View Full Version : My New Romanian "G Gun" Build
09-01-2005, 07:38 PM
I wanted to show off my 1982 Romanian AIM rifle I just built from a kit. It's my fourth build. I had Mario at Piece of History Firearms in Tucson, AZ, engrave the Romanian selector markings, then I reparked it and sprayed it twice with Rustoleum Satin Black then baked at 400deg for 30 mins. The satin black Rustoleum is a near-exact match for the finish on a Russian AKMS receiver stub I have, but it's a little thicker, not as smooth a finish. Even with great care the spray can just has issues. This is one of the "G-gun" kits recently imported, the G on the left side of the rear sight block that is covered by orange paint is actually engraved in. The wood I stripped and refinished, it's a little more gold than red/iodine, but looks good against the black metal.
The engraving is real sharp, just a fuzzy pic.
Alot of guys have asked me where I got the engraving done. Here's the link to the Mario's website: http://www.pieceofhistoryfirearms.com/services.html
He also took a Bulgy 74 trunnion and put a great Russian Izmash arsenal mark and serial number on it. I had no idea you could send and receive receivers directly through the mail to and from a gunsmith, I thought it would have to go through an FFL in my state. He was real fast getting this done, about a week.
09-01-2005, 08:05 PM
nice, the engravings really set it off!
09-01-2005, 08:07 PM
that's good -- I was hoping someone would start this.
09-01-2005, 10:33 PM
nice, the engravings really set it off!Thanks! Here's a better pic of the engraving:
And here's the trunnion markings I also painted in (these close-up pics really tell me I need to do a better job cleaning out the crevices on the rifle before I refinish!!):
that's good -- I was hoping someone would start this. Start what?? the engraving?
09-01-2005, 10:45 PM
nice job, very nice. good looking rivets too!!!! did you like the GT receiver?
09-01-2005, 10:52 PM
Yep I really like the GT receiver. The holes are all right on, all I have had to do to them is make sure the top of the receiver is opened up to 25mm wide so the bolt slides freely back and forth. I wish they would put all the markings on the bottom, change to a single-hook trigger cut out, and start making a sidefolder option!
I used CWToyota's bolt-cutter/squeezer on the rivets, works great. My first build I actually pounded the rivets nearly flat with a ball-peen hammer so this is a pretty big improvement for me! :)
09-01-2005, 11:00 PM
Start what?? the engraving?
Yes -- the last one posted was done with an exacto knife!!!
09-01-2005, 11:53 PM
Looks great.. One question, were did the "FA" and "FF" come from? I thought the markings were S,A,R
09-02-2005, 09:36 AM
Looks great.. One question, were did the "FA" and "FF" come from? I thought the markings were S,A,RMilitary AIM markings are S-FA-FF. Later 5.45mm rifles went to 1-2-3.
09-03-2005, 07:29 AM
Must just have been the RPKs that were S-A-R then? That makes a lot of sense, as does everything in the AK world..
09-03-2005, 09:45 AM
All the references I have found show the AIM (AKM) having the S-FF-FA. I have also read about and seen pics of some romanian rifles built for export with 1-2-3. It certainly wouldn't surprise me if some have S-A-R as well. Romania is a country that hasn't got alot of info on the internet yet. Even when I do romanian language searches I get very little good info about this topic.
09-05-2005, 09:37 PM
Here's a pic of a Romanian 74 with circled 1-2-3, this would be correct for all those SAR-2 conversions:
09-05-2005, 10:40 PM
Very nice. Thanks for the engraving link. Looks like good work.
09-05-2005, 10:41 PM
How does the rustoleum paint hold up after baking. Or was it a special type of rustoleum? Thanks,
09-06-2005, 09:58 PM
It's nothing special: Rustoleum Satin Smooth Protective Enamel "Ideal for Furniture, Fixtures, and Outdoor Decor." Satin Black 7777 on the label. I cooked it at 400deg, which is hotter than normal 350, and it seems to be doing great under light handling. I really love the finish, it's the closest I've come to the Russian paint in texture and reflectance. Hell it's so cheap the Russians probably used it too (more money for Vodka :) . Will let you all know if it starts to flake when I take it to the range.