Review and tuning on the example of smooth-bore VPO 209

In the first photo, in order not to torment your souls, I will immediately place the final version – what happened. And it turned out, I must say, just wonderful, and most importantly – the way we wanted. By the way, this is “Version 2.1”, and only by the fact that the Magpul Zhukov kit, the Ultimak tube and the LA Customs gaz block were already purchased for the carbine, and the installation was almost begun.

But let’s get everything in order …

That's actually what happened. Next will be painting and installing a flashlight and LCU.That’s actually what happened. Next will be painting and installing a flashlight and LCU.

So, in the light of certain restrictions on the free transportation of rifled long-barreled weapons in the Republic of Kazakhstan, namely the mandatory presence of a voucher for hunting, it was decided to purchase a smooth-bore carbine, especially sharpened for self-defense.

TK meant:

  • ease;
  • reliability;
  • threatening appearance (yes, yes, this is exactly what the same American hoplofobs talk about – the silhouette of an assault rifle, much less the AK, itself causes diarrhea);
  • the possibility of using heaps of equipment and sights gathering dust in the closet.

Of course, I have smoothbones, but it was AK, as you actually could guess from the TK, the choice was small, or rather it was not at all, because the 12th caliber is not that, but the 410th was not considered at all, until recently It was…

To be honest, I heard about this carbine a few years ago, and seeing a photo from a friend, I was directly electric shocked – this is it, it’s brilliant!

Hunting self-loading rifle VPO-209 (smooth-bore AKM) caliber .366TKMHunting self-loading rifle VPO-209 (smooth-bore AKM) caliber .366TKM

As time went on, and, frankly, the need diminished slightly. But now, to my displeasure, I find that I cannot carry my AKM with me – I need to take a year-round license to shoot a wolf or wild dogs. Spitting on these options, I gladly picked up the “smooth” AKM, shot it out and realized that a weapon would be a commercial success, especially with a reduction in the cost of ammunition. Having shaken up all my reserves and sousy, I realized that in terms of the upgrade there was already a lot, it only remained to solve the problem with the fore-end and the bar for optics. Made a decision and purchased the handguard Magpul Zhukov, tube from Ultimak together with gazblokom, as well as the bar “Nomad 2“From Armacon Arms Devices.

Handguard Zhukov from Magpul

Ultimak gas tube

That evening, just as the snow was falling, falling asleep on the road, I was driving a car, and in the back seat was a parcel from the United States from a friend, with a coveted forend and other tracks on it. At this very moment, I get an offer from Valentin Vlasenko, a proposal that made me think hard … 5 seconds =)

The essence of the proposal: to install its latest development – posted handguard. And this is not a serial sample, but a prototype, on the basis of which, according to our reviews, the serial version will be finalized. This is a gift from Valentine for my birthday =)

Appearance of the forearm ... Although this is not the forearm or the forearm, a full-fledged chassis, but then I will call it forearm, for simplicity ...Appearance of the forearm … Although this is not the forearm or the forearm, a full-fledged chassis, but then I will call it forearm, for simplicity …

A few days later I already received and held the handguard in my hands, and as usual I admired the genius of its creator! This is the third product from Sureshot Armament Group for me: the first is the long shank on the HK MR308, the second is the chassis on the SVD. And now – a prototype of the posted handguard on the AKM / AK74. I will say right away, I did not dare to put it myself, I gave it to a specialized workshop – and he was in his hands, he initially wanted to shoot it off, and then put everything else, but you know, I could not sleep until I set everything up =)

This is how I took it from the workshop, I thought to take off the fly, but so far I decided to leave it, although another friend makes excellent DTC under 366 TCM .... We'll see ...This is how I took it from the workshop, I thought to take off the fly, but so far I decided to leave it, although another friend makes excellent DTC under 366 TCM … We’ll see…

So, anticipating questions like “Why does Kalash have a trunk out?”, I’ll say right away – THIS CHAIR makes sense only because it solves the issues of AK ergonomics without sacrificing reliability and WEIGHT! Yes, yes, it is the weight! In the normal version AKM 800 grams lighter !!! In my final version, the weight of the carabiner with optics is 3.2 kg! I will not say how much my AKM (Fort) 7.62×39 weighs in Zenit obvese … I go all evening from 209 around the house with a smile of an idiot, scaring home =)

So, the forearm allows you to:

  1. Optics installation;
  2. Installation of various accessories thanks to the KeyMod system;
  3. The handguard is thin, I completely embrace it and with a margin! The one who held the AK with different rails will understand exactly what I’m talking about. Only Ultimak could give such a thing, but he heats up …
  4. And this forearm will not get warm!
  5. The handguard is surprisingly light, and thanks to the design, the carbine is made easy!
  6. Well, for dessert, so to speak – it is free float. After its installation, the barrel in AK becomes freely posted!

Well, as in your regular reviews, everything else about the elements of the body kit, you can read further under the photos in the album!

I will say right away, as I continue to communicate, I will continue to talk about this wonderful carbine VPO-209 Mod2.1

Rear view, visible pin bushing sleeve ...Rear view, visible pin barrel sleeve …

Top view - very thinTop view – very thin

The size is due to a competent technical solution - an integrated gas discharge tube.The size is due to a competent technical solution – an integrated gas discharge tube.

Picatinny rail is made in a single block ...Picatinny rail is made in a single unit …

Handguard is flat and not high, all together - thin ...Handguard is flat and not high, all together – thin …

LA Customs GazblockLA Customs Gazblock

Specially designed for Ultimak tubeSpecially designed for Ultimak tube

In my ingenious decision on its adjustmentIn my ingenious decision on its adjustment

Fully collapsible, very convenient for cleaning, it is in the version when the handguard is a chore to disassemble (Zenitka) or it becomes part of the weapon, like a Valentin chassis ...Fully collapsible, very convenient for cleaning, precisely in the variant when the handguard is a chore to disassemble (Zenitka) or it becomes part of the weapon, like the Valentinovo chassis …

Having weighed a carbine, I, as if to say this, experienced a very strong elation, here =)Having weighed a carbine, I, as if to say this, experienced a very strong elation, here =)

And no wonder, that's what took to the release - a bunch of extra details =)And no wonder, that’s what took to the release – a bunch of extra details =)

Well, everything is simple here - beloved Magpul is changing the classics ...Well, everything is simple here – beloved Magpul is changing the classics …

AKM silhouette is guessed clearly, if you remove the front sight, you can already confuse it with something imported ...AKM silhouette is guessed clearly, if you remove the front sight, you can already confuse it with something imported …

Butts Magpul and rubber handles - my weakness ...Butts Magpul and rubber handles – my weakness …

Armacon Arms Devices fuse, Artel tactical handle and Aimpoint micro T1 sightArmacon Arms Devices fuse, Artel tactical handle and Aimpoint micro T1 sight

Gazblock perfectly and organically stood up with the forearm ...Gazblock perfectly and organically got up with the forearm …

Once again you can see how thin the shank is and never touches the trunk ...Once again, you can see how thin the shank is and never touches the trunk …

Even the trunk is not visible! =)Even the trunk is not visible! =)

And now check and checkmate: the weight in complete assembly is 3.2 kg, if you put a lightweight frame and a titanium piston rod, even in this configuration the carbine will be lighter than 3 kg! I am pleased! Now shooting!And now check and checkmate: the weight in complete assembly is 3.2 kg, if you put a lightweight frame and a titanium piston rod, even in this configuration the carbine will be lighter than 3 kg! I am pleased! Now shooting!

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