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Posted: 3/13/2011 12:40:07 PM
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 12:46:02 PM by SCSchultz]
I received my Waffen Werks AK-74 from Atlantic a few days ago, along with a spam can and some mags from AIM. This wasn't my first time dealing with Atlantic. They were extremely helpful in helping me find the right AK-74 for my price range.
Here is the URL and description to the rifle:
http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/storeproduct979.aspx
AK 74 Rifle Classic Waffen Werks 5.45 x 39 High Quality Semi Auto Rifle , These are Premium AK 74 rifles built using 100% new Bulgarian parts kits and required US parts. The rifles are beautifully finished with KG Gun cote . They are backed up by a 1 year factory warranty from Waffen Werks.

All NEW parts
New Chrome lined barrel
Bayonet lug
Removable AK74 Brake/ Flash hider
Beautiful KG Gun Cote finish
G2 Fire control
Side rail for scope mount
Comes with 1-30 round mag
Ships in padded rifle case for safe transit & storage
Military Surplus wood stock set rated NRA good to very good & may have color variations.


The rifle came in a Gun Guard Plano case with a 30 round ProMag magazine. According to Atlantic, the gun is built from an all new parts kit (Bulgarian) with the required US parts, all new chrome lined barrel (assuming it's US made, but not entirely sure), and military surplus wood stocks. The stock set I received on the rifle was in pretty good shape, but I do plan to refinish them. The rifle came with a nice KG Gun Cote finish which seems to be pretty tough. The rifle also came with a Tapco G2 trigger that is smooth and crisp.

There is no cant or twist to the rifle. Everything seems to be straight and true as well as tight. This rifle has no mag wobble, and the gas tube take down lever was very tight. I ended up using a nylon hammer to move it. The rivets were pressed nicely as well.







I don't exactly understand the receiver markings. Nodak Spud makes the receiver, but why is it stamped "TGI KNOX, TN"?



Stamped on the rear sight block is Waffen Werks.



It seems like the gun was built from a matching parts kit. The trunnion, dust cover, bolt, and bolt carrier all have the same numbers. You can barely make out the "305" on the bolt carrier.






Again, the wood is in pretty good shape. I plan on refinishing it to a russian red. I'm not to fond of the fiberglass pistol grip, either. I ended up ordering an AKM pistol grip from Ironwood Designs out of their woodpile.




Before all these pictures were taken, I fired off 210 rounds of surplus ammo through it without a single problem. No key holing and the groups were what I expected. Overall, I'm very happy with this rifle. I couldn't ask for anything more.

If you have any questions or want me to take pictures of something else, just ask. I'm going to upload some pictures of the rifle when the stock set gets refinished. I will also post a detailed range report in a week or so.
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Posted: 3/13/2011 1:24:03 PM
Nice rifle. Thanks for the review.

I believe your receiver is stamped "TGI", because TGI ordered a bunch of NoDak receivers and then backed out of the order. Or at least, that's sort of how I remember it. NoDak offered the receivers to others. Looks like Waffen Werks picked some of them up. (If I'm incorrect on any of these details, I'm sure someone will be along to correct me.)
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Posted: 3/13/2011 2:14:09 PM
Yes TGI backed out of a deal with NDS so they went up for sale and various vendors picked them up for builds.
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Posted: 3/14/2011 7:43:42 AM
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Posted: 3/15/2011 7:04:19 AM
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Posted: 3/15/2011 2:50:26 PM
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That is close, but not exact.



The receivers that these guns are built on were sold and shipped directly to TGI.

We have not shipped any of them to Waffen Werks.


The vast majority of the AK-74 receivers we were stuck with have been going out to end users for home builds, not manufactures.

We would like to see more sales to manufactures so we can get them out of here.


ETA: according to the response I got from ATF Tech Branch, the TGI markings should have been covered or removed before they were sold to another party.

That is what we have been doing to our remaining inventory.
Yes, our parts are tight, we did that on purpose.


I opened this thread an hour ago, fainted hit my head and now Im awake again but drooling all over the place. "kalahnikid"
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Posted: 3/15/2011 3:12:32 PM
Originally Posted By mike_nds:
That is close, but not exact.



The receivers that these guns are built on were sold and shipped directly to TGI.

We have not shipped any of them to Waffen Werks.


The vast majority of the AK-74 receivers we were stuck with have been going out to end users for home builds, not manufactures.

We would like to see more sales to manufactures so we can get them out of here.


ETA: according to the response I got from ATF Tech Branch, the TGI markings should have been covered or removed before they were sold to another party.

That is what we have been doing to our remaining inventory.


Is there anything I need to do about these markings then? I want to remove the TGI markings anyways, how would I go about doing this?
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Posted: 3/15/2011 5:17:03 PM
good looking rifle!
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Posted: 3/15/2011 5:34:29 PM
Originally Posted By SCSchultz:

Is there anything I need to do about these markings then?


You are not required to remove the markings, since you are simply a non-licensee purchaser.

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Posted: 3/15/2011 6:49:58 PM
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Originally Posted By POLYTHENEPAM:
Originally Posted By SCSchultz:

Is there anything I need to do about these markings then?


You are not required to remove the markings, since you are simply a non-licensee purchaser.



^^ This is correct.

I'm not trying to scarce anyone, just passing on what ATF required of NDS before we could sell them to another party.

Maybe TGI and Waffen Works got a free pass? I don't know.

But I do know that if TGI has done ANY of the manufacturing processes on these rifles then the markings have to stay.

That may be the case, and I would check with Waffen Works before you touch anything.


Yes, our parts are tight, we did that on purpose.


I opened this thread an hour ago, fainted hit my head and now Im awake again but drooling all over the place. "kalahnikid"