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I did a trigger & optic job on my Bulgy 74 saturday. Took it to Redjacket Firearms indoor range to see how it performed & got a real treat. Will, the owner brought a full auto 74 to the lanes & said run a few mags through this one for me. Wow, what a rock & roller! I was shooting 5.45 & had several mags loaded up. In all I put 220 rounds through it. I gotta get me one of these!! :thumbup1: :thumbup1: :thumbup1:
 

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rgswamp.... thinking of a bulgy 74 build... how do you like it? shoot well? ammo easy to find?.... any info you could provide would be much appreciated.
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Cephus & Hunter,

I was too excited about the FA to share the outcome of my own. This sucker is trick. I got the Dremel out, polished, cut, re-springed & installed the Red star Arms retainer plate. The trigger is butter smooth now, no drag, crisp break. The red dot is spot on. I have had this one on the 150 yard range, very accurate then, but will be better now for sure. The Bulgy is the current favorite of my stable. Ammo is plentiful, and reasonably priced. I buy in 1000 round cases, average cost is 9 cents a round.
The indoor range allows all but shotguns, AP & Steelcore are ok. These guys are really cool about most everything. They rent FA's, & have everything, Mac's, Uzi's, M16's,Fal's,AK's,etc. If it's auto, they have it. They & I are in Baton Rouge, La. If I knew how to post pics, I'd send some, I'm not a computer whiz. But I gotta' tell you, what a fun day!! :thumbup1: :thumbup1:
 

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What was the recoil during FA? I'm thinking about which caliber to go with when I apply for my class-3 later this Fall for a Krink. I'm on the fence about the 5.45 recoil. In my Bulgy build the recoil isn't even there- much less than 5.56, but I'm wondering about FA recoil...
 

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hcpookie,

The recoil wasn't much at all, kind of like a 5.45 semi during rapid fire. That 74 muzzle brake works quite well, very little muzzle rise. It sure was fun, but Jack is correct in pointing out the college tuition investment to feed that sucker! I went through the 220 rounds in the time it took to snap the mags in & out. :biggrin: :biggrin:
 

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Thanks! That pretty much closes the deal for me. I've heard anecdotal stories about recoil in FA being really bad but haven't spoken to anyone who has ran through 5.45 like you did!

When I get my class-3 I'm going shopping for a FA AK and will convert it down to a Krink. That's the only way I know to get one legally. Problem now is, where to look for one? I'm talking within 12 months. I just found my Social Security card so now I can get a license here in VA. Then I apply for my class 3 :D
 

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Jerry, can one convert one FA to another under the law. Is that considered making a new weapon or converting an existing one. The reason I ask is I thought that all FA had to be in existance and licensed prior to 1986. Thanks Jack
 

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Yeah, the way I look at it, I'm modifying an existing pre-'86 MG. That's how I'm going to work it. I need to find out for certain. I have seen FA krinks in 5.45 before, and I'm fairly certain they aren't post-86 dealer samples. I'm going to do all the research beforehand so I have all the facts ironed out.

I've spoken w/ my LE buddy at length on this, and we're almost certain that we can perform caliber conversions on existing MGs with no problem. There may be some additional paperwork to sort out, but it should be doable. I may also check w/ Troy at inrange since they do lots of krink work.

Whatever I do, I'm going to be well-documented so no one can question my legal stance! CYA big-time ;)
 

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Could you keep us updated. I would think that a caliber change would not be considered manufacturing since you are using the same reciever. In any regard, you are doing something many of us would like to do some day. It would be neat to have your take on it. Jack
 

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Well I got the scoop from someone who *knows* their FA.

You can change calibers all day long, just so you get the forms updated. He explained it that my plan should be to acquire a FA AK-47, make the changes (which will be replacing the barrel & such with a Krinkov kit) and then write the ATF to update their form after the conversion is done. Said he's done many rifles like that over the years. CUrrent price for a FA AK is about $8,000. :( According to him, the cost of FA is not going to level off so if you want to get it now, then get it. Its value will climb faster than what you pay on the credit card interest!

Quite interesting fella. He's worked on M-16 modifications for the gov't and actually spoke to Eugene Stoner. Also been on the cover of Small Arms Review. Got to fondle some FA stuff out of his safe - M-16, M-3 grease gun, and got to see his M-240 on a tripod. Quite interesting indeed!
 
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