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Warning Close. Confirm Action Are you sure you wish to do this? Confirm Cancel. User Panel. Register? AK » AK Discussions. I was showing a bakelite AK of mine to a friend, and being that he had never seen a bakelite AK before, he asked "Why did they make this kind of furniture? Does anybody know? There are other new plastics that are better now, but a couple decades ago it was a pretty good choice for furniture on rifles, but there is still alot of bakelite parts sitting around to be used.
It works great on my vz Magpul wasn't around back then. Quoted: Magpul Tapco wasn't around back then. Quoted: cheap and easy to produce, insulates a bit better from the heat of an AK than a lot of other materials, realtively lightwieght, rather strong whichs means you can have less of it to futher reduce wieght and amount of necessary material, and it is durable and resistant to scratches dings and fracture unlike wood. Wood takes time ans skill to carve Bakelite is a thermosetting compound that can be poured in a mold and after cooling viola!
Once the materials and tools were set up one man could do the work of many skilled carvers. The material also has many heat-resistant properties that make it perfect for firearms. Quoted: Once the materials and tools were set up one man could do the work of many skilled carvers. There are other new plastics that are better now, but a couple several decades ago it was a pretty good choice for furniture on rifles, but there is still alot of bakelite parts sitting around to be used.
Quoted: But thanks for giving me a mental picture of thousands of peasants sitting around in a huge room,knee deep in shavings, whittling AK furniture. Quoted: I was showing a bakelite AK of mine to a friend, and being that he had never seen a bakelite AK before, he asked "Why did they make this kind of furniture?
Not just the SE Asia humidity - it rains everywhere, and wood holds moisture in contact with steel, causing corrosion. Soldiers are outside in the weather with their rifles and even well-oiled wood causes trouble in battlefield conditions. Polymer parts on military weapons is a good thing. But I'm glad they used wood at one time because it sure looks good! Quoted: Quoted: I was showing a bakelite AK of mine to a friend, and being that he had never seen a bakelite AK before, he asked "Why did they make this kind of furniture?
Quoted: Why the plum colors? The dye used to make the parts black weaked them. The Soviets reduced the amount of dye to strengthen the parts and they came out plum. Why does my bulgarian have a pink pistol grip? Perhaps the Bulgarians wanted everyone to think they were a civilized, advanced country that didn't glorify violence. So they made your grip pink. Quoted: Quoted: Why the plum colors? I thought the main reason was the same as the reason bakelite was widely used in this country until the s that the Soviets lacked the technology in plastics.
Should have listened to Mr. Mcquire in the Graduate "I just want to day one word to you, plastics". So given the choice today, would you go bakelite or wood? It depends on what was supposed to be on that rifle originally, or perhaps just what you feel like having. I have only Hungarians, so they both have original blonde wood.
It looks the best to me with a very dark Parkerized gun finish. What I don't like is an all-black AK. The AK is not an AR and shouldn't try to look like one. For a 'working' AK that you just might take into the field in certain situations, definitely the polymer furniture, be it old Bakelite or something new. It's lighter and will never rust the gun. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; make mine black! Bakelite is also highly resistant to solvents and electrically nonconductive. And just for the record, 'Bakelite' is a two-syllable word - 'bake-lite' - not 'bake-uh-lite'. It was also widely used to make ash trays because of it's heat resistance.
Heat resistance and non-conductivity are also behind it's continuing use in electrical parts. Pretty much the ideal gun stock material up until they developed the heat-resistant reinforced polymers of today. It said Breitling watches are shipped in a bakelite presentation box. How's that for a trival fact? I new there had to be a reason. That would be true if AK furniture was whittled out of blocks of wood by hand.
It's not. Wood furniture is machine made. But thanks for giving me a mental picture of thousands of peasants sitting around in a huge room,knee deep in shavings, whittling AK furniture. On some examples it's real obvious, others must have received more black dye in the manufacturing process. Southeast Asia's humidity wreaks havoc on wood furniture. The Vietnam war provided some input into future improvements.
Take a look at a cold war map and factor in countries like India, Somalia and Egypt that changed sides from time to time. There's a reason the AK47 is so prolific and was featured on a few national flags. How many flags have ARs been put on? ETA to try to stay on topic The AR15 uses a plastic furniture as do many other modern firearms. Plastic stocks are more durable in many cases than wooden ones, probably easier to make, lighter in some cases I would be interested in knowing why the Soviets had such brightly colored bakelite though Why the plum colors?
Thanks They sure are pretty. I think they look pretty good on it and seem to be very durable. I was surprised when I first fired an MP40 at the amount of plastic on it also at its level of complexity compared to the sten and the M3 upon disassembly.
I was later told that it was one of the first the first?Ak bakelite furniture
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