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  • Olympic Arms 7.62mm x 39mm Russian upper receiver for your AR?

    I've recently come to learn where Olympic Arms makes a 7.62mm x 39mm Russian upper receiver for an AR.

    Anyone know anything more about this round on an AR? It sounds kind of intriguing to be able to use an "AK round" in your AR, but if I remember correctly the Russian round doesn't have the best of ballistics behind it past 300 yards or so, (as compared to that of the 5.56mm at least?)

    Might be intriguing per se if you could get the larger punch of the 7.62mm while still retaining 30 round magazines and the accuracy of your AR (as compared to that of when fired out of the AK.)

    You can drop an AK in the dirt, kick it a few times, and still then pick it right up and it will usually fire, where as your AR is lot more picky with dirt in the chamber, but that AR is a lot more accurate; (age old question: is it the round or the weapon?)

    http://www.olyarms.com/index.php?pag...mart&Itemid=37

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    Originally posted by SemperFiVet View Post
    I've recently come to learn where Olympic Arms makes a 7.62mm x 39mm Russian upper receiver for an AR.

    Anyone know anything more about this round on an AR? It sounds kind of intriguing to be able to use an "AK round" in your AR, but if I remember correctly the Russian round doesn't have the best of ballistics behind it past 300 yards or so, (as compared to that of the 5.56mm at least?)

    Might be intriguing per se if you could get the larger punch of the 7.62mm while still retaining 30 round magazines and the accuracy of your AR (as compared to that of when fired out of the AK.)

    You can drop an AK in the dirt, kick it a few times, and still then pick it right up and it will usually fire, where as your AR is lot more picky with dirt in the chamber, but that AR is a lot more accurate; (age old question: is it the round or the weapon?)

    http://www.olyarms.com/index.php?pag...mart&Itemid=37
    This is a common misconception. The AR is picky if you get dirt in it, but seals up to keep the dirt out much better than the AK. As for accuracy, I used to own a cheap AK (WASR-10) and never found it to be inaccurate, even compared to my AR.

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    • #3
      Olyimpic= blech.

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      • #4
        Supposedly they had a fire a few years back and had to retool, and are now producing higher quality pieces. I've had a chance to fondle one of their case-hardened 1911s, and it was a beauty.
        **Not a LEO**

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        • #5
          If you want an AK, get an AK.

          If you want an AR, get an AR.

          No reason to try to make an AR an AK or vice versa. That's why I don't have any pistol AR's or tacticool AK's.
          "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell
          8541tactical.com - Ammo Wallets

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          • #6
            The idea of a 7.62X39 in a AR has been done before. I love the idea and would buy one if someone can get it to work. The problem is the 7.62x39 round has a problem in the boxed mag well on the AR causing the round to missfeed.

            The 7.62x39 is equal to the 30/30 up to 100 yards and after that the 7.62x39 has the better ballistics. I use a SKS on patrol and it will shoot 3"'s at 100 yards open sites. The problem with stock SKS and AK's is the stock rear site is not the best site on the market. If you upgrade the sites you will see more shots on target.

            I have not tried to shoot my SKS out to 300 yards, but as far as police work goes I may not take that shot with the 7.62x39 or the 5.56, open sites.

            I hope they can make this rifle work and if they can I'll be picking one up.
            The two loudest noises are a BANG when you thought there should be a CLICK and a CLICK when you thought there should be a BANG.

            http://tacticalspecialistgroup.com/

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            • #7
              Oly Arms doesn't have too good a reputation from all the reading I've done. I really wanted their 1911 and ARs because they are local for me. But for every good review there's 100 negative ones. There's a local shop that is manned by Oly Arms employees, more or less a local outlet for them. All they sell is Olympic Arms. I decided on a different AR but went there for a a few accessories. Not knowing what I doing I brought it in and one of them helped me by installing a light. After fiddling with it a bit I mentioned it might be easier to completely take out the screws for the rail piece. It worked but he had trouble tightening it down and I was getting nervous. At home I realized his problem was he was using a standard allen wrench on a metric screw. Hopefully he wasn't a gunsmith.

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              • #8
                You may want to consider something like the 6.8 if you want something larger without going to the .308 platform. Plenty of punch and the mags are not bad either (price and quality).

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                • #9
                  I did want a .30 cal AR.....


                  It's called an AR10
                  "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell
                  8541tactical.com - Ammo Wallets

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