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Posted: 6/14/2009 1:01:45 PM
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I just picked this up yesterday at a show for $399. The first thing that is obvious is the finish is excellent, both on the wood and the metal. It's way nicer than any of my other AK's. These are made 100% in Serbia at Zastava, not assembled kits built here and you can tell. These were just imported for the first time by EAA as you can tell by the very low serial number (mine is under 100). Parts fit is very good. The trigger is double hook and pull is decent for an AK, although not as nice as my MAK-90. It uses single stack magazines so you cannot use standard AK mags without modification. The mag it comes with fits well and is easily to insert and remove. As for the stock, it is attached to the reciever by a long bolt which threads into a hole in the rear of the receiver. Standard AK stocks will not fit. I suppose it would be possible to mod certain thumbhole stocks like the Choate or factory MAK-90 stocks since they don't actually slide into the receiver. The thumbhole stock is designed well and comfortable. One compliant I have about the stock on these is that the comb is very high which makes use of the iron sights difficult. Although, you will appreciate the high comb if you plan on using optics. It does have a side rail so any standard side mounted AK optics or rails should work fine.

Basically this rifle is exactly what you'd expect from Zastava and is by far the best AK for the money you can get right now.








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Posted: 6/14/2009 1:04:24 PM
more info on the stock please. grats
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Posted: 6/14/2009 1:33:40 PM
Nice pics. I am very happy with my PAP as well. The quality is outstanding, as one would expect from Zastava.
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Posted: 6/14/2009 1:35:08 PM
Sweet! Range report?
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Posted: 6/14/2009 1:37:10 PM

Thank You So Much for the Info and Pics!
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Posted: 6/14/2009 2:01:26 PM
How easy will it be to convert to standard AK mags? Can we get some pics inside the mag well?

Also, is the rear of the receiver where the stock inserts slant cut?
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Posted: 6/14/2009 2:18:01 PM
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Originally Posted By TW52:
How easy will it be to convert to standard AK mags? Can we get some pics inside the mag well?

Also, is the rear of the receiver where the stock inserts slant cut?


Yes, the receiver is slant cut.

Converting to double stack is definitely possible. It does have some steel guides inside the mag well that would need to be removed though:

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Posted: 6/14/2009 3:36:31 PM
Thanks for posting, nice rifle.

If you happen to take the stock off, could you post some pics of the rear end of the reciever & the front of the stock?
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Posted: 6/14/2009 3:59:50 PM
Excellent write-up, thanks! Do you plan on converting to high cap or do you plan on leaving it single stack? Do you think there's any way to convert it to a normal style stock or is that not possible at this current point in time?
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Posted: 6/14/2009 5:23:58 PM
Thanks for the pictorial review! The PAP rifles look very nice!
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Posted: 6/14/2009 5:59:20 PM
wow very nice, now all we need is some poly or wood stocks for it, open up that magwell, and replace the fcg
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Posted: 6/14/2009 6:22:14 PM
Sorry if this is a dumb question but what is that screw looking thing above the two pins at the rear of the receiver? It looks like it sticks up into the cutout for the recoil guide too in the other picture?

Also, these are basically Yugo AK's right? how hard would a Tabuk makover be?
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Posted: 6/14/2009 6:56:27 PM
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Originally Posted By Emegbers:
Sorry if this is a dumb question but what is that screw looking thing above the two pins at the rear of the receiver? It looks like it sticks up into the cutout for the recoil guide too in the other picture?


It locks the recoil spring in place. You push the button on the left side to release it.

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Posted: 6/14/2009 7:52:23 PM
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Damn you! Now I want one. Looks like it's beautifully done.
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Posted: 6/14/2009 8:52:55 PM
Call me crazy, but It looks to me that it would take only modest woodworking skills to remove the pistolgrip portion of that stock and end up with a good looking piece.
That way the receiver isn't an issue.

I'm tempted to get one of these myself - it would be a fun little project converting it over.
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Posted: 6/14/2009 9:07:36 PM
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Posted: 6/14/2009 9:15:26 PM
Thats really nice. The stock is a beauty.
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Posted: 6/14/2009 9:20:13 PM
Good review...............Thanks................
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Posted: 6/14/2009 9:40:21 PM

Originally Posted By mak0:
Originally Posted By TW52:
How easy will it be to convert to standard AK mags? Can we get some pics inside the mag well?

Also, is the rear of the receiver where the stock inserts slant cut?


Yes, the receiver is slant cut.

Converting to double stack is definitely possible. It does have some steel guides inside the mag well that would need to be removed though:

http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/9641/dsc0009brp.jpg
I converted a single stack WASR once. Its really easy.

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Posted: 6/14/2009 11:17:48 PM
Pics of the slant receiver.....please.
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Posted: 6/15/2009 11:27:24 AM
+1 bump!!!
Originally Posted By blackfly53:
Pics of the slant receiver.....please.


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Posted: 6/15/2009 12:58:39 PM
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+1 bump!!!
Originally Posted By blackfly53:
Pics of the slant receiver.....please.




+2

If it isn't too much trouble... I'd love to see a pic of the slant cut rear.
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Posted: 6/15/2009 1:01:48 PM
Would someone be better off converting a Saiga or a Zastava?
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Posted: 6/15/2009 2:04:18 PM
Originally Posted By TW52:
Originally Posted By ttman:
+1 bump!!!
Originally Posted By blackfly53:
Pics of the slant receiver.....please.




+2

If it isn't too much trouble... I'd love to see a pic of the slant cut rear.


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Posted: 6/15/2009 2:32:05 PM
Here's a scan of the exploded parts diagram from the manual. It clearly shows what the rear of the receiver looks like. The only thing weird is that in this diagram the receiver looks to be square cut. The receiver on my rifle is actually slant cut.

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Posted: 6/15/2009 2:34:53 PM
I wonder if replacing the rear trunnion is an option to putting a standard Kalashnikova/Crvena Zastava stock on this bad boy. Someone asking if it would be easier to convert a Zastava or a Saiga/Izhmash: the answer at this point is a Saiga as noone's converted a Zastava yet. I'm dying to see who's going to be the first in line to Kalashnikov-ize one of the things. Turn it back into a Zastava Oru┼żje M-70.
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