Rear rivets- Thanks Winn. Damn they are always tough. I usually screw them up. I have an old AGI punch that I use.
What I do is old school. I slowly tap "hammer" them down to start the flattening process.
Then a machinist friend, showed me to start forming a lip on the outer edges of the rivet so as not to overwork the punch. All with just a hammer now.
Kinda looks like a mushroom at first. Then slowly, key slowly, tap and form the rivet with the punch.
I have two rivet punches I got from AGI out of California. But anyone could easily make there own out of a socket handle. Just cut the handle and form the rivet hole on the end.
Do not make the hole to big. Or you will bottom out on the receiver before the rivet is formed, causing a dent in your receiver.
The new tool I got from AGI is too big. But luckily I have the old one for finish work.
Any dings or malformation of the rivet can be carefully correct with patience and a small file.
Those rear rivets make or break a good AK construction.
I am not showing you guys my bad ones.
Gator head- We have a lot of gator farms and processors around here.
They sell the heads and gator meat. I hooked up with them and might be shipping them north.
Head space- Oh God the head space on this one was hell. I had to ream out the barrel pin hole to get the "unmatched kit" even close to head spacing.
Then I went in my junk box and found a barrel pin to fit.
Back to the junk box and found a bolt that would give a "tight" but functional head space.
I am sure with the proper tools, or a machine shop, the job would have been a lot easier.
But hell, here at "Shade tree construction" we use what we have.
She is head spaced, she goes bang. Another one for the stack.