AES10-B Range report and a few questions
I finally got my AES10-B to the range the other day. It shot great I'm really happy with it so far. It has a bit of front sight cant but I'm tempted to leave it be then again I will probably fix it when I install the correct bipod. It has a wicked sharp edge underneath the gas tube part that enters the rear sight base that needs a bit of sanding. I am going to fix the muzzle nut that they welded in place in the wrong position, install the correct bi-pod, install an RPK rear sight, and refinish the wood. One question I have is what do most of you use for a cleaning rod I guess I should rephrase that. Mine came without a cleaning rod and I'd like to have one mounted under the barrel. Did most of yours come with a cleaning rod or did you have to improvise?
Hard to believe it was less than a year ago, huh?
Mine was $450 on 4 Nov 08
Mine was $399, no tax. Shipping + FFL, though.
The FFL I used had it in stock, though, so they charged me extra... bastards.
So, the total cost was like $460.
I shoulda just gone to GI Joe's... It would've been $420 instead of $460 (because Joe's does free FFL).
Here's a pic
Mine has a canted sight as well. I get the feeling Romarm doesn't like its customers... :p
:( the rear sight on mine isn't adjustable for windage, either. Oh well; I'll just get a PSO scope or a red dot. They now have a Chinese Kobra clone (klone :p).
As you can see, mine came with a cleaning rod. However, the bipod bent it a bit, so I don't keep it in the gun anymore. Besides; the rod is just extra resonance. The AES-10B can
be a somewhat precise weapon. I recommend putting duct tape between the bipod and the barrel, too. The bipod creates a lot of nasty vibes.
And for stock replacement, I put on a tapco telescopic (not ATI folding/telescopic) stock. It works pretty well; you have to use a drill to install it, but that's a lot better than not having it fit at all. I wish I had pics, but none yet. It's far, far better than the POS stock that it came with, and I got a somewhat good deal on it.
The ATI stock looks like a better choice, though...
Important word of warning
The stock's wood is terrible. I attempted to refinish the stock with some stuff I got at Lowe's, and it didn't take. I'll go check later to be sure, but I think it was 'ebony' color. All it did was kind of muck it up, and I had to try sanding it off, because some parts of the wood took to the stuff and other parts did not.
I recommend using something clear... Don't make my mistake.
Also, the wood doesn't have cosmoline in it. I found that out the hard way... I cooked it in my oven and made a mess, lol. But, no cosmoline came out.
Mine came with a cleaning rod but a buddies didn't- he ordered one from K-Var. This is the only one I see on their site right now though. RPK74 rod
I got my correct bipod from Military Gun Supply but they aren't showing them now.
I ground the weld on the muzzle nut off with a Dremel tool then installed an RPK-74 style flash hider. It works and looks much better in my opinion.
I had to open up the mag well also, just go very slow and you'll be alright.
The front sight on mine was canted also. I pushed the pins out (you have to take the front sight off anyways to put on the correct bipod), adjusted it, then carefully drilled the holes out to accept a slightly larger pin. Link