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  • mr.m

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    So im looking to buy an Ak-47 kit since it's my personal favorite. But Mostly because its cheaper and I'm on a budget. I was looking around and found a couple that seem promising. I was just was looking for a more seasoned person advice on how to go about this task and what to look for.
     

    XinTX

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    First, welcome aboard.

    Second, there are plenty of 'build parties' that people have from time to time. Depends on where in TX you're located. Building an AK isn't too difficult, but it takes some special tools and a bit of know how (and a LOT of sweat if you're in South TX and do a build outdoors in August). You'll need a kit, a receiver, and some special tools. Either buy them (expensive), borrow them (rental may involve purchasing sufficient quantities of adult beverages), or find a build party. But the tooling needed would be a shop press, rivet jig(s), headspace gauges, a few metric drills/reamers, and some other miscellaneous hand tools. Oh, and a big hammer and some Russian curse words. Lots of 'how to' build videos on YouTube. And go register on the AK Files. It will take a while from the time you register until you get access. I think Jen is the only one that approves new members.
     

    Kyle

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    Do a bolt build and dont listen to the crap people say about them online. Ive had several hundred rounds through mine and it's rock solid. Then you dont have to worry about rivets. You just need taps and high grade machine screws.
     

    Leper

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    I wouldn't consider several hundred rounds proof of reliability for the firearm.

    To the OP, cost and time wise I found it better to buy than build. If you were going to do a bunch of them it would be different, but when I looked into it a few years ago the tools and jigs needed, plus the time involved, it was not cost effective for me to build rather than buy.
     

    Kyle

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    I wouldn't consider several hundred rounds proof of reliability for the firearm.

    To the OP, cost and time wise I found it better to buy than build. If you were going to do a bunch of them it would be different, but when I looked into it a few years ago the tools and jigs needed, plus the time involved, it was not cost effective for me to build rather than buy.


    Doesnt change the fact that they are proven to work as well as rivets. Plus it doesnt require the number of tools needed to do a rivet built. There was an AK that was held together with toothpicks that fired a few rounds before failing. Rivets were used because they are cheaper and easier in mass production than screws. Rivets were replaced with them in skyscraper construction a long time ago. If you use a cheap screw... you may see failure. Rivets fail too. The parts you are holding together are subjected to roughly the same forces that your shoulder sees.
     

    Shooter McGavin

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    Hey Kyle, is that a Primary arms AK RDS you got on there? I'm thinking about getting one and mounting it same as you have. PA advertises co-witness with that perticular RDS, just curious how well it works (if it is?). Thanks!
     

    Kyle

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    Hey Kyle, is that a Primary arms AK RDS you got on there? I'm thinking about getting one and mounting it same as you have. PA advertises co-witness with that perticular RDS, just curious how well it works (if it is?). Thanks!
    It is actually an Ebay knock off if I am not mistaken. Paid $35 for it. I ring steel with it at 100 yards, consistently and without having to ever adjust it. I doubt it would handle much of a fall but it is sufficient. Primary Arms should be head and shoulders above in quality
     

    majormadmax

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    Doesnt change the fact that they are proven to work as well as rivets. Plus it doesnt require the number of tools needed to do a rivet built. There was an AK that was held together with toothpicks that fired a few rounds before failing. Rivets were used because they are cheaper and easier in mass production than screws. Rivets were replaced with them in skyscraper construction a long time ago. If you use a cheap screw... you may see failure. Rivets fail too. The parts you are holding together are subjected to roughly the same forces that your shoulder sees.

    Funny, most of the AK community disagrees. There are numerous discussions on the two major AK forums discussing why to avoid bolt/screw builds and while your skyscraper comparison may convince you I will listen to the advice of expert builders like Jim Fuller who stay as far away from screw/bolt builds as possible!

    To the OP, you couldn't have picked a better time to contemplate an AK build as there are some great kits on the market at fantastic deals! For some reason a flood of Hungarian AK63D kits being offered at ridiculously low prices...

    AK63D Kit with Accessories

    Depending on where you are, there are a lot of builders in Texas who will either build the rifle for you or help you do so yourself. All you need in addition to the above kit is a US-made receiver (NoDak Spud is recommended!) and a barrel. A couple of hours later, and you can own this!

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    I am in the same situation, my problem is deciding what I want to build. The contenders are either the above AK63D or a Yugoslav M92 carbine with an AK-74 sidefolding triangle stock and faux suppressor. It is a difficult situation, if only I had unlimited funds! :D

    Cheers! M2
     

    Kyle

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    If you can point out a quality build that fails, I may be inclined to change my position.
     
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