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Len
06-23-2011, 1:10 PM
My wife loves her AR but she has been watching my recent fascination with converting Saiga rifles to the AK format.
She has shot other AKs but they are too heavy for her.
I recently bought a Saiga from a member here so I decided to build her a lightweight AK.
I wanted to lighten the front so I welded the front sight on the gas block. We decided she does not need a flash hider so no muzzle device of any kind
was installed.

She likes aperture sights, I had a TechSight from another build that got swapped for a TWS gen II top cover.
I like the TWS top cover and do not like the rattle of the TechSight cover so I fabricated a dog leg style cover of my own.
I bought an AMD 65 handguard and retainer and a RPB Industries non folding stock for looks and a little possible weight savings.
I also removed the scope mount just for those extra few ounces.

It came out at 6.3 pounds.
We took her out shooting this weekend and the wife has forgotten about her AR, for now anyway.
http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n358/longbowman/2011-05-22_11-27-18_718.jpg
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Len
06-23-2011, 1:11 PM
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Len
06-23-2011, 1:12 PM
http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n358/longbowman/2011-06-17_06-42-43_15.jpg
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SJgunguy24
06-23-2011, 1:18 PM
That handguard is gonna get really effin hot fast. Looks good, I like the top cover set up.

Len
06-23-2011, 1:21 PM
That handguard is gonna get really effin hot fast. Looks good, I like the top cover set up.

300 rounds and 4 people ripping rounds down range within 20 minutes and no one mentioned anything about it being hot.

migz
06-23-2011, 1:32 PM
that's an awesome build. Different than any I've seen before.

MrPlink
06-23-2011, 1:35 PM
wow, outstanding job.

Talk about different!

Arisaka
06-23-2011, 1:48 PM
WTF is that!!? Bizarre and awesome, man. That dust cover is something else. Care to give a parts rundown? Nice welding skills, too BTW.

chead
06-23-2011, 2:30 PM
That is ****ing cool. If you're going to make a non-historical AK build, do what this guy did and make it something new.

jptopz
06-23-2011, 2:32 PM
Nice work! looks great!

Rekrab
06-23-2011, 2:42 PM
I'm an AK purist... and I love this! This is a beautiful bit of work you did. All you need to do now is get an AMD brake on it.

How does the top cover release and how do you get the mainspring out?

That handguard is gonna get really effin hot fast. Looks good, I like the top cover set up.

I don't see why it would, my AMD doesn't heat up at all. The improved air flow is what keeps those handguards cool.

gunRfun
06-23-2011, 3:07 PM
I am truly in spired! Nice work!

seronian
06-23-2011, 3:28 PM
Nicely done. Congrats.

Len
06-23-2011, 3:34 PM
How does the top cover release and how do you get the mainspring out?

The TechSight has spring loaded pins that snap into holes on the sides of the cover, the aperture sight is part of the mainspring, it slides into the slot in the rear trunnion.

Rekrab
06-23-2011, 3:43 PM
Figured it would be something like that. Clever!

mdhpper
06-23-2011, 4:36 PM
Great job. I'm sure your wife will be pleased.

riprap
06-23-2011, 5:45 PM
Sir, you are a true craftsman. Very nice work.

hawaii five-0
06-23-2011, 6:17 PM
This sure would qualify for the gunsmithing section....

IntoForever
06-23-2011, 9:08 PM
WOW!!! Seriously, WOW!

gun505
06-23-2011, 9:12 PM
Very nice!! Looks great!

giants_fan24
06-23-2011, 9:44 PM
Great job, you have skills for sure

Ryan in SD
06-24-2011, 2:12 AM
Cool build, where did you get that polymer side folder looking stock?

Len
06-24-2011, 4:32 AM
Cool build, where did you get that polymer side folder looking stock?

http://www.gunmallusa.com/gunmallusa/prepareStoreHome.do?storeNumber=1

vandal
06-24-2011, 9:19 AM
How much did the side rail mount weigh?

Len
06-24-2011, 9:21 AM
Just over 4oz

xSARSx
06-24-2011, 11:46 AM
great build and looks unique, just not really a fan of how the way it looks. :|

762.DEFENSE
06-24-2011, 11:52 AM
:notworthy:

Amazing build! Way to think outside the AK-box.