Last M-76 clone

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E. Blake
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Last M-76 clone

Post by E. Blake » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:37 am

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This will probably be my last clone as key parts are becoming almost impossible to find.

I had originally configured this Norinco Hunter as an M-78, but after I sold all my other clones, I decided I had to have an M-76 again.

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Post by AGG » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:11 am

Nice build!!! :D

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Thank you

Post by E. Blake » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:20 am

Thanks very much.
I should emphasize that although the concept is mine, most of the hard work--milling the lightening areas on the receiver, attaching the Galil stub to the rear of the receiver, fabricating and threading the transition fixture that allows the stock to be attached to the re-formed receiver, shortening and threading the barrel to accept the Valmet flash hider, & using taper pins to further attach the flash hider--was all accomplished by the outstanding work of a local gunsmith, Shannon Jennings.
He did let me use his blast cabinet to sandblast the finished product, which I then brought home and baked after painting with Brownell's dark Parkerizing paint.

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Post by GoodGuy » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:34 pm

I like it.

It that the original Chinese gas cylinder?
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Yep

Post by E. Blake » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:53 pm

Yep, it is.

Couldn't find a Galil or Valmet gas tube that I could afford, so I just used the one that came with it.

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Restocked

Post by E. Blake » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:31 pm

I know that several M-76s had tube stocks rather than wooden ones. I had the end piece for years, but could never find the tube. Turns out that the AR-15 buffer tube is just right, once the ID of the rear of the receiver is threaded to take it.Image[/img]

The wooden stock that was on it previously is now on the other last clone: an M-76 in .223 currently being finished by Shannon Jennings. In a few days, I will post pix of that one too.

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.223 M-76 clone

Post by E. Blake » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:10 pm

As promised, here is a picture of the M-76 clone--in .223--that was built by the gunsmith using

American-made receiver and barrel;

Repro butt-stock by Bishop

Valmet flash hider, receiver cover, hand-guard rear bracket, and hand-guards;

Galil mag-catch housing, trigger, and gas block/front sight assembly,

front hand-guard bracket from an AR-15,

and internals and safety lever from a Chinese AK.

Oh yeah, I made the pistol grip myself.

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Shannon recommended I run a couple of mags through it to "season" everything before blasting and finishing it. Once it has it's nice bake-on finish, I will post a final pic.

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Post by Tom Doniphon » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:22 pm

I don‘t know what else to say but.... spectacular! That is some awesome work and it goes to show what can be done with some patience and ingenuity!

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Clone

Post by DunGoterDid » Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:15 am

Beauty
Valmets are sweet

E. Blake
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Thanks!

Post by E. Blake » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:34 am

Thanks gents. Can't wait to sneak out to the range during lunch one day this week! :D

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Best part

Post by E. Blake » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:38 am

I forgot to mention the best part: since this was built on an American-made Galil receiver, it uses Galil mags that cost around $25-$35 instead of .223 Valmet mags that run around $175 and up.

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Post by AGG » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:42 am

That is quite nice--- cannot wait to see the finished product!!! :shock:
Does this use standard, AK magazines? :D

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Standard, but not AK

Post by E. Blake » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:05 pm

The second clone (unfinished one with the wooden stock) is in .223 caliber and is built on a Galil receiver, so it uses standard Galil mags.

The first clone (now wearing a tube stock) is in 7.62X39 mm; and, yes, it uses plain old, dime-a-dozen AK mags. I had a little square lanyard ring welded onto the floor-plate of one of them to maintain the illusion of an original Valmet mag.

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Post by AGG » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:28 am

I thought that the second rifle had a Galil magazine!!! :D

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Field test

Post by E. Blake » Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:27 am

So, I took the new clone out to the range this weekend to "break it in." Our club in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, has a new steel plate range, so I headed over there after sighting in at the bench rest range.

What fun to go "bang" and hear "clang" a half second later! It did great at 100 yds, although a slight windage adjustment was required. Naturally, I left my screwdriver at home, so I had to use "Kentucky" windage.

Besides finishing the metal, the only additional change I will make is to add a neoprene buffer to slightly soften the recoil and to save wear and tear on the rear of the bolt carrier and receiver. :)

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