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Posted: 5/10/2009 8:24:18 PM
[Last Edit: 5/10/2009 10:07:26 PM by Rayman1]
Picked it up last weekend from Piece of History Firearms. Beautiful rifle and just has the best of all worlds - milled receiver, spike bayonet, smooth Chinese trigger, and awesome balance. Donor rifle was a pre-ban Polytech Legend. I highly recommend anyone that's been contemplating doing such a project to go for it. Makes a rare clone and a well-balanced rifle:


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Posted: 5/11/2009 12:58:49 AM
Very nice.
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Posted: 5/11/2009 1:18:35 AM
What did PoH do to it besides installing the spiker FSB?

Looks fantastic! Hows the bluing?
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Posted: 5/11/2009 1:27:31 AM
Mario removed the original front sight base and added the spike front sight base, welded up original selector notch/markings and added new selector notches/markings, changed-out the two rivets on the trigger guard and added the four rivets by doing some welding work on the trigger guard and receiver, and did the re-finish. There's likely other smaller but PITA issues he worked on that I'm leaving out. Finish is very good.
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Posted: 5/11/2009 7:04:50 AM
What type of finish was used? Is it blued?
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Posted: 5/11/2009 10:11:20 AM
Did he weld up the barrel pin area to give it the smooth threaded barrel look?
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Posted: 5/12/2009 11:41:46 PM
What does the second notch do? safe or fire?
Looks cool
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Posted: 5/13/2009 8:38:15 PM
Oh the jealousy!

That's the last AK I want for my collection and then I'd be satisfied. Well satisfied for at least a few months.
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Posted: 5/15/2009 9:13:18 PM
Super Neat Rifle ! Does Piece of History Firearms have a website ?
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Posted: 11/20/2009 4:52:29 AM
[Last Edit: 11/20/2009 5:42:50 AM by myitinaw]
Indeed:


http://www.pieceofhistoryfirearms.com/

I just received my Type 56 Stamped Spiker from PoHF, a great rifle.

Mario is the best!

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Posted: 11/20/2009 7:16:23 AM
Why not use a milled MAK 90?
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Posted: 11/20/2009 7:54:05 AM
I did a milled Mak 90 just like that except the furniture was Ironwood Designs. I hope that Legend you used was a beater, I have two and they are so beautiful I can't imagine refinishing them.
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Posted: 11/20/2009 9:26:44 PM
I'm a bit of a traditionalist and thought the Legend would be better served modified. The Legend is not exactly a "correct" variant of any Chinese rifle and was put together more for the American buying market. It's kind of a mix of a Russsian Type III and a Chinese milled Type 56. I thought since the Legend didn't even have the right trigger guard rivet style as the early Chinese milled rifles anyway, it was a good choice for a makeover. And, I didn't want to play the US parts game and wanted to keep it all Chinese. I've since put an early Chinese military upper hanguard with the vent cut-outs on the rifle and replaced the sling with an ultra early, rare one. It just enjoy that early look on it.

But to answer your question, the Legend used was not pristine and is also a duplicate.
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Posted: 11/21/2009 10:00:22 AM
I think that may be the nicest Chicom AK I've ever seen.
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Posted: 11/21/2009 2:50:35 PM
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Thanks for the kind words but there's several other members that have a better looking milled spiker than my converted Legend. Here's a new photo with the early sling and early Chinese vented upper handguard. I wanted to do a truly early rifle and thought the updated items on it added an early flavor:





For those that have interested in such things, here's a copy of a previous post I did on another forum regarding the Chinese Type 56 early vented upper handguards:

I recently found some early Type 56 military vented upper handguards and thought I'd share some closer comparative photos so folks can either identify them better or duplicate them if they're so inclined. They're quite unique and hard to find anymore:

Non-vented on top/Vented on bottom for comparison:


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Posted: 11/21/2009 9:55:27 PM
Very very nice! It looks like you hit on all the details, but there is one you can't see, so I have to ask: Did you have the correct AK-47 "threaded block with 3 rivets" pistol grip boss riveted onto the receiver, or does the rifle still use the AKM style threaded block that drops into the square hole in the receiver?
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Posted: 11/22/2009 12:52:52 AM
It still retains the original set-up as put on the Legends by Polytech. I wasn't worried about something that wouldn't be seen unless the pistol grip was off. Just extra money spent that could go toward something else. Didn't plan on using it without the pistol grip so it didn't matter too much to me.

I've got a few of those early Type 56 vented uppers. Interestingly, I found them in a little gunshop with MAK-90 furniture. When the holidays have passed on things settle down, I'll put some early Chinese Type 56 items on the sale block. The vented uppers are truly a nice touch for anyone's early clone project.
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Posted: 1/4/2010 1:20:13 AM
Looks great but I couldn't put my Legend under the knife!
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Posted: 1/7/2010 1:51:34 AM
Turned out great Rayman!!!!
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Posted: 1/8/2010 2:23:28 AM
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Looks great, and I'd love to have a milled Spiker.....but for some reason I sorta like the 7.62 Chicom Spiker with an original stamped receiver. And I could never bring myself to use a Legend as a Donor.

Somebody on another forum actually created an orange bakelite Spiker.
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Posted: 1/8/2010 8:39:20 PM
I would've definately not done it on a brand new Legend but that one was an extra Legend I had and had been given a poor refinish sometime during its life. I thought it was a good candidate for giving it new life as something else.

I also like the stamped receiver spike bayonet Type 56 rifles. There was a member on the other board quite a long time ago that had one with a bit of a worn finish. He decided to give it an overall BFPU finish which made that rifle just scream with character. His was the first and, so far, the last one I've seen with a BFPU finish. It was a very unique looking rifle after that. I think they're just awesome with a worn finish.
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Posted: 1/17/2010 1:55:36 AM
POHF Russian Type III

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Posted: 1/17/2010 1:35:09 PM
Originally Posted By Marco:
POHF Russian Type III

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r189/marco247/Dsc03179edrs.jpg


Gorgeous Marco
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Posted: 5/3/2010 5:00:23 AM
Absolutely Gorgeous!
If i ever get the means to get a piece like that together or anything like it, I'll definitely check out POHF.
Love the attention to detail, from the new selector notches to the correction of the pistol grip rivets.
Bravo!!!
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Posted: 5/3/2010 12:04:43 PM
Originally Posted By Ago-Fidelis:
Absolutely Gorgeous!
If i ever get the means to get a piece like that together or anything like it, I'll definitely check out POHF.
Love the attention to detail, from the new selector notches to the correction of the pistol grip trigger guard rivets.
Bravo!!!


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Posted: 5/3/2010 12:13:35 PM
Originally Posted By Rayman1:
I would've definately not done it on a brand new Legend but that one was an extra Legend I had and had been given a poor refinish sometime during its life. I thought it was a good candidate for giving it new life as something else.

I also like the stamped receiver spike bayonet Type 56 rifles. There was a member on the other board quite a long time ago that had one with a bit of a worn finish. He decided to give it an overall BFPU finish which made that rifle just scream with character. His was the first and, so far, the last one I've seen with a BFPU finish. It was a very unique looking rifle after that. I think they're just awesome with a worn finish.


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