The key to chambering an AR-type rfle in 7.62 x 39 (the 30 Russian, or the .30 Russian short, the AK round)is the opened mag well adapted to use AK 30 round magazines. The straight-wall AR mags will hold the short Russian round, but the rounds will not feed well in 30 Russian-cambered AR upper receivers because of the cartridge taper. Still, Olympic Arms (and a few others) sell bolt-on 30 Russian uppers for the AR-15; these will work with Colt .223 magazines if the follower is modified, the bolt is changed to the larger 30 Russian case head dimensions, and only 5 rounds are loaded in the mag.
posted on 07/28/2003 1:05:01 PM PDT
(Big holes are (almost) always better.)
Check this out at www.robarm.com, there are some videos...quite similar but based on the original Stoner design. The company also makes some sweet AK-type rifles with the stronger RPK receiver....Sorry but the pics are squished...
From Robarm...Our latest project, the RAV02 MC (Pronounced "RAVE") was very successful. It can be chambered for 5.56 NATO; 7.62x39mm; and 5.45x39mm. It was developed and tested to current military specifications. Soldiers who have shot it prefer it hands down over the M4 Carbine. Even using the 7.62x39mm round, it is as accurate as an M4 Carbine. it can digest steel or brass cased ammunition fed through AK47 magazines and drums. The Rifle Features the S.I.R. (Swan Integrated Rail System) which give the rifle Accessory Rails (Picatinny Rails) at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 O'clock positions. The reliability also surpasses the M4 Carbine.
Hope Santa brings me one of these...
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