New AK owner with a few questions?

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by VitSports6, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    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...

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

    MVI_3095 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
     
  2. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    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.

    https://www.mainemilitary.com/produc...idproduct=2246

    Jack
     

  3. ta1588

    ta1588 New Member

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

    yesicarry New Member

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    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 !
     
  5. canebrake

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    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.

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    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!
     
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  6. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    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! :)

    Jack
     
  7. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    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
     
  8. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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

    canebrake New Member

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    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!
     
  10. slowryde45

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  11. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Nice rommy! Nice vid also, It did have me laughing when the brass kept wacking the camera and whatever it was sitting on (car/truck?):)
    My Sar-1 throws steel cases about 30-40 ft to the side and 10ft to the front.
    First time shooting it was at my club, cases were bouncing off the roof support poles and landing two benches down!
    Talk about positive ejection!!
    Luckily I had the range to myself that day:D

    Good stuff---Gate
     
  12. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Amen to everything Cane suggested. I would also buy more mags. There are several sources and are plentiful right now, so I would get at least half a dozen more. Right or wrong I was always taught to rotate magazines every 2-4 weeks and have never experienced a failure with any steel AK 47 mag, this includes 30 and 40 round capacity types of various origin. However, a buddy of mine bought a couple of the 50 round types and they were total junk.

    Here are a couple more "Must Haves" if you are planning to shoot using open sights.

    This front sight makes a world of difference as the standard AK front sight is simply to wide.

    KNS Sight AK-47, MAK-90, SKS Duplex Crosshair Reticle Matte - MidwayUSA

    This tool will adjust windage and elevation.

    Sights & Sight Tools

    Happy Shooting!
     
  13. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    Yeah, It snowed the evening before, It was a nice calm 20deg. at the time and yes my dang jacket got caught on the rear sling loop.
    Here are my sleeping quarters the night before ...

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    Yes I slept in the back of my FJ40, I didnt feel like puting up a tent during a snow storm.
     
  14. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    Thanks Gate and Diggs.
    Yeah the spent rounds were bouncing off my vehicle, I kept moving away, I thought I was far enough, But I guess not, I couldnt hear it any more, So I thought I was good.
    The sights seem to be working fairly well for me at the moment, I was able to hit objects 40 feet away with relative ease, I know thats not very difficult, But it was really the first time I shot the AK, I was considering a red dot sight, But its ether a $400.00 nice one or a $50.00 el-cheapo, I will see what I feel like, My wife wouldnt appreciate me spending a ton of money on the rifle a few weeks after purchase.
    Thanks again for the thought.
     
  15. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    About the red dot site, I have a 50.00 dollar tru-glo on my romey, its no aimpoint, but it is water proof and shock resistint, and only 50 bucks, havent had a issue with it yet while shooting, and it keeps on target, picked it up at cheaperthandirt.com along with the mount for it. just a suggestion, also good find with that rifle, they are so fun!:D
     
  16. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply Col. Ive done a bit of searching on amazon and there are quite a few scopes or red dot sights for well under $100.00.
    Ive never owned a scope or red dot sight, What is more functional? I know... Im going to go out on a limb here and say "it depends on what I intend to do with the rifle" Right? I like the idea of a red dot sight, But I feel a scope might be more enjoyable, You know reach out and touch someone/thing :D FWIW, Im planing on purchasing a bipod as well, Ive been quite suprized to see how inexpensive some of the accessories can be, As long as you doo a little searching, Like for the crook spring replacement part, The price on that alone can vary quite a bit($5-25 depending on which site).
    I will need to do a bit of soul searching on the scope/red dot choice.
    Sorry for the long winded posts, Ive got a lot on my mind about this AK, Its been a great 2 weeks of ownership :D
    Thanks again
     
  17. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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  18. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    So you're going for a long/mid range accuracy out of a Romo? You'll have to post up a range report in conjunction with type of ammo used and what sort of rest involved. I typically shoot off of one knee, standing or occasionally prone (don't use rests unless sighting in because it's just not real) and struggle to put every round on paper with my Romo at 150-200 yards (usually 90% on a 12 x 18) using open sights. This has improved after the replacement front sight addition and although I've installed and used scopes/mounts I haven't quite decided if they are practical for use on my Romo (not quite as tactical as your's) and this weapon was designed for "Not greater than needed accuracy".

    I'm curious to hear what you think.
     
  19. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    nice lookin sight! please send range report!:D