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Posted: 12/16/2010 2:48:30 PM EDT
I want to build a Chinese clone AK.  Which current kit will get me the closest? The rifle does not have to be an exact copy but I want it to resemble an AK that would have been used in the Viet-Nam era.  Which NDS  receiver is appropriate?
Thanks,
Ralph
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 3:18:38 PM EDT
[#1]
Yugo has a similar patterned reciever, but the trunnion is reinforced and heavier then the Chinese. I think the best choice is to just get a real Chinese AK like a MAK-90. It is a lot easier to replicate a milled Chinese AK then stamped AK imo, so maybe you should check one of the Bulgarian kits.
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 6:23:20 PM EDT
[#2]
+1.  Milled MAK-90 and make the changes to it (although the slant-cut receiver at the rear will be an issue to overcome unless it's not important) or just go Bulgarian and work it up.
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 11:13:10 PM EDT
[#3]
I did a build like you are talking about last year for my personnel collection, I used a part numbers matching pre ban Chinese MAK 90 kit in 7.62 x 39 and built a Chinese type 56S clone. The build was on a NDS-1 receiver with the front and rear trunions fitted for the 1.0 mm receiver. I procured a new set of Chinese furniture and stained it in a soft orange as opposed to the blond. I also added the required number of parts for 922r compliance. Although not a "Collector Grade" rifle. it does make for a nice shooter at 1/3 to 1/2 of the price of an authentic NIB collector rifle. It now resides with it's other two Chinese cousins.
Link Posted: 12/17/2010 12:02:20 AM EDT
[#4]
OP... not sure which version of the VN era chinese AK you're after ?? If it's the milled reciever version then I'd suggest going with a CNC Warrrior reciever and ask that the serial # be located at the top rear of what would be the front trunnion on a stamped AK. If you want authenticity then go with a custom NUMBERS ONLY 8 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER, then give Mario at Piece of History a call for the engraving of the chinese factory & selector markings. You'd also need a screw-in type barrel to stay original.

 Stay away from The Firing Line recievers unless you want the "eagle" stamped into your reciever somewhere, a non-custom serial even though you paid for a custom one, and machining marks cut into the lightening cuts that would have to be polished out by hand (ask me how I know..).

 The stamped reciever chinese didn't show up till later in the war and were not near as common as the milled version. If building a stamped gun then you'd save some cash by debanning a MAK-90. Just my .02 from having tried this before.YMMV
Link Posted: 12/17/2010 3:12:08 AM EDT
[#5]
Great replys.  I am just getting into the AK after years of ignoring it, so pardon my noobness.  What are the major differences between the variuos models?  Seems like everyone and his brother made a different version.
Ralph
Link Posted: 12/17/2010 5:32:06 AM EDT
[#6]
Quoted:
Great replys.  I am just getting into the AK after years of ignoring it, so pardon my noobness.  What are the major differences between the variuos models?  Seems like everyone and his brother made a different version.
Ralph


soooooo many differences. Google is your best friend for research. But just to name a few things, chrome lined or non chrome lined barrel, receiver thickness, blued vs. parked finish, ect.

I agree with the above though. Get  a mak-90, straight stock and 922r compliance parts, and you can have a nice replica. Mak-90's can be had for 350-500 and are very nice quality. I made one myself. For compliance I used fire control group, gas piston, and pistol grip.
Link Posted: 12/17/2010 9:05:02 AM EDT
[#7]
I'd get a MAK and then get the appropriate pieces to bring it back to its original evilness.
Link Posted: 12/17/2010 9:26:02 AM EDT
[#8]
Quoted:
I'd get a MAK and then get the appropriate pieces to bring it back to its original evilness.


Big +1. I cannot think of a single reason to waste all that time making a gun that looks Chinese when there are more Chinese AKs out there than nearly any other type.
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