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Gunco Samurai
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Many of you are aware of my desired RPK74F project. I've come to an indecision point. The mounting costs of the project have me really thinking about how I want to proceed, because it will eat most of my AK budget for the rest of the year if I do it as planned with firing line building the gun as a RPK74F on their milled underfolder 74 reciever. Sooooooooo I'm throwing it out there to you guys for opinions, a poll actually. Please vote as to the fate of the RPK74 barrel assembly and parts I have. Along with each nominee, lol, I will give a note as to its +'s and -'s(real or theorized).

And the nominees are!!:

1) RPK74F on milled underfolder reciever (unique in the US, near exact copy of Bulgarian 5.45LMG-F, nearly zero recoil, straight up badass, difficult scoping, and $$$$$$):


2) RPK74 on milled reciever with traditional clubfoot BS (same as above with minor lowering of badass factor, slightly cheaper, scoping not a problem):


3) RPK74F on stamped reciever (less that half the cost of the milled build, still badass, slight loss of authenticity, still difficult to scope)

4) RPK74 on stamper reciever (same as above, slight loss in badass factor and authenticity, scope options good)

5) RPK74 milled plum stockset (yeah right like Im going to actually find this RPK stockset)

6) RPK74 stamped plum stockset (still unlikely to find the stockset)

7) RPK74 stamped, MSG black RPK stockset

8) RPK74 stamped, funky Soupbowl stockset

:thankyou: for your support :mchngun:
 

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I'm voting for your RPK-74F milled receiver option only because of the uniqueness factor. Yes, it is BIG money. But you will be one of the elite few to go that route. The milled receiver is primo, that's why I am seriously considering a Firing Line milled threaded receiver for my milled Bulgarian kit.

My second choice would be the RPK-74F on a stamped receiver. Use one of the Global 1.6mm pieces and you shouldn't notice the difference from milled.

For your scope options, check out Tantal's page:

http://tantal.kalashnikov.guns.ru/

He has various options for scope rails that rivet and screw on. I think there's one that will clear the folding stock mechanism.
 

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Like We're going to be a big help. LOL

I just voted, then saw the results, so far there are 4 votes, and 4 different answers
 

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Can I use a life line on this question? I'd like to call a friend.....I mean "ask the audience". lol

Mark
 

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mbadboyz said:
Can I use a life line on this question? I'd like to call a friend.....I mean "ask the audience". lol

Mark
:lolup: You'd think I won that game already for what I could end up shelling out for this baby.

I looked throiugh Tantal's website didn't see anythis specifically mention underfolders. Even if I found one that the underfolder could clear (Firing Line actually said the could modify my underfolder stock to clear one) I wouldn't be able to fold it with a scope on it. Would an Ultimak screw up the looks? Nice fat Aimpoint mounted up there? Sounds kinda cool if you ask me, just not sure how bad it would clash.
 

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I had to vote for the stamped plum rpk74. Of course I have only seen one with the plum furniture and the gentleman that owns it said that it was the only set like it in the US (he is ex-Russian military - so I figured he must've known someone to get the stockset or maybe he got it when he had all the pictures of him and Kalishnikov taken)(or maybe he was pulling my leg so to speak). What was unique about the set was the upper handguard which instead of being smooth was ribbed (for her pleasure?? ok ok I'll stop with the sarcastic comments). Either way I had to keep myself from drooling when I was able to handle that rifle. :D
 

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sniper69 said:
I had to vote for the stamped plum rpk74. Of course I have only seen one with the plum furniture and the gentleman that owns it said that it was the only set like it in the US (he is ex-Russian military - so I figured he must've known someone to get the stockset or maybe he got it when he had all the pictures of him and Kalishnikov taken)(or maybe he was pulling my leg so to speak). What was unique about the set was the upper handguard which instead of being smooth was ribbed (for her pleasure?? ok ok I'll stop with the sarcastic comments). Either way I had to keep myself from drooling when I was able to handle that rifle. :D
KVAR sold a bunch of the plum stock sets but are out. So somebody out there has em, Firing line built on with one of these sets and has a pic on their website, very nice.
 

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Do you have firing lines web address? I know it is angelfire but can't remember the whole thing. Also the plum sets that k-var was selling did they have the ribbed upper handguard?
 

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sniper69 said:
Do you have firing lines web address? I know it is angelfire but can't remember the whole thing. Also the plum sets that k-var was selling did they have the ribbed upper handguard?
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/firingline/

I looked again at the pics of the KVAR plum RPK stockset and it has a smooth upper handguard.
 

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OK guys so far I'm as split as you all are, lol. Ok not that split, I'm 50/50.
Its still going to be a RPK74F but I'm split on milled or stamped. Looking at all the projects I want to do this year I'm really starting to lean toward the stamped receiver as it would save me somewhere around $500. I have another pricey project bouncing around in my Polock brain. :) Taipan
 

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I actually have some want ads out for Plum stocksets, but I think it inlikely that I will find any, or pay somebody a way over-inflated price. Its still going ahead as an underfolder at the moment, but I still have all the parts in my possesion so it won't be in stone til I send it off to be built.

What are the possibilities of me importing a side folding plum stockset?
 

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sks_hunter said:
how about underfolder butt, and plum upper and lower handguards. I think that would look very cool,.
Hmmm that may be the sweetest idea of all!!! :thumbup1: Still have to find some though.......
 

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sks_hunter said:
It almost sucks trying to decide.... IT'S ALL SOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!
No kidding, I have some serious feelers out for the plum stocksets Damn I wish someone in the US made decent RPK furniture.
 

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Bad news, sort of.

Found out that the Bulgarians only make the milled underfolders in 5.56 and 7.62, the Bulgie 5.45LMG-F has the clubfoot stock but is a side folder. I guess they are left overs from Soviet control. So my aim at an authentic rifle is shot, no pun intended. I guess it doesn't really matter how I build up the little bullet hose now. May just save my pennies and go ahead and do it on a Global reciever, still as an underfolder. I may buy a ultimak for optics mounting, do you think it would look stupid with the lower handguard being the only wood piece?
 
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