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    Default AK's 16 countable parts

    The 16 countable parts in a stamped AK with a muzzle device.

    (1) Receiver
    (2) Barrel
    (3) Trunnion
    (4) Muzzle attachments
    (5) Bolt
    (6) Bolt carrier
    (7) Gas piston
    (8) Trigger
    (9) Hammer
    (10) Disconnecter
    (11) Buttstock
    (12) Pistol grip
    (13) Forearm handguards
    (14) Magazine body
    (15) Follower
    (16) Floorplate

    No more than 10 of the parts on this list, may be Imported, the rest must be of US mfg.
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    http://www.akfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1592

    This list shows 20 countable parts.

    Sec. 478.39 Assembly of semiautomatic rifles or shotguns., paragraph c:
    *(1) Frames, receivers, receiver castings, forgings or stampings
    *(2) Barrels
    (3) Barrel extensions
    *(4) Mounting blocks (trunions) (receiver and trunion are 1 piece if milled)
    #(5) Muzzle attachments
    *(6) Bolts
    *(7) Bolt carriers
    (8) Operating rods
    *(9) Gas pistons
    (10) Trigger housings
    *(11) Triggers
    *(12) Hammers
    (13) Sears (in the AK, the trigger and sear are 1 piece)
    *(14) Disconnectors
    *(15) Buttstocks
    #(16) Pistol grips
    *(17) Forearms, handguards
    *(18) Magazine bodies
    *(19) Followers
    *(20) Floorplates


    Which one is correct???

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    According to the BATFE, there are indeed 20 countable parts.
    However only 16 of the 20 are used in AK's.

    You will not find numbers 3,8,10 or 13 (from your list) in a AK.

    Hence the title of this thread "AK's 16 countable parts"
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    Thanks for the clarification. I'm gettting ready to build my first and needed a little re-assurance.

    You can delete my posts if you wish.

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    If I may be so bold as to display my ignorance in public...

    What was the purpose of this law?

    I've read so many posts of what you can and can't do but nowhere have I read the "why".

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtLarge
    If I may be so bold as to display my ignorance in public...

    What was the purpose of this law?

    I've read so many posts of what you can and can't do but nowhere have I read the "why".
    The BATFE banned the importation of "assault rifles".
    They decided that any rifle constructed using more than 10 imported "countable" parts would be considered a imported rifle, and therefore illegal.
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    If both the front and rear trunnion in an AKM build are imported, does that then count as 2 imported parts against your parts count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by netpackrat
    If both the front and rear trunnion in an AKM build are imported, does that then count as 2 imported parts against your parts count?
    No, Although the stock tang is frequently referred to as the rear trunnion, it is not a trunnion. It is not a "countable" part
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    Okay I am new (first post) and man am I dumb when it comes to AKs. I am pretty much a bolt action military rifle type of guy so about the only thing I know about AKs is they go bang. I've ordered a PMKMS kit over at Weaponeer's and I have pretty much decided on a GlobalTrades receiver. Ferget the home bending as I couldn't properly bend a paper clip. So what other U.S. parts do I need for this kit to make it 922r compliant? I've been trying to read as much as possible on this subject and just want to do it right and not end up a member of Uncle Sam's horizontal pinstripe suit club. Thanks in advance for any help given.

    Jack
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    Jack,

    I don't know how much clearer I can make it, but here goes.

    There are 16 countable parts in your PMKMS, no more than 10 of which can be imported.
    You are going to use a US made receiver, so now you need at least 5 more US made parts.

    Changing the FCG will give you 3 more US parts (hammer, trigger, disconnecter) now you need 2 more.

    The easiest would be the PG and muzzle device
    If you you want to keep the original PG or MD, you will need to change the gas piston or add some US mag parts.
    The problem with that being, that you would need the US parts in every mag you own.
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