W&S Airsoft Wood Kit
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- Last updated: 19/12/2016
As many regular readers will know, one of the things I really enjoy doing is taking ‘modern’ airsoft replicas and returning them to their original state, and as I’m a big AK fan (in real life as well as airsoft) then I’m always on the look-out for that perfect Kalashnikov.
Recently I’ve been working on a ‘shorty’ model, as you’ll see in my review of the excellent little AK74UN from WE Airsoft Europe (WEAE) and do I wish that I’d discovered W&S Airsoft from Taiwan earlier. They are another one of those small, specialist outfits that create parts of precision and beauty specifically for certain airsoft models, and they offer superb, high-quality wood kits for both the WEAE ‘UN’ and ‘PMC’ AK variants.
One of the things that is most tricky when it comes to fitting wood kits to an airsoft replica is that most manufacturers have subtly different dimensions and ways of achieving a solid fitment of aftermarket parts; when I came to fit a generic two piece forestock to the UN it needed a fair bit of careful sanding to get it just right, and I’m still in the process of re-staining it to get a properly deep, lustrous finish. I was actually looking around for bolt parts when I happened to chance across the W&S Airsoft kits on the Milspec Solutions website; Milspec Solutions specialise in parts for gas blowback replicas, so if you ever need anything for your gasser they’re great people to refer to. As I am intending to buy one of the ‘PMC’ rifles for myself in the next couple of months, when I saw the kit for it, the ‘AKM’ version, I decided immediately to order one in.
Now, the kits are not cheap, costing £39.95 for the SU and £69.95 for the AKM, but oh my, are they nice! The real wood AKM wood kit for the WEAE AK PMC is absolutely stunning. The set includes the stock, upper and lower foregrips and a more authentic fire selector to replace the ‘tacticool’ version, so it gives you absolutely all that you need to take the rifle back to original specification.
Many wood kits that I’ve come across in the past have been rather shoddy, necessitating a complete refurbishment, including hours of sanding and re-staining to achieve the desired finish. Surplus wood parts can be found at Militaria fairs, but again, these can cost a packet and still be in fairly poor condition; to give an example of this I once saw a real wood butt, forestock and pistol grip set for an L1A1 SLR go for over 300 quid and I discovered that the buyer, who it turned out I knew, had a heck of a time installing it on his STAR replica!
The W&S Airsoft kit is a million miles removed for either of these scenarios though; firstly, it has been designed specifically to mate perfectly with the airsoft replica, so installing it is a straightforward affair. Secondly, the finish is just superlative, the wood beautifully stained and lacquered and the metal parts, right down to the buttplate and sling swivel, perfectly and precisely finished.
I am now really looking forward to my PMC to AKM refurbishment, which is yet to happen, but if you’d like to see how the finished conversion looks, then simply go to W&S Airsoft via their Facebook page, where they have numerous beautiful AK projects to look at.
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