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Thread: FA AK-47: what to look for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riderboy View Post
    Yes. It says "Polytech conversion" was it a 5.56 or 7.62x39. I had a 5.56 semi-auto Polytech that had been converted to 7.62x39 full auto and it was a mess. Only a gifted gunsmith was able to save it. I found out after I bought it that a lot of those 5.56 Polytechs that were converted like mine had major problems.
    I think this is a oft repeated myth...most of the .223 Polytechs were converted by SWD and they chopped the rail instead of slotting it properly. I suppose if someone shot a large number of rounds through it without repairing the rail, it could have deformed the rail or carrier to the point of having problems.

    Actually, The .223 Polytech rifles will accept the standard 7.62 mags and therefore are simple to convert to 7.62 by simply changing the barrel and bolt. Again, I suppose a bonehead posing as a gunsmith could screw that up, but I have owned 3 SWD converted 223 Polytechs for many years and haven't had any problems with them. One remained a .223, one was converted to 7.62 and another built into a krink(Troy at InRange did the conversions and repaired the rail on the .223 gun. He has done a bunch of caliber conversions on these guns and once the rail is properly repaired, they are as reliable as any AK.

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    Thanks for the info! I have been watching this discussion because I’m starting to look into a transferable AK.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkm View Post
    I think this is a oft repeated myth...most of the .223 Polytechs were converted by SWD and they chopped the rail instead of slotting it properly. I suppose if someone shot a large number of rounds through it without repairing the rail, it could have deformed the rail or carrier to the point of having problems.

    Actually, The .223 Polytech rifles will accept the standard 7.62 mags and therefore are simple to convert to 7.62 by simply changing the barrel and bolt. Again, I suppose a bonehead posing as a gunsmith could screw that up, but I have owned 3 SWD converted 223 Polytechs for many years and haven't had any problems with them. One remained a .223, one was converted to 7.62 and another built into a krink(Troy at InRange did the conversions and repaired the rail on the .223 gun. He has done a bunch of caliber conversions on these guns and once the rail is properly repaired, they are as reliable as any AK.
    Yes, I was not as fortunate. Mine was re-done correctly and ended up being a fantastic rifle, but it was very frustrating. I think if I were looking again that history would still be a giant red flag.
    "I was rather hostile to a reduced calibre being used by us. Even now, I am still convinced that the 7.62 is the best" M. Kalashnikov

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