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Posted: 9/5/2010 4:59:09 PM EDT
I was wondering if any one has assembled an AK out here. I plan to be building one myself in the near future, and was hoping i could get some help.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 5:36:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 5:38:38 PM EDT by 3rdpig]
I've built more than one. All screw builds, no rivets so I can't help with riveting, tools or the associated skills.

Do you have the shop equipment and tools you need or are you looking to do it in someone else's shop? Most, if not all, of the shop equipment and tools I have for that are now either sold or in storage so advice is about all I can provide.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 5:56:23 PM EDT
I don't have the press or bending jig but other than that i just need advice.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 6:39:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 6:42:05 PM EDT by 3rdpig]
If you've got the room for it you can get an inexpensive press from Harbor Freight, you'll still need to fabricate some of the tooling to hold the parts while you press the barrel in and out of the trunnion and the barrel pin as well. I built my first one without a press, but it was a shitload of extra time and far more chances to screw something up. If you've got a place to locate one buy a press from HF and then sell it later if you don't need it anymore.

IMO screw builds are far easier, but you'll need the right screws and both a regular starting tap and a bottom tap. A drill press makes it much easier but probably isn't necessary. I used red loctite on the treads of mine and epoxy on the base and they haven't budged. Rivets take some specialized skills to set properly and you have to have the correct rivets and tools to set them or they won't be tight or won't stay tight long. From what I've heard screw builds detract from resale value, but since I haven't sold any of mine I can't comment on that.

If you're going to rivet you'll need to find the correct rivets and tooling. If you're going to screw build you'll need a drill press, taps and the correct screws. Save yourself a bunch of time and effort and just buy a complete receiver, unless you plan on making more than one you'll spend more money on the tools and equipment to make an 80% receiver than you will on a finished one. With a 100% receiver you won't need the bending jig or a spot welder. You'll still have to drill the rivet or screw holes since they don't come predrilled.

You need to think before every step. I've seen people drill into the barrel (all the way through into the chamber) and I've had to weld up receivers for people who couldn't locate the holes properly. And you need to make sure the rifle is legal when your done, meaning it's got the correct amount of US made compliance parts.

This isn't like assembling an AR from parts, there are a lot more tool/fabrication skills needed. If you don't have the skills to do this right you might want to practice on something less expensive.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:55:48 PM EDT
If you want pictoral guides, I'm sure someone in our AK forum can point you in the right direction.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:41:18 PM EDT
I really want to use the AK as a learning build before i do a g3 build
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:48:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2010 4:59:25 AM EDT by EdAvilaSr]
Derek (edited by EdSr) might be able to point you in the right direction.
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 2:10:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Couch-Commando:
If you want pictoral guides, I'm sure someone in our AK forum can point you in the right direction.


send me an email or PM ...i'll helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is right up my ally!!! I'M very experiance w/ ak's
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 7:30:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By randeeak47:
Originally Posted By Couch-Commando:
If you want pictoral guides, I'm sure someone in our AK forum can point you in the right direction.


send me an email or PM ...i'll helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is right up my ally!!! I'M very experiance w/ ak's


This guy sounds legit...
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 7:59:24 PM EDT
Kind of sounds like the ATF mole account was trolling and the FBI mole account offered to help.

I hope this doesn't end with a tragic interagency shoot out.
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 8:29:25 PM EDT
I think 1 person built 1 AK in Arizona, back in 1993, but they moved to Wyoming in 1994 and that is all I know.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 12:04:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 12:04:57 AM EDT by randeeak47]
"Kind of sounds like the ATF mole account was trolling and the FBI mole account offered to help.

I hope this doesn't end with a tragic interagency shoot out.""


who told you!!!! and yes it might those atf peeps always get the better parking spots
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