Haven’t posted in a while, so thought I’d post my 1969 Soviet AKMSL for collectors who enjoy Soviet AKs. I posted it on “The AK Forum” quite some time ago but figured the AK collectors and enthusiasts on this site may enjoy it, since many who love the SKS also enjoy the AK to some degree.
Some background and history on this AK. It’s all original to include Soviet AKM barrel, with a few exception parts that are not Soviet that I’ll point out. All the parts have matching serial numbers. This started out as a 1969 Izhmash RGUNS “hand select” parts kit. My dear friend Brendyn (aka BR7.62) completed this build in January 2021. IMHO Brendyn is by far the best AK builder/machinist in the business, bar none. He has done other builds for me and his work is exceptional in all aspects. Anyone would be hard pressed to disagree with Brendyn being the best the AK world has ever seen, and there has and are some really good builders out there. Unfortunately, Brendyn stopped doing builds and this AK was one of his last builds. It took me several years to acquire all the original Soviet parts and accessories from a few of my dear friends in Russia, and Brendyn was the only guy I wanted to do this build.
The NSP-3 (GRAU Index 1ПН27) scope, PBS-1 (GRAU Index 6Ч12) device and slotted frame arrestor with serial number are also all original Soviet produced. The scope is extremely rare and only a few exist anywhere. Literally just a handful exist. The PBS-1 and serialized slotted flame arrestor are also very rare. The sling and ammo pouch are both dated “1969”, same as the rifle. The Non-Soviet exception parts are the following:
1) 74ULLC (David Riggs) Receiver with matching serial number (David stopped making receivers but arguably his receivers were the best and most accurate, to include the markings).
2) Polish left-side underfolder buttstock strut (the rest of the stock is an original Soviet underfolder buttstock - correct year).
3) Custom side rail made by a friend in Poland and some additional custom machine work was also done by Brendyn to ensure it replicated the Soviet rail perfectly.
In 1969 only 650 AKML/AKMSL complexes were produced, probably far less than half of those were AKMSL and probably only a very small number were configured as NSP-3+PBS-1 complexes. The point being only a small amount of AKMSL's with PBS+1 devices were configured and issued in 1969.
Photos of strut, flame arrestor and NSP-3:
1969 RGUNS Izhmash AKM Hand-Select Kit as purchased:
A few progress photos of Brendyn doing his magic.