2 project's that were bugging me to finish up. I never liked the plastic stock on my SAM-7 rifle. I found a nice set of Bulgarian wood for the rifle. After stripping it down it was in pretty nice shape. I do not believe the Bulgarians have mastered the art of inletting but it's military and works for me. When they say "hard wood" they are not kidding. It's really difficult to get the wood to accept much stain. After a little stain I hit it with many coats of Tung oil.
The next project that was lagging on was my polish underfolder build. This is built on a laser cut receiver flat. It takes a fair amount of welding,machining,heat treatment and some riveting but in the end it's one very solid receiver.
I had a matched number polish parts set for a while. Mine was minus the rear trunnion. I ended up using a Romanian rear trunnion. The Polish folding stock is straight and the Romanian is slightly angled more along the lines of the Chinese folders I believe. I found a friend who has a pre-ban Chinese and tried it. I like the angled rear stock better than the straight Polish version.
The laminate wood was new as was my parts set.
It is dated 1977. A shame to cut a new AK in half but I would not have it otherwise.
Now the pictures-
How much hand-fitting did you have to do to get the wood lower handguard to fit the SA M7?
What was the area that required the most hand-fitting?
Same questions for the buttstock.
Gun Porn at it's best. Sweet rifles.
I really like the grain pattern on the buttstock.
I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart American
Very nice looking! also a very nice grain on those pieces.
Zero fitting on the upper and lower wood. Both parts fit perfectly. The buttstock was a little more work.Nothing major but just a little thinking on my part. The area the "tang" fits into needed opening up a touch. Also there was a tab on the receiver on the lower stock surface that needed clearance. Pretty simple with a common rasp and 2 bud lights for coolant!Originally Posted by ZOID ZODIAN
So the lower handguard's metal anti-split ferrule didn't butt up against the rear of the barrel where it joins the receiver?
I ask this because years ago I thought of fitting a Chinese stock set to an SLR95 and the lower handguard was going to require quite a bit of relieving at the rear.
This stock set was suppose to be Bulgarian for a milled receiver. What ever it is it fit the milled receiver SAM-7 pictured perfect. The metal ferrule on the lower hand guard cleared the receiver with very little clearance.It was like it was made for the gun. If you want a specific picture let me know and I will post it.
No, that's okay; you've answered my question. It just looks so much like the Chinese wood that I wanted to find out if they are similar. You're right in that the lower handguard probably was made to fit a Bulgarian and other than looks is not the same as the Chinese.