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Old 10-15-2018, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default RPK AES-10B dust cover question

Hello all!

I just got an used RPK AES-10B and excited about it.

The seller disclosed that the top dust cover with picatinny rail was messed up and needs replacement which I didn't think it was a big deal.

The question is what type of dust cover do I need to source to complete this rifle? does it take any normal AKM dust cover?

Thanks!
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Old 10-15-2018, 01:04 PM   #2
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Yes, a normal AKM dust cover will work.


Railed dust covers are "messed up" as soon as they're made :/
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:30 PM   #3
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Yes, a normal AKM dust cover will work.


Railed dust covers are "messed up" as soon as they're made :/
Thank you for your answer.

Yes I agree on railed dust covers aren't too good.
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:23 PM   #4
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Depending on the trunnion date, you could go with either an AKM ribbed pattern or RPK heavy smooth.

Earlier Romie PM64s used the ribbed, where as later ones used the smooth.

Russia did the same, but Molot made the switch over to the heavier smooth fairly quickly in the early/mid 1960s.
Romania on the otherhand didn't switch over until the late 1960s or early 1970s (if memory serves, just woke up, no coffee yet hehe).
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Old 11-23-2018, 03:39 PM   #5
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Depending on the trunnion date, you could go with either an AKM ribbed pattern or RPK heavy smooth.

Earlier Romie PM64s used the ribbed, where as later ones used the smooth.

Russia did the same, but Molot made the switch over to the heavier smooth fairly quickly in the early/mid 1960s.
Romania on the otherhand didn't switch over until the late 1960s or early 1970s (if memory serves, just woke up, no coffee yet hehe).
Misha is correct and please correct me if I'm wrong. Are not the heavier smooth covers sort of preferable over the run of the mill ribbed when looking from a collectibility standpoint?
Ive been looking for one like Misha's in his video with the smooth top cover and the adjustable legs? If anyone is looking to part with one, I would be highly interested.
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My 88 rpk has smooth cover

My 76 has ribbed cover

Both are original and serial numbered to rifle
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I finally got my hands on an aes-10b. its a 76 with adjustable legs and a ribbed top cover. Misha, is this correct for the year? I was hoping to find a smooth cover but if its correct for the year im ok with it.
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I finally got my hands on an aes-10b. its a 76 with adjustable legs and a ribbed top cover. Misha, is this correct for the year? I was hoping to find a smooth cover but if its correct for the year im ok with it.
It's a factory mixmaster.

"Correct" means nothing with WASRs and AES series rifles.
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Its all numbers matching. I thought these were built from demilled individual rifles until later when they started using new parts.
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Some AES-10bís are without original dates, theyíre mix masterís with scrubbed and dot-peened serial numbers.
I think this is what I have. Trunnion is marked....
UU-4XXX-06 RO

Top cover is ribbed and bipod is the removable one with short fixed legs (PKM type?)
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Mine is not a mix master. No scrubbing and no dot peened serial numbers. All numbers match except top cover. Big al stated that his 1976 is numbers matching with a ribbed top cover like mine. Metal smith stated his 1977 is numbers matching with smooth top cover. I wonder if the change over happened in 1977?
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Mine is not a mix master. No scrubbing and no dot peened serial numbers. All numbers match except top cover. Big al stated that his 1976 is numbers matching with a ribbed top cover like mine. Metal smith stated his 1977 is numbers matching with smooth top cover. I wonder if the change over happened in 1977?
1976ish period is when dustcover changed and also I believe when dimples receiver went away. Iím sure nothing went to waste and existing material was used until it was gone.

Major Romanian rpk47 differences:

Dimple vs non dimple receiver
3 different style bipod
Ribbed vs smooth dust cover
Scope rail vs no scope rail?
Carry handle vs no carry handle?
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Recreator Blanks and Childers both do.

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Old 01-24-2019, 01:41 AM   #14
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1976ish period is when dustcover changed and also I believe when dimples receiver went away. I’m sure nothing went to waste and existing material was used until it was gone.

Major Romanian rpk47 differences:

Dimple vs non dimple receiver
3 different style bipod
Ribbed vs smooth dust cover
Scope rail vs no scope rail?
Carry handle vs no carry handle?
Bolded is correct, that's about the time the top cover, bipod, and receiver dimples were changed. My 77 kit has all of the later features. I don't know that scope rails or the carry handle were ever standard on military models, they're on the AES10B most likely because the romanians build rifles to customer spec for contracts, and those are features century figured the civvy market would like.

ETA: per cugir website, stock photos of 7.62 rpk lack carry handle, while their 5.45 rpk has it; neither have a scope rail, but the 5.45 has a cool "shoulder thing that goes up" buttplate lol.

http://romarm.ro/en/product/mitralie...bru-7-62x39mm/
http://romarm.ro/en/product/mitralie...bru-5-45x39mm/
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