Norinco Hunter-to-Galil clone conversion project

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E. Blake
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Norinco Hunter-to-Galil clone conversion project

Post by E. Blake » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:48 am

The only thing more fun than having an actual Galil (in my opinion) is having a Norinco Hunter and making it look like a Galil!

Once again, with the aid of Shannon Jennings (who uses magic arts and kills a chicken as part of the process), I am converting yet another Norinco "hunting" rifle into a thing of style and grace!

This project would have been impossible without key parts purchased from the helpful folks at Apex, so I must give them a shout-out. Replacement parts for a rifle that is no longer in production and hasn't been available for import for over a decade are becoming very scarce and more and more expensive when we're able to find them at all. Which is why I appreciate their selection and service all the more. Parts were not new, but hey, that's what sandblasting and paint are for!

Pictures to follow shortly.

Merry Christmas Y'all.

E. Blake :D

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Post by AGG » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:43 am

Post pics upon completion--- Merry Christmas to you and your family!!! :D

Tony

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And to you

Post by E. Blake » Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:50 am

Many thanks, brother. And the same to you and yours.

I will post as soon as I figure out how!

In the meantime, here is what it looks like:

http://s159.photobucket.com/user/wynzoi ... 1.jpg.html
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Post by AGG » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:46 am

Excellent work!!! :shock:

Tony

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Thanks!

Post by E. Blake » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:56 am

Thanks Tony. I know the rifle is much happier now that it's been "fixed." I can just imagine how embarrassing it must've been for it to go around looking like a Norinco Hunter; right?! :D

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Post by GoodGuy » Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:27 pm

Congrats... that's a nice build.
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Post by 762AP » Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:24 am

Pic:

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Nice!
Now, details, details....

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A few details

Post by E. Blake » Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:24 am

As before, donor rifle was a Norinco Hunter (first model).

Welds included (1) stub of demilled Galil welded onto squared off Hunter receiver, (2) little "extension" welded onto actual Hunter mag-catch housing, (3) vertical extension was welded onto the squared-off charging handle in order to accommodate the little knob on top, and (4) a modified washer was welded into the center of the rear hand-guard bracket so that it would stay in place on the Hunter barrel.

An actual Galil barrel has a "step" at the back end of the barrel (just where it comes out of the receiver) that the rear hand-guard bracket hangs on, but a Hunter barrel doesn't have that step, so the bracket has nothing to hang on. The gunsmith chucked a washer into his lathe and turned out the center of the washer so that it was the same diameter as the OD of the barrel. Then he welded the washer into the center of the rear hand-guard bracket and the slid the whole thing in place (before putting the front bracket and gas block on). So the rear hand-guard bracket doesn't come off, like it would on an actual Galil, but it also doesn't ever fall off either.

Before he could install the gas block, the barrel had to be turned down, as there is a very small step in the Hunter barrel that a Galil doesn't have. Evidence of this re-profile can be seen in front and behind the gas block. Once the gas block was in place, he drilled the holes in order to pin it to the barrel.

While the barrel was in the lathe, he also turned down and threaded the muzzle to take the original Galil flash hider.

After this, it was just a matter of assembly.

This weekend, I will disassemble it and take it over and sand-blast all metal and use Brownell's bake-on paint to give a uniform finish.

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Update

Post by E. Blake » Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:17 am

Sandblasted and coated with Brownell's bake-on lacquer.
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Post by GoodGuy » Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:52 pm

Have you had much chance to shoot it? Is it proving reliable?
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Not yet

Post by E. Blake » Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:47 am

Haven't had a chance to try it out at the range yet. Having trouble finding anyone to hold targets for me.

People can be so selfish; you know?

Taking some time off next week, so I will likely be able to provide a performance report shortly thereafter.

Merry Christmas!

E. :D

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Post by DunGoterDid » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:08 pm

Great Job
Valmets are sweet

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Post by Sako92S » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:06 am

Very nice looking clone. :)
Building Galil/RK62/95 clone

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Post by AGG » Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:29 am

That turned out very nicely!!! :shock:

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Post by E. Blake » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:32 pm

Thanks amigos!

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