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    Hungarian AMD 65 from TGI

    I finally found a TGI AMD 65 at a local gun show, I had to get it :grin:

    Hungarian FEG reciever, original chrome lined bbl, one small tack weld on the brake/extension. Over all fit and appearnce is very good. I have to admit, in todays market I was genuinely surprised to find a Hungarian AMD 65 with a real Hungarian reciever.










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    What's the story on these??? I remember seeing the receivers for sale a while back - I think they were cut for single stack mags. Are these rifles assembled in the US with the Hungarian receivers and previously imported Hungarian kits or are they brought in from Hungary in a "sporting" form? Just wondering because they look nice.

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    Its my understanding, they're AMD 65 kits with original bbls built on Hungarian FEG recievers by TGI. I also think the recievers were originally single stack and opened up to accept high cap mags, the mag well looks very good without the tell tale sharp edges usually associated with modified mag wells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOHNO View Post
    Its my understanding, they're AMD 65 kits with original bbls built on Hungarian FEG recievers by TGI. I also think the recievers were originally single stack and opened up to accept high cap mags, the mag well looks very good without the tell tale sharp edges usually associated with modified mag wells.
    Good project! Do they break down the parts count?

    Spooky

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    The US parts are the FCG and magazine, 20 round pro mag. Since the muzzle attachment is permanantly attached only 5 US parts are required. I'm using a US floorplate and follower in the imported 30 round mag pictured.

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    Nice find, JOHNO! I've wanted an AMD-65 ever since I first fired one (in the late 1980's), and I'm green with envy!

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    I've got a Red Jacket built AMD-65 I really like. Nodak receiver, Tapco trigger group and brake. Hungarian 12.7" (I think) barrel and gunkote finish.

    It's a blast to shoot, pun intended.

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    That thing is nearly as ugly as I am. I like it!

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    Hey JOHNO,

    How do they compare, quality wise, to the guns that AIM is showing that they have in stock?

    Maybe you get tired of it and want to sell it to me after I return from Iraq
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    I was going to start a thread to ask a question, but then searched and found this one, so necropost time;


    I was in a gunshop yesterday and saw one of these brand new, had the same markings but brown grips.

    I'm looking for a sidefolder AK to use as a car gun, and thought this would be cool if it works and holds up in the long run.

    The owner is willing to deal with me and is asking $600 for the gun. Since my AK experience is sadly lacking I thought I throw this out for any thoughts ya'll might have.

    I'm looking at the gun as a serious rifle first (for where I need a compact rifle) and fun second, I care not a bit about historical or collector what-not in this case, looking for a gun that will run that fits what I want it to do.

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    Honestly, I'd pass on it for a serious use rifle. There are 3 things that stick out about the last time I shot one. The muzzle brake is very loud and puts out a nice fireball. The metal handguard gets pretty hot, and the wire stock is not very comfortable.

    I think you would be much better off with an Arsenal SLR-107 if you want a folding stock. Another possible alternative would be to take a standard AK and add a Polish type wire folder. I'm not a huge fan of the wire folder types, but you could take advantage of other muzzle devices and have a traditional forend for better heat management.

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    Was it like this one? Mine is just like the one pictured at the beginning of the thread, I just changed the grips out. IrishDevil has some good points. I am not a fan of wire stocks either, but I got a deal on this one and it actually surprised me how comfortable it is to shoot. It is loud beside it but I would not say it is any louder than the AK74 style brake. A few other things not mentioned are 30 round mags are tight to get in because of positioning of the front grip. 20 round mags are prefered. The TGI receivers do not have a rear sling swivel. Also the TGI AMD's come with US made mags to meet compliance so you can't use combloc mags without changes. I love mine though it is fun. Its about 25 1/2 inches folded David
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    Yup, like that but with brown plastic grips.

    I can make the wire stock work if need be, but still thinking about the rest of the issues.

    One thing making me think about this gun is with a trade of a S&W model 15 and some Norinco .308 ammo I can get it for almost no money out of pocket. Kind of a unique deal that I can't duplicate elsewhere.

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    I have one too, its really loud so it scares all the AR kids at the range. No cheek weld who due to the wire stock so its unergonomic to me, but its a great folder.

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    Well, for what I am looking for, a car gun that is compact and fits into a smaller case easily for in and out of the car in a low key fashion, able to hit minute of felon at the 50, firing a round that can punch cover such as cars, this seems to fit the bill.

    In some surfing I find that the price on the gun at the shop I visited ain't that great, J&G has these listed for $400
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    Nice score! I have always felt that the AMD 65s exemplify the meaning of KISS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOHNO View Post
    Its my understanding, they're AMD 65 kits with original bbls built on Hungarian FEG recievers by TGI. I also think the recievers were originally single stack and opened up to accept high cap mags, the mag well looks very good without the tell tale sharp edges usually associated with modified mag wells.

    Wouldn't the dimples indicate this receiver actually began as a high cap?
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    I use double stack AK mags in mine all the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteyrAUG View Post
    Wouldn't the dimples indicate this receiver actually began as a high cap?
    That's what I thought being a former WASR to SAR wannabe, but on mine you can clearly see that it was milled out to accept double stacks at some point. Mine is marked SA 2000 near the mag well. Everything I've read states they started out as a single stack. I'm not sure what is the deal with the dimples and the single stack mags. David
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteyrAUG View Post
    Wouldn't the dimples indicate this receiver actually began as a high cap?
    Actually, no.....

    The Arsenal SLR line were/are imported as single stack receivers, but they have the dimples. The receivers are opened up here at stateside to accept standard mags.

    The Hungarian wire folder sucks even more than the East German/Romanian/Polish wire folder, but you can make them a wee more comfortable by wrapping it in 550 cord.
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