To those of you out there that want to either build one from scratch or managed to SOMEHOW shoot out the barrel of your Saiga 7.62×39, Kalashnikov USA has released an AK-103 Barrel Kit to suit your needs. KUSA is seemingly going all-in on their 7.62x39mm firearms offering multiple variations on their popular and high-quality KR-103 rifles.
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The AK-103 Barrel Kit includes everything you need to complete the forend of an AK-103 except a hand guard retainer and AK-74/100 gas tube. It has a 22mm barrel journal which unless you wanna repeat the travesty that was the MAK-90 parts kits built with MAADI trunnions and receivers (the fronts fell off) using this barrel on an AKM which has a 23mm barrel journal is NOT recommended.
According to the Kalashnikov USA AK-103 Barrel Kit listing:
Kalashnikov USA is proud to introduce our 7.62x39MM Barrel Builders Kit. This kit includes the following:
Kalashnikov USA 100 series front sight base, clone correct to Russian AK 100 series.
This comes not drilled, includes post, drum and detent assembly.
7.62x39mm Cold Hammer Forged Chrome Lined Barrel.
These are US made Hammer Forged barrels.
7.62x39mm 1:9.45 twist
These are stamped CHF 7.62 U.S.A. for 922r Compliance
The chamber end of the barrels measures (Trunnion Journal) 22.015mm-22.040mm (0.8667 inches to 0.8677 inches)
Extractor relief, hand guard retainer cuts and gas port are all included.
NOT FOR AKM
90 degree chrome lined gas block
from our 100 series based off the original AK-74/100 series design
Kalashnikov USA is offering this kit for $231.99 on their website right now. Personally, with the lack of 100 series kits on the market, unless they plan on offering their trunnions and other parts for builders, I can’t find a use for this. But I’m sure someone out there bought a sketchy 103 kit from Russia and needs these parts. Why not let us know what you think in the comments below!
All images are from the Kalashnikov USA website.