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RonPaul2012 09-01-2012 04:21 AM

If I were to build an AK-47,
I believe I've found the kit I want to use. Now, I'd fold my own receiver, so that's why it's missing from the kit. But, besides that, is there any piece of machinery I need? The barrel is already pressed in this kit.
Please give me some feedback, I'd love to do this. :D

7.62 Man 09-01-2012 01:12 PM

To fold your own receiver you will need a press, most start with one like this.
Then you will need a flat bending die like this, some builders make their own.
I see your barrel has not been removed that will take a Barrel Pin Tool like this to press it out.
Good luck because some of them can be a real pain to get out.
Next tool needed would be a trunnion drilling fixture, if you have a drill press you could try just lining up the rivet holes & doing it with out one but the rivet holes turn out better with the fixture. Here is two to choose from.
The next tool needed will be a spot welder to weld the lower rails in, it will also need a special lower tong, some builders rework the old tong & get it to work.
After the rails are welded in you will start riveting & will need a trigger guard rivet jig.
At this point your are most likely thinking it would be easier for me to buy a receiver. Yes it would be easier to buy a receiver but you won't get away that easy, even a bought receiver will need to be riveted. Then you will need a riveting tool like one of these.
This one will do all the rivets except the trigger guard rivets.
or the long rivet jig & short rivet jig here.
If you encounter any problems there will be extra steps and/or tools that are needed to complete your gun.
There are short cuts to doing a lot of this building and a lot of jig & fixtures that you could build your self, if you have the time and patience to do it yourself.
Good Luck with your build!;)

RonPaul2012 09-01-2012 04:19 PM

I already have the press and dye.

Why would I need to remove the barrel?

7.62 Man 09-01-2012 06:40 PM

The rivets need to be squeezed from the inside & it is much easier to drill the rivet holes with the front trunnion off the barrel.
What size press do you have?
After you press the barrel pin out you can use a 3/8"x 5" grade 8 bolt with one steel nut and one brass nut to remove the barrel.

RonPaul2012 09-02-2012 04:29 PM

Okay, thanks. I should have that size bolt, if not, I'll order one or something... Actually, because my family's full of metalworkers, we have a lot of equipment already. I have a 35k ton press. :D

I already know how to remove the barrel from the trunnion. (I hope I don't scratch the barrel :(). But, as far as the trunnion rivets go, I'm a little lost on that.

7.62 Man 09-03-2012 02:41 AM

Check out this guys videos it will explain many building aspects.

Remember if you can look at a picture and build your own fixtures that is money earned.
Good Luck with your build.

RonPaul2012 09-03-2012 06:27 PM

Thanks man, I've got to say, I love the community here. Y'all're so helpful and I'm really enjoying learning even more about firearms. Thanks a million

7.62 Man 09-05-2012 03:01 AM

No problem man, that is one of the reasons I like posting on this forum.
You are so very welcome!:)

RonPaul2012 09-07-2012 10:56 PM

As my first build, and considering the amount of money I'm pouring into this, I hope I don't screw up lol.

7.62 Man 09-09-2012 07:58 PM

Take it slow & check everything 2 or 3 times before you do it, you will do fine.
That is why most builders say that it takes about 3 builds to break even $$ wise.
But you can't put a dollar amount on fun & experience.
The way I figure it is how much would a college course cost on AK building? Your first successful build will cost much less than that.

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