These are 100% steel! Aluminum loosens as the rifle heats up because it grows at a faster rate. Beware of cheap copies!
This bolt-on lower handguard retainer is for all calibers of the VEPR rifles. Installation of this retainer allows your rifle to accept regular AK lower handguards and cleaning rods. The handguard may need to be relieved to fit the larger barrel diameter of the rifle. Use of a modified AK gas tube (See AKGT2) will allow you to use an upper handguard. This part allows you to avoid having to press off the front sight block and gas block and not have to cut the locking lever notch in the barrel.
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This pic shows the retainer installed. Can be used with AK cleaning rods and AK furniture. Also it's a great way to add U.S. made handguards for one additional compliance part. Install is simple, just tighten the two cap screws after the handguard is on and you are done. There are also set screws for added bite. The orientation of the upper band to the lower is essential. Look for the I.D. stampings on the front face, they should face forward.