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Posted: 11/26/2001 10:56:50 AM EDT
I built an Ar-15 last winter. I am interested in building a quality AK-47 this winter. I have been unable to find any books or articles on building an AK. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Do I need more than basic handtools? Thanks in advance! The how-to article on this website helped me build my AR.

docmac86@home.com
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 12:00:56 PM EDT
i am assuming you are aware of the semi-automatic assault weapons (oxymoron) ban
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 12:05:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ColonelKlink:
i am assuming you are aware of the semi-automatic assault weapons (oxymoron) ban



To clarify: I am interested in builing a LEGAL version of the gun.

docmac85
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 12:10:44 PM EDT
Outstanding you might wanna post this on the other boards too since I dont know anything about ak's
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 12:47:49 PM EDT
I'm not aware of anything written or video that is terribly useful. If there is I'd be interested also.

Anyone who put such a thing together would likely be able to make a little cash off of it. I'd by a copy for certain. Gunsmiths?
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 1:00:37 PM EDT
There is pretty much no way to build an AK-47 from imported parts legally. The only ones that can still be imported are MISR-10s, and other Single-Stack Crap. You will need to use less than 10 Imported Parts. US AK Parts Kits are readily available and you will need to pick one up. Unfortunately, this takes the pricce from $145 to $289 becuase the Foreign Parts are worthless and the USA Parts are overpriced.
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 1:34:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/26/2001 1:27:39 PM EDT by chittybangbang]
The work it takes to press a barrel into a new trunion then fit that to a receiver and then headspace plus rivet it together is not worth it. Save yourself 400 or so and grab up one at a gun show. I will sell ya a Hungarian for 400 dollars. Only test fired it a few years ago.
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 1:35:24 PM EDT
Only real problem is the barrel installation (you have a hydraulic press??). Other than that I'd bet the guys on the AK forums could help you out.
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 2:08:26 PM EDT
Chitty...may I call you Chitty?...is right. The AK is not an erector set like the AR. You MUST have a hydraulic press for the barrel and to press on the front sight tower. The riveting can be done with hand tools, but the tool is not cheap and it's difficult to master if you want a tight gun.
The parts count you can deal with. There are plenty of parts floating around in AK land, but the time, tools, knowledge & experience needed to get it right take the average DIY'er out of the game.
I'm not saying you can't. I'm saying be prepared for a much bigger project than you probably intended. AR's tend to fool people into thinking they are gunsmiths.
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 5:11:19 PM EDT
Royce you may certainly call me Chitty. AK's are so cheap! I just dont see building one other than trying to master the smith work. Have a nice day.
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 5:14:12 PM EDT
There are available receiver with installed barrel. Have seen them advertised in SGN,etc. Would be a good start for such a project.
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 5:19:10 PM EDT
Yea if one could aquire one with a barrel and trunion in place it would be pretty easy.
Link Posted: 11/28/2001 3:20:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/28/2001 3:57:48 PM EDT
Thanks, Campybob. Added to my list.
Haven't heard great things about AGI's AK tape but that it was probably the best out there. What was your experience?
Link Posted: 11/28/2001 4:05:18 PM EDT
AGI's tape on the AD is a basic one. Good for learning on how to take down and put your AK back together.

There is absolutely nothing on building one.

I got one and was really disappointed.
Link Posted: 11/28/2001 4:12:13 PM EDT
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