Not by any means. Don't even mess around with anything but an AK Builder flat. They now have a flat that has the top rails bent and stepped down...just like the originals. Before Curtis came up with his new flats with this option you had to spend $250.00 + on an expensive jig to make a quality receiver out of a flat. Now anybody with basic tools can use this "poorman's jig" and patience to bend a beautiful flat. When i did my first build all i heard was " Buy an NDS". This was not what i wanted to hear. At first i had a heck of a time bending the upper rails. Now Curtis at AK Builder has worked his magic once again! Alot of guys are selling there old jigs to replace them with his new $150.00 jig which if you are going to do a couple of builds i suggest buying...especially if a buddy is going half with you. Buy Curtis' spot welder setup as this is the essential tool to making a quality receiver out of a flat. I used to drill holes in the flat and mig weld them shut. Crude but effective. I am on a short income...had to make things work with what i had. Prior warning though... if you build an AK yourself it becomes addicting!
I am new here 1st post and I know I am throwing this on the end of an old but still Germain thread. A buddy and I have decided to start with flat builds and have never been down this road before. I just bought my 1st HF spot welder and powder coating system. Is the "grasshopper" still considered a viable solution or has it been supplanted by still simpler/cheaper idea?