Looking for excellent AK rifle gunsmith in NW Washington

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  1. FourTeeFive

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    Any recommendations? Looking for someone who really knows their stuff regarding semi-auto AK's and does quality work. Preferably in NW Washington.

    Thanks!
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    what do you want built?
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    Just have a VEPR that I'm looking to have the barrel removed and threaded. Not rocket science but I want someone working on it who does quality work. I'm very nitpicky and don't mind paying for quality work.
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    You don't remove the barrel to do this on an AK. Removing the barrel of an AK is nothing like an AR. You can do this yourself with a tap and tap aligner tool.
    Thirtycal
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    I think the VEPR barrel is larger diameter than a standard AK barrel, so to thread it requires machining. And I am very concerned about the threading being bore-centric. So I would rather have an expert do it.

    I have seen at least one of the barrel threading companies out there say the following:

    This is a relatively expensive gun and I want it done right.
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    Its really actually quite easy to remove the barrel.......I would pull the barrel and FSB(if you want the threads to run up to the FSB) and take the barrel and what ever your threading on to the barrel to a good machinist.

    I am not a "gun smith" per say, but I am a machinist/welder that builds guns. ANY competent machinist can cut these threads for you........if you can remove the barrel.
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    Talk to Mike at Tornado Tech. He works on AKs and threads lots of weapons for supressors.

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    Thanks, I think I will deal with Tornado. I've had other threading done by them, but was hoping to find someone closer.

    As an aside, this thread is a great example of why I was looking for an experienced AK gunsmith. Lots of different opinions out there on how to do the same job. I've already had one threading job screwed up by a professional machinist gunsmith, and I'm looking to avoid that.
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    The term "professional" gets used pretty loosely these days........
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    Exactly. I was going to have Rifle Dynamics do the work but they've got a very long lead-time.

    Tornado is probably my best bet but I was hoping for someone closer so I could drive it there in an hour or two.
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    Tornado is not working on AK's and doesn't want to do this job. And Rifle Dynamics said the same thing; they're too busy for "little" jobs like this.

    It's getting hard to give away money to competent businesses these days...
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    That looks promising; thanks for the info!


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    Just wanted to report back and say that Eric at Blackwell was great to work with and did a very nice job. Not sure he wants to touch another VEPR again but I'll definitely use his services again in the future.

    Thanks for the help in finding him!
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    I am looking into getting my Mak90 barrel threaded for a comp.
    What was your turnaround time for Blackwell to do your work?
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    For future reference check out Dinzag arms, they sell all the tools needed to get a threading job done and there is some satisfaction in doing the work yourself.
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    Mic it first, some had the threads turned down and you'll have to go 1/2-28 ( there are AK slant comps in that thread ). Some Maks just had a plain thread protector tack welded to the front sight base, 5 minutes of file work and you'll have threads.
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    Mine has had the threads turned.
    So the 1/2"-28 is the route I will go. Is it possible to use an old A2 bird cage on a AK?
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    I have seen a couple places that sell the equipment, but for a one time use its kinda steep.
    DOes anyone on this forum have a 1/2"-28 to loan or rent? What about these "build parties"? Never been to one, so not too familiar.
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    Yes, a 5.56 A2 FH is threaded 1/2 - 28 RH.