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Old 03-29-2012, 06:58 AM
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So... um... how do you tell the difference between "machined" and "milled" receiver covers?
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I know the milled receivers have a pronounced indention on the right side of the gun. I don't know what you mean by "machined". Do you mean "stamped"
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I don't know what you mean by "machined". Do you mean "stamped"
Yeah, that's what I meant.
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Milled means it started out as a solid block of metal, and whatever wasn't needed was ground away. Stamped means it started out as a sheet of metal, and then was formed in a press. Thus, anything stamped is cheaper and quicker to produce.
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Milled means it started out as a solid block of metal, and whatever wasn't needed was ground away. Stamped means it started out as a sheet of metal, and then was formed in a press. Thus, anything stamped is cheaper and quicker to produce.
Yeah, this I know, I'm just fuzzy on how to visually distinguish between the two types.

I think a side-by-side comparison of the two types, pointing out the differences, would be a worthwhile addition to the AK gallery page similar to how the M16 gallery has close-ups of upper and lower receivers, telling how to distinguish them.
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Isn't the stamped one the one with the ribbed top cover, and the milled one is the one without?

Or is it the other way round?
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He's not asking about the receivers guys, he's asking about the dust covers. Milled AKs originally had smooth top covers and stamped AKs had the ribbed ones (I'd imagine they're strengthening ribs since the metal isn't as strong but that's just conjecture on my part). There are exceptions though, but original Russian AKs were configured that way from what I've read.
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