Well guys its finally time. I mentioned that I was going to start this thread in one of the christmas discussions so here we go. I bought my two best friends AK63D kits for christmas. Besides being awesome people they helped me out tremendously this year between wrecking my car and transitioning into my new well-paying job. They are both avid gun nuts as it is and I really wanted to do something special for them. They've wanted to do AKs for a long time but have also had lots of little things come up to stop them from having the extra cash I decided to go all out. I also received the same kit thanks to my amazing wife. This will be my second build so I will be providing my limited knowledge/guidance to them. They have both known me long enough to know how I feel about following the law so I will be leading by example and are aware I wont lay a finger on their receivers once we get started.
The top kit is my friend Bobs(for the sake of anonymity), mine is the 2nd pic. Bobs kit looks to be much more used than mine and our friends(we'll call him Zolt), however he has some really cool engraving on the pistol grip and foregrip. I was blown away at the quality of Zolt/my kit. Top cover/bolt/bolt carrier #s match on all 3 kits, the wood and finish on Zolts/my kit are amazing. I told Bob I felt bad his wasnt as nice but its definitely in his character to have an apocalyptic looking kit so he wasnt disappointed.
We got all 3 of our kits demilled last weekend(those long rivets are a PITA!! ) and ordered up the rest of the parts to start this weekend.
Got mostly everything from AK-builder but Atlantic had these chrome lined barrels for $99 plus $12 to ship all 3 so it was kind of a no-brainer. Decided to go with the Polish blanks since we are not too keen on using Bobs press yet and I didn't want to risk us destroying flats since we're still all recovering from Christmas spending. I did my first build on a Polish blank and it has held up to well over 1500 rounds with questionable heat treating. We purchased a container of that Cherry Red stuff after reading good things about it on here and on weaponsguild, so thats what we will be using to treat the FCG holes and ejector tips.
The 3 piece receiver pictured with the barrels is from jack squats flatspot. We were going to spring for Curtis's polish blank jig but we all received new drill bit kits for christmas, so I suggested we save some money and use the flat kit as a stencil for the holes. Im going to measure them out first but its a quality piece. We will be using a good old harbor freight flux to weld in the rails, and I am fairly confident in my welding but Im going to wait til one of us gets a mig and possibly make a usable receiver out of the flat kit at a later date.
As far as compliance pieces we are doing US made muzzle brakes, the barrels, Tapco FCG and receiver. Bob just got a 20ton press a few months ago so it will finally get a good workout. Plenty of brand new drill bits, a well working drill press, the flux welder and some custom plates for doing the rivets shall be our tools. The only thing we didn't order were the pistol grip reinforcement plates. We all agreed that our fabrication skills are plenty adequate to make our own out of some scrap as opposed to spending another $30-40 for them.
My plan is for us to get our barrels populated and headspaced(glad I kept my gauges!) tomorrow night, and maybe start some receiver work depending how much beer we drink. Theres a good chance we may have at least one working firearm at the end of sunday, but we will see. Bob and Zolt have equal if not superior fabricating/mechanical skills compared to me due to their trades so I expect some nice AKs will result from our labor(especially after hammering my first build together with absolute minimalist tools). I will keep this thread updated as we go and I will take many more pics.