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    hey guys I built my 1st one here using screws. it came out great. now i want to try a rivet build on a polish underfolder. i have the ak-builder's rivet set. do these need to be heated before installing? i plan to use a modified pair of bolt cutters to squeeze the rivets
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    no need to heat..i have good results with the bolt cutter method...just a tip.....

    i get a good rivet by not trying to fully compress the rivet in one squeeze...you have an adjustment on the cutters...this will put less pressure on the arms as well..(so they won't snap in half) i compress all the rivets on the trunnion a little..then tighten up the adjust alittle..then give them all another squeeze....may do this 3 times...

    this is just my method which has worked great for me

    this way you can keep check to make sure the rivet head is flat against the reciever also...don't want no crooked rivets !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKmaniAK
    no need to heat..i have good results with the bolt cutter method...just a tip.....

    i get a good rivet by not trying to fully compress the rivet in one squeeze...you have an adjustment on the cutters...this will put less pressure on the arms as well..(so they won't snap in half) i compress all the rivets on the trunnion a little..then tighten up the adjust alittle..then give them all another squeeze....may do this 3 times...

    this is just my method which has worked great for me

    this way you can keep check to make sure the rivet head is flat against the reciever also...don't want no crooked rivets !!!!


    Smart man and VERY good advise..Pat

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    You may also want to consider using screws+nuts on 2-3 of the holes in the beginning to make sure it's clamped tightly to the trunnion.

    I also press the same rivet multiple times to make sure the head was hitting square and to check that all sides were evenly compressed.

    Is that a towel rack in the photo? Looks a bit crooked if the photo was taken straight.

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    thanks I rested it on a towel rack and the picture is at an angle so i could get the whole gun in

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    The BC method will not work for the lower rear trunnion rivets of the UF.
    You will need to come up with another way to do those two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7.62x39
    The BC method will not work for the lower rear trunnion rivets of the UF.
    You will need to come up with another way to do those two.
    you can do a little grinding in the center of the bolt cutters...enough to keep from hitting the rail when reaching for the lower rivets....works for me!!

    i've built 3 underfolders using nothing but the squeezers & a press for the long rivet

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    thanks for the tips guys wish me luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7.62x39
    The BC method will not work for the lower rear trunnion rivets of the UF.
    You will need to come up with another way to do those two.
    Bolt cutter tools will do the lower rivets, It's close but they will work
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