Recoil - - Contents - BY TOM MAR­SHALL PHO­TOS COURTESY OF PETRONOV AR­MA­MENT For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Petronov Ar­ma­ment at Email: petrono­var­ma­ment@cox.net Phone: (630) 780-4037 URL: www.petrono­var­ma­ment.com

Petronov Ar­ma­ment’s New Re­ceivers May Be the Clos­est You Can Get to a “Real” AK With­out a Pass­port

What con­sti­tutes a “real” AK ri­fle? With vari­ants avail­able the world over from Asia to

Africa and back again, the per­mu­ta­tions of pat­terns, mea­sure­ments, and tol­er­ances are about as di­verse as you can get. But a small shop in Phoenix, Ari­zona, is get­ting back to the ba­sics. Petronov Ar­ma­ment is in the process of gearing up pro­duc­tion for a line of AKs that may si­lence many an in­ter­net purist.

Sev­eral years ago, we were sit­ting at Petronov head­quar­ters, dis­cussing an­other project, when we spied a set of blue­prints on a desk that ap­peared to be writ­ten en­tirely in Cyril­lic. While we weren’t able to get any more in­for­ma­tion at the time, the story be­hind those prints — and the prod­ucts they’re giv­ing birth to — are fi­nally see­ing the light of day.

An­thony Petrone, the owner of Petronov, has a close per­sonal friend who spent nearly 25 years liv­ing in Moscow. This in­di­vid­ual moved to Rus­sia to teach English but wound up developing a num­ber of mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial con­tacts. Through these con­tacts, he was able to send gen­uine Rus­sian tech­ni­cal draw­ings of AK parts back to Petronov.

The draw­ings cover both AK-47 and AK-74 ri­fles with var­i­ous in­di­vid­ual sheets dat­ing from 1949 to 1982. This friend trans­lated parts of these blue­prints into English. To fin­ish the trans­la­tion of the en­gi­neer­ing di­men­sions of the draw­ings, they went to a lo­cal tool and ma­chine de­signer who was able to read the more ob­scure tech­ni­cal mark­ings. With that last piece of the puz­zle in place, Petronov’s gen­uine Rus­sian AK project was off and run­ning.

Petronov teamed up with Ron Smith of

Smith En­ter­prises In­cor­po­rated, best known for their work with the M14/M1A plat­form for the mil­i­tary. SEI has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with milling and cast­ing re­ceivers of all dif­fer­ent types. Petronov and Smith tested a va­ri­ety of steel types be­fore set­tling on 8620 ord­nance-grade steel for the Rus­sian-spec AK re­ceivers — the same steel used to make M1 Garand re­ceivers. These re­ceivers will be case hard­ened in the same man­ner as their Garand coun­ter­parts.

Petronov claims the re­sult­ing re­ceivers will be as strong as a piece of solid bar stock. Petronov has gone to a foundry that spe­cial­izes in aero­space and mil­i­tary parts to pro­duce the ma­chine fix­tures, molds, and straight­en­ing fix­tures as well as sev­eral pro­to­type re­ceivers. An­thony says they’ll have their ini­tial batch of re­ceivers avail­able in July, just in time for you to see this ar­ti­cle and get in touch with Petronov. Pro­jected July re­leases in­clude un­der-fold and side-fold re­ceivers in Rus­sian, Hun­gar­ian, Pol­ish, and M92 pat­terns. Full ri­fles are ex­pected in 2019.

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