So everyone is into building ARs right now. (including me) But what about the old AK-47. I'm ready to get my hands dirty on a new AK build of any sort, in hope of charging up some folk to do the same.
In the past I've been involved in plenty of Saiga conversions as well as some kit rebuilds using 80%ers with templates and 100% stamped receivers. All the kits and their partner receivers were of pre-ban origin, mostly cheap Romanian parts kits (>$100 at the time) and cheap aftermarket stamped receivers of American origin. They all worked well. . . not the best lookers, but great shooters.
So now. . . It seems that parts kits all exceed $200. This would not be a big deal to me, except that they come from milled rifles. Milled receivers (usually 1.6mm thick) are going for close to $300. Do the math and you got a new AK with mags and a warranty.
I know some mods can be made to build out a typical stamped (1mm thickness) receiver in order to accept the trunnions from a milled kit, but that is neither ideal or desired when looking to put together a quality piece of machinery.
HERE'S THE QUESTION. . .
Does anyone know of a source for reasonably priced kits from stamped AKs???
OR. . .
Does anyone know of a source for a stamped 1.6mm receiver, that could be used for a build off of a milled parts kit?
My internet searching skills are limited to Google, so any help WILL result in a documented AK build. I would love to just do it from a basic kit on a stamped receiver, using quality internals as well as reasonable, economical customizations that would set this AK apart from the regular commercial models at a cost (and the fun of learning) that would turn others on to the project.