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Old 12-09-2014, 12:25   #1
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Before and after pics of my AK.

Well the dark side finally bit me. I have always been a "traditionalist" as far as AK's go and always thought they were best left in their basic form. Well after some pondering I realized this is my SHTF rifle, not a collector, so why not make it a little easier/faster to use? I started reading and watching videos to gather as much info as possible on "modernizing" an AK. I wanted to do it right and with quality parts because as I said this is a SHTF rifle so I wanted everything sturdy.

I ended up with a Rifle Dynamics M4 tube adapter with a mil spec buffer tube and magpul CTR stock, a magpul ASAP QD sling frame plate, Krebs enhanced safety lever, Midwest industries extended rail with an optics specific top half with a primary arms micro dot mounted (I get lower 1/3 co witness of the factory sights with this setup), A magpul rail mounted QD sling hookup, Ergo rail covers, magpul pistol grip, magpul AFG2, magpul MS4 sling (uses QD swivels and can connect to itself to go from a two point sling into a single point) and a PWS J-Tac muzzle brake. I also picked up a few Izmash and Tula bakelite mags (AK Operators Union has GREAT prices on them) along with a couple FDE US Palm mags which seem VERY nice and are, so far, the only US polymer mags with steel lugs.

I haven't had a chance to get to the range yet but just trying it out around the house it feels much better and the red dot makes for crazy fast sighting. I also picked up a strike hard gear AK chest rig so I'm hoping to get to the range soon to try it all out. Anyways, enough ranting here are the pictures.

Before with refinished wood:

The Kalashnikov Klub

After (with bakelite and US Palm mags):

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121500 by pajkrubi, on Flickr

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121423 by pajkrubi, on Flickr

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121336 by pajkrubi, on Flickr

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121322 by pajkrubi, on Flickr
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:26   #2
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I had to create another post for the last two pics with the bakelite mags.

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121201_LLS by pajkrubi, on Flickr

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121304 by pajkrubi, on Flickr
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:41   #3
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Looks great to me.......be aware, purists are about to chime in and tell you how they like the before better
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Old 12-09-2014, 14:40   #4
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I love it! I much prefer a modernized railed ak! Finish it off with some black mags though..
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Old 12-09-2014, 14:43   #5
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Oh I know and at heart I like the before better. I just wanted all the modern conveniences to make it a little better shtf rifle. It's just all the more of a reason to get a second AK to keep original. I also kept all my fancy wood from this rifle.
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I have plenty of com bloc black steel mags along with a nice black magpul mag. I'll have to get more pictures up. I'm waiting for magpul to come out with the gen 2 mags!
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Old 12-09-2014, 15:21   #7
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Looks great to me.......be aware, purists are about to chime in and tell you how they like the before better
Chime....

Well, yes, it looks better to me as it was originally, but I've learned to be more accepting as time goes on. I will say it looks very functional and well thought out.
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Thank you. As much as I like the original look I told myself from the get go if I was gonna do it I was gonna do it right and not with cheap crap and not too "tacticool" with every damn gadget attached to it that they make. I put on quality stuff and only what I thought was necessary to make it better.
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Old 12-09-2014, 16:00   #9
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Chime....

Well, yes, it looks better to me as it was originally, but I've learned to be more accepting as time goes on. I will say it looks very functional and well thought out.
Agreed! AK's are supposed to have wood stocks, but that is how I feel, everybody has different opinions.

The OP did a great job on updating his AK! its not my thing but hey, whatever floats your boat :-)


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Old 12-09-2014, 17:24   #10
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Looks good! Looks like the first iteration of my Saiga conversion lol.

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Old 12-09-2014, 18:01   #11
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Before photo looks great to moi.

After photo looks great to moi.

25 years ago I would have looked at the after and said WTF is THAT?! I want!

15 years ago I would have looked at after and broken out the "Don't put that crap on my AK" poster. (and secretly coveted it)

Today... it looks great to moi! Well played dg30 well played!

A few questions after undergoing that transition:
Same weight?
Shoot any differently with the new brake/comp?
Shoulders up the same? Better? Worse?
Gotta wear gloves now each time?
Gonna rattle can it up or leave as is?
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Looks good! Looks like the first iteration of my Saiga conversion lol.

The Kalashnikov Klub
Very nice and definitely similar build.
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Very nice and definitely similar build.
Thanks! I ended up going for a lighter setup, so I went back to the K-Var stock and switched to an Ultimak and Russian polymer lower handguard. I really do like the MI rail for some applications, but I do wish I'd gone for the extended one.
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Old 12-09-2014, 21:37   #14
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Love the after, they are supposed to be functional, and Mikael would've been the first to push for rails and lighter materials.

I have a C39 set up similarly, the only major differences are a light and a vertical grip/bipod combo. I ended up putting the original poly stock back on, with a butt pad added is the perfect length of pull for me. The A6 style just never fit right, either a tad too long or a tad too short.
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Before photo looks great to moi.

After photo looks great to moi.

25 years ago I would have looked at the after and said WTF is THAT?! I want!

15 years ago I would have looked at after and broken out the "Don't put that crap on my AK" poster. (and secretly coveted it)

Today... it looks great to moi! Well played dg30 well played!

A few questions after undergoing that transition:
Same weight?
Shoot any differently with the new brake/comp?
Shoulders up the same? Better? Worse?
Gotta wear gloves now each time?
Gonna rattle can it up or leave as is?
Thank you! As for the question about the brake and the heat I have no idea yet because I juts got it finished and haven't gotten out to the range yet. I only had the slant brake so I'm sure the jtac will be some improvement and with the AFG2 and rail covers I don't think the heat will be too bad unless I go all rambo with it. LOL It does feel heavier in the front now which kind of sucks but it's nothing real bad since I don't have a ton of stuff on the end. It definitely shoulders a lot better and with the adjustable stock I can set it just right for me and even change it up depending on clothing or gear I have on. I'm not a fan of the rattle can jobs so it'll be staying as is.
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Love the after, they are supposed to be functional, and Mikael would've been the first to push for rails and lighter materials.

I have a C39 set up similarly, the only major differences are a light and a vertical grip/bipod combo. I ended up putting the original poly stock back on, with a butt pad added is the perfect length of pull for me. The A6 style just never fit right, either a tad too long or a tad too short.
That's what finally won me over. I love the classic look but I wanted it more functional. God forbid I were to ever have to use it to defend my home or family I'd rather have a better fitting rifle that's a little more controllable and has a very fast sight picture.
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Heat is no issue whatsoever for the MI handguard.
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I much prefer the before. If you want an AR, buy an AR.
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Great job, looks awesome!
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Well the dark side finally bit me. I have always been a "traditionalist" as far as AK's go and always thought they were best left in their basic form. Well after some pondering I realized this is my SHTF rifle, not a collector, so why not make it a little easier/faster to use? I started reading and watching videos to gather as much info as possible on "modernizing" an AK. I wanted to do it right and with quality parts because as I said this is a SHTF rifle so I wanted everything sturdy.

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I haven't had a chance to get to the range yet but just trying it out around the house it feels much better and the red dot makes for crazy fast sighting. I also picked up a strike hard gear AK chest rig so I'm hoping to get to the range soon to try it all out. Anyways, enough ranting here are the pictures.

Before with refinished wood:

The Kalashnikov Klub

After (with bakelite and US Palm mags):

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121500 by pajkrubi, on Flickr

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121423 by pajkrubi, on Flickr

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121336 by pajkrubi, on Flickr

The Kalashnikov Klub20141209_121322 by pajkrubi, on Flickr
They both look good. If you can run it faster with the new configuration, then keep it that way.

I do like the old mettle mags, but that is me. And mine have been tested.
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