In the spirit of camaraderie and because he made the video, I will let Ian of Forgotten Weapons introduce this one:
“This is in fact I think the most horrific example of gunsmithing I have ever seen in my life. Let me show you.”
It’s a stumpy little AK, which when fired on camera managed to fling the gas block assembly downrange along with a bullet. No kidding!
On the surface, it’s an AK pistol chambered for 5.56 NATO, and it’s pretty clear that someone cobbled it together… someone who had no business attempting such a thing. Ian sets right in describing its many lamenesses:
- Pro Mag magazine.
- Latch for side-folding butt stock is absent.
- Many of the rivets ain’t.
- Divots for safety selector lever roughly formed with a cutoff wheel.
- The barrel was ground down by an insane chimp on meth (my guess).
- Gas block (formerly) brazed to the barrel rather than pinned.
- The bolt locking lugs have been ground away.
- Barrel cutout for hand guard roughly gouged out with a hand grinder.
- The barrel was not originally an AK barrel.
- Barrel has been partially lathe turned, giving it a Jekyll/Hyde appearance.
- Chambering marked as “.223MM,” which is approximately .009 caliber.
- Did we mention the rivets suck?
The side of the gun is marked with the maker’s name, but Ian hides it from viewers. I suppose he’s concerned about the guy complaining, but I’d rather know the name — so I could avoid it.
“This is the essence of the Wile E. Coyote school of gunsmithing.”
The horror… the horror…