to Build an AK-47
Part Two of our series on US AK47 builders
- Matt's home shop AK47 building method
Here's the first batch of pics. I decided to
"practice" on the trigger guard rivets,
since if I make a mistake here it's not as critical
(the trigger guard will not be tapped, I just have
to get the bolts through it and secure them inside
the receiver with either a tapped metal plate, or
nuts). I didn't have much time to work on it, so I
just got one rivet out and started on another one.
Here's the rear half of the gun: buttstock,
trigger guard, rear trunion (not really visible
in this pic, it's the block of metal that fits
into the inside of the receiver and holds everything
together), and part of the remnants of the old
receiver. First order of business was to drill
out the rivet holding the trigger guard to the
rest of the assembly.
guard, removed, rivet still in
I tackled the rivet wit a 1/8" bit
that came with an assortment of Dremel accessories
I got. It went kinda slow but did a pretty good
job on the rivet. I finished it off by taking
my Dremel to the face of the rivet inside the
receiver, with a high speed cutting wheel. Then
I punched the rivet out of the receiver. Works,
but I'm gonna have to come up with a better
method when I get to the rear trunion, as I
don't want to have to remove the barrel (hopefully
when I get a slightly larger bit that more closely
matches the diameter of the rivet, the rivet
will come out better).
After a bit more work, the rivet could
be tapped out fairly easily.
Now to get those four rivets out of the
front of the trigger guard........