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Posted: 8/24/2003 6:13:54 PM EDT
I was worndering if anyone had any info on there AK74 good, bad and what?? Thanks

Link Posted: 8/24/2003 6:50:49 PM EDT
I believe they are primarily Hesse receivered and built rifles, and judging by previous experiences with Hesse products, run away!

From what I hear, JoeKen has also got a terrible rep for customer service, but I have not bought anything from them, mainly because of all the bad press.

Your best bet is to get either a SAR-2 and dress it up to AK-74 specs or to buy a demilled AK-74 kit from K-Var and have Todd at InRange build it up for you.
Link Posted: 8/24/2003 6:53:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Templar:
I believe they are primarily Hesse receivered and built rifles, and judging by previous experiences with Hesse products, run away!

From what I hear, JoeKen has also got a terrible rep for customer service, but I have not bought anything from them, mainly because of all the bad press.

Your best bet is to get either a SAR-2 and dress it up to AK-74 specs or to buy a demilled AK-74 kit from K-Var and have Todd at InRange build it up for you.



Todd at InRange??? Is he a new employee??
Link Posted: 8/25/2003 8:26:03 AM EDT
Thanks for the info


Link Posted: 8/25/2003 10:25:21 PM EDT
I have one and have had no major problems with it. No extraction failures or anything. The only thing is that some bakelites need to be trimmed in the rear to fit and the numbers don't match. I replaced the original muzzlebrake on it for a real one from Global and put a black bulgarian stock set on it from FAC. I also added a cleaning rod to give it an authentic appearance. The front trunion is the only part that's welded and it doesn't look like its going to fall apart anytime soon. Even if it does, I think it can be cleaned up and riveted on the same receiver with no problems.
Link Posted: 8/26/2003 5:27:47 AM EDT
Maybe I need to knock some cobwebs out of my head.......I really meant Troy at Inrange.

I have a buddy who couldn't wait for a built '74 and bought one of the Hesse rifles, and he is getting fairly cosistent fairlures to eject.
Link Posted: 8/26/2003 6:59:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2003 7:00:38 AM EDT by jimtash9]
It's the rail inside of the receiver eroding away. I have read that this is a common issue with their receivers because some are not heat treated properly, but is simple to fix. Search on ak47.net by typing in "hesse" and scroll down to find a thread about the same problem for a better explanation and instructions on how to fix it.
Link Posted: 8/26/2003 3:55:44 PM EDT
jimtash where do you live in NC????
Link Posted: 8/26/2003 5:34:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2003 6:04:55 PM EDT by jimtash9]
I live in Asheville. Are you down in Fayetteville?
Link Posted: 8/27/2003 8:38:08 AM EDT
good old fayettinam is not to bad but Nevada rocks my wife has been to asheville and said it is nice where do you shoot at??


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Link Posted: 8/27/2003 8:21:18 PM EDT
I go to Rex's located in Hendersonville. It's the only indoor range around here that allows rifles. I also have a friend with property that we use sometimes. How is it where you shoot at?
Link Posted: 9/7/2003 6:58:39 AM EDT
jimtash9 you may want to check out Cain Creek Range in Rutherford county, about an hour away. $5 for each gun and it goes out to 500 yards not just 25.
Link Posted: 9/12/2003 11:05:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2003 11:05:26 PM EDT by jimtash9]
I thought that was a private range or so I've been told. I'll look them up and see what the deal is. Thanks Smity.
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