Posted 27 January 2015 - 05:35 AM
I undoubtably have a lot to learn. I understand that I has an RPK style receiver and therefore front trunnion with extra lugs on both sides the bulge out into the receiver to help for torsional stability under heavy fire. I realize that it's manufactured at the Molot plant and all they can manufacture are RPK based guns w bulged style trunnions and receivers. So whether it's an advantage or a disadvantage depends on the application. As RPKs were by design NOT intended to carried, or shot offhand, I feel the extra bulk is really only justified In a 12 gauge shotgun and a 76 2 x 54r rifle. I voted with my money, and not my mouth. That is why I own a VEPR 12 and a VEPR 54R. What I was referring to, which I apparently did so and ineptly, was that when viewed from the underside of the gun, the front trunnion is considerably wider than the hole that is cut in the sheet metal. It looks to me that you could open up the sheet-metal receiver considerably without removing any metal and therefore strength from the front trunnion. If this observation is true then there should be room for a double stack mag. I know this has been attempted before. But I see no real good reason upon first inspection of why this couldn't be done without weakening the integrity of the gun. I admittedly have had to go to my possession less than 12 hours, my presumptions may be premature. But within a week or two of shooting my VEPR 12 I redesigned and built a gas system that allowed me to safely and comfortably shoot 3" slugs. Thank you for your time, I hope this clears up any misconceptions, or disrespect it may have seemed I held against the vepr. I love it. Love means to "nurture to full potential, and protect " this is the true judge and guide for love. Whether it's a wife, Child, classic Corvette, animal/Pet, or a firearm. I feel the VEPR has more unlocked potential so I'm going to bring it up to its full potential, with quality optic and mount a better magazine system. As I bought the model with an improved and more appropriate stock. You won't hear any trash talk for me about the VEPRs. They are heavier and therefore I personally would not choose them for a lighter caliber carbine.
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