they are sold by K-var as is the barrel that is already in the trunnion.
I am thinking that when the AWB sunsets that a pistol in 5.45 would be sweet. Here is a pic of the barrel I am thinking of using. (the one on top, the bottom one is a krink barrel for comparison).
Now if I figure this correctly, that when the AWB ban goes away there are no weight restrictions for pistols, am I correct to assume this? Also would front handguards be a big no-no or can they be used on a pistol? Lastly I am thinking of one of these front sight combos
Would one be better than another? I figure also that if front handguards can be used - great. If not I am sure there could be found another way to help the gun to balance right (like using one hand on the magazine the other on the pistol grip). Do you all think this would be a great project or not? I'm sure others have already thought of it, but am curious.
they are sold by K-var as is the barrel that is already in the trunnion.
I just bought the receiver/barrel stub and the larger combo gas/sight block for a similar pistol project. The larger gas/sight block was on sale for $54 so I ordered one... I bought an undrilled Romanian 7.62 barrel and a few other parts. I also bought some other 5.45 parts for a 9mm conversion project down the road.
The downside to using the receiver/barrel stub with the larger gas/sight block will be the clearance for the handguard retainer. Even with the block pressed on to the barrel 1/2 way, there is hardly any space left between the block and the HG retainer location. If you want to use the receiver/barrel stub, I would suggest the smaller Krink gas/sight block. If you compare the 2 blocks, the Krink block is almost 1/2 the length of the larger.
The muzzle will only be about 1/2 way down the hole for the barrel in the larger block. That may not be an issue as it would provide an expansion chamber similar to the brakes on the Krinkovs to allow proper gas operation.
BTW The receiver/barrel stub was cut with a chop saw. There is absolutely no muzzle crown and the end of the barrel is not square on either of the ones that I bought. They will need to be trued in the lathe and then crowned.
With either block you may need to make a custom gas piston.
After my findings, I will use the larger gas/sight block on the undrilled barrel. I'll just order the Krink gas block for use with the receiver/barrel stub after Sept. 14.
interesting info rhino_66. So with the pictures posted the krink gas/sight block is the bottom one if I remember right. Would I have to use a krink gastube also? And I am assuming that this would mean handguards would be ok on the pistol?
On building a pistol
If I understand there is no problem building one as long as you don't use a reciever that used to be a rifle. That's from the 1934 NFA act as I understand it. Unfortunately it seems that my understanding of firearms laws are 50% wrong.
The Krink would be the lower one of the blocks in your pics. I think the only difference in the Krink gas tubes is the flanges that are welded onto the tube for the upper handguard. This makes the gas tube as short as possible. Looking at the pics, I think you could modify a standard gas tube like some of us have done for the AMD-65s. When I get home from work I'll throw my modified AMD-65 gas tube on and see where it ends up. compared to the end of the barrel. If it's too close to the end, there may be no other option than a Krink gas tube (or your own custom flanges).
I'm confused about having a forward handguard or grip on something that doesn't have a shoulder stock. I'm concerned that a foreward handguard might make it an AOW. I am not up on that portion of NFA regulations, so I plan on doing some serious research. A quick check makes me think that an AK pistol with front handguards after Sept. 14 would be legal. The sure cure would be to just eliminate any forward grip or handguard, chop an AMD-65 gas tube to length and reshape the end of the tube. Then you could use either block, put it where you want it, and make a custom gas piston for whatever length it needs.
EDIT: I just found this page.
"ATF has made the decision that a handgun (but not a machine gun,
since a machine gun is not also an AOW) with more than one hand
grip at an angle to the bore is an AOW. This is based on the gun
a) being concealable on the person, and b) not meeting the
definition of a "pistol" in the regulations promulgated under the
NFA, since they say a pistol has a single grip at an angle to the
bore. However, at least one federal magistrate has decided that if
the grip is added later, the gun is not "originally designed" to be
fired by holding in more than one grip, and thus putting a second
grip on a pistol does not make it an AOW. ATF does not regard the
decision as binding. The case is U.S. v. Davis, Crim No. 8:93-106
(D.S.C. 1993) (Report of Magistrate, June 21, 1993). The
prosecution was dismissed at the request of the Government before
any review of that determination by the trial judge."
According to the above "...more than one hand
grip at an angle to the bore is an AOW." An AK handguard is parallel to the bore, not at an angle. Would this make it legally not an AOW?
Here are some pics of the barrel with a regular gas tube that was modified to fit an AMD65. I'm not sure of the exact dimensions of the gas block/front sight combos but my thinking is that you are right and the krink combo gas block/front sight would be best. Hope these pics help. Edit: I apologize in advance for the crappy ruler used in the pics, it is my boys ruler and was the easiest one to get to - but at least it gives an idea.
I think it's okay, but I'm still weirded out by the originally manufactured as a rifle.
I guess if you made your onw reciever (Ace blank) then it was of you own manufacture as a pistol, right?
My Dad wanted to make an old Enfield he was given into a pistol because the barrel was bent over. He found out it's not legal to do so unless he made a new receiver.
well my plans are to use either a flat bent into a receiver or some type of bent blank. My major concern is starting a project then having to do heavy mods to parts to make them work. If the krink front sight/gas block combo works then that would be great. Also using a block like this one:
would be best, and that way no regular stock could fit. Maybe I will have to get into using rivets in my builds, lol .
The downside I can see to using a cutdown standard gas tube would be the amount of barrel left inside the gas block. Even with the shortened standard tube, there's only an inch of barrel past the end of it. This looks like it is only going to allow about 1/2" of barrel in the Krink gas/sight block.
The Krinkov gas tube only looks to be about 1/8" sticking out past the handguard. This would change the amount of available space to about 2" of barrel sticking out past the end of the gas tube.
The Krink HG retainer has the latch pin flipped around so it's closer to the receiver. This leaves the front of the retainer flat so it can be pushed closer to the gas/sight block.
Now here's the rub... Krink parts prices:
$30 for Krink gas tube
$40 for Krink lower HG retainer
$70 to $110 for Krink handguard/pistol grip sets.
As in the following pic, I think you could use either block by shortening the standard gas tube even more (or use a Krink tube) and mill some material off the front of the standard handguard retainer. The yellow line is where I would cut mine.
This would allow room for getting both retainer pins in the gas/sight block, there would be room for sliding the handguard retainer, and there would be almost an inch of barrel in the gas/sight block. A standard 24mmx1.5mm AK-74 brake fits on the block in the pic, or you could use a Krink cone type flash hider to get more back pressure for the gas system.
I think it would work well using standard AK parts. There's no need to dump big money into Krink parts (except maybe the gas tube) if the standard parts can be modified. I'd make my own gas piston too, it'd save $90 over buying a Krink carrier from K-Var.