Looking good HC!
Looking good HC!
Pookie I have a 308 saiga thats been converted already to P.G. config. I still have the box . Its got an ace fixed stock tapco trigger and piston. has less than 100 rounds through it. $600 plus shipping will take it. This offer to Pookie only right now, for all the things i've learned from his posts. thanks Chief
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Thanks for the offer but I'm flat broke these days so I can't afford another one :)
The good thing is that the locking lugs on the mag are like a FAL - lug on the front (easy weld spot) and a filed notch on the back. Plenty of meat there and it locks up very snug.
Well I broke my mill and my lathe, so I'm done for the night! :) Actually I've been waiting for the gears in the mill to finally give out, and now I'm going to swap in the metal gear replacements. The belt on my lathe broke and for some reason I didn't buy a spare... DUH... so I can't finish the bolt extension.
This weekend I've managed to get the bolt carrier extension working, and drilled the axis pin holes. The spot welding apparently hardened the steel more than I expected, and it took half last night to drill four freaking holes! :( I don't have to harden these pin holes :)
Let's see... fixed up the adjustable gas block, got the bipod extension in place and it works! Finally got the rear trunion rivited and managed to get this WASR stock to fit much better by milling down the inside part enough to make it slip deeper into the receiver... not so much of a stretch now. Still needs fitting but I'm going to let dad do the final fit for his hands.
I'm going to finish the bolt extension and make a longer firing pin then I'll be able to test fire it! I'm going to do the center support PSL-style, with a last-round bolt catch.
Latest pics at the bottom:
A question - would a Galil carry handle attached to this thing look "stupid", or would it enhance the function? I'm looking at pics of some of the world's sniper rifles and think a folding carry handle would be a nice touch.
Actually I already have the gears, I bought all the metal gears expecting the "next" gear breakage. SO I should be good now with all-metal gears except that one on top that meshes to the motor gear. I think that one's going to stay plastic so if something breaks at least it will be easy to get to! :)
WOW you did a great job on the bolt.
I like how you did the bi-pod too.
The magazines feed. The feed lips had to be bent further to prevent the rounds from popping out too soon. I was able to successfully fire 8 rounds with no feed issues. Now I need to replicate the feed lips on the other three mags.
In these pics, the modded mag (bottom one) is the one that works. Note these are 100 gr rounds, not the factory default 130 grain rounds, so they are a little shorter! These are the only pics for now, I need to snap pics of all my other mods to close the loop. I have yet to weld the top cover extension so no glamour shots yet ;)
The main items on the magazine conversion are:
1. Bend the rear of the feed lips down some to bring them in closer to center, thereby making them touch more of the case.
2. Bend the front of the feed lips down to make them slightly longer against the cases. At the point I bent, the rounds just begin to enter the chamber. This should prevent stovepipes since if they do pop out, the tip will already be inside the chamber. More testing is warranted, I may need to make them even longer just for some extra insurance.
3. Bend the front of the magazine out to elminate the excessive side-to-side motion of the rounds as they are stripped away. I'm not sure how these 7.5 mags originally fed, but they simply can't work in an AK with all that side-side motion.
4. Cut away the sides of the very front of the magazine body and of the follower to allow clearance for the locking lugs.
YES the magazine metal is thin and therefore not as robust as your standard AK mag. I used needlenose pliers for practically all of the bends. You could step on one and bend it. However for my dad's application it is adeqaute since he doesn't plan to do any rugged "work" with his rifles :) I suppose you could weld another layer of metal onto the the sides for reinforcement but honestly I don't think it is necessary.
> You could step on one and bend it.
Can't be any worse than the mags for my MAC-11. They gradually spread apart in use, and have to be re-tweaked every 100-150 rounds.
If you have problems you can weld or braze some thicker metal straps to the sides, bent to hold the lips in place, and then trim a bit from the magwell and lower rail as needed. If you look at an AK mag, that's essentially what Kalashnikov did.
My M-14 mag is steel and the lips are .030" thick, single layer, no reinforcements. A G3 mag is .063", two layers. A Korean AK is .025" with .055" reinforcements. FYI