just got my first AK...

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by Broke124, May 8, 2012.

  1. Broke124

    Broke124 New Member

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    Okay so, I just traded around and got my first AK. I am familiar with AR platform but, I know nothing of the AK. Are there any main things about this weapon I need to know? Also, what's a proper cleaning routine? And how can I tell a model, therefore a value? This weapon has a triangle with 1973 beside it on the receiver. It has all polymer furniture. Green tasco foregrip, stock, and grip. Any help on any of these topics is greatly appreciated...

    "...rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." /G\
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    WTH, no pichurs?!!! :p

    Pictures or it did not happen. :D


    Congrats on your new addition to the collection.
     

  3. Broke124

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    Here she is...

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  5. Hendoproof

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    Definitely suggest to look up videos on YouTube on how to clean AKs. It's actually very easy, especially if you're shooting non-corrosive ammo. However, if you're shooting corrosive ammo it can be a bitch to clean. I highly suggest bringing some kind of cleaner with you to the range if you're shooting corrosive that day. After you shoot, immediately take the muzzle break off, plug up the end of the bore with some swabs, and spray some cleaner into the bore. Next time I go shooting I'm taking Ballistol with me and spraying some into the bore and along the guide rails in the hammer/bolt assembly for the ride home. The muzzle break was a pain in the ass to get off after I let it settle.

    As for the model.. I'm not that familiar with various models, but it looks great! Good pickup.
     
  6. Shoobee

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    Looks like a quality knock-off of the generic style.

    This design first originated in Russia with the Tokarev SVT-40 around 1940, a gas operated rifle with the gas system built across the top of the bore. The Germans then copied and improved upon that with their Sturmgewehr 41 in 1941, after which Kalashnikov himself came up with his own modifications and the AK-47 in 1947.

    Here is what Kalashnikov said himself about the AK-47:

    "When I see Bin Laden with his AK-47, I got nervous. But what can I do, terrorists aren't fools: they too chose the most reliable guns." "I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists," he said on a visit to Germany, adding: "I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work — for example a lawn mower." (2002)

    Besides reliable, the issue of cheap is also critical if you are in the process of arming a tribalist militia or terrorist encampment.

    The AK-47 is a fairly reliable and cheap all weather semi/fully automatic rifle.
     
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  7. Broke124

    Broke124 New Member

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    Thanks for u guys input.

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  8. rifleshooter474

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    AKs are very simple and very strong they require little in regards to a real detailed cleaning, just do the normal bore cleaning and wipe things you can reach. I swab to piston bore with Breakfree CLP but it not really required. A little oiling and it's good to go.:)
     
  9. Broke124

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    Do u run it wet like an AR ?

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  10. Hendoproof

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    Don't think its necessary to run wet. I put a medium/light coat of breakfree on my piston, bolt carrier, and part of the bolt that move. I put very little near the front of the bolt to avoid it getting into the firing pin. I don't own an AR to compare, but I don't think its enough oil to be running "wet."