Udate from AzDeuce
Since he has some issues with his web service, I am lending a helping hand below.
I've sent you all some different views that Jeff Miller sent me this morning of the Super Galil (SG). It is still in his possession just waiting for the correct thickness of metal to show up, so he can make up some heat shields for the hand guards. Other than that the SG is finished.
She is absolutely beautiful, and this project turned out WAY better than I had envisioned. This rifle stared out with a mismatched parts kit, an out of spec receiver, a chromelined converted AK barrel that wouldn't screw into the receiver, and I couldn't find anybody in this town who would attempt to build it for me. Including a local gunsmth who builds AKs FALs, and Galils nationwide!
Fortunately the Lord quickened my mind (it happens occasionally) and I thought about Brian Pensley in Indiana. He'd never built an AK type weapon but he was willing to give it a try.....and try he did, it took a few trips back to him, to sort out unforseen problems.
One of those problems was the fact the barrel is screwed into the receiver with right hand threads, but the AK (self-tightening) Vortex goes on the other end of the barrel with left hand threads and tightens itself with every shot, after several hundred round it would start unscrewing the barrel off of the receiver!! Not a good thing! But eventually I had a good reliable, accurate rifle. But it wasn't very "pretty", as the finish on the parts kit as mostly wore off.
Then I came upon A Galil for sale on GunBroker and it had the right side military mill cut, which is ALWAYS missing on the civilian Galils, and was a feature I wanted on the SG, plus it had all the markings redone in Hebrew. So I wrote asking where he had got the mill cut done. Turned out to be Jeff, who done the mill cut himself, and he builds Galils, he said he'd be willing to do mine, plus some other work, and the rifle you see here is the finished result.
I remember how frustrated I was in the beginning, as I was sitting on a box of useless, ill-fitting, parts, this was back when I was finishing up my chemo treatments. Now that I'm looking at the finished product, it was a long journey, but definitely worth it. I think I have the coolest AK variant in the world!
Although Pastor Wyn, might want to argue the point, as he's built several Valmet clones, and has a M62 clone that could probably give the SG a run for the money. But I still think mines sexier :-)
This all started out as a discussion between me, and my son Tomas, after reading about the dismal knock down power of the 223 round in Iraq, so we discussed what the ultimate urban scenario weapon should be, and look like. The SG was the result. Then we decided we wanted to build one.
The closest rifle to what we built is the Valmet M62 which is in7.62x39mm, the caliber we deemed best in a urban environment, however the M62 doesn't have all the features we wanted in our ultimate assualt rifle. It didn't have a easy to engage folding stock, chrome lined barrel, or handguards that would protect your hands from getting burned on the gas tube (a MAJOR concern with mot AKs).
The Galil was actually designed from the Valmet M62, but redesigned to be in 223/5.56 caliber, so we figured why not back date (reverse engineer) a Galil to the Valmets 7.62x39 caliber, obviously they must be compatible I tried fitting one of Tomas's AK mags in my 223 Israeli Galil and it fit....hmmm...then we tried switching bolt carriers and stuff, and they would swap also. I think the game is afoot Watson.....
So those discoveries started our quest for the ultimate AK variant.
A year ago a Valmet M62 would have cost you $2500- $3500.00 on up, now a days with the threat of obamageddon over gun owners heads, it wouldn't surprise me if they'll be passing the $5000.00 mark soon. I remember my only Valmet M62 back in the early 80s, I paid $650.00 for it! Sold it cause there was no cheap ammo for it....DOH!
Well, that's all a moot point, as I now have a one-of-a-kind Valmet/Galil super rifle, that to me is the ultimate CQB (close quarter battle) rifle I cannot believe how well this project turned out. Mongo GIDDY as a school girl! :-)