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Assault Rifle, Type 84 (ART-84) variants by ScrewfaceRomeo Assault Rifle, Type 84 (ART-84) variants by ScrewfaceRomeo
While loved by troops, the venerable ART-18 assault rifle was known to be picky about ammunition, and was somewhat finicky in sandy environments, causing the New Cordian Expeditionary Corps to being trials for a more reliable weapon in 1984. The Corps requested a highly durable rifle suitable for combat in harsh environments, firing their standard 7x40mm cartridge from NICO STANAG magazines, with an action preferably based on the Avtomat Kalashnikova. Castle State Arsenal settled on a license-produced version of the Spreewerkian T3-12 rifle (itself in turn based on the AKM) as the basis for their entry, because it already possessed many of the improvements they needed. Castle replaced the original AK bolthead with a 6-lug AR-15-style bolthead and matching barrel to improve accuracy and better handle the high-pressure 7x40mm rounds, added a modified version of the ART-18A's folding stock, and fitted their weapon with a stamped sheet steel heatshield and polymer handguard. They also devised a railed receiver cover and magazinewell for STANAG magazines. The ART-84 was cheap, accurate and reliable, and could be used with the same magazines, barrels and ammunition as it's predecessor, traits that ultimately lead to it's adoption and use by the Expeditionary Corps. The weapon was so popular that it remained in service until 2013, when it was replaced by the MBR-13 system. The ART-84 is now mainly used as a weapon for reserves and for the civil militia and home guards, as well as some police departments.
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like an R4
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Stubble-Hub Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
More like an AK-47 what'chu talkin' ;bbbbbbout lol, joking.
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You do know what I am talking about right?
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Stubble-Hub Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
I know, but the middle one looks like an AK.
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Aye, that it does.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the R4 is a South African copy of the Galil, which in turn is an Israeli copy of the Finnish Valmut, which is an improved AKM. This is also an adapted and improved AKM.
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Good to know.
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TheBurningMouse Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the stock on the top one, all ways loved that look...
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CzechBiohazard Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, awesome shading. :D
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gracías
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CzechBiohazard Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Por favor?
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Que por favor?
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CzechBiohazard Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, I meant "Da nada"..... My bad. :P
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AirborneLeaf Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nachos?
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CzechBiohazard Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What? "Da nada" is supposed to be Spanish for "You're welcome".
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AirborneLeaf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spanish is the language of Mexico. Nachos are Mexican, therefore Nachos are relevant. I win.
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AirborneLeaf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never seen a weapon with an AK receiver use STANAG magazines. Looks good though.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beryl makes a STANAG adapter, and Krebs used to. This one is my own design tho
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cityofthesouth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
yeah it looks like a 40 rounder to me, I can't find the issue. This technique looks like another advance forward for you. Nicely done, very clean.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Turns out the Gradient Transform tool was hiding under the Free Transform tool all along... :P
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cityofthesouth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
In Flash .... sounds like a kick ass tool. Gonna have to get myself into Flash one day.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's awesome: you can introduce any number of colors onto a scale, and it will automatically gradiate them togather. Then you can orient it any way you like. So, as seen above, I can intoduce a light green between to dark greens, and it looks like a cylinder. In about a second. OR I can slap a number of slightly different shades togather and create an interesting texture. I think one should do the basics in FLASH and then add the texturing in Illustrator or Ps
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cityofthesouth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Sounds awesome. Results speak for themselves.
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cityofthesouth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
In Ps or where? Not sure I know about this.
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Spreewerke Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Only thing I'd do is put the attachment point of the bipod further rearwards (say, just forward of the gas block). It'd move that extra weight a tiny bit back to balance it (even if just barely a noticeable amount) and it would no longer be in front of the muzzle device in any way. That would allow the use of a suppressor or rifle grenade or what-have-you.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This I shall do. If you noticed, I added some backstory for the origin of the reciever cover and magazine wells.
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Spreewerke Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Sehr gut. The AKS-74u uses a hinging receiver cover, as well, and holds zero. Adding rails to this rifle would be absolutely plausible in the mentioned time period, as well.

I like it, even if I'm not sure how the gas tube is removed (does one remove the handguards first since they're FAL-ish?).
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sí, signor, one removes the handguard, thus gaining acess to the pins retaining the heatshield in place. Remove the heatshield and disassemble is like normal AK.
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perttime Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I found that the method for removing the gas tube was quite handy on the Finnish RK 62 [link] and its derivatives: after removing receiver cover and the bolt carrier/piston assembly, the tube simply slides off to the rear. No need to remove hand guard etc.
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Spreewerke Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Sounds good. Also, since I can't think of any other time to mention it, my second-cousin and I have been looking at the requirements for getting an FFL (since he has the paperwork for one already filled out, but not submitted). If we can meet said requirements for the building and lot location (should be able to) and also afford that, there's a high possibility of a new gun store being started and I've been looking very hard at SAIGA conversions... If we do get an FFL and business started, would you like for me to let you know?
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me know, certainly, but I'm far too short on cash within the foreseeable future (read, rest of this year)to spend money on AKs.
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Spreewerke Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I understand. It will probably be quite a while before it gets started IF it gets started.
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Epicsunrise Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You could try a different style of hi cap mag where the magazine is wider below the area that inserts into the receiver instead of longer.These looks fantastic,the lighting and design are very well done.I really like the upper.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Casket mags? Normally yes, but this was made in 1984, and casket STANAGs didn't exist then.
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Epicsunrise Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Casket mags!,yes thank you for reminding me.Ah,well,I guess them not being made yet settles that then.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Technically they were invented, but they had only been used for pistol-caliber SMGs, like the Spectre or Hafdasa. AR-15 Caskets are a very recent development.
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Very neat design, the rifles look great, my only issue is with the magazine. It looks "off" somehow. I suspect because you tried "stretching" a GI 30 round STANAG magazine, with it's distinctive shape, to look higher capacity. Maybe look at some of the extra-high capacity AR mags on the market, or the P-mag with it's more "continuous curve" shape, for a better reference point.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

Yeah, I extended the GI's straight bottom, because curved magazines are a bitch to get right. The 40 round STANAGs I researched have a slightly steeper curve, but overall the difference is not that noticeable: 40 round STANAGs look weird, even commercial ones. Theoretically, though, it shouldn't cause to much in the way of problems, even if it looks a tad odd.
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SomeNavySEALs Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice.
I have to ask though, why the AK selector lever?
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There was no overwhelming reason to change it in the minds of the designers.
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