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7.62 x39,

Thanks for the honest opinion. We felt that centering the flat needed to be automatic and thats why we incorporated alignment pins from the very first design that we came up with. We are taking in all of the new ideas. That being said, we are also trying to keep the price down. The flats that have been bent on this jig so far look great. I have gotten some feedback on the bend radius not being as sharp as "factory" and we have tried to get them tighter but I'll be honest with you guys, I feel like we are putting a lot of time into a minor detail that doesnt affect the fit, form or function of the gun. The fit of the trunions is perfect as well as the fit of the furniture (as seen in sniper69's post). We have made one impovement that will add some strength to the sides of the "box"...the bolts that hold the forming block together are now gone. We are using countersunk allen head bolts and that allow us to keep the "box" sides solid (no slots cut out for the bolts to go down through). This should allow the box to take all of the pressure that you can apply as well it should help create sharper bends.

It won't be long now, we hope to have it availble by Monday or Tuesday.

Scott
 

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Scott,

That's great, I hope you have great success with these jigs.

I was a die hard bent blank builder, but after seeing the success You, 555th and stickerman were having with these jigs, I knew I had to try going the bending route.
I am now a convert.

These jigs are a little pricey (as is any good tool) but if you're a hard core builder, they are the only way to go.
 

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Thumbs up to Scott/DPH Arms on his bend-jig! At a 'building party' yesterday,
I had the chance to examine and use one, and I'm now seriously considering
buying one for myself!

I used a Tapco flat, and it came out looking great. It all went together very
easily, and worked perfectly, and this is from a first-time AK-building newbie.
It's still not together yet, as the guy who had the headspace gauges had to
leave early, but once I get the headspace done up, I'll be finished.
:woot:
 

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Yea, sounds cool!!! I just went out with my buddy blew off a couple hundred rounds, got back home to see the final quarter of Steeler game. Max, what was that about Halloween? :lol: Where were the Patriots? :woo:

GO STEELERS!!!
 

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7.62x39 said:
I'm trying to catch Winn, I'm not there yet, but I'm gaining on him.
Anybody remember the pic he posted of his receiver drawer?
Max -- looks like you've got no shortage of receivers to use.

I was slow to get on the flat wagon -- Making them using your procedures from blanks.

I'm a believer now.

 

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I looking fo the mother of all bending jigs gee there,s so many out there how much you charge for yours and the wieght going to alaska and needed is a 10 ton press? well this is a start I mean how many home made guns can you have befor they start giving you a hard time I wanted to make sure each child has a few home builds for himself to enjoy
 

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Welcome!

There's no limit that I know of on flat bending.

Most use a 20 ton but that's overkill and a number of folks have bent flats on a 6. If you're buying one the 20 ton will help on the high pressure stuff like getting a recalcitrant barrel pin out.

Check with the vendors on current pricing and shipping rates.
 

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Nice looking receivers. Hard to believe that they are just steel until they are bent and then they become firearms.
 

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David, You must of climbed into the wayback machine with Mr Peabody to find this old chestnut. original post date was Sept. 2004 :)
 

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Max -- It's hard to believe how long we've been at this. I can't say I had much hair then but at least it wasn't all grey!
 

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When I read the old threads I wonder what has become of the folks that arent posting anymore. It was a lively time then, cheap kits, lots of "eureka!" moments. 'Course u guys had it mostly down pat by the time I got here.
 

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Max -- It's hard to believe how long we've been at this. I can't say I had much hair then but at least it wasn't all grey!
Man, how time flies. Can you believe it's been 10+ years since we hooked up at the old place.
I've still got a pretty good stack of kits, I need to get around to. I got side tracked by a couple FAL builds and the M1919.
Last Winter was brutal around here. A combination of several heavy snow storms and couple of ice storms back to back, caused a lot of roofs to collapse. Both our clubhouse and 100 yard range house collapsed, only our 50 yard range house survived intact.
We have been in the process of rebuilding for almost a year now. Dealing with the insurance company, engineers, inspectors and several sub contractors, has been slow going. Especially since each step must be approved by the membership.
 

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Boy reading this old thread makes me wish I had come to the party sooner. Would have loved to stock up on cheap kits, and put them away for a rainy day. I had never even heard of such a thing until around 2008, right when prices went through the roof. Kits back then cost as much as a storebought complete firearm costs now.
 

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Some interesting historical stuff here. And looking at the dates, this thread has been resurrected not once but three times!
 

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Nice work!
 
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