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Posted: 1/26/2006 10:28:14 AM EDT
Depending on the responses, I am thinking of setting up my shop to make custom parts for AK's.
Gas Pistons, muzzle brakes. ect.

Does every think it is a worth while venture for me.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 1:35:35 PM EDT
If your parts are quality and your price is cheaper than the competition they will sell. Or, you manufacture parts that people can’t buy off the shelf, and you price them fairly. Don't quit your day job though....
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 1:46:10 PM EDT
I guess I should be descriptive.

I was thinking of custom length pistons for those pistol builders with a shorter barrel.

Also barrel press tools.

Muzzle brakes that actually fuction. Count it as a US made part...

I was also pondering pressing barrel pins and removing the barrel from the trunion for 20 bucks and I pay the return shipping. (What can i say, I like hearing the infamous pop)
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 2:15:22 PM EDT
I think there is a market for all of those things. you know what it is like around here, you are going to get slammed on boards like this if
1) you don't answer email or phone calls
2)if you don't ship promptly
3)if you don't deal with complaining customers......

Quality may be job one, but in the gun community service is even more important. Your people skills are going to be every bit as important as your machine skills....

That was my 2 cents.....
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 5:38:11 PM EDT
Barrels my friend barrels!
find a way and you'll be $$$$, I'm a carpenter and wood would not hold up very well, or I would build them!
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 5:57:18 PM EDT
You can get some idea of the demand by checking out hotbarrel's threads on Gunco and AKfiles. He does this stuff on the side.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 12:25:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By lefthanded:
I think there is a market for all of those things. you know what it is like around here, you are going to get slammed on boards like this if
1) you don't answer email or phone calls
2)if you don't ship promptly
3)if you don't deal with complaining customers......

Quality may be job one, but in the gun community service is even more important. Your people skills are going to be every bit as important as your machine skills....

That was my 2 cents.....



Thats a Big +1.

Alot of people in the gun business don't understand the phrase "customer care", its sad really.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 12:49:24 AM EDT
Just Do It and they will Come, if you make a quality part, as I'am sure you will
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 4:36:36 AM EDT
Feel free to consider me a lunatic, but I would like to see a modified top cover with some sort of charging handle assembly. I hate having the bolt handle sticking out.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 5:11:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2006 5:13:45 AM EDT by gks452]

Originally Posted By rjb_213:
If your parts are quality and your price is cheaper than the competition they will sell. Or, you manufacture parts that people can’t buy off the shelf, and you price them fairly. Don't quit your day job though....


+1

I've been trying to find a way to get make a side business at this for a year or so. But for most of my good ideas, someone else is making it cheaper or better than I can. Eventually I'll find my niche.

I had the idea of threading Phantom flash hiders in 1x14LH. I figured I could by the FH for about $20 and sell them for about $40 on the EE. I'm not looking to make a fortune just enough to buy a new rifle or a lathe. Last week I saw someone selling them at a gun show for $19.

Your piston idea is good. Just don't expect to sell them for more than $40 or 50. Also don't invest too much in it. Because if Tapco thinks there's a market they will put them out for $29.99.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 6:41:03 AM EDT
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hmm. thinkinf further. I should beat Tapcos price. I want to turn a few 4130 stainless pistons first before I insert foot in mouth.

I was also think of short barrel kits. (for AK pistols of course) Varied sizes with the gas piston, front sight and gas block and tube. Theres my million dollars.

Still wont quit my day job.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 7:42:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By gks452:

Originally Posted By rjb_213:
If your parts are quality and your price is cheaper than the competition they will sell. Or, you manufacture parts that people can’t buy off the shelf, and you price them fairly. Don't quit your day job though....




Your piston idea is good. Just don't expect to sell them for more than $40 or 50. Also don't invest too much in it. Because if Tapco thinks there's a market they will put them out for $29.99.

Hotbarrel was selling pistons for $15 shipped..Kinda hard to beat that price
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 8:14:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RevJimJones:

Hotbarrel was selling pistons for $15 shipped..Kinda hard to beat that price

That's what I was thinking.
And at $35 shipped, his US made Tantal brakes are also a bargain.
It is just a hobby to him, cause at his prices, he sure ain't getting rich.
He sure does nice work though.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 9:26:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By maxxx93:

And at $35 shipped, his US made Tantal brakes are also a bargain.




you're tellin me.


my 2 are killer.


got a yugo GL comin in next
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 1:59:29 PM EDT
Hotbarrel does very good work on all of his projects. He also has great customer support, i.e. contacts customers on all situations. He does not do this to get rich, just help his fellow builders who can't do lathe work for their parts. I personally won't sell parts that he makes as I respect him too much for what he does.
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