This was my first idea for a Valmet clone, although I conceived and finished an M-71 before production on this M-76 could be completed.
Anyway, it was finally finished, parked, and painted last week: M-76 Valmet in 7.62 X 39.
Regards to all,
Looks good, solid build. Congrats! How does she shoot?
So is that the same thing - a Norinco hunter converted? Where did you get the barrel and parts?
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The "original" Boltcutter Rivet Squeezers:
Project Pink - the Pink and Blue AK-74:
Damm I like that sights were they belong IMOA nice looking gun. What kind of $$$$$ did you get into it??
The receiver cover (with rear sight), the flash hider and the pistol grip (and screw & nut) came from Vulcan Imports in B'ham. The buttstock came from Jeff's outfitters and the handguards were a gift from a friend! The trigger, gas tube, gas block, the last 2 inches of the receiver, and the front sight are all Galil parts that I've picked up here and there, and the trigger guard I made myself.
The rear handguard retainer I picked up from a fellow down in Cleveland, Tennessee, and the front retainer is made from an AR-15 handguard retainer.
After it was parkerized, I baked on a layer of GunKote. Man that's good stuff!
I'm no machinist or welder: I paid someone to add the Galil stub to the rear end of the Hunter receiver and to remove the original gas block and install the one from the Galil. He also re-positioned the trigger hole and created a round hole for the Valmet bolt to fit in as it connected with the nut in the pistol grip. (Of course, the whole time he was working on it, he thought what I was asking for was crazy.)
In addtion to his fee, I praised him as an "artist" for the fine work he did, but he refused to accept the title. "I'm just a plain old gunsmith that does a little machining."
You can be the judge of whether I was right or he was.
One advantage this has over an actual Valmet (apart from costing about one-fourth of what I'd have to pay for the original) is the way the buttstock attaches, because of the Galil stub. I can knock out the roll pin, and install a standard Galil folding stock as an option!
Only tried it today at 50 yds. Next time I'll bring the screwdriver and take it out to 100.
Feed and function were flawless.
However, I didn't have an M-62 front-sight, or the early pistol grip, or the cheese-grater handguards (also most commonly found on the M-62).
On the other hand, Valmet produced the 7.62 X 39 caliber M-76 with both tube stocks and wooden stocks. I would say that either one is equally "authentic."
Yours is definitely a classic!
Another beautiful clone!!! You have to have both the skills and the imagination to pull these clones off so well.
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