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Old 11-28-2017, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default My M72B1 is back from Two Rivers

The folks at Two Rivers just sent back my Yugo RPK. It's an all matching 1994 M72B1 with a Green Mountain CL barrel, Childers receiver and CMC trigger pack, everything else is as it was sent to me. I think it looks phenomenal and the trigger is pretty silky. I have yet to shoot it.
Sorry if the pics suck, it was getting late when I took 'em:




That's a South Korean drum on it and a Russian RPK sling.
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Old 11-28-2017, 07:11 PM   #2
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That wood is very nice. Their finishing is excellent.
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:18 PM   #3
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can you give us a ball park on what it cost to build? jim
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:04 AM   #4
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Looks good! Mine is about the same set-up with the GM barrel and Childers Rcvr. Still need one of those RPK slings though. Been meaning to get mine out to shoot too.
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That wood is very nice. Their finishing is excellent.

Actually, the wood is untouched except for me using a heat gun to sweat out most of the cosmolene. Took several sessions and several beers to get it that way. I wanted the rifle to look like it did right before they chopped it up, so I didn't sand or stain at all.


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can you give us a ball park on what it cost to build? jim

They charged near $600 to refinish the metal and build it. Costly, but done to perfection. Every rivet is Perfectly formed and fit and finish is just right.


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Looks good! Mine is about the same set-up with the GM barrel and Childers Rcvr. Still need one of those RPK slings though. Been meaning to get mine out to shoot too.

Thank you. I can't wait to get out and shoot mine. It looks like nice weather is in store for us this weekend, so I may just get that done soon.
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Actually, the wood is untouched except for me using a heat gun to sweat out most of the cosmolene. Took several sessions and several beers to get it that way. I wanted the rifle to look like it did right before they chopped it up, so I didn't sand or stain at all.


They charged near $600 to refinish the metal and build it. Costly, but done to perfection. Every rivet is Perfectly formed and fit and finish is just right.
If I ever get one of my kits built, I hope the wood cleans up that well.

I don't think $600 is bad. Clean work and hot blue.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:57 PM   #7
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M72 rifles are very good shooters I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I love my TRA M72.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:20 PM   #8
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That looks fantastic, I hope it shoots as good as it looks.

I paid about that much to build mine with Lee Armory, it came back with a bipod installed too tight to move, "collector grade" wod looking real bad and the wrong color than I was told I was getting, and they wanted to use a different coating than what we agreed upon.

Thanks for sharing I hope TRA gets many more builds. They put together one really beautyful RPD for me, shoots real smooth.
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Thank you for all of the compliments, I'm quite proud of it. It's the first rifle I've ever sent off to be built and the experience with TRA has prompted me to send them another, a Hungarian AK63D underfolder that is getting laminated Russian hangduards and a bakelite PG. It should be quite nice looking and shooting.

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as it looks.

I paid about that much to build mine with Lee Armory, it came back with a bipod installed too tight to move, "collector grade" wod looking real bad and the wrong color than I was told I was getting, and they wanted to use a different coating than what we agreed upon.

Thanks for sharing I hope TRA gets many more builds. They put together one really beautyful RPD for me, shoots real smooth.

The action on this rifle is already smoother than my Arsenal SLR107FR that has 1000+ rounds through it.
The thing I learned early on in collecting milsurp firearms is that the woodwork, at least for me, requires the most patience. When you think you've gotten all of the preservative out of the stock, you haven't. And the only thing that really pulls that crap out of the wood is heat. So, I get out the heat gun, shop towels and beer...lots of beer, and literally sweat it out.
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Looks great!
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Thank you for all of the compliments, I'm quite proud of it. It's the first rifle I've ever sent off to be built and the experience with TRA has prompted me to send them another, a Hungarian AK63D underfolder that is getting laminated Russian hangduards and a bakelite PG. It should be quite nice looking and shooting.




The action on this rifle is already smoother than my Arsenal SLR107FR that has 1000+ rounds through it.
The thing I learned early on in collecting milsurp firearms is that the woodwork, at least for me, requires the most patience. When you think you've gotten all of the preservative out of the stock, you haven't. And the only thing that really pulls that crap out of the wood is heat. So, I get out the heat gun, shop towels and beer...lots of beer, and literally sweat it out.
I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to add that washing the wood parts with homemade lye soap also does a good job removing the cosmoline, after using the heat & paper towels... Just don't wash it in the sink!
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Very nice work.
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I just got my M72 carbine build back from TRA, it’s the nicest AK I’ve handled.


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That's really nice looking. You will enjoy shooting it and how accurate they are.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:51 PM   #15
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That's really nice looking. You will enjoy shooting it and how accurate they are.
Thank you. It's quite accurate, all right. The added weight of that barrel turns it into a pussycat to shoot. It's my favorite AK so far.
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