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Old 05-17-2017, 11:06 PM   #1
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Hi there everyone. I'm right new at the AKfiles and just as new with AK rifles. I've always been an antique rifle guy but I guess these sturdy rifles have been around long enough that many of them ARE antique rifles. So my first leap of faith was to buy a Yugoslavian m72ab1 underfolder clone and Tantal kits. I may have been over charged at $900 for both, but they did come with nice barrels. Anyhow, to get with the posting, I would like to find a producer of a "bulged" receiver for my M72. I have a run of the mill blank for the Tantal already. I'm looking to jump right in, buy the tools, and build these suckers. I found several old posts, but all the links are dead, and Childers is the only Google approved search I came up with. Nice, but at $200 for the receiver I want, I thought I might be better off finding a flat to make myself. Anyone have advice for me or a place still producing RPK blanks?
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Old 05-18-2017, 12:24 AM   #2
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Recreator has Yugo blanks and receivers now, and they are very nice. I got three blanks last weeks and they fit the trunnions like a glove
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:46 PM   #3
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I'll probably go with Recreator 100% receiver for my RPK kit I just purchased.
They have the receivers in-stock so no waiting other than the snail mail.
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:41 PM   #4
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That's just the advice I was looking for. Thanks guys. Any RPK specific building advice you want to drop in me?
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:53 PM   #5
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Also, after looking at them, do the rails they offer have to be welded in? Won't that effect the hardening treatment they receive? Would you recommend the center support option? I'm ready to pull the trigger on this one. I like the products they have on the website.
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:02 PM   #6
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The rails will need to be welded to the blank, but it won't affect the hardness of the receiver in any meaningful way. There are tons of AK's built on bent flats and blanks that have only been hardened at the fcg holes, so there's nothing you really need to worry about there. Or you could do like I did on my first build before I bought a welder and rivet them in lol (not recommended because it doesn't look as nice, they aren't going anywhere though).
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