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Posted: 12/31/2006 11:35:51 AM EDT
Blaine Bunting from Atlantic Firearms asked me to conduct a no-nonsense, honest range report on my new Lancaster Consulting AKM 47RS.  

So, I got a chance to go out early this morning after a detailed cleaning, and conduct a test.  This examination was non-scientific to be sure, but, here are the results:  

Lancaster Consulting AKM 47RS Built on a Romy "G" Kit--NDS-3 Receiver, 16" CL Barrel

Finish:  The finish on my rifle is excellent.  The exterior wood has been nicely redone in a slightly reddish hue and the metal is flawless; looks to be some type of Duracoat or Gun Kote...not sure.  The plastic pistol grip was replaced with a Z_Recto grip, as I prefer a little larger girth.  

Sights:  The front sight has zero cant.  However, the rear sight is slightly canted on the left side, but nothing I would consider as bad workmanship.  Happily, they were "spot-on" concerning windage right out of the box @ 25 yards.  In my limited experience, this is somewhat unusual, but extremely satisfying and perhaps...lucky?!

Ammo:  I shot exactly 300 rounds of Wolf 122 Gr. steel case, non-corrosive ammunition through the gun.  

Function:  I used an assortment of 30 rd. mags throughout the test; Chinese, Bulgarian "waffle" style and European (E. German, Romanian, etc.).  Throughout the test, I did not have one FTF or FTE.  

Accuracy:  I wasn't expecting match grade accuracy here and this rifle did not exceed my expectations.  Shooting from a rest, (sitting), prone and standing off-hand, the rifle averaged around 3-3.5" groups.  However, milk jugs and bowling pins (25-50 yards) were being taken out consistently, with 7 misses overall; usually hitting low.  

Accessories:  The gun sports a recoil buffer and my first 100 shots were taken with it installed.   Again, no FTF or FTE with the buffer installed, but I didn't notice any real difference in reduced recoil or operational "smoothness" for lack of a better term.  

The rifle also came with a soft-case, but did not include a bayonet or sling.  I would have opted for the latter in lieu of the case, but, a nice touch anyway.      

Overall Impression:  I am very impressed with the gun.  For the price, it's a very competent weapon, looks sharp, fires without a hitch and I am very happy to include it in my collection.  The only real problem I had was removing the mags due to the vertical fore-grip.  After a few times however, you learn to acquire a technique.    

If you're looking for a nice Romanian clone (as I was), for a good price, or considering any type of AKM clone, consider the Lancaster Consulting line.  I'm really happy I did!

Here is a pic of it, with grip from the factory alongside one of my 74s.  

Bud  




 

Link Posted: 12/31/2006 3:20:50 PM EDT
[#1]
Good report Bud. Nice looking AK's too!!!
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 4:33:12 PM EDT
[#2]
Thank you.  Here's another angle:

Link Posted: 12/31/2006 5:03:55 PM EDT
[#3]
A great honest review,
thank you for posting it!

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