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Old January 13, 2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Please recommend an AK47 gunsmith in Vegas

I have a good general 'smith, but they don't get a lot of AK work and I want someone with plenty of AK experience. I have two brand new VEPR rifles, one in .223 and one in 7.62x39. Both rifles are going to receive Tapco G2 trigger groups and US made pistons. The 7.62 I want modified to work well with TAPCO standard AK mags (usually readily available in various capacities), and the .223 is going to receive an MSA AR-15 magwell adapter which requires milling the receiver. While I'm sure I could figure out most of this on my own and could probably "Bubba" things together, I simply don't have the tools to do it properly, and I do want it done properly and professionally. I don't know how many of you have experience with the VEPR rifles, but they are the nicest AK style rifles IMHO, and I wouldn't want to make a mess of them. So, can anyone recommend a good 'smith in the Las Vegas area, or even someone worth shipping to for these rifles?

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Old January 15, 2013, 12:19 AM   #2
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Someone on another forum recommended Rifle Dynamics. I emailed them and they said they don't work on VEPR's. That makes no sense to me at all, but it's their company. Any other suggestions would be helpful.
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Old January 17, 2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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OK, I've decided against making permanent modifications to the receiver, so the MSA adapter is out. I have Polish Beryl .223 mags on the way which are supposed to be top-notch mags. So far the only local company to respond that was willing to do the job and sounded confident in their AK work is New Frontier Armory. I am still waiting on parts so I don't have to pick a smith yet, but unless I get a better suggestion, it looks like it will be them.
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Old January 17, 2013, 06:33 PM   #4
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If the Tapco mags need a little adjusting, I recommend you modify them rather than modifying the rifles to fit them. Mine needed a little sanding on the tab that locks the mag in place, max. 10 minutes per mag with a file.
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Old January 17, 2013, 06:41 PM   #5
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I am going to have tactical mag catches installed. They come a little oversize and will need to be filed anyway, so it shouldn't be a big deal to match them up to the mags I'll be using. The original parts will all sit in a baggie in case they ever have to go back in the gun.
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