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Is there anyone other then me that likes the Wooden thumbhole stock on a MAK-90 AK. And if you a shot one how do you like it, and were there any maintenance items i should know about.
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They feel OK, but I can't Stand a neutered AK, made to look less Evil..
 

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The thumbhole stock was ok , but I like mine a lot better after replacing it with the Tapco stock and pistol grip.
 

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Man, those MAK90's ssssuck! I'll come get it and take to the dump for you. It's not a real AK.;)

The Fiberforce Dragnov stock feels good, and it keeps it legal, I believe.
The SHTF stock would be a Romanian Side Folder. IMO

The Tapco collapsible pistol grip stock looks cool.
 

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I own two MAC-90s with the "toilet seat" stocks and both of them broke in exactly the same place, upper left where it meets the receiver.

They are unquestionably the worst stock ever put on any rifle ever made. They are also not cut for ambidextrious use and are uncomfortable for anyone who shoots left handed.

I couldn't get rid of mine fast enough. I did buy two replacements (cheap, new removals) to be installed if I ever sell the guns, just to bring them back to original (**** poor design) condition for someone who wants and original gun instead of a functional reliable stock.

Bottom line.......they suck and diminished the quality of what is actually a great gun, simply to placate the ignoramuses in the business of the gun control agenda by making a useless cosmetic change so they could "feel good" about doing something.
 

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i didnt realize the stock also served as a toliet seat, thats one of the things i love about this web site, you get so much unconventional wisdom,
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MAK 90 is one of the best Kalashnikov variants; in my opinion. They have thicker receivers and, to be fair, Norinco didn't skimp on the workmanship on the core action and rifle. Yes, they do have crappy stocks.
 

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The original Type 56 was a fine weapon, but it had to many unique parts for my liking, the 23 mm barrel trunnion, and other parts that do not fit a Standard AKM kinda turn me off. But some of them were as good as any Ak variant on the market, especially the Milled receiver ones. I prefer Maadi's and Yugo's myself. Something about "Made in China" that turns me off.
 

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I love my mak 90 and the stock is ok but I'll probaly change it over to an AK stock once I change over the 5 U.S. made parts to make it compliant.
 

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I am a left handed shooter and the thumbhole is not real comfortable. Plus the factory stock was made of real soft wood. It split lengthwise on me after a butt stroking incident (no--really).

Otherwise, it has been a very reliable and accurate weapon (for what it is). I have taken hogs, deer, turkey and varmits with it.

If I had to choose between a classic AK and a MAK90, I would go with the classic just on principle. The only reason I bought the MAK90 was because of the price. I only paid $235 for it brand new in 1996.
 

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Wow, that's a good price. You can't go wrong for that kind of money, even if you have to put a low cost replacement stock on it your still ahead of the game.
 

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I had both the Norinco Mak90 and the Bulgarian SLR95 (I think it was called that). Both had thumb hole stocks because that is all that was legal in my stated. Both shot well and were very reliable. The only reason I got rid of them was because my state limits you to magazines of 15 rounds, so I went back to SKS. I would get another in a heart beat if they lifted the ban.
 

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i just shot it for the first time on sat and it was awesome..i plan sometime in the future to change the stock though, set up is a bit heavy...now i have to quit buying guns and start getting ammo!!
 

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The Chinese guns are excellent guns. I have both Norinco and Polytech. I know some people do not like them but i have never had a problem with mine. I would buy another one now.
 

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I left the stock in the butthole original config but sanded it down to bare wood and used dark walnut stain and the standard oil finish. Blends in in the woods pretty well now.

One thing I did do was use a round rasp to custom fit the grip to my hand. Then thined it down with a flat rasp and sanded with a sander and deremel drum until smooth before staining. Its legal and it fits real good. Like you wouldn't believe good.

Like a glove.......scary it would be any good at all huh?
 

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i saw a pix of one that was customized with the bottom of the hole cut off and it was a one piece hand grip and stock..i have the email somewhere, if u have an email address ill send it to u..thanks for the reply..ranbo
 

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Don't make that cut or you have a protruding pistol grip and need to add the compliance parts. Better to change it all out to the Tapco config at the beginning of the thread, if you want to change. Otherwise open up and reshape that hole so it fits right, and stain it down dark so it doesn't look like a caution sign in the woods.
 
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