Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • Tyler McCommon

    Seems like the rifle was already having issues prior to it heating up….

    • Joshua

      Lol

    • Patrick R.

      Not really. Every time we have shoot this rifle it has been 100%, the overheat test was the excretion to that.

      • sauerquint

        “excretion”???

        • Patrick R.

          iPhone autocorrect.

          • ostiariusalpha

            I knew I should have gotten an iPhart. All these Galaxy phones that I’ve gone through have tried to Nanny State my messages for years! I feel deprived that now that I know there’s an autocorrect out there that thinks like a 12 year old.

        • Joshua

          Lmao

  • Will P.

    I think I’d rather see 7.62×39 but I’m partial to it anyhow. Iraqveteran8888 just tried to do an AK meltdown too and had problems. I’m thinking the AKs are banning together so we’ll never know what they are truly capable of lol.

    • Joshua

      Iraqveteran did a 7.62 AK.

      • Will P.

        This I know. I just said “AK” nOT specifying one way or the other. Either way the common denominator in both videos is they were Century built.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    It hurts to watch a good mg get destroyed.
    I’m pouring out a little of my 40 oz right now.

    • Patrick R.

      It was a junk semi auto AK before we got ahold of it.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Still I’m gonna tuck my full auto M4 in extra tight tonight.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        • Very nice gun man.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Thanks man, it’s definitely the coolest thing I own.

        • iksnilol

          Hope I don’t seem rude or anything but why do you have an optic mounted to the carry handle? Is it because the carry handle is non-detachable?

          • ostiariusalpha

            It’s obviously non-detachable. Now, it could be said that IUD uses the original upper to maintain authenticity, but we all know he actually needs the scope to be that high because of his enormous, mongoloid head. ;P

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah it doesn’t detach. Plus it came with the gun so I’ve gotten used to it. It’s a Colt 1×3 in pretty much perfect condition.

      • Joshua

        But, but everyone says the AK is such an easy rifle to make. Clearly an easy to build rifle should be easily built in the US.

        • iksnilol

          Easy to make on an industrial scale (much stamping and pressing). On a small scale I would argue the AR-15 is easier to make (much milling).

    • Tassiebush

      It’s for the greater good. There isn’t an AK to destruction full auto mag dumps video. It must die so we may learn.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        True, it’s not like it was transferable so he’s not out twenty grand over it.

    • Will P.

      As long as the reciever stays intact through the test it can be rebuilt for relatively cheap.

  • Wolfgar

    First of all how did Patrick get elected to be the test dummy, I bet it was a double headed coin and second does your full auto AK give you finger slap like my Full auto Galil does occasionally? Love your vid’s, keep them coming.

    • Tassiebush

      If I remember right it is Patrick’s gun.

      • Patrick R.

        No, this isn’t mine.

        • Tassiebush

          Fair enough. Memory ain’t what it was ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Patrick R.

      I like shooting stuff. I volunteered. I haven’t noticed any trigger slap on any of the converted AKs I have shot. I might not be noticing it though.

    • Zebra Dun

      Well the fire distracted him somewhat.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Thanks! Fun to watch; I’m looking forward to later installments.

  • Tran

    This might sound gay and is very irrelevant, but Alex looks like Tom Brady in this video

  • Risky

    It helps to have the bolt out of battery when trying to extract a stuck case ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rob

    It would be nice to see some top shelf rifles, (something around the Arsenal level) and both 7.62 and 5.45 compared (or milled vs. stamped)…is one more reliable? Yes it means more money, but if you have full auto guns to play with you have more then most of us!

    Oh, you may find it helpful at least for the test to use a bolt hold open safety.

    As always, I enjoy your videos, You two are certainly on the short list of quality gun videos out there… aside from the food in the guns stuff, (it’s just stupid.)
    Anyway, I always look forward to you next video!

  • Joseph A. Merrill III

    Case removal it is best to try freezing the rifle then with a solid almost full bore diameter solid rod and a heavy inertia hammer tap the stuck case out. Easier if you had a head separation then stencil paper funnel and a cotton bore plug in place pour hot hard alloy lead into cartridge from the rear let it cool and gentle tap will remove it. Had a head separation with no extractor tool on hand in my SP-1 back in 70’s the lead did the trick.

  • tts

    Hehe fun video even if it had no burning AK’s.

  • uisconfruzed

    Mmm… six failures in just a few mags.
    I thought the inaccurate sloppy AKs just ran and ran.
    I’m still glad I didn’t buy one. Well, I do wish I would have grabbed one when they were $99.

    • $99?! Damn, I need to fire up the Delorean and buy a crate!

      • uisconfruzed

        Roses here in NC sold them, Ak, SKS, British 303 bolt guns, plus a couple others I don’t recall for $99 about 15-20 yr ago.
        They had a good looking 303 with a shorter barrel and a Mannlicher (stock to the end of the barrel). This was before I had interwebs, by the time I realized it was a rarer Jungle version, it was GONE. ๐Ÿ™

    • gyrfalcon

      AKs have never been $99. You’re probably thinking of the SKS.

  • Lance

    Quit wasting a full auto AK and all that 5.45mm know how expansive those are. Alex my friend quit making it more expensive to shoot. LOL

    • Patrick R.

      This isn’t a registered example. It isn’t worth much, I promise.

  • Will P.

    Also just a random thought I had but is there any chance that the way yall had the rifle “secured” caused the failure? As it started heating up the pressure on the barrel from sitting/bouncing on the jack stand may have warped something.

    • Patrick R.

      I strongly doubt it. I don’t see how some loose zip ties would cause a case to get stuck in the chamber.

      • Will P.

        Yeah I rewatched the video wasn’t bouncing as much as I thought. I’m just thinking that somehow the chamber got warped because the rifle ran perfectly fine for so long with yall. Not sure how hot it was when it failed but once steel gets much about 1000ยฐF it doesn’t take much pressure to flex it and the relative light weight of AK barrels seem to be the failing point in these destruction tests.

  • iksnilol

    What was that contraption on the barrel? Could it have affected the gun?

    • ostiariusalpha

      Effected the barrel? Sure. Effected the barrel enough to warp the chamber? Not in this reality. Tying the barrel to that rest wouldn’t change anything much more than attaching the bayonet or a Magpul Zhukov handguard would. I could imagine that if the barrel & trunnion were badly assembled that you might get the situation that IV8888 had, but not a severely stuck case.

  • Isaac Newton

    Great video, but I respectfully disagree with your conclusion. What makes you think the chamber was improper? I think you just experienced a different failure mode than you were hoping for: heat build up so great that the cartridge sticks/welds to the chamber. iraqveteran8888 had a similar test but the heat caused the barrel to walk out of the trunnion. The AK is not a heavy machine gun firing from an open bolt, it was not designed to handle the heat of sustained full auto so this should be no surprise. Looking forward to the next video.

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    So neither IV8888 or TFB manage to get through more than a few hundred rounds… What you get for the least amount of money I guess. Iยดm also interested to see what a higher quality AK could to (or not do).

    • Joshua

      What I find interesting is that one could buy PSA, which is a relatively low end AR-15 that can be had for around $500, and should be able to run it till the barrel ruptures. While they are a low end AR-15, they are also reliable.

    • marathag

      or watch an SKS keep going and going, long past the rest quit….

      • ostiariusalpha

        I’ve seen several SKS rifles develop cycling problems from neglect. They’re just like any gun that requires regular lubing & maintenance.

        • iksnilol

          I wish there was some gun that didn’t require maintenance. Closest I can come up with would be some dead nuts simple bolt action shotgun.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Nothing is beyond eventual repair or replacement, of course, but I’ve got to think that break open shotguns are about the least maintenance intensive firearms you can use with confidence.

  • Yeah right, hit it with the rod on a BOLT CLOSED! If it doesn’t open with a 7.62×39 round it will surely open with a rod been hit a few times

    • Guess I didn’t get to the part where it stated that the Bolt was out of battery

  • Tom DeGisi

    Man, Alex, you looked so sad drinking coffee. You always look so happy shooting guns. I need to drink less coffee and shoot more guns….

    Yours, Tom

    • Well, the whole tabletop discussion was a reminder of how we failed to show you guys something that could have been really cool.
      When I make a promise, especially to a large group of people, I want to deliver. We know these guns are capable of more and we want to showcase that.

  • schizuki

    Every time I see these guys I think of Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza.

  • Liam Dillon

    Use a real kalash and get real results. Everyone knows century tantals have innumerable problems…key-holing, rails out of spec, improper head spacing.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Hey Alex and Patrick, if you re-barrel the rifle, I’d love to make a lamp out of the defunct one. Just saying in case you need someone to dispose of it for you.

  • Ethan

    Please make a video of the re-barreling process!

  • Daniel

    I’d like to point out the Buc ee’s mug. For those outside of the great Republic of Texas you have no idea how awesome a gas station can be. Buc ee’s is a destination unto itself.

  • gyrfalcon

    Try opening the bolt when removing stuck cartridges. Also wear two gloves, unless you’re going for the Michael Jackson wannabe look.

  • Rick A

    This was staged. Everyone knows AK’s don’t jam and never fail.

    Just use a WASR. They are cheap, plentiful, and durable.

  • Guido FL

    Full auto for extended shooting will seriously over heat any rifle. The Colt M-4 will fail in less than 500 rds. shooting like this per their own test. Check this out You Tube.

    I own different 3 makes of AK74’s and the only time I get stuck cases is when shooting Red Army Standard ammo after 80 rds. ! Just my real world experiences.

    • iksnilol

      From what I have seen on youtube most rifles fail around 10 mag dumps (around 300 rounds). Gas tubes bursting on ARs (turning them into bolt actions) and handguards catching fire on AKs. Most people logically stop firing them then.

  • Zebra Dun

    Because having a rifle that you can set on fire by shooting so many rounds is the absolute Coolest thing in the world.

    • iksnilol

      Sounds safer than a gas tube bursting.

      • Zebra Dun

        Oh most assuredly, I’d rather be able to put a fire out than pull fragments out of my eye.

        • iksnilol

          Wait a second, that implies you weren’t wearing your OSHA certified and RSO mandated safety glasses.

          I am appalled at your lack of safety… Not really, I have done worse things. Problem with safety glasses is I can’t see sharply through them (stuff like rifle sights require that sharp vision). Will probably be more religious about the glasses when I get some professional ones.

  • Capn Stefano

    This is similar to what happened to my Waffenwerks 74 after about 750 rds, gradually failing to properly eject, and having to use the boot to eject stuck cases. I’m guessing it’s head space, but with a near new gun (just out of warranty, naturally) it tees me off. I’m no 74 mechanic and I don’t yet know if I can find a local smith to fix it :0(

  • jcitizen

    I would have thought that at least one or two drums would be involved also. Maybe a vanadium barrel would resist stuck or case head separations?

  • Norman

    Come on, guys. It’s a Century build. They are known for crap. Do it with a quality, factory made 74, like an Arsenal.

  • NikonMikon

    Alex try using cerrosafe to get the stuck case out