Well I ordered two underfolder kits, two receivers, and a complete underfolder build.
All of the above are the PLO russian variety.
When my two kits arrived they both had cut rear trunnions.
I called and talked to Joe and was pretty pissed since I had asked about the trunnions beforehand.
He said the salesman had misunderstood me and that they were out of kits with undamaged rear trunnions, period.
He offered to swap out some bad furniture in exchange for the trouble.
OK, so I'll get it welded and machined back up, I figured.
Then, on further inspection I found one of the kits was a bad bore rifle.
Rusted and pitted in the barrel at the muzzle end.
This time I sent an angry email accusing them of stalling on my kits while they picked out the good ones for the builds.
I got no reply.
Sent a PM to AKMike via gunsnet and he passed the matter on to Andrew, who called me the next business day with an apology.
He offered a "select" kit as a replacement and even offered to ship it without billing my card or waiting on the returned kit.
He was off work today so I don't know if it's been shipped, but my returned kit is on its way.
That's where things stand at the moment.
AKMike has been pretty cool trying to get things ironed out.
As far as the receivers go - they vaguely mentioned an engraving service when I first ordered my stuff (matching serial numbers, USSR stamp).
Now that they are suposedly setting up their engraving machine, I told them to go ahead and take their time to get the receivers correct.
The new batch of receivers supposedly have the rail step-down issue fixed.
And I sent two emails to them trying to convince them to offer the Cryillic selector markings as an option, which would be good for business.
On the cut trunnions issue, I was told that in order to fix it, they only had mismatched trunnions there ie; chinese, and they didn't want to piss me off further by sending me a bogus trunnion.
My position is - I would rather have a real Soviet AKM kit with a repairable rear trunnion than no kit at all, so I'm bending over at the moment and paying for something that was not as advertised.
The trunnion repairs will be a simple matter of welding a 1/8" plate along the demill cuts, reshaping it, then milling the thickness back down to where it should be. At least the receiver holes will line up, since the front two trunnion holes can be drilled from the receiver.
Now for the good :
The one kit I do have, in spite of a "force matched bolt and carrier" and cut rear trunnion, appears to be BRAND NEW !
There is no sign of wear on the parkerizing or any parts, and the wood looks new, oily as hell, but new. In fact, If I could get another kit exactly like that one I would even pay their new higher price.
The jury's not in as far as whether I'm getting screwed or not. When I get all of my stuff finally I will know. It seems that many of the problems there are from a lack of manpower, competence, or both, and not necessarily dishonesty. Of course I may be back here to eat these words in a couple of weeks or months. Some people waited a lot longer than me for kits, and one guy I know of got his this week with no damage and excellent trunnions, so I don't know whether hes lying to me (Joe) about the intact trunnion kits being unavailable. (The other guy was way ahead of me in line for a kit.)
At the beginning of all of this I was very clear to them that my card was NOT to be billed till things were ready to ship, and they have complied.
If I do get lied to (again?) I will go WAY out of my way to file complaints with the Arizona State AG office, the City of Winslow Chamber of Commerce, The BBB, and Visa, not to mention taking out an ad in the Winslow paper relating my experience. But for the time being I'm giving Joe the benefit of the doubt, and I'll even thank him if or when it looks like I got a fair deal.