Convert an SLR95 front end to NO BAN, Bayo Lug, The whole nine yards?
I know the back half can be converted stock and pistol grip via drill holes & rear tang riveted. But can the SLR 95 be converted to NO ban status on the front end?
I am talking in regard to bayonet lug, threaded barrel, cleaning rod. I can see a possible issue with threading the barrel; will the front sight block need to moved rearward to avoid making an SBR?
If this can be done who can do it? Would it be expensive? I would certainly prefer to do this myself. What would that be like? Issues with the gas block hole lining up?
I used to have an SLR-95 that I had converted. Hector from Elk River Tool and Die did this before he went to Texas. Not sure where he is now. I had to gather the parts, ie; front sight, gas block and cleaning rod. He installed and also threaded the barrel which didn't affect the length. In hindsight, I wouldn't have done it because it affected the grouping somehow. I used to get very close groups with this AK but afterward it was not so. Still good but not as good. Looked cooler but didn't perform like it used to for some reason. But any reputable builder could do this conversion if you have your heart set on it.
Thanks, I'll take it into consideration.
My guess would be that with a compensator or flash hider that the muzzle crown isn't as good as no compensator/flash hider.
What are your thoughts on that?
The compensator on mine was not threaded on. I believe it was pinned on or maybe soldered on. I no longer have this rifle but here is a picture of it. If you want to use a cleaning rod, you'll have to change out those parts and might as well get the barrel threaded as you have more options to put on it.
If you need any barrel parts I have the front sight and a gas block that I probably won't use. The gas block is the old AKM style though and is not like the one I have pictured. I am not sure if the barrel diameter is different on a Bulgarian vs. a Romy barrel so you might have to do some research on that. Let me know.
A 74 FSB and GB can be used also. I have been thinking about doing that with mine.
The SLR-95 and 96 came with either no muzzle attachment or a very effective Bulgarian muzzle brake that's held on by a SUPER tight pressed fit and two cross pins.
In either case, the muzzle is simply not threaded at all, which means it can be threaded for the standard AK 14.1 left hand thread, using a threading kit.
There is no muzzle attachment locking plunger and spring in the front sight base, so you have to either drill the base for the plunger and spring, or replace the FSB.
The FSB doesn't have to be moved back so there's no issues with barrel length.
In order to get the bayonet lug and a cleaning rod, you're going to have to replace the FSB and the handguard retainer, and install a handguard drilled for a rod.
Since you'll have to replace the FSB anyway, you're best option might be an AK-47 type threaded front sight support.
Getting the gas block properly positioned is simply a matter of careful installation.