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About HateTheSnow

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  1. I'm a little late to the party, but if you can get Chris Butler at AK-USA to take the job on, there aren't many better for 103 conversions. He's a one man band and can be difficult to reach, but he has pretty much mastered the process. He did mine (sans folding stock) and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results. http://www.ak-103.com Regards, FLTF3
  2. Worth absolutely every penny. Both my S-12s cycle smooth as butter with virtually all ammo, will seat a full mag on a closed bolt, and have a nice clean 4lb break after the trigger job. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Thanks Cobra! That alone was worth the price of admission, but one thing I always find that separates an OK business from a great one is how they handle any problems that come up...and there were a few with my order. These things happen with any business, but what's important is that Cobra was not only spot on with replies to my inquiries, but also proactive and decisive in resolving the issues. The bottom line was that he recognized a problem and made everything right on my end. In my book, that's the mark of a business that values their customers before and after the sale, and ultimately, their reputation in the industry. Wouldn't it be nice if every company did business that way...at least Cobra's Customs is one of those that does Pictured below is my Saiga family members: (top to bottom) the AK-103 Clone, the Tromix S-17 SBS, and the Izhmash/Molot hybrid conversion. And yes, even the Tromix benefited from Cobra's service.
  3. A little ingenuity and it could be remedied. The actual difference is very tiny. I just don't know if the Kvar retainer will work or not. I should have tried it when I had it on my S12. Legion FTW. That's what I love about this place. There is no shortage of folks who are able to come up with ingenious ways to do something like this. Thanks Mullet Man & Legion for your time on this one. I've got one on order & I'll be keeping a close eye out for the specifics on getting it to fit
  4. Good info. I kinda figured if it could be done there would be something out there where someone had done it. I like the design of the handguard, but a sloppy fit is not what I'm looking for. Thanks Guys.
  5. As the title states, I'm wondering what's involved to fit one of the Vepr lower handguards on a sportorized Saiga. I've done a bit of searching on the topic and it appears they will fit the 030 series tactical Saigas but I haven't found anything about the others, like the IZ-109 I'd like to put one on. I did see that Legion carries a bolt-on handguard retainer that clamps on the barrel and Dinzag has a lower handguard retainer that uses the forend screw hole. My gut tells me something like this is all I need, but past experience has proven me wrong before so I thought I'd throw the question out to see what wisdom I can pick up before making a decision to head down this path. Thanks in advance, FLTF3
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    Tromix pics
  7. OK, stay with me here for a minute. 1964, dirt, and a Cobra... it's official! Happy Birthday old man...may this be the first of many more to come.
  8. OMFG, that jackass was actually serious!? I thought (or perhaps hoped) this was the work of a couple of pranksters with nothing to do after work, and not some never-be that dreamed about tazing teenagers who took too many free samples at Hickory Farms. Either way, reading through their tirade was a perfect end to a really stressful week. For the history buffs, here's a couple of suspected Gecko45 sightings the forum search dug up. It seems the really good ones have been purged...damn, the fun could have continued. http://forum.saiga-12.com/index.php?/topic/25563-max-range-of-762x39/&do=findComment&comment=226563 http://forum.saiga-12.com/index.php?/topic/38301-emp-effect-on-eotech-aimpoint-trijicon/&do=findComment&comment=343022
  9. This has to be one of the funniest things I have read in about a decade. It's a bit long but if you ever wondered about the origins of the mall ninja, read on. Be warned though, I just about spit coffee all over my monitor while reading through this. http://lonelymachines.org/mall-ninjas/ Enjoy, FLTF3
  10. Apparently, some of these "guns" were so bad they only met BATFE's legal definition of a firearm...as the article below put it, "any metal object with a serial number on it". I think they were laughing too hard to feel bad about anything. http://www.shotgunnews.com/news/chicago-buyback-gets-blowback/
  11. Not intentionally, of course. Not in Chicago anyway. I love the ingenuity of the group turning the guns in. It's just too bad they didn't get pics of the expression on the officer's faces when they saw what was being turned in. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/10/pro-gun-group-uses-chicago-firearms-buyback-program-to-fund-nra-shooting-camp/
  12. Based on the options I selected, labor ran in the neighborhood of about $750. That included extra stuff, such as tuning the trigger, cost & labor to rivet an Izhmash AK-100 bullet guide to the front trunion (Chris found that part for me), and machining parts that could not be found. The rifle refinish job also adds a bit since Chris also uses his own custom formula for refinishing. The results are spot on accurate to the factory finish, and it's even a bit more durable than the original. Outside of the labor for conversion, keep in mind that I spent three years scavenging for Izhmash AK-100 parts. They aren't common and they usually aren't inexpensive when you finally manage to locate them. Given the current situation, I fear many of them will either be completely non-existent or prohibitively expensive. The good news is that there are alternatives for most of the AK-100 parts, such as Bulgarian gas blocks and front sight blocks, that are virtually indistinguishable from their Russian counterparts. If you're interested, send him an e-mail or give him a call and let him know what you are interested in doing. Just be patient, it can take some time before you hear back from him. http://www.ak-103.com
  13. This project was actually finished around this time last year, but I thought it was time to finally put it up for the Izhmash/Saiga purist like myself out in the crowd. While it's nothing special on the outside, it's a close (US legal) clone of the Izhmash AK-103. The only major difference is that I elected to leave out the folding stock. This is a feature I do not personally find myself using much, if at all, so I decided early on to save the additional expense of adding it. Among the more minor deviations is the Molot-Style pistol grip from MD Arms, which is much more ergonomic and actually much closer in style to the tactical grip option available for the AK-100's from Izhmash I would have loved to picked one of these Izhmash gems up (along with a railed lower handguard), but these items are unicorns on this side of the pond and fall among those things we rarely even hear about, or on the chance we're really lucky, get to see a picture of. Outside of that, this rifle included as much Izhmash AK-100 series pedigree as I was able to collect since picking up the original IZ-132 back in 2009. The conversion was originally going to be done by myself and a friend who had the necessary tools (and is very talented at refinishing firearms), but life happened and I ended up turning the project over to a true professional in the field...Chris Butler of AK-USA, located just south of me in Fort Myers, FL. If you've never had the pleasure of seeing Chris' work up close, it's one of those times where you realize almost instantly you're dealing with a true artisan. The shop is small, out of the way, and unassuming from the exterior; but despite his humble surroundings and demeanor, nothing leaves that shop that isn't both 100% fully functional when you use it and a work of art when you lay eyes on it. Chris doesn't do much in the way of conversions these days, but I was able to get his interest enough in this one to take the job on...though I think that had a lot to do with the box of Izhmash OEM parts I walked in with and that his main focus is the AK-100 platform. With all the foreplay overwith, here's a breakdown on what went into the AK-103, along with a few additional pics to show a bit more detail. The parts are broken down between original Izhmash AK-100 series parts, US parts for 922r compliance, and other parts of various origin that were either non-consequential to the build (in my eyes) or their Russian counterparts were reproduced due to the lack of availability. Izhmash OEM, AK-100 series parts Front sight and gas block Gas tube Bullet guide, riveted to front trunion Upper & lower handguard w/ heat shield Lower handguard retainer Rear sight leaf Sling (though in OD green, rather than tan) 30-round polymer "slabside" magazine (Izhmash OEM, but it's actually the "civilian" version, not the true AK-100 magazine) US Parts (for 922r compliance) Tapco FCG (polished, tuned, and modified to eliminate creep & overtravel and break at 4.5 lbs) K-Var NATO length stock (non-folding) MD Arms Molot Style grip AK-USA AK74-Style compensator (heat treated and chrome lined) Other parts (US & non-US, due to availability) Bulgarian Circle 10 bayonet AK-100 series trigger guard (machined to spec by AK-USA) AK-100 series cleaning rod (crafted by AK-USA) Refinishing by AK-USA, including coloring factory marking (first-rate work, and durable as hell) Izhmash AK-100 1000 Meter Rear Sight. Very similar to other AK sights, except for the half-width tick marks, Cyrillic "P", and phosphate finish A couple of close up shots of the trigger guard. I loved Chris' attention to detail in machining in the cloverleaf design on the left side of the trigger guard, true to the AK-100 lineage. The quality of the finish also stands out in these pics. Detail of the left side of the receiver showing the cloverleaf trigger guard design and colored factory markings. I hope you found this enjoyable and worth your time to browse through. For me, I think the pursuit of all the parts was the most enjoyable part...one which, unfortunately, I do not think is repeatable given the current situation of international affairs between the US and the Izhmash homeland. Regards, FLTF3
  14. Thanks for the info. I managed to find the right one (YHM-28-AK#) after a bit of digging. When I looked in the 7.62x39 section, they only listed comps/hiders threaded to fit their barrels (1/2"-36).
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