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VitSports6 11-21-2009 04:17 AM

New AK owner with a few questions?
Hi all.
I bought a Romanian AK47 from a friend almost two weeks ago, Ive been thrilled with it so far, But I do have a few questions.
First off, Should I store rounds in the magazine? I have 6 30 round mag's, But I wasnt sure if that could compromise the spring in the mag over a long period of time?
Secondly, I know I dont "NEED" a bayonet but it might be a fun addition, You know when the zombies attack, I cant seem to find any for sale, Ive seen a few articles on the AKbayonet site, But they dont sell them, Anyone? Are they even legal? Im not sure if I can sport one anyhow.
Are there any special requirements/maintenance I should know about, AFAIK its in great shape, It seems to shoot quite well.
I bought a 1,000 rounds from my friend as well.

Before you go and ask, Keep your shirt's on, Here are a few pic's...

and a short unedited video I took last Sunday out camping... (I dont know if I can embed)

MVI_3095 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

IGETEVEN 11-21-2009 06:01 AM

Damn nice Romanian AK you got there VitSports6, you did very well with that purchase and I think you will be very happy with it.

Good quality magazines have strong steel springs that will enable you to store rounds in the magazines. Preferably, try not to keep the magazines loaded for longer than two to three months, because hopefully you will be shooting that AK regularly.

The prospect of magazine spring failure will not happen if you cycle your mags with some frequency. Just remember, however, that the more you use a spring, any spring, over time, the sooner it will fail.

When magazines are stored loaded for a really long periods of time, the springs have been known to weaken, but not to the degree you’d expect.

As I said earlier, you will have no problem if you shoot often. But, just to be on the safe side, if you know that you’re not going to shoot that AK often, it would be best to leave the magazines empty.

Here is a site you may be able to pick up a bayonet for that rifle.


ta1588 11-21-2009 06:55 AM

that is just simply beautiful, I'm extremely jealous right now. Did it come with all the goodies attached?

yesicarry 11-21-2009 07:40 AM

Just now was looking at her, said "Ahhh".

My wife says "What are you looking at?".

I told her porn.. Then she looked.. Got her !!

But, Ahh... She looks sweet !

canebrake 11-21-2009 12:44 PM

Nice Romey! The first thing you need to do (IF not already done) is to replace the music wire shepherd's crook with a real engineered part.

Shepherd's Crook Replacement

Trust me, this investment is pennies in cost and will provide you a life time of service.

The next upgrade I would do is install an extended magazine release.

Tactical Magazine Release

Do not worry about your mag springs. No one can tell you how long they will last but here's some facts;
  • It is better to leave the mag loaded instead of emptying them for storage. The use of the spring, when emptying the mag, will do more to wear out the spring than to leave it in compression.
  • If all your mags are working now, this is what I did/do with any new gun. Have a mag brush, one specifically for the mag to be cleaned. Break down the mag and clean all parts of any lube. (Get any grease out!) Number each mag and keep a record of the maintenance you pull on each. Lay the mag spring out straight and measure the relaxed length. Write it down. Spray a LIGHT coat of CLP or Rem Oil on the spring and inside of the mag. Re-assemble and test for function. On your next maintenance remeasure the spring. When there is a 0.500 inch increase in free length from your base line measurement, the spring should be replaced. At this point the spring has up to 25% load loss.

Enjoy shooting!

IGETEVEN 11-21-2009 01:55 PM

Nice additional information on the Crook replacement and the extended magazine release Cane. I will most definitely keep that intell.

I have heard both sides of the argument about keeping mags loaded or unloaded, and to tell you the truth, I have never had one fail, even when loaded for extended periods of time. I think it is personal preference and I have never heard anything to dispute either preference.

Magazine maintenance you described above, will most definitely extend and maintain the mag's spring life, performance and longevity.

Thanks, good intell Cane! :)


VitSports6 11-21-2009 02:34 PM

Great info! Thanks for the links as well.
Canebrake, I read about the crook spring as well as the Tactical mag release last night while searching around on some blog, But I wasnt quite sure how they worked, They both look like easy and useful upgrades.
Jack, Thanks for the link on the bayonet, I thought they would be a bit more money.
All other, thanks for the comments:D Yes, It came with all the goodies

VitSports6 11-21-2009 03:13 PM

All suggested parts have been ordered :)
Thanks again.
Now I need to get my "obsolete" 30-30 parts figured out.

canebrake 11-21-2009 04:01 PM


Originally Posted by VitSports6 (Post 188881)
...and a short unedited video I took last Sunday out camping...

MVI_3095 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Hey Vit, what's all that white crap lying on the ground in your video?? I don't think I could shoot my Romey with that much clothes on.

Good stuff!

slowryde45 11-21-2009 06:50 PM

Another good looking Romey...Congrats on that deal.

AIM Feature Item! Romanian AKM Bayonet & Accessory package Feature Item! Romanian AKM Bayonet & Accessory package

Another link for your bayo needs and more.

Great info Cane.


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