Sorry for the late reply, I've been out of the country, back in the states for 3 weeks, then back out again...Just getting caught up on posts
. That said, I did get a chance to put my MN Cossack together, shoot it, film it, produce a video and post it
Please note that the filming of these videos comes secondary to actually getting out and shooting for me - the "camera man" is almost always one of my buddies and his smartphone. I'm not a professional gun reviewer, and am not compensated for doing this, it's just for fun, so please keep that in mind when watching
That said, here's my review:
A few words about CBRPS
This is my 3rd CBRPS build, my others are a Saiga 12 Spike Base (a couple of videos of it on my YouTube channel) and an AK Spike X1S (I believe I posted pictures of it here, but if not, I will - video soon to come).
Having said as much, I've become very familiar with CBRPS, their products and processes. Their core competency is delivering a quality product at a reasonable price that can be adapted to firearms which have wide and varying tolerances.
As you might expect with any semi-custom solution, some fitting is sometimes required. I would agree that the instructions aren't always clear to me, but Bernie has posted a number of assembly videos on his YouTube channel (these are extremely helpful!). Mr. Rolfe is very good about answering emails and phone calls promptly, and has always been friendly and accommodating.
The ordering process
Orders are placed via email, which puts you in a queue for the next batch of stocks, and the turn around time is usually about 4 months or so depending on when and what you order - all production updates are provided on his website (www.cbrps.com).
He does NOT take payment
until the stocks are finished and ready to ship, at which point, you'll receive an email with paypal invoice. Upon payment, your order is shipped via USPS.
Upon receipt, what you're get is a set of parts, allen keys fitted for reach of the screws and the instruction sheet.
As Ascinder mentioned, the instructions could be improved with additional pictures, however, they written in precise language. You will want to read the instructions carefully before you attempt to assemble them.
Some stocks are designed to accommodate different variations between firearms, so it's important to make sure you're using the correct part for YOUR weapon.
About the base rifle
The base rifle I started with was a customized Hungarian Mosin Nagant M44 carbine. The previous owner had the barrel cut down to 18" and threaded for 14x1 LH twist to fit a standard AK muzzle brake (he used a modified Krinkov brake).
It had been placed in an ATI Monte Carlo stock, and he was using a scouting scope in order to clear the stock bolt.
I wanted to put a higher powered scope on mine, but needed to have the bolt bent, and the scope base (which attached to the rear leaf sight) wasn't a very stable mounting platform for the optics I'd chosen.
I had the bolt shipped off to George Tossan to have it bent, the work was reasonably priced and it received the finished product in a very timely fashion.
This stock was just perfect for the setup I was looking for. I got myself a stable platform to mount and level my scope properly.
As Ascinder pointed out, there were 3 different triggers to choose from, but two of them were tight in my stock and would need to be filed down a hair to allow them to move freely back and forth. This wasn't a big concern for me as it's a lot easier to take a little off than it is to put material back on
. Since the triggers are replaceable, someone with the means to do so could machine themselves a really nice aluminum trigger, but the plastic one works well enough for me.
I don't have any way to measure the pull, but it didn't feel any worse than the stock trigger.
The grip is a bit thick, but I have big hands, so it fits me pretty well. Fully assembled with the scope, it's a little bit heavy, but well balanced and easy to shoot. I had no issues shouldering and firing it one-handed (as demonstrated in the video), though by far, it was most comfortable when shooting from a prone position.
My only real complaint that you can't cycle the weapon without pulling the butt-plate away from your shoulder to cycle it.
There are a couple of ways this could be addressed, e.g. changing my posture or extending out the butt-plate, I'm leaning toward option two...
Overall, I'm very happy with what I bought. It works great, and everyone who's shot it has been impressed with it. Given the barrel length and muzzle brake I used, it's more of a flamethrower than a rifle, but it's still fun as all hell to shoot