Damn right ChevyMan! And if folks had some real Ballz, They'd bust out with a good kit (Hungarian and Polish can be had for less than $200), get a NoDak3 and start getting creative.
AR projects pale
in comparison to the satisfaction of building your own AK from parts.
You'll gain experience in everything from Headspacing and profiling your own virgin barrel, customizing your stock and finish, riveting your trunnions in place, pulling/fitting all of the barrel components onto location and building/fabricating all
of the jigs and tools necessary to complete your first build. . . Once that first one is done, then you should have what it takes to be a full-fledged AK-47 (and variant) armorer as long as you took note of everything you did and lessons/corrections you made along the way.
After that first one, then the next gun you can spit out in a weekend or 4-5 nights of afterwork type projects. your tool investment pays for itself ~half way on #1 and after #2 you are already ahead!
Its a world of pleasure!!!
I spent quite a bit of time putting together a thread here on the build process. . . I got 1 response!!!
That basically told me that most of the folks that were/are here at that time, are "following the leader" very sheepishly and probably don't have what it takes to complete. But some of y'all might! I certainly learned form some great folks around other forums, but I'd be more than happy to answer ANY questions.