Originally Posted by okdonk
I have some questions about Tapco AK parts.. hope dont mind me asking. As im new to AK.
Seen Tapco products but i dont know what these are or the functions.
1. Retaining plate.
2. Gas piston
3. Grip screw & bushing.
Should i change those parts? Improve its performance? In Glocks, most of the aftermarket parts are meant to make our life easier. Just like extended slide level, ext slide release, ext mag release etc. So please educate me about AK. Currently im still waiting for my CIA Romanian Wasr AK47 from impactguns. Will be receiving it next week.
Thx for the inputs. Maybe please throw in some ideas of what parts need to be replaced or upgraded beside the furniture. Thank you!
If your incoming Century Arms AK is already 'converted' then it will alreay have the retaining plate & grip screw/bushing. I would make sure of that 1st.
You can look at the gun and tell. Look at the location of the trigger & trigger guard. Is it located right behind the mag or is there a space of a few inches between them.
These guns are mostly imported with no pistol grip and the trigger & guard are located father back on the bottom of the receiver (where the pistol grip would go). Since the trigger & grip are located farther back - this leaves a space of a few inches between the front of the trigger guard and the back of the magazine/well. Also, these un-converted guns will usually only accept 10 round magazines (and will not accept the standard 30 round AK mags).
Alot of companies (Century too) as a regular practice before selling them - converts them by moving the trigger group forward - installing the pistol grip and modifying the inside of the magwell to accept standard 30 rd AK mags. Although plenty of unmodified guns are sold too.
If your gun has been converted to accept standard 30 rd AK mags & has had the trigger group moved forward - it will already have these two parts (also most companies that I have run across use Tapco parts for the mods).
This leaves your gas piston...
If your gun is new, it will have a new gas piston. I wouldn't see any need to change that out unless/until ithe one in the gun wears out.