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Posted: 5/28/2008 7:54:21 AM EDT
I have the opportunity to buy a nice looking b-west AK.

It looks as nice as the Norinco mak-90 I have.

Both have nice bluing, wood, etc..........

The b-west has an under folding SKS type spike bayo.

I did some searching and found they can be questionable.

I need to know how questionable.

What could happen and what are the chances?

He wanted quiet a bit for it 'till I showed him what I found.

Now he is willing to take $300 to get rid of it.

It comes with "several" mags.

Yea or nae.

If the b-west receiver is really crap, could I take the rifle apart and do a build on a new receiver?

Any legal issues?
Link Posted: 5/28/2008 8:05:05 AM EDT
If it's made in China and imported by B-West (and so marked), it's ok.
If it's made by B West ... Run Forrest, Run.
Link Posted: 5/28/2008 9:22:59 AM EDT

The reciever is marked like the ones in this site.

I haven't given the barrell the once over for a import mark yet.

But as it says "made in usa"............
Link Posted: 5/28/2008 10:41:16 AM EDT


But as it says "made in usa"............

Run Forrest, Run!
Link Posted: 5/28/2008 11:28:35 AM EDT
For 300 bux you can't go wrong.
Link Posted: 5/28/2008 4:54:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/28/2008 7:43:02 PM EDT
They are not heat treated, the made in the US receivers.  You must heat treat them unless you want them falling apart.  Since heat treating will ruin the finish, they will then have to be refinished.
Link Posted: 5/29/2008 3:10:54 AM EDT
Thanks guys.

The gun is basically unfired.

The guy who owns it is a Viet-Nam vet (yes a real one).

This is one of the guns he got a long time ago for a wall hanger.

I want to buy it to help him out.

But I do not want to get stuck too bad either.

Mak could you send me the link to the heat treat method you mentioned.  

The search function does not seem to work for me.  (is that a member issue?)

Link Posted: 5/29/2008 12:52:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/29/2008 12:55:22 PM EDT
So, this is all you have to do to make a B-West receiver reliable?  Hopefully this will be answered with a "yes", bc other than the receiver, B-west ak's are beautiful.
Link Posted: 5/29/2008 4:20:44 PM EDT
Thanks for the info.

Would I need to do the top of the receiver bend as mentioned in one article?

Would I also need to do the ejector?

There is also a discrepancy in the articles as to single or double heat treat?

Also different temps are use for the Annealing step.

What is really needed?  

Link Posted: 5/29/2008 5:00:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/29/2008 5:01:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/30/2008 12:03:26 PM EDT


Also note the wear on the ejector after obviously few rounds.

It's a "softie".
Link Posted: 5/30/2008 1:30:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/30/2008 4:32:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 7:09:22 PM EDT
Because it is a preban weapon but built on a US receiver, could it be rebuilt on a new receiver without using new us compliant parts?
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 7:51:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 3:38:48 AM EDT

Because it is a preban weapon but built on a US receiver, could it be rebuilt on a new receiver without using new us compliant parts?

Think of it this way: According to the BATFE the receiver IS the firearm, so if you replace the receiver in 2008 the rifle was made in 2008. You must comply with the law as it exists when the rifle is built.
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