take note that in some countries the fitting of real-steel parts
(even from a de-act) to an Airsoft ‘marker’ can, in legal terms,
turn that Airsoft item into what is legally classified as a
true firearm. It should also be noted that the breaking down
and use of deactivated firearms for a use other than what it
was originally certified for, is also illegal in some countries.
I would strongly recommend that you check your laws before attempting
any such similar project on your own.
VZ.58 (Rifle Model 1958), is available in 2 models (the P model,
with fixed stock, and the V model, with folding stock). They
have been used by the Czechoslovakian Army since their agreement
with the Warsaw Pact. It is one of the very few “original”
assault rifles used in the Warsaw Pact’s countries (since most
of those adopted the russian made AK47, then starting production
of their own national-made AK copies). While this rifle can
be considered similar to the AK in external appearance, the
VZ58 utilizes a completely different locking principle. It is
currently in service with both the Czech and Slovakian armies.
have dreamt about this project for a few years. I started to
realize the idea about two two months ago. I´m
member of Airsoft team URNA
Pardubice and the real Police URNA (only some of
the “poorer” regional forces) sometimes have this
gun instead of more common, but more expensive, H&K
MP5. I wanted to install a version 3 gearbox into the real deactivated
rifle and to obtain an authentic and sturdy AEG by doing this,
but sadly this is not possible! The gearbox’s cylinder width
is more than real gun and I found more problems as well as that.
decided to install parts from a real vz.58 onto a TM AK47 AEG.
I ground down (using grinding wheel) the real gun into several
parts and tried to fit them on AK-47. Of course AK had to be
prepared for this. The AK’s body was modified, the stock replaced
with collapsible real version, the charging handle was removed
and the rear sight was cut down.
barrel is made from aluminum with real front sights mounted
on it. Also the handguard and rear sight was used from the real
gun. I tried to use the real parts as much as possible and I
can say that was a success.
original parts left from the AK47 in this new build are the
body, gearbox, hopup, inner barrel (nabbed from a TM XM177E2)
and the inner guts of an AK hicap mag. Yes, even the magazine
cover is original, it was actually quite surprising how easy
most difficult thing was to fit and fix the metal receiver and
to fit the motor into the grip. You can see the result of my
efforts from the pictures.
has been upgraded with an aluminum piston head and a spring
guide and bearings from Guarder, steel bearings from Classic
Army and it has been fitted with a Guarder hopup rubber.
spent a lot of time in the local paint shops, as it was very
difficult to find similar colour. You see, the real vz.58 has
a dark grey-blue colour, not black. Finally I managed to find
something very similar in a spray can version (originally intended
for use on cars :-) )
is not possible to fit a battery inside this AEG, and I hate
external battery bags. So I decided to insert a large 8,4V 2000mAh
battery into a second real magazine. It is camouflaged very
well so you can only see the wires coming out the top. I load
it with two 7.62 dummy rounds for a better look. Both magazines
are then taped together.