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I am about to embark on my second AK build. I bought an AMD-65 parts kit and a Nodak Spud receiver. I plan on using enough US parts that magazines won't matter, kit already has US barrel installed and headspaced. I will try to put up some pictures as I go, all I have done so far is remove the rivets from the rear trunnion. The last one I built was at least 15 years ago so this will be almost like the first time again with my memory.
 

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Love to see it!
 

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How much do you figure it'll cost you in the end (minus fancy things like scopes or laser lights)?
Just under $400. That's a lot more than the last one that was built in the days of $79 parts kits. Back then they gave you everything including all the full auto parts, I got rid of that stuff before I bought a receiver, prison does not appeal to me. I got the parts kit from Classic for $279 and the receiver from Copes distributing for $49. I have a Tapco double hook trigger and hammer, gas piston and pistol grip on the way.
 
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we need pictures of the buildlog. our lives cannot be complete without seeing images.
 

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This is the standard AK receiver notched for the side folder, still needs a little file work and another hole. I will probably just throw an extra rivet in the extra hole for the regular rear trunnion.
 

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Cool I always wanted to do an AK build and but never have. Did some conversions on Saigas but that doesn't get you into dealing with the trunnions and some other stuff I don't know if I'd want to mess with.
 

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There is most certainly more involved with building an AK, than an AR. Looking forward to seeing the completed product! ;)
 

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Cool I always wanted to do an AK build and but never have. Did some conversions on Saigas but that doesn't get you into dealing with the trunnions and some other stuff I don't know if I'd want to mess with.
If it were not for riveting the AK is actually simpler and easier than an AR. This is only #2 for me but if it was difficult I would remember it being a PITA.
 

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How are you doing the riveting?
 

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I have a bolt cutter that I ground into a rivet press and an old broken punch that I ground a divot into.
 

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I did one years ago after reading a how to article in Shotgun News and asking a lot of questions on an AK Forum. Again that was when you could get a Romanian parts kit with a barrel for $99. I think it came to about $200 with the, I think it was six, required American parts that I bought. I believe I bought a trigger, sear, disconnector, pistol grip, piston and of course the receiver. It came with a nice laminated wood stock with a forward pistol grip. After having it for a while I decided to cut off the forward pistol grip and sand it all smooth.
I still have it and it still runs like a charm.Here it is with a few friends.

 

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The AMD-65 gas piston is shorter than the standard AK, just found that out the hard way. Luckily they aren't too expensive.
 

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Worked on it a little bit tonight, got the rear trunnion hole drilled, got the barrel pressed out of the front trunnion, and made the cut for the double hook trigger. One more hole for the folding stock release button to drill and then I will start riveting this thing together. I will get some pictures updated tomorrow.
 
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The trigger guard is really a pain, I wish they hadn't already riveted the support in there. It ain't going to be pretty, but I think I can get enough of the rivet mashed down to secure it.
 
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