So here's the deal. I bought a 94 Intrac RPMS about two years ago with the intent on doing a Tabuk style clone. I ended up paying about $400 out the door to get it to me so I don't have too much invested in it. Now I fell in LOVE with this little gem, especially the wood and logos, and after doing more reading I don't want a Tabuk clone anymore. So I am thinking of just refinishing everything (this thing is beat to hell and has more surface rust than I'd care for as well as paint flaking all over the place). So I'm thinking of having the barrel shortened to 16", chopping the thumbhole stock to original AKM style, and going for a semi-gloss rub on cold blueing.
I'm just curious if I will breaking any cardinal rules to Maddi's by doing this. It's got a Y stamp, which is another feature I fell in love with, in case that makes a difference (don't worry though - it's only stamped not one of the closed sear hole models).
If it's not against any rule of thumb, is it even worth it in your opinion? I WANT an Egyptian AKM, but living where I live doesn't afford me many opportunities (I think only two models are legal here to us common folk
). Also, anyone have a recomendation on a good person to send the barrel off to that can cut it down, re-pin the front sight in it's new location, and thread the barrel properly? I'd like to send just the barrel, but if they need the whole gun that wouldn't matter either.
Let me know what you guys think.
Normally, you'd have quite a few options for your rifle but if you're in CA, I'm not sure what kind of advice could help you.
You could shorten the barrel or simply replace the long barrel with a shorter one. Also, you could get Maadi AKM furniture instead of shortening your thumbhole buttstock unless you just wanted the tinkering experience.
If your options are limited and you're stuck with the rifle you have for legal reasons and can legally alter it to an Egyptian Maadi AKM look, I say rock on. Despite what many die-hard Maadi folk may say, there are quite a number of these rifles in-country and you won't be doing anything to your rifle that probably won't make it actually more aesthetically pleasing and original. Especially if you can "AKM" it since it has the coveted "Y."
Post some photos of your rifle so we can see what you have to work with.