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Just got my Romanian Kit from Interordnance today (free shipping deal) and is it nice! I know it has been refinished, but it would be hard to tell from a new one. Of course it is mis-matched, but I did check the headspace and it is fine with the go/no-go gage. The only problem is the rear trunnion is missing. I called Interordnance about the missing part and I am sure they will send a replacement.

My questions is the E. German Buttstock. It is new and has never been installed on a rifle, so no holes in the stock for the trunnion screws. Do you just drill the correct size hole for the wood screws in the kit and install the stock screws? Your help is appreciated.
 

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Right pre drill your holes. Find a bit that is the same size as the "shaft" of the screw. Not the size of the threads and all. Mark the bit at the same lenth as the screw so your sure not to go to far. Dont remove more material than nessessary.
 

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I think you will find you have to notch out the plastic to alow clearance for the door hinge. also no place to put a spring. If you put in a cleaning kit the only way to get it back out you will have to take the plate off. they sent a but plate with a door but clearly it is just STUFF they pieced togeather.
 

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I bought a Romanian Kit from Interordnance about a month a go and the stock came with a sold metal butt plate already attached to the stock.
 

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I think they are putting a bunch os crap togeather just to sell it off. even if it is mis-matched or will not properly fit.
 

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Guys,

Thanks for the replys! I thought the drill size would be the size of the shank on the screws, but was not sure and did not want to screw up the buttstock. The E. German buttstcok is sort of "funky" looking, but it will look different than the other plastic and wood stocks. My buttstock also has a solid buttplate already installed, so I will leave that as is.

You are correct that the kits are probably just "put together" excess parts from somewhere, but it will be a nice beater rifle to carry around. This is one thing I like about the AK rifles is the interchangeability of parts; they may need a little grinding here or there, but that is part of the fun in assemblying these gun. Plus, they shoot when you get finished LOL.

I hope to start the build today and IO gets the missing trunnion to me ASAP. Thanks for the very helpful information, you guys are great!
 

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I think they are putting a bunch os crap togeather just to sell it off. even if it is mis-matched or will not properly fit.
I can only go by the condition of the kit I received, so I don?t know what others have received from IO but I wouldn?t call mine crap. True, they are mis-matched but the AK design is pretty forgiving in nature so as long as the head space is OK there really isn?t any big problems to deal with putting together a mis-matched part set. This is my first AK build so beforehand I spent quite some time on the internet reading all about putting together a AK build. So if I had I any problems I would know what to do. I did have some problems, my bent blank was a bit high so some things had to be adjusted accordingly. I wanted the full experience of building a AK and that?s just what I got. Next week it gets it final test firing, I had to address some feeding problems. Than to finish the metal on the receiver and I plan on hand making some wood furniture for it, so my little project will keep me busy most of the winter.
 

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to be very honest , some of my kit is nice ,,, BUTTTTttttt ,,,, some of it was never intended to go togeather. maby as individual parts they are fine but to me selling it as a kit ,,,,, well the word crap comes to mind.. yes with some cutting and grinding I can get the butplate on but the stock is not intended to take a tool kit, it will just fall into the big empty space. I too am not offended by non matching numbers, but compleatly differant styl that dose not even work togeather is another thing. If I got a solid but plate it would have been acceptable.
also it was clear they cooked everything AFTER it was cut up, I am NOT saying that is bad , but I have no idea how it looked before.
On a positive point , the barrel looks GREAT all the hard parts look great . I guess thet but plate just rubbed me the wrong way. AWW heck it is half way to MINI Romak now anyway HAHAHa

I have to admire your effort in dooing EVERYTHING . hand made furniture now that is back to basics .. I like it,, I hope it works out well for you.. I for one would be very intrested in your efforts to hand make front grips. because I thought about it myself. but wood is not my strongest point.
 

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E. German stock sets

The biggest advantage to the E. German front handguards is that they have excellent heat dissipation and protection.

I have German HGs on my AMD63 build. I bumped two drums back to back through it with no issues. The same treatment to my SSR with wood grips required a chicken mitt . . .

YMMV,

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Disconnector said:
The biggest advantage to the E. German front handguards is that they have excellent heat dissipation and protection.

I have German HGs on my AMD63 build. I bumped two drums back to back through it with no issues. The same treatment to my SSR with wood grips required a chicken mitt . . .

YMMV,

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So you bumped two drums back to back and the thin plastic upper hand guard didn?t melt like a snow cone in Hades? I can see the lower hand guard doing well being made out of Bakelite but I?m really surprise that the upper hand guard would do so well when it comes to taking the heat.
 
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