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HotRails
09-30-2008, 9:17 PM
Looking to pick up a few spare parts for a Lancaster. Are all the bolt carriers the same length or is there anything I should be aware of before picking up the first one I find in a greasy bin at the next show? Also the same question for recoil springs.. All the same?

m24armorer
10-01-2008, 12:35 AM
Lancaster ?

5968
10-01-2008, 12:59 AM
Just buy Romanian parts since their rifles come from Romanian parts kits.

tlillard23
10-01-2008, 1:26 AM
lancaster takes a romy-g kit and throws it on a NDS3 receiver.

pretty much all ak parts will work with all other ak's, regardless of country of origin. (don't go blow your self up mix-n-match bolts)

HotRails
10-02-2008, 12:46 PM
lancaster takes a romy-g kit and throws it on a NDS3 receiver.

pretty much all ak parts will work with all other ak's, regardless of country of origin. (don't go blow your self up mix-n-match bolts)

So the bolt or bolt carriers are not interchangeable from other kits?

JeffM
10-02-2008, 1:32 PM
So the bolt or bolt carriers are not interchangeable from other kits?

There are so many variants of AKMs that it is impossible to tell you for certain that parts will interchange ALWAYS, or NEVER. However, most E. European AKMs have many parts which are built to the same specs.

You will have headspacing issues using other bolts. You could buy a few, find one that headspaces correctly, and sell the rest. Or you could just strip one of it's small parts and keep them for spares.

Bolt carriers, for the most part, are the same and interchangeable between AKMs. Hungarian AMDs and some SA-85s have shorter gas pistons that will not work in standard length gas tubes.

Most recoil springs/guides are interchangeable.

There are vendors out there that sell a complete spring kit for the AKM.

The only things you might ever need is a spare bolt assembly as above and a spring kit.