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ak 74 build

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Dizle, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Dizle

    Dizle albany, oregon Member

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    ok, i want to build an ak 74 and i dont know where to start!

    where do i find kits and parts for them, and a good walkthrough website?

    anyone know how to do one of these, help me out please,
     
  2. rtg

    rtg Oregon Member

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    I have built a few. You will need to find a parts kit first. Make sure all the numbers match and buy one with the original barrel. If you buy a kit that all the numbers match and with the original barrel it will be headspaced at the factory and all parts will work with no tweeking. You can go to Nodak Spud and purchace a reciever or get a flat and bend your own.
     
  3. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    Don't forget to mention that an AK requires some specialized tooling to set the rivets. At a minium, a modified bolt cutter, a big f'ing hammer and strong vise. More typically, a hydraulic press is involved, as well as dedicated rivet press tools.

    Definitely spend the extra on a Bulgarian kit with original barrel, a Nodak Spud AK-74 receiver, and Bulgarian rivets from K-var.

    Here's a Bulgarian -74 I built with plum furniture:

    finished_plum_74.jpg .

    Here's one I built as an Afghan War era 1984 Russian -74N clone:

    ak-74n_left_and_right_profile.jpg

    There's plenty of folks who build AK's with miminum tooling. I'm not one of them. :paranoid:

    To acquire a kit, you'll have to find one on the AKForum For Sale section, or find one on Gunbroker. Expect to pay $400-$450 for a matcing Bulgarian kit with original barrel. RGuns did have some Russian kits, but they're expensive and not something you want to practice on.

    -Thirtycal
     
  4. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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  5. pogi

    pogi Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Very nice 30.

    Here's mine but I sold it. Luckily I have another to build. ;-)
     
  6. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    For me, it was mo0ndoggy's videos on youtube that gave me the confidence to take on a build myself:

    YouTube - BuildyourownAK's Channel

    For anyone considering an AK build, this is the quickest way to either talk yourself out of it, or decide "yeah, I can do that".

    There's a ton of folks who get good results without alot of tools - basically pounding it together on a kitchen table. It can be done; with varying results. THe right tools make the job not only easier, but also makes the results much more consistent. With the right tools, I can squash a perfect rivet every time. With the wrong tools, I can still squash a perfect rivet, along with a few really bad ones.

    -Thirtycal
     
  7. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    Hey Pogi! Nice! It's a plum party. Don't ya miss that one? For anyone wanting to build, note that Pogi's example is a sidefolder. More difficult due to the rear rivets - a bolt cutter tool won't be able to squash those.

    -THirtycal
     
  8. pogi

    pogi Gresham, OR Active Member

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    I miss it but have another side folder kit with a matching bayo so I had to make some room. :D

    I'm definitely addicted to the plum and it is a great fit on a 74.
     
  9. saxon

    saxon springfield Active Member

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  10. Elkaholic

    Elkaholic Milwaukie, OR. New Member

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    You have to be crazy or stupid to build AK’s:paranoid:

    Picture027.jpg

    :D
     
  11. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Butters builds all my AK's

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    Grrrreeeat!

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  12. pogi

    pogi Gresham, OR Active Member

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    AK 74U side folder kit on akfourm for $685 with a bayo and bakelite mag. Maybe a bit steep for a kit but the side folder is $250 alone. I'd post the link but you have to be a member to see it.

    Same ad on AKfiles: The AK Files Forums - WTS Bulgy AKS-74 KIT
     
  13. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Brad at Gunthings has been a good source of parts:

    http://gunthings.com/

    I bought an AMD-65 kit and a Bulgarian AK-74 kit, as well as numerous FAL parts, from him.