A Turkish sniper with an SVD. Aside from the gigantic optic, note the very bizarre bipod. It clamps onto the receiver like the original SVD bipod but the legs are farther ahead. Not sure if that is a Turkish design or not.
Well I finally finished the installation of my Red Star Arms AK trigger, so here’s my thoughts on it.
First, a side by side comparison (RSA left, stock Vepr trigger right)
You’ll notice that it’s a hell of a lot bigger, especially the disconnector. Also, while the rear of the stock trigger is cut out, the RSA is solid, as that’s where one of the 4 set screws used for adjusting is located. This immediately caused the first problem, as the trigger guard is attached to the receiver at the rear by a large rivet (a few mm tall). This raised the rear of the trigger to the point where it was almost contacting the trigger guard, making pulling the trigger impossible.
This had to be either ground down or removed. As the stock firmly attaches the trigger guard anyway, we opted to just punch it out.
The next problem was caused by the notably oversized disconnector. RSA says that their trigger is designed to have “tighter safety engagement”. They weren’t kidding. we had to grind two steps into the safety lever to get it to clear the disconnector.
It still functions perfectly (the bottom-left portion is the only part that actively blocks the FCG from working), it just looks like hell.
After all of this (in a garage in Florida heat) the trigger finally sat correctly, and I’m damn impressed with it. Tuning it is great, I’ve gotten it down to a 1-2 pound .5” first stage with a super short, crisp 5 pound break on the second. If you’re making a DMR Vepr/Saiganov or maybe RPK, I’d say it’s worth it, but if anyone tells you it’s a “drop-in” replacement, they’re a goddamn liar. If you’re looking for compliance parts on a standard surplus AK platform or converted saiga, you’re probably better off going with the Texas AK Triggers package.
Massive thanks to my friend Nic (http://runninthisshit.tumblr.com/) for supplying the location, tools, and most of the manual labor. Having a Department of Defense machinist for a friend comes in handy.
Very interesting! It sounds like an amazing trigger, but I still don’t think I’ll be getting one for my next AK haha
Another Vz.58 specimen. The wood on this one is different probably an after market set. Normal Vz.58 wood is pretty much compressed woodchips sealed together.
The Vz.58, while it somewhat kind of resembles aan AK variant it shares almost nothing in common with an AK. The Vz.58’s have milled receivers, they are not even hammer fired these rifles are in fact striker fired unlike a conventional rifle. They are not compatible with AK magazines either. However the rifle can be loaded from SKS stripper clips, the bolt group actually has a guide for it. By the way the entire assembly reciprocates, this also translates into these things being nearly impossible to jam. Did I mention that it holds open on the last shot too. Seriously these things are pimpin.
AK47, as in an actual AK47 not an AKM. Note the milled reciever (Has no mag dimples, only long cuts to lighten it up) and lack of a crescent muzzle brake or threading.