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"Polish"(Romanian) M68 followed me home.

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Well, wife did the taxes, and decided she needed a new EDC.  She found a nice Sig P238 Liberty Edition cheap.  While she was yacking with the salesman, I spotted this little guy.  Started haggling, and walked out with it for $650.  Brand new, all part numbers match sans cover, US barrel/receiver/FCG, and appears to be an Ironwood stock.  Sights are straight, RPK adjustable rear sight, and good sight picture.  It came with 2 surplus steel 30 round mags and a Tapco 30 rounder, but no cleaning kit/rod(no biggie....I have a spare G3 pull through kit).  I had an extra AK rod, so I added it simply for aesthetics.  Trunnion is Romy marked and dated 1970.  It also has the adjustable bipod.  Why CAI markets them as Polish we don't know.

 

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The wood appears to be stained instead of shellacked.  Grip is original bakelite, and matches the stock color.

 

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I was going to make a baby Tabuk out of it, but the color/stock has grown on me a bit.  I do plan on an optic rail(given a bolt-on side rail by a member on another forum), AKMN FH(on the way from a guy who custom makes them), and picked up a 75 round drum. 

 

It has a Tapco G2 Single Hook installed, and needed a contact surface polish.  I also had to tweak the top cover a touch on the charging side to get it off the carrier. 

 

The only con I found with it is the finish.  Typical CAI BBQ paint on the receiver, gas tube,  and carrier.  Barrel appears to be parkerized and is chrome lined.  I plan on stripping the carrier and doing a polish job on it and definitely refinishing the receiver this summer. 

 

Took it down the road to a spot, set my 5" gong at roughly 100 yds, and put a few down the pipe.  It would feed HP ammo, but could have done with a slight feed ramp job on the chamber(not touching the chrome, baby).  It feeds them, but nicks the tip just a shade.  It definitely liked the SP and SST rounds I tried.  All rounds fired rang the gong. 

 

All in all, I'm impressed.

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I would think that CAI would market these as Polish so they can get more for them than a Romanian.

 

Or not to confuse with the AES-10?

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Couple of differences in the 10B and the M68.  M68 lacks the side rail and carry handle, but comes with a slant brake instead of the standard muzzle nut. 

 

Could be just a marketing ploy as well.

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Nice find. And welcome to RPKing. That finish is alot nicer than the bare wood my 10B came with.

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Thought I'd give a little update.  Title should have been M64....lol. 

 

Got the side rail installed, and slapped the Centerpoint 3-9x off my son's .308 on it.  Dialed it in for a 50/200 zero, and tried several loads.  It really liked Federal Fusion and Hornady SST.  I actually cloverleafed the Fusion at 50, and groups were under 2"@100yds.  Irons at 100 yielded typical 3-4" groupings on Wolf/Tula, and shot a solid 5" spread on 30 rounds of M67.  I plan on a solid 200yd paper print next trip.  So far, it's a textbook DMR rifle.

 

I decided to remove the bipod after finding out it shifted my POI almost 6" when deployed.  FSB was easy to remove(plastic mallet, 2 whacks, bipod off), and everything went back on straight.  I'm working on a custom stock this winter, and converting it to a "Tabuk Mutt" build. 

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