I purchased a base Zastava M77 rifle from Bud’s Guns and had the rifle sent to my good friend and FFL, Scott Igert over at http://www.migunexchange.com. To be imported, the rifle was pretty neutered with a thumbhole stock and a tacked on muzzle nut. We then went to work – the result has our M70 traditional handguard set (the same handguard style is used on the M70 series, M76 and M77 rifles), one of our Bulgy ARM-9 custom grips (my favorite grip hands down right now), Tapco G2 FCG, US Phantom brake, a Desert Fox PK1025 adapter, and an Ace skeleton stock with a 1″ pad.
The original muzzle nut was tack welded on. I removed it with a Dremel and touched up with Oxypho Blue from Brownells.
The original gas tube cover did not use a handguard retainer spring/clip. My gas tube covers really need them to stabilize so I dug around in my parts bin and used one.
The Phantom brake is one I had handy and rather than bother with the detent pin, I used a crush washer.
The FCG retaining wire self destructed as I pulled it out (I hate those things) and replaced it with a plate. [We have a new fire control retaining plate that is the proper dimensions for all AKM style fire control groups.]
The fixed stock was secured via a long wood screw that went though the integral Yugo grip nut. I was impressed that they did this without harming the 6mm threads in the nut. I just used one of our full length screws and away I went.
Our next post will show the RS Regulate mount and Vortex scope we bought for the rifle.
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