Polish AKM 7.62x39 Underfolder 

 

7.62x39 Automatic Kalashnikov rebuilt here in the USA by Barlow's Custom Guns of West Valley City, Utah.

I have always liked the looks of the AK under-folders, and every time I see one in the news (all too frequently, unfortunately),

 I figured I'd better get off my ever increasing duff and go buy one.

I've had four AK's now over the years, and three of those were under-folders (the fourth was a Poly-Tech side-folder)

One day, not too long ago I did. And this is what happened.

The fit and finish of the rifle is excellent, and the parts kit it was built from must have barely been used at all.

It is all matching, and marked with a circle 11 Łucznik stamp followed by 1988. I'm not sure, but if that's the date of manufacturer,

 that makes it one of the last Communist AK's built in Poland prior to their independence in 1989! Neat.

I also picked up this nifty Polish bayonet too, just like I had on my first AK, which

 was a Kassnar imported Hungarian SA85 under-folder. I always loved how the AK's bayonet and scabbard make a wire cutter.

Nifty.

I sure wish I still had that Hungarian.

 I bought it for about $400, and sold it a few years later (during the lead up to the import ban of '89) for $750.


I thought I'd made a killing. They sell for about $1500-$2000 now. Some killing.

So far, I've put about 150 rounds through this one. It shoots like an  AK. That is to say, you point it, pull the trigger. It goes bang.

This one actually seems pretty accurate for an AK. I was hitting grapefruit sized targets at 100 yards all day from off-hand. Plenty good enough.

Believe it or not, one of the reasons I bought this one was for deer hunting.

Yep. I kept thinking about hunting deer with an AR15 in some alternative cartridge, and eventually dismissed the Grendel's, SPC's, and .30 Rem's and figured an AR15 in 7.62x39 would be best.

Then I wondered about barrel length, 20" or 16".

Then I debated scoping it, or sticking to iron sights. Iron sights won out due to the brushy area I hunt.

Then I figured, "Hell, if I'm getting an iron sighted 16" carbine chambered in 7.62x39, why not just get an AK and do it right?

So I did.

I very much doubt I'll take it deer hunting, but it was a fun exercise, and proved just the impetus needed to get me to buy another AK.

Dismissed!

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