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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:58:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/23/2013 10:02:05 AM EST by the444shooter]
Getting an SA85, pristine condition, thumbhole stock, neutered muzzle.

What would you do?

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Link Posted: 10/23/2013 10:15:42 AM EST
Speaking from experience, keep it pure. I fucked up a KBI POST-94 SA-85M due to watching too much nutnfancy and wanting a tactical AK and I ended up dumping WAY too much money into it and selling the thing as a loss.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 11:51:46 AM EST
I had one years ago. I Spent $60 & got a real Hungarian buttstock & pistol grip. Threading a barrel, & adding a bayo lug is not worth it to me to spend money on. GARY
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 1:10:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/23/2013 1:11:11 PM EST by MAC21500]
I just got an SA-93, same condition as your SA-85, I'm de-banning it into an AKK.
If you've got other "tacticool" AKs, I suggest you de-ban it but keep it pure.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 1:26:15 PM EST
As long as you can get that beautiful wood stock and grip, go for it.

If you're going to put on CAA grip and a Tapco folder, then please don't.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 1:49:28 PM EST
IMHO...de-ban and restore to original military configuration.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 3:26:26 PM EST
make it look like this

Link Posted: 10/23/2013 3:54:24 PM EST
Deban with Hungarian furniture. If you take your time, you can get the real stuff in the ee. I got everything to Deban mine there in 6 months time. It was fun.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:13:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Finslayer83:
make it look like this

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THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS! Hot dang those are gorgeous, have been wanting one for a long time now.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:22:58 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Finslayer83:
make it look like this

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That's beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. I was not planning on making it "tactical," but rather, keep it as a blonde bombshell. I guess I could always wait for an IWD stock set, or like the poster above, wait for the parts to come up online.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:23:38 PM EST
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Originally Posted By tiasman:
Deban with Hungarian furniture. If you take your time, you can get the real stuff in the ee. I got everything to Deban mine there in 6 months time. It was fun.
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You have some? I tried to find some for years. Tried to get one butt stock from Ironwood but they weren't making them when I wanted one. I had pistol grips but sold them as I like a fatter grip.





Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:23:42 PM EST
Doing an SA-85M deban is a project I've had in the back of my mind myself. They are excellent rifles and look sweet in correct military form. I've thought of just buying a pre-ban, but most are underfolders, which I'm not as much interested in.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:36:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/23/2013 4:55:07 PM EST by DJBlanco]


I found the stock! Can you believe that. Also a guy on the EE is selling correct type gas blocks. I had the pleasure of getting a destroyed AKM-63 kit that I stole the stock from. This kit had a gasblock with the bayo lug lobes ground off so I didn't steal that however it helped me see the exact machine markings of a original Hungarian gasblock. I then used my superior aircraft sheet metal skills to rework this early Romanian flat bottom gasblock to a near identical copy of the real thing. Looking at It I think I could fool the best of them. My next step is to have the Infiniti selector markings engraved.
SEE WHAT YOU STARTED MAC!
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:49:21 PM EST
a good Russian AKM wood set would also look sweet.

the SA85 is one of the finest AKM variants made.
Link Posted: 10/24/2013 8:08:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2013 8:09:24 AM EST by tiasman]
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Originally Posted By Mak:


You have some? I tried to find some for years. Tried to get one butt stock from Ironwood but they weren't making them when I wanted one. I had pistol grips but sold them as I like a fatter grip.



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Originally Posted By Mak:
Originally Posted By tiasman:
Deban with Hungarian furniture. If you take your time, you can get the real stuff in the ee. I got everything to Deban mine there in 6 months time. It was fun.


You have some? I tried to find some for years. Tried to get one butt stock from Ironwood but they weren't making them when I wanted one. I had pistol grips but sold them as I like a fatter grip.





The only Hungarian stuff I have is what I put on my rifle. It took six months to get it all, but I got it all off the ee. Stock, pistol grip, gas block, etc. Even the correct sling.

Your rifle looks great BTW.




Link Posted: 10/25/2013 4:24:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/12/2013 12:11:08 PM EST by Opie-IN]
Get rid of the thumbhole. I added the K-VAR OD Green Warsaw stock set and am very happy with the end result. I do wish I would have kept the original wood just in case, but I sold it years ago.

I have no use for the cleaning rod, bayo lug, or slant brake so I am leaving that alone.



Link Posted: 10/26/2013 12:26:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By tiasman:


The only Hungarian stuff I have is what I put on my rifle. It took six months to get it all, but I got it all off the ee. Stock, pistol grip, gas block, etc. Even the correct sling.

Your rifle looks great BTW.


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Originally Posted By Mak:
Originally Posted By tiasman:
Deban with Hungarian furniture. If you take your time, you can get the real stuff in the ee. I got everything to Deban mine there in 6 months time. It was fun.


You have some? I tried to find some for years. Tried to get one butt stock from Ironwood but they weren't making them when I wanted one. I had pistol grips but sold them as I like a fatter grip.





The only Hungarian stuff I have is what I put on my rifle. It took six months to get it all, but I got it all off the ee. Stock, pistol grip, gas block, etc. Even the correct sling.

Your rifle looks great BTW.





I ain't got time for dat! I need instant gratification

I kind of like my cheapo Bulgarian buttstock and pistol grip. I don't need a correct rifle, it would just give me more reason to sell a gun if it is worth more. I bought too many $300.00 Romanian SARs over the years, found myself just having to deban them and dress them up with correct parts and pretty wood, only to sell them for $500.00 or so. It became a disease I have tried to cure myself of.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 12:29:37 PM EST
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Originally Posted By DJBlanco:
SEE WHAT YOU STARTED MAC!
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Mario over @ PoHF could hook you up with the engraving. He's over on the NW side off Prince Rd. One thing about Arizona is you can always find a deal on AK's when people need money.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 1:04:02 PM EST
I say deban. I'm in a similar situation, but my only concern is adding a buttstock.

Is the rear of the receiver the same as a standard AKM? Are both tangs intact or is there any mods that have to be made?
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 1:36:11 PM EST
They only have one tang on stamped receivers
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 2:17:06 PM EST
Another vote for deban
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