This is my 1st post here, so a big hello to everyone.
I am seriously wanting to purchase an AK-47 (7.62 x 39mm). Well, I have been looking at the Russian Izhmash Factory 'Saiga' SGL21 series AK-47s. These guns are imported and modified by the Arsenal / Fime Group in Las Vegas. They are sold through a company called K-var.
I went to the K-var website to find that a Saiga SGL21-61 that comes with a stamped reciever, and black polymer furnature along with a fixed Warsaw length stock retails for an amazing $1,199. Jeeze, that's about double what the price for a stamped reciever AK-47 was 3 years ago! ... of course, this gun is Out of Stock!
Well, I looked around to see what parts I needed to build my own AK-47 comparable to the one that cost $1,199. I found the complete "Arsenal" build kit for $325. This is everything minus the reciever and barrel. I believe these are the same parts that come with the Arsenal / Fime SGL21.
As far as the reciever, it seems like the Nodak Spud NDS-1 "EZ" should work well. This reciever has pre-drilled front trunion and rear block holes. Fits all Russian, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, East German, Bulgarian and Egyptian guns with a fixed stock. Cost is $85.
And for the barrel, I looked at a US manufactured Chrome Moly 7.62x39mm 16'' barrel sold by 'What a Country'. The barrel is gas port drilled, extractor is cut, handguard retainer slots are cut and is non-chrome lined. It also is 14mm-1 LH threaded for all standard AK muzzle brakes. Cost is $130.
So, with these parts, I should be getting the same gun that sells for $1,199 now for a total of $540 .... That's about half price!
1. So, for you folks that have built your own AK-47s, does my list of parts look ok? ... any better suggestions?
2. I am hoping that the 'Nodak Spud' NDS-1 EZ reciever wont need any drilling? From there website, it looks to be pretty much a finished item ... I just am not certain.
3. Another question ... I don't own a bunch of Gunsmith tools. Do you think from the list of parts above, I will be able to build this gun in my garage with basic tools?
4. Ok, one more question ... I understand that I will need to do some riveting on this gun. I do know a local gunsmith. Would it be easy for him to do the riveting? Any idea how much work that would be for him?
Thanks a bunch for you time
BTW ... I believe the stock, pistol grip, and upper / lower hand guards in this kit are all US made. The receiver and barrel I will be buying are also US made along with a US made 30 round "banana" magazine I intend to use. That should satisfy 922r Compliance.