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Posted: 12/16/2003 4:56:45 PM EDT
The other week when the site was down I was forced to buy an AK without benefit of everyone's expertise. Now I have this Chinese POS. What does 386 in an oval mean?
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 5:28:18 PM EDT
It means you did wise without our help..Congrats......
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 6:00:02 PM EDT
ColtShorty- Thanks for the kind words. However, I am stoooopid. Seriously, what does it mean?
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 6:10:43 PM EDT
the 386 in oval is the factory mark that it was made at...It should be a Polytech...Is your rifle a milled receiver gun? Have any pics???
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 6:12:22 PM EDT
386 in Oval means Factory 386. The factory that makes PolyTech AK's.

How much did you pay? Did you buy a post or pre-ban? More details please.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 5:22:02 PM EDT
Yes, it is a milled receiver. Paid $300. Pretty sure it's a post ban. Looked in the Blue Book under Polytech. Doesn't match. Checked Norinco, too. No luck. Resembles a Saiga style sporter stock. Rear of receiver is slant cut. Forward part of receiver tapers upward ala Galil. It was imported by Valley Gun, LA,CA. Do I remember an AK Hunter model being brought in to compete with a Valmet? I took a chance on it thinking it could convert to a po' man's Galil with an Ace adapter and stock. I'll try to figure out how to post pics.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 5:39:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 5:46:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 5:47:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 6:01:08 PM EDT
Yep, that's it. Despite the funky long travel, the trigger is nice. Also interesting is the way they locked the top cover on. So, does the Ace skeleton stock and adapter have any major shortcomings? I'm assuming the rest of the pistol grip conversion will be pretty straight forward, like a Saiga. Yes?
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 3:21:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 5:17:48 PM EDT
There was some variation on rear sight mounting and siderails/none on this model. Fit/function is great for the money IMO. Mine went back to it's original owner by his request/trade. But they can be made more military like a Saiga sporter unless there is a surprise in the rear stock fit.. Compare angles and have at it, $300 well spent to start.
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 8:09:03 AM EDT
Gentlemen- Thank you all for your help. Now it's off to Project-Land for me. Happy Holidays, one and all.
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 10:00:37 AM EDT
You can turn them onto on hell of a nice Galil knock-off if you can find the parts kit and work around the slant receiver cut.
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