Over the weekend Ian came to visit, and asked if I had an East German grip and upper handguard for an AK-47. It turns out I did, mounted on the World’s Ugliest Carbine.
So he swapped me my East German furniture for I-don’t-know-or-care-what, and that got me thinking about an AK project I’ve been putting off. That ugly fore-end with the vertical grip is perfect for me because of some really serious damage my left wrist took one time. But I haven’t swapped it to the WASR-10 that’s actually been my Carbine on the Wall for the past couple of years, because the WASR has an Ultimak scope mount and the vertical fore-end won’t fit under it…
…Unless I drag out my Dremel tool, something I could always find excuses not to do. But while I was switching AK furniture around, it made sense to get that done.
And while I had the Dremel out, I may as well put the rear sling mount in the right place, also something I’ve been meaning to do…
And I would have taken off the buttstock and painted it green while I was at it so things matched up a bit better, but I used up the last of my flat green paint on that spear a few days ago. So I went ahead and re-assembled the rifle.
I’ll have to get back to that, maybe I can get some paint while I’m out to the big town.
There’s at least a small chance I’ll be abandoning the scout scope soon anyway. Ian has a red dot I’m gonna try out, it’s already on a mount to fit that weird side-mount on the WASR. I dunno, though – I’ve been pretty happy with the scope, dorky as it may look on an AK, and I’m still waiting to see a red dot that both impresses me in the daylight and costs less than the GDP of Portugal.
But we’ll see. The thing I like about AKs? It just doesn’t matter. You can fiddle to your heart’s content and never bubba up anything that can’t easily and cheaply be fixed or replaced. There’s a reason every mud hut in Thirdworldistan has at least one.
ARs are very cool, I don’t speak against ARs. They’re handy and modular and reliable and accurate and cute as a Barbie doll. I wish I could afford one. But for actual use, I need a rifle I’m not afraid to scratch, y’know?