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Fherot
03-21-2012, 7:29 PM
I wonder how rare these are?

Maybe it was chromed.

I was 13 and my mom and I were driving out of the Drakensberg reserve, in South Africa, where we had stayed a few days and came along the dirt road to the nearby township. Well something was going on there were hundreds of armed Zulu men all over the roads and fussing around the town.

As my mom and I pulled up nearer to the town slowly a group of 3 guys came up to us. The one in the middle had a chromed, nickel plated or stainless steel AK47 and looked like a bigshot... He looked at us (woman and single child luckily) and waved us along to a side road and even smiled at me with his AK held up. Maybe he saw me eyeing it.

I've been thinking about that AK since that day... Such a beautiful thing.

arsilva32
03-21-2012, 8:46 PM
yea classic arms had them for awhile AK's and draco's that are chrome plated. im thinking about nickel plating this last AK i built even though they are not real popular with the hard core AK guys.i personally think they look very cool chromed out.

KandyRedCoi
03-21-2012, 9:43 PM
shoot for the stars...go gold!
http://ratedsworld.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/gold-ak47.jpg

NorCalK9.com
03-21-2012, 9:55 PM
How would you go about nickelplating an AK? Im a hardcore ak guy and would love to do one in nickel!

Chaos47
03-21-2012, 11:04 PM
Maybe it was a ceremonial / parade / guard one that had been liberated?
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4152/5015255851_8c5119e8fe_b.jpg



Classic Arms used to have chromed WASR10
Heres a random post google turned up
http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1315940
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5253/5429786084_81e7b87395_b.jpg

SFgiants105
03-21-2012, 11:14 PM
My buddy JJ found one in Iraq

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190402_186737358036679_100001012488562_450130_4498 781_n.jpg

Fherot
03-21-2012, 11:26 PM
So they are out there, the guy who had it must have been the chief or something or the group we drove near. I'd take one over a gold chain or crown etc anyday.

1forall
03-21-2012, 11:31 PM
I have to agree...they are nice. Once I finally get my Polish UF built up, my goal is to plate it either chrome or gold.

KandyRedCoi
03-22-2012, 12:05 AM
my gf likes the nickel....hmmmm maybe ill buy another, strip it, nickel plate it :)

1 for zombies
1 for the gangstas
lol

Richard Erichsen
03-22-2012, 8:36 AM
I wonder how rare these are?

Maybe it was chromed.

I was 13 and my mom and I were driving out of the Drakensberg reserve, in South Africa, where we had stayed a few days and came along the dirt road to the nearby township. Well something was going on there were hundreds of armed Zulu men all over the roads and fussing around the town.

As my mom and I pulled up nearer to the town slowly a group of 3 guys came up to us. The one in the middle had a chromed, nickel plated or stainless steel AK47 and looked like a bigshot... He looked at us (woman and single child luckily) and waved us along to a side road and even smiled at me with his AK held up. Maybe he saw me eyeing it.

I've been thinking about that AK since that day... Such a beautiful thing.

Electroless nickel would work fine and should be the lower cost option. The weapon would need to be stripped and the parts assemblies individually processed. Doing this before assembly would be easiest, but almost anything can be plated with this method, even some plastics (using a different catalyst). There are even kits you can buy to do it yourself.

You can read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroless_nickel_plating

The most important issue is thorough cleaning prior to processing. There is plenty of water rinses between steps, such as after activation which can be a two step process. A baking oven is the best method after applying the chromate antiox as the final step.

You can then use a buffing wheel to bring out whatever level of shine you are going for. Keep in mind the best results generally require a burnished surface initially with all machining marks hand filed off, but should not be highly polished since this will effect adhesion. Any imperfections will show through the plating, which is something my eyes detect on a lot of those gold plated AKs. They should have spent a few hours with Swiss files/jewelers files and fine sandpaper on most of the parts to get the surfaces smooth, flat and free of machining marks.

R