View Full Version : Evaluating a parts kit
02-23-2006, 10:28 PM
There's a gun show coming up and I'm gonna be shopping for some parts kits, if I can evaluate them myself I can save a handpick fee and shipping, even if I pay extra for a better quality kit I'd like to be able to make sure I'm getting what I paid for. I've got some questions about what I should be looking for. I'm probably going to pick up a Romanian "G" kit and a Polish underfolder, at the very least I'll be looking for a Romy.
When referring to an AK parts kit, what parts should match to be "numbers matching"? I'm guessing the front trunion, bolt, and bolt carrier are important to making sure the headspace is right (I know I'll have to check it later). What other parts should match, or should I care about matching? I assume the last few digits of the serial number from the front trunion will be stamped into the other parts and that's how I can verify things match, am I right?
Should I expect to be able to shine a bore light down the bore to check condition or should I expect the bores to be covered in cosmo and just hope for the best?
Anything else I should keep in mind when evaluating a parts kit?
02-23-2006, 10:44 PM
there will be grease and dirt down the barrel so shinning a light down there won't tell you much, except to see how strong the rifling is. on the whole the romanian AKM kits are in excellent+ condition.......as for matching parts, the most important ones that should match is the bolt, carrier and trunion, the headspcing should be on the spot, but it's alwaysy a good idea to recheck just in case it isn't....however the slight possibity it isn't....and yes they will have the last 3 digits of the SN stamped on them.
02-23-2006, 10:49 PM
Keep in mind the kits will probably be sorted before you get to them. In other words, if you see a pile of kits, they're most likely gonna be the same grade. I'd be surprised if you found a mint kit in a pile of junkers. It's also true that you can save money because it won't have to be shipped.... but you'll have to pay the sales tax.
What W.T. said makes sense. Look at it, if it's not completely rusted through, you should be good to go. It's the same as buying from a website, pretty much. Your only need to really start looking hard is with the Yugoslavian kits.
02-24-2006, 12:13 AM
when checking bore, make sure you inspect it from both the chamber and the muzzle end (have to take the brake off).
I just got two Yugo kits, when I first looked into the chamber end both showed very very sharp rifling and appears to be in about the same great condition. needless to say I was really excited, but after cleaning, one bore turn out to be mirror shine and the other one is very rough, yes it actually looked better when it was dirty. One inspection from the muzzle end reviewed the rough one has rough riflings near the muzzle, while the shiny one is almost new. The bullet in the muzzle test doesn't mean much, the rough bore one passed the test beautifully but I'd still say that rifling is way rough.
What I am trying to say is just one look done the bore from the chamber end will tell you almost NOTHING, unless the rifling is already worn to the point of non-existing. Without some serious cleaning the actual bore condition is hard to determind. At least it is the case on the Yugo kits.
1) bore condition (most chromed bores will look great even before swabbed)
2) matching parts (bolt, carrier, trunnion, wood grip (romy), return spring, dust cover)
3) overall condition (how much 'shelf wear') Not a big deal cus you can refinish
4) when all is said and done, make sure all your parts are there. Sear spring, trigger guard, safety stop being some of the most commonly overlooked items.