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VEPR™ II 7.62x39mm SPECIFICATIONS

Semiauto Action

Kalashnikov, Gas Operated, Rotating Bolt

Receiver

RPK Type with Extra Reinforcement

Calibers

7.62x39mm

Barrel

20.5” (520mm) Long Hammer-Forged, and Chrome-Lined

Overall Length

 39.75” (1000mm)

Weight

9.0 lbs. (4082 grams)

Feeding Devices

Detachable Box Magazines and Drums

Stock

Nylon with Glass Fiber Reinforcement

Scope Mounting

Scope Mounting Bracket on Left Side.  Scope Mount Not Incl.

Although the VEPR II is billed as a hunting rifle I am pleased to report it takes all of the available high capacity magazines including drums. These rifles have there receivers and other major components manufactured overseas they are then shipped to Robinson Arms who assembles them and adds high quality American made parts to comply with ATF regulations. Because it uses the required number of American parts, surplus foreign made magazines can be used The resulting rifle is in my opinion the best-stamped receiver AK-47 variant currently available. Why is it so much better you may ask?

Well to start with the stamped receiver they use is not actually an AK it’s a RPK receiver. The RPK is the heavier barreled machinegun cousin of the AK-47. The walls of the receiver are 50% thicker. In addition during the assembly a longer and reinforced trunnion is used. It is my understanding that the trunnion is the part that mates the barrel to the receiver. So all of the heavier duty (thicker and reinforced parts) make for a more stable action which makes for much greater accuracy, as well as significantly adding to the overall service life of the rifle. AK-47 type rifles are most deservedly know for their reliability, which is a function of their simplicity. However they are nearly as well known for not being very accurate. My SAR1 I think was a shinning example of this it suffered no mechanical failures and only twice did it ever fail to fire in approximately 3,500 rounds. Both times magazine problems were the issue. It was fairly accurate for the first two or three rounds when fired cold. After these initial rounds though it went down hill from there.

    The VEPR II however appears to be consistently much more accurate. I purchased the rifle on a Friday afternoon, and was field testing early in the afternoon the next day. I had loaded up 140 rounds with which to test my new rifle. After a thorough cleaning. I began with checking the sights from a distance of 7-10 yards. With a friend to call out where I was printing on the paper, I fired a few shot strings at this distance it was firing low. As I raised the sights I began to start seeing my shots hit the lower portion of a six-inch pie plate. I could see the first two or three shots that hit the plate. I took aim again trying to regain the center of the plate and raise up a bit to strike the dead center of the plate, but what happened was I had not compensated enough I had found center but was still low. My observing friend called to me after a little hesitation he remarked that I was making the center low hole from my first shot string into one ragged hole. By this he meant that I was firing through the same hole. We decided that the sights were on as far as windage was concerned so we doubled the distance and fired a few more shot strings. Happy with them we backed up to 100 yards. After a few volleys at 100 yards I was still hitting low so we decided to adjust the sights.

     The VEPR II has adjustable sights the rear can be adjusted for both windage and elevation. We moved it from its rear most setting to what we thought was the 100-yard mark. With the sights adjusted it seemed to printing fairly tight groups however I noticed that they were stringing vertically. I had been informed that this is fairly common ailment and that it is due to improper breath control. This is something I need to work on. Before to long I had depleted all the rounds I had loaded. The only ammo I had on hand was some hunting rounds I had bought the day before. The last group of the day proved that the gun had maintained it's accuracy. After being warmed up nicely, I had managed to get five out of eleven on a six-inch pie plate at 100 yards. The hits were vertically strung from the top to bottom of the plate. They were less than an inch from dead center and the distance between the outer most two of the group was only 1.75 inches. I was very happy.

- F.J.

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