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    Thumbs up Bulgy Kit is "DONE"

    Well it was a learning experience and exponentially more difficult than an AR 15 build but it is done.
    Kit was from Akron Armory and in new condition and I used a Tapco Flat for the receiver.
    Rifle is a Bulgy AR M1 in 5.45x39.

    I home improvised a couple of jigs and fixtures to do the rivets and re-install the barrell and pin into the trunion.

    I ended up with a couple very small dings in the receiver during the build process but overall I am very pleased with the outcome.

    The rifle feeds, fires and extracts with no problems. The Action, to me, is surprisingly smooth.

    Sighted it in today and was able to hold about a 2" group at 30 yards for 2 mags full, shooting while leaning against a tree in my back yard, firing at a relatively fast pace ie; as fast as I could reaquire a sight picture.

    Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Yes I know that's not a combat distance but FWIW I'm suffering the effects of Macular Degeneration and have a real hard time focussing on my open sights at anything much past 25 yds. anymore. And to be realistically honest I do most of my rifle shooting with either a Scope or Holo Sight anymore.

    But most of all, I was very surprised at the lack of recoil. This is the first 5.45x39 that I've shot so I only had the M4\AR15 and the 7.62x39 to use for pre-comparison.
    Controlabillity was excellant and follow up shots were easily at about a half second apart at most.

    Thanks and appreciations to many but especially to Disconnector, Steelcore, Etek, and HCPookie for their help, guidance and information, as well as their "You can do this" attitude.

    Now it's on to my AMD65 kit. With a minor break to enjoy this one for a bit.

    Here is a link to view my photo's;
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    Nice pics! Great job!
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    Nice to see another AK-74 completed. Good job also.

    Unless you machined yor AR receiver, it's more like an assembly that a build. I just love getting an AK blank and making it into a finished rifle. Feels like you did more that just assemble it.

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    Looks really good man!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toten Kopf
    Nice to see another AK-74 completed. Good job also.

    Unless you machined yor AR receiver, it's more like an assembly that a build. I just love getting an AK blank and making it into a finished rifle. Feels like you did more that just assemble it.
    Yes, definitely. The "74 build" was far more involved than the "assembly of the AR". Especially building the Jigs and Fixtures and all of the fitting that was necessary between the Trunions and the Receiver, not to mention drilling out the old rivets and the hand filing and grinding that was needed to make things fit just right.

    On a sense of accomplishment scale of 1-10, definitely a 10.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus
    Great job you make it look easy,I realy like the improvised tools that's what I do. I built a a jig that makes my blanks then I use the left overs to make my rails.Ain't this a great hobby and the best place with all these guys that are ready to help.
    OH WELCOME if I haven't said it before and if I have WELCOME anyway.
    Thanks for the Welcome. I've found this site and the "Files" to be the more informative forums with much less BS Factor. And so far I've not seen the Elitist 'tudes that are also very prevalent on a couple of the other sites.

    As far as being easy, I'll give it about a 6-7 on a 1-10 scale.
    Somewhere between a First Poopie Diaper change
    and building a Big Block Pontiac Motor.
    The next one will be easier still.


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    Nice job and pictures.

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    It looks great!

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    Both nice rifles and builds!!!!
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    "improvised tools" - I like!

    My vise did the same thing - isn't that a bad sound when it pops?

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