AK-47 build

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by dmbeck97, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. dmbeck97

    dmbeck97 New Member

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    I am thinking about building an AK and have seen the receiver flats and was wondering if those HAVE to be heat treated after you bend them. I have heard some say yes but then I saw a guy on YouTube that builds them for customers at his gun shop and he didn't heat treat it, so I thought I would see what people on here were saying.
     
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  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    It has been my experience that assembling a firearm at home is sometimes not as cost effective as purchasing the complete package.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Yes and no. You can skip heat treatment buttttt if you do the rivets holding trunions will stretch and egg out the rivet holes at some point or crack the reciever then you have a loose trunion under recoil leading eventually to explosive disassembly.

    While it will shoot for a good while untreated its just not a great longterm idea.

    Its kinda like the polymer craze for ar15s skip some critical step or material for dubious benefit. Doesn't make sense to me.
     
  4. dmbeck97

    dmbeck97 New Member

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    Ok thanks I kinda figured it would be something like that.