From their website:
We also have a new "economy" AKM receiver available as of Feb. 2nd
It does not have some of the finer details of our forthcoming premium AKM and AK74 receivers, but is made to the same high standards. Like the rest of our products it will be FULLY heat treated 4130 to 40 on the Rockwell "C" scale.
Some of the features it DOES NOT HAVE are:
top rail step-down
laser-cut holes to eliminate stretch at trigger pin hole
lower left rail mag guide
THINGS IT DOES HAVE:
pre-drilled rivet holes for Romanian fixed stock kits
fully heat treated 4130 steel
"S" and "F" selector markings
competitively priced with ground UPS shipping included
NDS-3 "economy" AKM
Qty 1-10: $55 11-20: $53 21+: $50
CUSTOM SERIAL #s NOT AVAILABLE ON NDS-3 !!!!!!!
Son of a .....
What is the obsession with putting "S & F" on a receiver? I won't buy the Yugo for that reason & hate to see it on these. I'm damn glad to see them working on this project & welcome another entry into the market, but we keep getting "Close, but no cigar" so to speak.
I realize the "premium" version won't have this. However, who wants to spend all that extra money to build an $89 Romanian kit. This is a swing and a miss for the lower-end market.
The only excuse I can think of for putting those silly letters on is to avoid liability.
I suppose there might be some dummy out there who would get confused, shoot themselves in the foot, and sue Nodak for it.