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Posted: 10/21/2004 12:21:41 PM EDT
Mark at Coyote Gulch Armoury sent me these pics along with my tracking #.
He built this for me from a parts kit I assembled myself.
I'm personally stunned at the beauty of it.
The only thing I can see changing as soon as possible is a more appropiate pistol grip.

Link Posted: 10/21/2004 12:24:25 PM EDT
I see it's done!! Whoo Hoo!

Sweet!! I like it, but I agree.... the grip has to go!

Pure evil!!
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 12:31:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 12:39:41 PM EDT
I like the grip
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 12:39:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:03:23 PM EDT
Not being a purist I think the grip looks good. More importantly how does it feel compared to a standard grip, my understanding is it is very nice (assuming that is the Tapco SAW grip like I am assuming).

Now, please quit posting pics, because all it does is really make we want that RPK I've been dreaming of for 6+ months, and I have no money for any projects right now, especially not a costly RPK...
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:06:15 PM EDT
That's great looking. I , too like theSAW grip. I have one myself. How long did the build take?
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:10:36 PM EDT
I can't say I'm a complete purist myself, and I like the feel of that grip but I just dont think it looks right on the RPK. I didn't know that before I sent it off. I'm thinking either a bakelite grip or one of Z-Recto's laminated grips.
LOL, I know how you feel AR-15fan, I thought the same thing every time I saw an RPK pic. I can't wait to have this baby in hand. I have a couple 50 round 5.45 mags I really wanna try out .
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:25:00 PM EDT
What was the make of the front trunnion? Since the barrel assemblies don't come with them.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:32:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRealSundance:
What was the make of the front trunnion? Since the barrel assemblies don't come with them.



I ended up using a new Rommy 23mm 5.45 trunnion and I picked up a used Rommy 5.45 bolt off the EE. That way my smith didn't have to turn down the barrel to fit a Bulgarian 22mm 5.45 trunnion.

This build has been a few months in the making but Mark actually did the work pretty fast considering how busy he is now that the ban is dead.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:42:26 PM EDT
The SAW grip takes away from the authentic look and reduces the evil by about 5%!!

Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:49:14 PM EDT
Looks fantastic, but like yourself I think the grip has to go. Russian bakelite would look best but if you still need another US part go with the Zrecto laminated grip (that is what I did).

What did you use for a receiver?
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:50:50 PM EDT
What finish did you get? I'm going to send him a built in the next few weeks and think I'll have him finish it the same as yours.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 2:18:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cleis102:
What finish did you get? I'm going to send him a built in the next few weeks and think I'll have him finish it the same as yours.



Paint over park, Mark said he had a paint that matched Bulgarian finish pretty good so I went with that.

I used a OOW 5.45 reciever.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 3:46:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 4:34:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CAMPYBOB:
sweet! what receiver? saiga with dimples added?



Nope that reciever came straight out of Ohio. OOW 74
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 4:36:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 4:43:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/21/2004 4:46:43 PM EDT by Ripcode]

Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
Why didn't you put a triangular sidefolder on it and make it authentic?



Taipan was going for this look:



The Bulgarian RPK's have the fixed stock or an underfolder model.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 5:00:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ripcode:

Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
Why didn't you put a triangular sidefolder on it and make it authentic?



Taipan was going for this look:

www.arsenal-bg.com/images/defense_police/5,56lmgf.jpg

The Bulgarian RPK's have the fixed stock or an underfolder model.



Yeah, what he said, lol. Bulgaria makes underfolder RPK's in 5.56 and 7.62 I just wanted to clone that look and have a 74 that was a bit different. I've never seen a RPK with a Krink style sidefolder, but it might be pretty cool looking. I was thinking that the underfolder would still work well firing prone like the clubfoot stock. My only regret is that by making it an underfolder I can't put a side scope mount on it. B&T has their scope rail that fits on the rear site but I don't know of anyone that imports them. I call DSA and they were real weird about it, told me it would be like 3 or 4 months if they would even order it for me. Freaks. Ultimak is another idea, but as stupid as this sounds I hate to take off what little wood there is on it, lol. Any ideas? OH yeah no top cover rail suggestions.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 5:23:54 PM EDT



Now, we need to find the Russian folding RPK Stocks... I bet those would be expensive...

Spooky
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 12:20:58 AM EDT
Great looking plum RPK Spooky. I wish I had been able to find one of those stocksets when I was looking.
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 12:26:40 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 12:40:57 AM EDT
Yep gonna email Z-Recto as soon as I get home. Laminated grip it is.
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 3:04:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 12:36:11 PM EDT
Too bad I couldn't find any real 5.45 45 round mags, but I did find two of those 45 or 50 round mags that someone in the US made out of two E German bakelites. I hope they work. I ordered up 1000 of Wolf 5.45 HP .
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 12:45:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2004 12:47:39 PM EDT by innocent_bystander]
Didn't have a picture of the 5.45 LMG F.

Not sure that I like the blond wood on the 5.56. Maybe some Ironwood laminate?

Link Posted: 10/22/2004 12:50:31 PM EDT
The grips fine but that mags gotta go.



WE DEMAND COMMIE 5.45 DRUMS
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 1:02:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LHD:
The grips fine but that mags gotta go.



WE DEMAND COMMIE 5.45 DRUMS



I agree whole heartedly, we need for someone in the US to come up with a drum or a quadstack!!
Either way I'd buy but I like the idea of a fat ass 100 round quad stack.
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