My first AK was a WASR10-63 in 2005 because it was dirt cheap and a gritty little rifle with a lot of character. While I liked it quite a bit (trigger slap and all) what I really wanted was something that as a teenager I had always been fascinated by...an AKS74. Just a few months after getting familiar with the WASR I decided to take the Arsenal plunge and bought the SLR105A1R from a local store. 5.45x39 really worked for me. I was smitten by the caliber and the SLR105 itself. It seemed that anything the WASR could do the SLR could do too, but better...especially as the range increased.

The following summer I sold the WASR, jumped head into 5.45x39
 and never looked back. In retrospect I should have kept that dirty ol WASR, but such is life. The new owner was very happy with it.

A year or so later I had the SLR105 converted to a side folder and realized that I was probably always going to be a folding stock guy. This preference for side folders has been a constant for me and no matter what kind of AK I buy I eventually have to have a folder put on it.

During the period of 2006-2009 I was lucky to add a variety of rifles including my Saiga12 project which took over a year and a half to finish. I've converted a number of 7.62 Saigas for friends and owned a few myself, but I seem to only keep non 5.45 guns for a time and then send them on down the road. The shotguns are here to stay however, and eventually I added one of the Vepr12s as well.

In 2009 my dream come true collector guns arrived...the SGL31s in 5.45x39 manufactured directly in Izhmash Russia. Finally able to own a true AK74M pattern rifle. The bug hit pretty hard after that and I was fortunate to be able to add a few more SLR104s and SGL31s as well as a Tiger and  several Veprs. I have been really happy in particular with the SLR104s. It's nice to be able to buy them in folding stock configuration in 2016, which we could not do back in the day.

March 2018

Top AKSU has Bad Element 20 round magazine (in this case a cut down RPK74 mag). His work is phenomenal and as close to factory as you can get

New addition Scorpion Evo S3 with Illusion 9 and Rakurs-PM

Nov 2016 Black Rifles pic.

Older photo of the collection with the VEPR12 before side folder conversion

Modern AK74s (Late 80's and newer)

SGL31's with Saiga 12. These are also the 5.5mm folding SVDS stocks adapted for the AK

Soviet laminate 2017

For chest rigs I start with the warbelt concept as the base of my rig and then add either an SVD chest rig or an AK74 rig as necessary. My warbelt is an LBE with two HSGI Taco mag pouches, a SMERSH butt pack and an SRVV medical pouch along with dump pouch and two old Army canteens. IO reload the 74 from the tacos and then refill as necessary, or reload directly from the UW chest rig. It's not as fast as the Tacos but works well


I've recently added some ANA Digiflora Tacos to the LBE, and a new ANA Digiflora dump pouch

UW Gear AK74 Rig in SURPAT (This is the older Minute Man 3 style)

UW rig with ANA Digiflora Tacos. 5 total mags in this configuration as well as +2 pistol mags, or as I have shown here, a multitool and a G2 light. This would give 7 or 9 total AK mags with the LBE depending on using both slots in the double taco pouches


2160 per 5.45x39 crate (1080 per green tin) and 880 per 7.62x54R crate (440 per green tin)

7N1 in the bottom two crates

The collection in summer 2009. Saiga 7.62 and SLR107UR have been sold since then

Bulgarian SLR107UR before the barrel chop and with the converted 7.62 Saiga

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