I think you'll be very happy with your new Czech sweetheart.
They are indeed milled, and lighter than a stamped AKM.
You can tighten up the stock, just take the buttplate off and get a long standard screw driver to tighten up the buttstock screw.
Mags are aluminum, and while more robust than a GI M16 mag, they are not AK indestructable.
I used one in this year's Vickers AK class, and had no problem hitting the reduced C zone steel at about 200 yards during the walkback drills.
JW_777, who'd never handled one before, seemingly couldn't miss with mine either.
As far as similarities, it's locking system is actually closer to a Walther P-38/Beretta M92 system, and it's striker fired like a Glock.
Very interesting system, and as you say, those independent minded Czechs came up with a hell of a system.
They were the only counry in the Warsaw Pact that were allowed to use a non Kalashnikov variant.
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