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Posted: 7/11/2012 4:28:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/6/2012 6:42:14 AM EST by akrox]
Congratulations to Dskeet for winning the June AK of the Month contest with his amazing 1955 Russian Type II re-weld.

For the July the AK of the Month contest we will focus on full size AK-74's with fixed stocks.


Rules:
- Rifle(s) must be inclusive of the contest category for the month, this month it is the AK-74

Please include the following information so that we can learn, enjoy, and appreciate the time (and money) spent towards your build
- Country of Origin
- Builder
- Theme of the build - example: "I wanted to replicate an early Russian AK-74N, complete with 1PN58."
- Story behind the build if applicable

I imagine there with be many more applicants this month due to the more common variant, so we might have to break the poll down into a couple brackets. I am open to suggestions.

Let's see 'em!

Congratulations to brunnels for winning the July AK of the Month contest with his Bulgarian clone of a Soviet Afghan War Era AK-74. Thanks to all who participated. I'm surprised with over 3100 views, we only had 34 votes in the poll.

I like the AKOTM contest but I just don't have the time to do it right now, so if someone want to take over for August, feel free. Mods, please unpin as nessesary.
Link Posted: 7/11/2012 4:49:24 PM EST


Any specific barrel length, or anything '74?

Link Posted: 7/11/2012 5:01:01 PM EST
Fixed, side folders, krinks?
Link Posted: 7/11/2012 5:56:31 PM EST
I would suggest to narrow it down some, to barrel length, fixed stock, folding stock, Russian, Bulgarian.....etc, or there might be too many types of rifles and entries to choose from????
Link Posted: 7/11/2012 7:15:12 PM EST
The poll didn't specify what type of 74, so let's do full size, fixed stock 74's. Hopefully, if the AKOTM gains in popularity we will get through all the variants eventually. I'll edit the OP to specify the variant too.
Link Posted: 7/11/2012 8:26:35 PM EST
In. I have two fixed 74's and one that is interesting enough to win.

Link Posted: 7/12/2012 12:30:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2012 12:32:08 AM EST by heron163]
OK -

Bulgarian AK74 kit, NoDak Spud receiver, Ironwood Designs wood, KVAR fire controls.

The late Bobby Smith (SALBO Arms) did the build and metal re-finish. (RIP Bobby)

I did the wood in a clear finish that showed the grain of the laminate.

ETA - it doesn't resemble anything found in nature...

Link Posted: 7/12/2012 11:13:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2012 11:16:53 AM EST by Finslayer83]
Country of origin: Bulgaria
Builder: ISD
Importer: TGI
Theme of rifle: I wanted to replicate a 1987 Soviet AK-74.

Only NON Bulgarian parts are: FCG and Stock set.... I have a plum Russian set, but the 922 police would get me if I showed pics of it installed.

This is one of the infamous "best buy" ISD74's (a.k.a. TGI truck guns). While the dimples are going to instantly disqualify me, I still wanted to show it off.

I did use gloss engine enamel to replicate the old Izzy paint jobs.

I've shot the living snot out of this rifle and it is currently in retirement, but I've got a couple of tins of 5.45 for a fall range trip. I stopped the round count after the 12th tin.

All the wear and tear is from numerous outings and complete disregard for babying this rifle. It is still my favorite firearm.















Waiting for USN-Riverine and Tx-Zen's ownage of this contest
Link Posted: 7/12/2012 8:11:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2012 8:11:50 PM EST by Bachelor_of_Science]
Waiting for USN-Riverine and Tx-Zen's ownage of this contest


You've got that right! Not even going to waste my time with this one.

Link Posted: 7/15/2012 9:23:10 AM EST
My humble submission:

This is a representation of an "as issued" 1990 Bulgarian AK74. It was built by ORF in 2004 on an Armory USA receiver from an all matching kit from KVAR. Has the correct receiver markings and the receiver was painted to match the kit's original finish. It is fitted with a PK-01V Russian optic, which zero'd perfectly and is a really great optic for the 74. Has original Bulgarian sling and magazine. This gun has had thousands of rounds through it, no malfunctions at all.



Link Posted: 7/15/2012 5:00:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/15/2012 5:02:51 PM EST by USN-Riverine]
Originally Posted By Bachelor_of_Science:
Waiting for USN-Riverine and Tx-Zen's ownage of this contest


You've got that right! Not even going to waste my time with this one.



Thanks for the kind words gents. I'm going to stay out of this contest and see what others have to share. It's always refreshing to see Finslayer83's TGI rifle, I like the paint job and the plum furniture matches nicely.
Link Posted: 7/15/2012 7:14:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/16/2012 1:54:34 PM EST by fistpoint]
Haven't played in one of these threads for a while...

deleted: sniff, mine didn't have to fold...
Link Posted: 7/15/2012 7:25:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/16/2012 1:45:04 PM EST by kmb147]
Edited: Sorry I didn't read the instructions carefully enough to realize that this is for fixed stocks only.
Link Posted: 7/15/2012 9:56:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By USN-Riverine:
Originally Posted By Bachelor_of_Science:
Waiting for USN-Riverine and Tx-Zen's ownage of this contest


You've got that right! Not even going to waste my time with this one.



Thanks for the kind words gents. I'm going to stay out of this contest and see what others have to share. It's always refreshing to see Finslayer83's TGI rifle, I like the paint job and the plum furniture matches nicely.


actually - I would like to see your pictures

Link Posted: 7/16/2012 3:40:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/16/2012 3:40:51 AM EST by CGP2]
Originally Posted By heron163:
Originally Posted By USN-Riverine:
Originally Posted By Bachelor_of_Science:
Waiting for USN-Riverine and Tx-Zen's ownage of this contest


You've got that right! Not even going to waste my time with this one.



Thanks for the kind words gents. I'm going to stay out of this contest and see what others have to share. It's always refreshing to see Finslayer83's TGI rifle, I like the paint job and the plum furniture matches nicely.


actually - I would like to see your pictures



+1 on pics
Link Posted: 7/16/2012 5:14:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By kmb147:
Here's a pic of my ORF-built AKS-74N with Ted Marshall's fake PBS-1 suppressor (24mm RH thread) and airsoft GP-30 grenade launcher to complete the look.

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/4040/1000687p.jpg

http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/8662/1000679a.jpg


Have you ever fired it with the GP-30 on it? I wanted to put one on my 74, but I figured it'd melt off
Link Posted: 7/16/2012 8:18:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By billytehbob:
Originally Posted By kmb147:
Here's a pic of my ORF-built AKS-74N with Ted Marshall's fake PBS-1 suppressor (24mm RH thread) and airsoft GP-30 grenade launcher to complete the look.

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/4040/1000687p.jpg

http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/8662/1000679a.jpg


Have you ever fired it with the GP-30 on it? I wanted to put one on my 74, but I figured it'd melt off


Yeah, I've put hundreds of rounds through the gun with the launcher on it (just too lazy to take it off, even though it is really easy). Mine was made by STAR, a very reputable and expensive airsoft company. It is made out of high-quality aluminum and steel; the only plastic part is the grip. STAR GP-30 has long been discontinued, but there are other options out there now.
Link Posted: 7/16/2012 1:15:13 PM EST
Just a reminder, this month is for full sized fixed stock AK-74's. To the guys that posted up the nice folders, I'll put that variant in the poll next month.
Link Posted: 7/16/2012 1:53:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/16/2012 1:56:58 PM EST by fistpoint]
Originally Posted By akrox:
Just a reminder, this month is for full sized fixed stock AK-74's. To the guys that posted up the nice folders, I'll put that variant in the poll next month.


It is a "fixed" stock...OK, I cheated a little. To be honest, I didn't read the full text of your post.
Link Posted: 7/16/2012 4:48:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By heron163:
Originally Posted By USN-Riverine:
Originally Posted By Bachelor_of_Science:
Waiting for USN-Riverine and Tx-Zen's ownage of this contest


You've got that right! Not even going to waste my time with this one.



Thanks for the kind words gents. I'm going to stay out of this contest and see what others have to share. It's always refreshing to see Finslayer83's TGI rifle, I like the paint job and the plum furniture matches nicely.


actually - I would like to see your pictures



Agreed!
Link Posted: 7/19/2012 10:49:43 AM EST
Well since there is so few entries so far i guess i will contribute.

Bulgarian Rifle built to look like an Soviet Afghan War Era rifle.

Its Not much but i figured this thread needed more entries to keep it going.


Link Posted: 7/21/2012 12:32:39 PM EST
Originally Posted By brunnels:
Well since there is so few entries so far i guess i will contribute.

Bulgarian Rifle built to look like an Soviet Afghan War Era rifle.

Its Not much but i figured this thread needed more entries to keep it going.

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj161/brunnels/20120419_135727-1.jpg
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj161/brunnels/20120419_140128-1.jpg


I like that!
Link Posted: 7/22/2012 10:59:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/25/2012 12:13:02 AM EST by Bachelor_of_Science]
Okay, I'll play:

Bulgarian AK-74 Clone

Arsenal SLR-105A1

All Brown Wood Furniture/Bulgarian Flash Suppressor

Link Posted: 7/23/2012 3:38:18 AM EST
Interarms Bulgarian AK-74 with dark stained furniture, TRS-25 dot on Ultimak.


Link Posted: 7/23/2012 6:47:42 AM EST
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6z28kWEU81qdrno0o1_1280.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6z1zsqFtl1qdrno0o1_1280.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6sn5fy8W01qdrno0o1_1280.png
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6ynzbkC3E1qdrno0o1_1280.png

- Bulgarian Circle 10 1989
- Waffen Werks Knoxville, TN
- This originally had bulgarian wood furniture, but I wanted it to be period correct for a 1989 gun. It has a US NDS reciever, US barrel, tapco g2 fcg, so I put a US made follower on it so I could use the original furniture with the bulgarian brown/pink pistol grip. I have a matching circle 10 makarov that is also from 1989. Both guns are unissued and from the final year of the Warsaw pact.
Link Posted: 7/24/2012 3:31:06 AM EST
I have an RPB fixed Krink stock on mine, I will throw on the solid stock and take some picts next week if I remember :)
Link Posted: 7/24/2012 5:11:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By fmj556x45:
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6z28kWEU81qdrno0o1_1280.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6z1zsqFtl1qdrno0o1_1280.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6sn5fy8W01qdrno0o1_1280.png
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6ynzbkC3E1qdrno0o1_1280.png

- Bulgarian Circle 10 1989
- Waffen Werks Knoxville, TN
- This originally had bulgarian wood furniture, but I wanted it to be period correct for a 1989 gun. It has a US NDS reciever, US barrel, tapco g2 fcg, so I put a US made follower on it so I could use the original furniture with the bulgarian brown/pink pistol grip. I have a matching circle 10 makarov that is also from 1989. Both guns are unissued and from the final year of the Warsaw pact.


Thats an awesome set of pics!
Link Posted: 7/24/2012 9:39:27 AM EST
Finslayer83 and others interested in pics. I am currently bidding on a Izhmash 1988 AK74 kit with a virgin Bulgarian barrel. I'll update the post in a few hours if I won the auction.

I won't be able to make the competiton for this month and good luck to those who posted. My plan is to purchase a receiver from 74LLU and send it to either Mario at POHF or Chris at AKUSA.

Cheers -
Link Posted: 7/24/2012 6:57:01 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/31/2012 4:24:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/31/2012 4:44:55 PM EST by ryanr256]
Oooh, ooh, can I play? Am I too late?

Country of Origin: Bulgaria (OOW receiver)
Builder: Ohio Rapid Fire
Theme: No real theme, just a run of the mill Bulgarian parts kit on an OOW receiver
Story: I liked the rifle as built, but I was not impressed with the finish. As delivered it had a parked receiver and top cover, but the rest of the rifle was painted. I finally decided to refinish it. I used the Duracoat HK black and added plum furniture. I think it's a much nicer looking rifle now.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TVEPrO_Xlyg/UBiDmjhw-uI/AAAAAAAABD4/3yU8qdh0H3k/s800/AK74––4.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lHy5Xf-TvUI/UBiDjejhssI/AAAAAAAABD4/JUQvHb2K0VU/s800/AK74-3.jpg

Here's a link to the before and after pics:

https://picasaweb.google.com/115388122859076617196/AK74BeforeAfter?authuser=0&feat=directlink


-Bob
Link Posted: 8/1/2012 10:16:13 AM EST
Mine is an SGL-31-94 with Russian tan sling. Shooting at steel at approximately 700yds (with good results).
Link Posted: 8/1/2012 8:24:52 PM EST
This is a tough one.....all nice rifles!
Link Posted: 8/27/2012 8:53:45 PM EST
Mods, can one of you unpin this thread? Thanks!
Link Posted: 8/28/2012 4:02:29 AM EST
what's it going to be for this month?
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 12:06:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By Finslayer83:
what's it going to be for this month?


5.56 AK's?
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