrats! They did a great job. What’s the price tag if ya don’t mind me asking?
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:20 PM   #10
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Nice!

I’ve been saving up to get a 69 Tula kit from RGuns.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:01 PM   #11
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I am real glad you are happy with yours OP. To everyone else, the OP asked me for the lightest wood I had so i sent him just that.
The others tend to shade a bit darker....with some of the Tulas very dark red and the Izhevsks more of a light red/brown.

I think of these are similar to all those M91/30 Mosins and SVT40s, so kind of like a Russian rearsenal rebuild job.
All parts Russian and serials match, but you might find a small Tula bit on an Izhevsk rifle or vise-versa. The Russians weren't the most careful when rebuilding their guns during and after the Afghan War.

Nice thing though, the serials on the trunnion, bolt, and carrier match.

As far as the rivets, from what I understand, they are Molot.

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As far as the rivets, from what I understand, they are Molot.
How did come from Molot? AKM rivet head height spec is 2,5mm before it's crushed, because it's a shear load so rivet heads don't need to be huge.
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That looks awesome!
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Wow, nice rifle!
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How did come from Molot? AKM rivet head height spec is 2,5mm before it's crushed, because it's a shear load so rivet heads don't need to be huge.
They look fine to me.

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I think it looks great. Perhaps one day when I'm rich, and famous, I will track down something similar. It is super nice man!
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Very nice Ruskies.
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Very nice Ruskies.
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Any of these left?
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Dang it man, I just drooled on my keyboard.

Beautiful Ruskie.

Buy a WASR.... just kidding
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All have sold out and Legion-USA seemed pretty impressed it took so little time.
I told them it was thanks to the FB-Radom CHF barrel.

Maybe..maybe...they'll reconsider and offer to build me a few more with those barrels? As of right now, the answer is no but you know the old saying "money talks, bullshit walks."

Ironically, i was second guessing myself about committing to this project since it did cost me a good bit of money upfront and took 3 months of time.
I was releaved that it did turn out to be worth it though.


As good as I think mine looks, its completely true that it really won't outshoot a WASR or other similar AKM.
These are about being Russian; all the look and markings that that brings with it.
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All have sold out and Legion-USA seemed pretty impressed it took so little time.
I told them it was thanks to the FB-Radom CHF barrel.

Maybe..maybe...they'll reconsider and offer to build me a few more with those barrels? As of right now, the answer is no but you know the old saying "money talks, bullshit walks."

Ironically, i was second guessing myself about committing to this project since it did cost me a good bit of money upfront and took 3 months of time.
I was releaved that it did turn out to be worth it though.


As good as I think mine looks, its completely true that it really won't outshoot a WASR or other similar AKM.
These are about being Russian; all the look and markings that that brings with it.
Thanks mish,
I’d like one. Keep me in the loop. I’m more of a form over function fellow and just want one to top off my collection. I love parts kits myself since a wasr can’t fulfill my collector desires of a service rifle. And yes the polish barrel seals the deal.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:24 PM   #23
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Awesome Soviet rifles! What type of paint was used, and did they retain the original paint on the kit parts? My 68 Tula has a special place in my collection and is truly a joy to own. Went with the Paint that _Werewolf_ was offering and it turned out great.
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Nice rifle OP. Wish we could get the real thing.
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Amazing. I fricking love it. And amazing looking rifle. How much did it set you back?
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Great looking gun.
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