View Full Version : My First Build, Romanian AKM-47 "G"
04-30-2006, 09:24 PM
I would like to give thanks to Gunco.net and the folks here for sharing their build info. Just today I finished fabrication, assembly and a three shot test fire. All three shots were flawless. Range session next weekend for thorough workout. My first AK-47 kit project. Classic Arms kit, used, all matching, great shape IMO.
Tapco flat w/ holes, Tapco G2 single hook FCG, Tapco mag follower, AK-Builder rivets, cross tube, & muzzle brake (great items!). Precision Brand Tool Black for receiver finish.
555th 1.60" bend jig plans, Plinkers concept of rivet jigs, made all my own tooling. HF press & CE spot welder.
Thanks ALL........pretty proud of my first AK!:thumbup1:
04-30-2006, 09:47 PM
Looks good. also nice jig
04-30-2006, 09:49 PM
And you did it while making all the tools! Kudos!!
04-30-2006, 10:33 PM
05-02-2006, 12:24 AM
05-03-2006, 04:59 AM
One goal I had was to have the rifle remain as original as possible appearance wise. Given that this one had been fired somewhere along its life, I think it looks that way. BTW, that's a Hungarian 20 mag in the photos. Looks great with the 30 mag as well.
05-04-2006, 04:28 AM
I think youl find the 20 rnd. mag better to use than the 30, the 30 tends to hit the pistol grip on the forend. looks good. muttman
05-04-2006, 07:36 AM
It's pretty exciting when you do your 1st build and take a box of parts and make a functional weapon....You did good!
05-04-2006, 12:26 PM
05-04-2006, 04:23 PM
Excellent FIRST build!!!! That's really a great accomplishment, considering you made your tools and built your own reciever. Rivets, Spotwelds and you left a nice original finish. Great job.
05-06-2006, 11:16 AM
Thanks 555th. Here are some pics of my version of 555th's bend jig. A "HUGE" thanks for this jig being publicly available!
Note the long bar w/ the notch milled in it. I use this bar on top of the jigs punch for the initial bend into the die. Then I position the punch/die in the cradle shown. I locate the notch in the bar on the edge of the flat to get the top rail bend started. I then remove punch/die from cradle, and use bar to finish bend of top rails.
05-21-2006, 09:53 PM
Todays Range Report
Shot 4 1/2 boxes Wolf 122 FMJ today as a break in and accuracy exercise. No FTF nor FTE issues. This AKM ran fine.
I was using a Hungarian 20 mag that had the follower bumps removed. Had a Tapco composite follower installed. This allowed the bolt to hold open after last round. I ran the mag w/ 10 round loadings.
I initially shot at 50 yd to get a feel for the sights.
Next shot @ 100 yd, NRA SR1 targets. Shot a 239 for my best score, offhand, sitting, prone. 10 rounds at each position. 71 offhand, 86 sitting, 82 prone. And I'm a so so shot.
Long story short, this rifle shoots aok IMO! Am liken it!
05-22-2006, 11:18 PM
Congrats! What are you going to build next?:wink:
05-22-2006, 11:27 PM
That has to be the "prettiest" 555th jig I've ever seen. WELL done!!
05-23-2006, 01:23 PM
Freebore, my next build will be another Romanian "G", this time I will be fitting the receiver for a Romanian underfolder stock. I will use a Tapco flat without rear trunnion rivet holes.
I will use the underfolder trunnion as a template for hole locations. I will be very carefull and patient to ensure that fitments of sheet metal dust cover and all other components will be OK.
This next kit is from SOG, all matching ###, has better wood than my #1 build, and looks unfired. I will use the same compliance parts as #1.
Looks like I have a Imbel FAL in the works too. Will put a MO in the mail today for a kit. :thumbup1:
05-23-2006, 03:46 PM
I was using a Hungarian 20 mag that had the follower bumps removed. Had a Tapco composite follower installed. This allowed the bolt to hold open after last round.
This is news. I didn't know they had these.
05-23-2006, 03:57 PM
Winn, is one "Bump" or "dimple" on the inside mag walls just below the feed lips. These bumps limit the follower travel to just shy of the mag feed lips.
The Tapco plastic follower has a squared off back upper edge of the follower. Removing the mag wall bumps allows the follower to rest on bottom of feed lips when empty of cartridges. The follower now is high enough that the bolt will catch on the upper edge of the follower.
Drawbacks.........when mag is removed bolt will slam home if you do not hold charge bar. I saw folks adding a notch to the selector to grab the handle in safe position. Other drawback is that the mag release lever can be stiff, harder to press the lever to remove mag. Maybe due to follower bearing against low rails, etc. forcing mag against mag release lever.