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  • I didn't say much about milled receivers. Here's pretty much everything I wrote on the subject on page 1:

    Historically, the AK-47 was originally designed in 7.62X39. The receiver was made from a machined piece of steel, like the Thompson submachine gun, and other rifles of the era. It later underwent a modernizing campaign, where its weight was significantly reduced (and money saved!) by making the receiver out of folded stamped metal. The modernized model was dubbed the AKM-47. Later still, the Russian government wanted a lighter weight bullet that created less recoil and developed the 5.45X39. The new model that chambered this round was called the AK-74. Milled receivers were no longer being produced, so all AK-74s are made from stamped metal receivers.
    Frankly, milled receivers look cool, weigh more, and the rigidity they add can actually lead to cracks and other less desirable effects. The Russian military went to stamped steel and didn't look back. Other than rounding out a collection, I don't see the point of a milled receiver.
    J. Wise

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    • Originally posted by jwise View Post
      I didn't say much about milled receivers. Here's pretty much everything I wrote on the subject on page 1:



      Frankly, milled receivers look cool, weigh more, and the rigidity they add can actually lead to cracks and other less desirable effects. The Russian military went to stamped steel and didn't look back. Other than rounding out a collection, I don't see the point of a milled receiver.
      Good advice that is helping me make my first AK purchase, thanks

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