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well, I am going to order one on monday or tuesday, BUT I WILL INSIST on the rpk reciever. If they say they are 1mm thick, I'll pass. I love my m70AB2, and want a genuine yugo...I also think the yugos without the rpk reciever look cheap.....

I'll call monday, see if I can find out what they are. But I called friday and they did say they had them. Also, the description says they DO have the 'heavy duty rpk style reciever'. Thats about good enough for me. If they send me one without, I'll send it back.
 

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Stinky, FYI, mods will remove your active auction link.
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lol my bad, I can see why they would do that though, incase that were my auction.

I wouldnt buy the M70AB1 if the reciever wasnt the correct rpk type. IICR they used the beefed up reciever for grenade launching use so it just seems silly that someone would build a rifle in the states without the reinforcements. If anything because of the safety factor that someone might lob practice grenades with it and take a chance in the rifle failing.

That and it just doesnt look correct, we collectors dont like that :)

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lol my bad, I can see why they would do that though, incase that were my auction.

I wouldnt buy the M70AB1 if the reciever wasnt the correct rpk type. IICR they used the beefed up reciever for grenade launching use so it just seems silly that someone would build a rifle in the states without the reinforcements. If anything because of the safety factor that someone might lob practice grenades with it and take a chance in the rifle failing.

That and it just doesnt look correct, we collectors dont like that :)

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I think you're a bit wrong on that assessment and your information - especially if you're a collector.

Check out the different variants of the Yugoslavian-made Kalashnikov rifles. They also made a less common variant officially called the "M70AB1," if memory on the nomenclature still serves. What many of you have been calling the full-buttstock and underfolding buttstock variants with the RPK-style receiver is actually incorrect, but sadly many vendors are guilty of proliferating incorrect terminlology through the masses often times.

The full-buttstock variant on the RPK-style receiver that most here in the US commonly see for sale or in kit form is designated the "M70B1;" the underfolding buttstock variant on the RPK-style receiver that most here in the US commonly see for sale or in kit form is designated the "M70AB2." These designations are directly from the Yugoslavian military field manual on the variants. There's really no clue as to why they used such confusing and unrelated designations that follow no understandable pattern. Or maybe that's why. Who knows.

Back on topic and regarding the "M70AB1" - it was built on a standard, non-reinforced trunnion (non-bulged/RPK-style) stamped receiver. It's actually quite desirable by Yugoslavian Kalashnikov collectors due to limited numbers of them imported into the US for kits. They're fairly uncommon and unique, and several folks have done some wonderful clone projects of them by using these interesting kits.

There's nothing wrong at all and would make a very unique and special rifle:


 

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Well that clears it up, thankyou rayman for the information. Didnt know they made the M70 fixed stock versions with a standard reciever, was this also done in some cases with the folding stock versions?

Would it be correct to consider the M70AB1's the earlier form of the rifle before switching over to the M70B1 model with the rpk type reciever? Or were they both produced at the same time period?

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As far as I know, the M70AB1 was only fielded with the folding buttstock but I'd wager there were full buttstock versions that weren't in great numbers. I spoke with a knowledgeable fellow in Belgrade and asked if there were any full buttstock versions made and he simply said, "Yes," but never gave any more information on it. But largely you find them in the folding buttstock form. Iraq also produced a variant of their Tabuk rifle with the flat-sided stamped receiver like the M70AB1.

I believe both rifle versions - the M70AB1 and M70B1 were produced at the same time. I do think the M70AB1 was produced a bit ahead of the M70B1, though.
 
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