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    Marksman smythe012's Avatar

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    AK Pistol with Brace Suggestions

    Hey all!

    I'm currently in the process of overthinking which AK pistol to buy and but a brace on. I am pretty close to going with the Mini Draco for the compactness of it, but I didn't know if an M92 PAP or even SAM7K with a 10.5" barrel would be a better option. Here's what I know:

    Mini Draco: Wonky hand guard with only a few pricey options out there for replacement. Short barrel = loud and fireballs (although I have heard there are good muzzle devices to mitigate that.

    M92 Pap: Longer barrel (less fireball?), less compact, similar price point to the mini, Yugo specific parts/furniture

    SAM7K: Much more expensive, faux muzzle device, comes with side attaching optic mount

    The other option is the new PSA/Lead Star GF3 pistols, which seem like a good value for the money. I have watched the AKOU video on the rifle and feel like they have worked the kinks out with the GF3, but I will admit the fact that it's a PSA still makes me leery.

    I'm looking to spend about $1k total with side folding brace and optic mount unless someone can talk me into blowing that budget for the SAM7K.

    What say you, INGO? Is the Mini Draco the way to go?
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    I have a Mini Draco with a USMachinegun folding mount, SB# brace, Texas Weapons Systems railed dust cover with PA micro dot, and MI railed fore end. The only reason I put the railed handguard on is I wanted to mount a flashlight. Otherwise, I liked the wood. It is a great PDW and with an effective muzzle device, not too loud really. The 3" difference between the standard Draco and the mini is significant in the hand and aesthetically.

    Here is a pic of mine before some mods. I didn't like the angle of the brace so I "shimmed" it with some JB Weld. The adaptor now sits flush against the rear of the receiver. The KAK blade has been replaced with an SB3 brace. I can fit this and five loaded magazines in a book bag/small backpack. It is my standard travel gun.

    "If you are mad as hell and aren't gonna take it anymore, grab your rifle and head outside. If you're the only one with a rifle screaming like a maniac, go back inside. It isn't time yet"

    "I saw a movie once where only the police and military had guns. It was called Schindler's List."

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    Have you considered the regular Draco pistol? 11.5" barrel so obviously longer than the mini but it gives you standard handguard options.

    Look through this thread for lots of AK brace options and how to mount them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snorko View Post
    I have a Mini Draco with a USMachinegun folding mount, SB# brace, Texas Weapons Systems railed dust cover with PA micro dot, and MI railed fore end. The only reason I put the railed handguard on is I wanted to mount a flashlight. Otherwise, I liked the wood. It is a great PDW and with an effective muzzle device, not too loud really. The 3" difference between the standard Draco and the mini is significant in the hand and aesthetically.

    Here is a pic of mine before some mods. I didn't like the angle of the brace so I "shimmed" it with some JB Weld. The adaptor now sits flush against the rear of the receiver. The KAK blade has been replaced with an SB3 brace. I can fit this and five loaded magazines in a book bag/small backpack. It is my standard travel gun.
    This is exactly what I'm thinking about doing. The only change might be the CNC Sidefolding Arm Brace. They have a Draco hinge base.

    https://www.cncwarrior.com/AK-Saiga-...ce-p/29380.htm

    "Backpack sized" is what I'm looking for most, and it seems like there's minimal complaints about the Mini's dependability.
    "This is my BOOMSTICK!!" - Ash from Housewares

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    That is a nice setup. I don't remember if it was available when I did mine or if I just wanted to avoid drilling .

    I've put maybe 300 rounds through my mini with zero failures.
    "If you are mad as hell and aren't gonna take it anymore, grab your rifle and head outside. If you're the only one with a rifle screaming like a maniac, go back inside. It isn't time yet"

    "I saw a movie once where only the police and military had guns. It was called Schindler's List."

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    My AK pistol is a PM90P from AWS built right up the road from me in Greenwood, IN. These are built using new imported Romanian PM90 parts kit on a US made reciever. Mine wears a Definitve Arms adapter and a SB Tactical SBA3 brace and magpul furniture. The PM90 uses standard AK furniture front AND rear. The rear trunion is standard AK style so any standard AK to AR adapter will work. But it has a 12.5" barrel so not as compact as a Mini Draco

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    Marksman smythe012's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by snorko View Post
    That is a nice setup. I don't remember if it was available when I did mine or if I just wanted to avoid drilling .

    I've put maybe 300 rounds through my mini with zero failures.
    The drilling aspect is something to consider. My first thought was that it would make it more sturdy, but I also heard the set up you have is basically bomb proof.
    "This is my BOOMSTICK!!" - Ash from Housewares

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    It is solid. But I also have a DAK-9 with a folding brace using a Fostech adapter. This is attached via a single bolt through the original sling mount hole. Basically the same as the cncwarrior system. It too feels very solid. Basically any of those mentioned in this thread will work well.

    It's about now when someone chimes in about "just do a form 1 and add a stock". And that is cool, but my mini Draco with SB3 brace is equally comfortable to shoot as is my SBRd Bulgarian Krinkov. Both have 7.5" barrels but the Draco was half the cost and a tenth of the time to build/complete.
    "If you are mad as hell and aren't gonna take it anymore, grab your rifle and head outside. If you're the only one with a rifle screaming like a maniac, go back inside. It isn't time yet"

    "I saw a movie once where only the police and military had guns. It was called Schindler's List."

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    Based on what I am hearing, I think Iím moving forward with the Mini Draco.

    The next question is, what flash hider? Is the Bulgarian 4 piece really worth the money?
    "This is my BOOMSTICK!!" - Ash from Housewares

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    Quote Originally Posted by smythe012 View Post
    Based on what I am hearing, I think Iím moving forward with the Mini Draco.

    The next question is, what flash hider? Is the Bulgarian 4 piece really worth the money?
    Yes. AKOU did a video on flash suppression and muzzle devices. The bulgy 4 piece brake did the best at both killing the flash and making the boom tolerable for the shooter and the guy next to him. I don't remember the brand of the one on mine above but it is a similar concept. There are a series of holes facing forward which direct the blast. Not as well as a 4 piece but it in half the length.

    "If you are mad as hell and aren't gonna take it anymore, grab your rifle and head outside. If you're the only one with a rifle screaming like a maniac, go back inside. It isn't time yet"

    "I saw a movie once where only the police and military had guns. It was called Schindler's List."

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