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Old 02-28-2017, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default El Riley Defense CUERNO review

Picked up my Riley Defense RAK47 from my ffl this morning. Ordered it from Atlantic around two weeks ago but had to deal with the 10 day wait BS here in California.Soon as I got home I broke it down. Here are the photos...









This trigger guard rivet has a slight annoying gap








Not the double wire recoil spring guide thingamajig I'm used to seeing
























In this position the rear sight has a wiggle to it that I'm not used to. When in the normal position it doesn't wiggle


Liking that it already comes with a pin retainer plate. Saved me a couple bucks to pay for my Brazzers account




For some reason I didn't think the handguard would come with a heat shield. Another little thing I like


Rifle already made me bleed on it. It's officially mine now lol


Will be taking to the range tomorrow morning. Today I have my daughter with me while my wife goes to work so if there is anything that anyone wants me to check or take more pics of just let me know. Overall after inspecting the rifle I like it for what it cost. I'm looking forward to putting some rounds thru it and hopefully it keeps impressing me. Some quick notes-magwell fit Tapco,Magpul,Bulgarian poly,Bulgarian steel, and Polish steel mags perfectly. Barely any wobble in them if at all. The carrier and piston had no wobble to them it was stiff as hell. The safety lever moved past the fire notch. No big deal but slightly annoying. The recoil spring feels weak like my factory Yugo recoil springs have felt.Rifle looks great with the poly furniture.

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Old 02-28-2017, 04:37 PM   #2
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Also for my fellow California AK bros the grip wrap that comes on the rifle to make it featureless is decently comfortable



Rifle came with one steel shorty 10 round mag and slant brake in the box too.
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Old 02-28-2017, 04:39 PM   #3
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Thank you for sharing the info!!
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Old 02-28-2017, 04:42 PM   #4
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Thank you for sharing the info!!
No problem bud. The more we know about these rifles the better.
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Old 02-28-2017, 05:02 PM   #5
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Here's some more pics I accidentally left out

Rob Ski Slr107-type gap?


More front trunnion pics









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Old 02-28-2017, 05:16 PM   #6
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Who made that trunnion?

Great pics btw
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Old 02-28-2017, 05:33 PM   #7
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Who made that trunnion?

Great pics btw
Riley Defense. Thank you.
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:08 PM   #8
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Very nice pictures.

The retaining clip and heat shield are a nice touch and additions to a budget rifle, like you, I would not have expected them included in this price range as a standard feature.

It's interesting that the right front locking lug edge is apparently filed off where there is normally a "sharp" 90 degree angle to be present. Doing this as a la TEXASGUNSMITH's mod suggestionis as a way to prevent the edge gouging the bolt in that area. Did it on my RAS47 also Interesting.

Looking forward to your opinions now ( unfired ) and after firing.

Any chance of a full shot ( both sides ) of the rifle. Clarity is quite qood and it would show the finish. Doh.. sorry did not see that you had done that already.

Thanks

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Old 02-28-2017, 06:09 PM   #9
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So no other modifications were required to be Cali-legal? Shark fin on the grip and you're done?
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:26 PM   #10
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Does the buttstock have a storage compartment? Looks like it's hinged on the end
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:30 PM   #11
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So no other modifications were required to be Cali-legal? Shark fin on the grip and you're done?
It cant have a folding stock and no flash hider ..So good to go ... And not be on the ban list from the 80s (ie stuff like some China AK and the like )
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I like the rifle and it seems well built so far. I just ran into something I don't like tho. Noticed the handguard on the gas tube was crooked so tried to take it off but couldn't.Its on there wayyyy to snug. To get it off I'm sure I'd mess up the handguard so I guess I have to leave it on there crooked for now. Buttstock does have a storage compartment I believe it's a Phoenix Technology stock.I wrapped a cleaning kit in a cleaning cloth and put it in there right now.
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Here's some pics of both sides and some barrel rifling shots















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The polymer upper handguard can be move around the axis of the tube, in a circular motion around the gas tube, it just takes a little umph. You can straighten that out no problem. If worse comes to worse, grab the back of the gas tube (the flattened part on the sides, not the circular part) with some channel lock pliers over tape and twist the hand guard.
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Rifle looks good to go. Have fun with it. Great job on pictures, btw.
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The polymer upper handguard can be move around the axis of the tube, in a circular motion around the gas tube, it just takes a little umph. You can straighten that out no problem. If worse comes to worse, grab the back of the gas tube (the flattened part on the sides, not the circular part) with some channel lock pliers over tape and twist the hand guard.
I tried all that bud. No luck. There's plastic shards around where the gas tube ends meet the handguard ends as if it was super forced on.
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Rifle looks good to go. Have fun with it. Great job on pictures, btw.
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I tried all that bud. No luck. There's plastic shards around where the gas tube ends meet the handguard ends as if it was super forced on.
I had a wooden set that was damn near impossible to get off or on, for that matter. After hours of trying it took two people, one with the channel lock pliers and me with a rubber bottle top opener on the upper handguard. We finally got it, after a lot of effort. I have an extra black poly upper if you ruin that one, I'll send you for free, if you need it.
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I tried all that bud. No luck. There's plastic shards around where the gas tube ends meet the handguard ends as if it was super forced on.
Do you have a bench vise?

I place the tubes flat section in the vise (not clamped just able to slide in) then I can rotate even the most stubborn hand guard.
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Do you have a bench vise?

I place the tubes flat section in the vise (not clamped just able to slide in) then I can rotate even the most stubborn hand guard.
I knew there had to be an easier way......lol
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I knew there had to be an easier way......lol
I have aluminum jaws on my vise too. Having the jaws just open enough for the flats on the tube to fit works great. I do it all the time when removing or installing upper hand guards.
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Do you have a bench vise?

I place the tubes flat section in the vise (not clamped just able to slide in) then I can rotate even the most stubborn hand guard.
No access to a bench vise right now. Will try again when I do. It's fine it just visually looks off. Like a hot chick with a lazy eye.
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Oh...with polymer, if it's to long/tight it will shave off material. With wood be careful, it can crack them.
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I had a wooden set that was damn near impossible to get off or on, for that matter. After hours of trying it took two people, one with the channel lock pliers and me with a rubber bottle top opener on the upper handguard. We finally got it, after a lot of effort. I have an extra black poly upper if you ruin that one, I'll send you for free, if you need it.
Thanks bud I'll keep that in mind ☺️
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No access to a bench vise right now. Will try again when I do. It's fine it just visually looks off. Like a hot chick with a lazy eye.
That's hilarious, lol!
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Exactly what I meant 😂
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Great pics.

Run her hard and post the results.
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Looking forward to the range reports.
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I like the rifle and it seems well built so far. I just ran into something I don't like tho. Noticed the handguard on the gas tube was crooked so tried to take it off but couldn't.Its on there wayyyy to snug. To get it off I'm sure I'd mess up the handguard so I guess I have to leave it on there crooked for now. Buttstock does have a storage compartment I believe it's a Phoenix Technology stock.I wrapped a cleaning kit in a cleaning cloth and put it in there right now.
Glad you like the rifle, Mike. Mel64d's suggestion regarding the handguard works all the time. Will keep an eye on the orientation of the handgurd; we want the hot part without the lazy eye . Please feel free to call us after you take her to the range to let us know your feedback. Thank you for your support!
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I've drank water in Mexico before.
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Brave indeed.
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In for this vato's thread.



Hopefully your cuerno is mas chingon and not mas puto. Put some rounds in it and let us know if its firme or what.
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You'll like the two piece recoil assembly, lot smoother than the coat hanger.
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