Considering an AK

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by Sgt_Skrb_25, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    Im new to AK's, I've built 18 AR's, and starting 19. I want an AK but would like to know if it is possible to build. I've heard of kits, in I'm sure parts aren't as readily available as AR parts. Has anyone built one? I'm reading up on the different AK's out there and considering an Arsenal , but would love to build one if possible.
     
  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    The best days of AK building are past. Since foreign barrels can't be imported with parts kits any more. So it's more expensive to build now.

    You need some rivet tools, access to a machine press is useful. It can also depend on if you start with a receiver that is already folded, braced, has the action rails welded in already and holes cut. You can start with a completely flat receiver that requires bending jigs, dimpling dies, a welder, other jigs and templates for cutting and drilling, etc.

    So, yeah a bit more involved in AK building. They are "simple" in some ways, but an AR is so modular, that they are much easier to build and overhaul.

    I'd get with a group of folks who have built AKs and share tools and experience if you really want to tacks one from the ground up.
     

  3. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Sarge, I'd like to know how this works out for you. I'm not a builder myself but I recently got into the" other" side with a 12Ga. AK pattern., so I'm considering either an RPK type, since I have shot that twice at our home indoor range, or a Krinkov pistol type,..both are readily available to me here, and I can add the externals I want, hopefully without getting hosed. Also I suggest picking up a manual or downloading one for the model type once you decide. I think all of us were taught to load, shoot and clear jams on one, but not much else....
     
  4. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    Doc, that's seems like some serious work. I'll look into it. Tools and resource aren't a problem, it's the knowledge of the platform. I'll do some reading and studying. Thanks for the info.
     
  5. Sgt_Skrb_25

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    DR,
    I'll definitely be doing some homework in the books and manuals. I think I might buy one and see what I can strip apart and see if it's worth it. If I do it I'll definitely be posting in it.
     
  6. 7.62 Man

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    Like the Dr said "The best days of AK building are past." but that doesn't mean that there is no enjoyment in doing it yourself. Yes it does cost more to build nowadays than it does to buy because of the price of tools & parts have gone way up. In years past I have bought kits for as little as $58 that same type kit sells for over $500 now. If you look at it as just a hobby something to enjoy spend your time doing it with your own hands, then I would tell you to go for it. I would tell you to read as much as you can about the AK platform & building. I have built quite a few AKs but the best & most fun build was the first one. Because there is no one right way to build, you build it as you want with what tools & knowledge you have on hand at that time.
    Here are a few links to get you started.
    Build info; some links are old & may not work right.
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/user/BuildyourownAK?blend=2&ob=1#g/u[/ame]
    http://www.novarata.net/Linx310/index.shtml
    http://www.surplusrifle.com/shooting2005/souptonuts2/
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://pookieweb.dyndns.org:61129/
    Parts kit links
    http://whatacountry.com/parts-kits.aspx
    http://www.gunthings.com/galil.htm
    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/...arts-kit-with-wood-fixed-stock.aspx?a=1510520
    http://ak-builder.com/
    https://www.apexgunparts.com/index.php/cPath/51
    Building tools
    http://ak-builder.com/index.php?
    dispatch=categories.view&category_id=169
    http://powercustom.com/store/index....ath=15&zenid=b52fe17f6417ca74f46e0e5b8d4924e3
    http://www.tothtool.com/
    http://www.gunthings.com/galil.htm

    Good Luck with your build if you decide to try a build. ;)
     
  7. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    Thanks for the resources.
     
  8. kott

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    AKs are not as 'buildable' or customizable as ARs. Main reason being, putting on parts is a lot more difficult then it is for an AR. So, if you want to buy tools just for a one time build. maybe up to a hydraulic press, well, honestly - I would think its not worth it.

    However, AKs are great weapons and if you build something somebody else might want that is 'custom', the resale value would be epic I would think. :)
     
  9. JTJ

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  10. SSGN_Doc

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  11. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    I guess this project will be on hold, I stumbled across an SKS for a good price. That should keep me busy for a week or two.
     
  12. DrFootball

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    Cool! I saw then drop to as low as $299 in the past 10 days...and you can get 20 & 30 rounders for them if you aren't in a banned state...
     
  13. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    I'm in Comifornia, so it has to stay a fixed ten rounder. Getting a new stock for it. Here is the before and possible after
     

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  14. sigman84

    sigman84 New Member

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    California gun laws are stupid as ate the people that came up with them!
     
  15. sigman84

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    Nice SKS btw. Looks like a norinco.
     
  16. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    It is, but for $150, why not . A project gun. My buddy has put 5k rounds through his with out issues.
     
  17. sigman84

    sigman84 New Member

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    Ya def not bad for now adays prices. Never had any hiccups out of mine. I have a 1950 Russian and it shoots anything I feed it. I always feed mine steel case surplus. I have ran a few brass cased round through it but I worry about pulling the case head off. And for general target plinking $ .25 PR tula works just fine and is my main bulk of ammo for it. You can get some better ammo such as wolf or even hornady sst's to keep loaded in it though. As sometimes the tula will misfire. Which is why I use it as plinking and reserves. Also never had any problems with the silver bear either.
     
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    Also make sure you clean it after using the surplus even if it says noncorrosive. Because it still will.
     
  19. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I like the before. I'd only add the bayonet back to it.
     
  20. Sgt_Skrb_25

    Sgt_Skrb_25 New Member

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    I do t know why but I hate wood on weapons. I know it's a classic ,but it will drive me nuts.