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    Very nice! I like the no rivet look too. Good job!

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    Nice work, the furniture looks great too.
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    Thumbs up Excellent..

    Shows the versatility of the AK..
    I have some AMD "pre rivet" tool welds, that are holding up just fine.
    Don't look near as nice as that one.
    You put a lot of work into that. Good for you.
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    i love how your build came out!was wondering how well the welds are fairing
    i heard a bunch of guys that have done weld builds. is there any weld seperation over a period of time after firing it a lot?and do you have to heat treat around the welds?

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    I have not seen any sign of weld separation, but I was also very careful to assure good penetration and I ran beads betheen the trinnions(front and back) on the inside for extra strength. I didnt do any heat treating afterward and everything seems to be doing great after 500+ rounds

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    id have to practice my welding before i do something like that!
    im used to a mig welder but i hear a tig is much easier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zteknik View Post
    i love how your build came out!was wondering how well the welds are fairing
    i heard a bunch of guys that have done weld builds. is there any weld seperation over a period of time after firing it a lot?and do you have to heat treat around the welds?
    Can not remember where I read the darn story? Posted on weld builds before here.. May be in Dr. Ezells book but I can't find it.
    You will hear pro and con on welding the AK..
    Guess the Ruskies did a little experiment with one of there middle eastern allies.
    The country needed AKs in a hurry. The Ruskies welded the stamped receivers, I guess as an experiment.
    Better to practice on the other guys than there own troops I guess.
    They checked the weapons after they had sustained use. I am sure auto fire and field conditions. Guess the weapons held up just fine.
    Over many years I am guessing rivets would be the "proven" way to go.
    But for the shooting most of us are going too do, hell a good weld I do not think will ever wear out.
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    I've some welds done by George the Wonder Welder years back and one of them is shot regularly by my son. The welds are still invisible.

    Welding, riveting and screwing are all workmanship sensitive. Quality work will last as long as the rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winn R View Post
    I've some welds done by George the Wonder Welder years back and one of them is shot regularly by my son. The welds are still invisible.

    Welding, riveting and screwing are all workmanship sensitive. Quality work will last as long as the rifle.

    +1 on that! I would put my weld build up against ANY rivet build as far a durability. I think one of the major contributing factors to welds failing on a weld build are from using the stock sized hole (must be opened up to get proper penetration) and from not putting supplemental welds on the inside of the trunnion/frame assembly.

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