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I'm a newbie who's trying to build his first AMD-65 and need help bending a TAPCO flat.

Anybody in the Northern VA/MD region have a bending jig and willing to help an eager mind out. I am willing to offer a free TAPCO flat (with rails) and a six-pack of a reasonably priced beverage of your choice.

Experienced smiths preferred as I might have additional questions during the bending process.

Thanks for all your help guys. This site has really helped me learn a lot. :thankyou:
 

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I'm about 3 hours west of Wytheville, VA. If you want to plan a day trip over here, You can bend as many flats as you want for free.
 

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Thanks 555th. That's very generous of you. Unfortunately that's quite a distance from where I am, and I don't think I could get permission from my wife for such an adventure so far from home :). I usually have to pay her off with some kind of gift every time I go to the range for a couple of hours. I can hardly imagine what I'd have to spring for on a day trip!


I have followed the thread regarding your bending jig and I must say it is partly because of it that I decided to try my hand at my own.
 

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I hear you PM.
Sounds like the bribe for the mrs. might cost you more than the whole rifle.lol

Check with yosuthnmasa, I think he is renting out one of 555th's jigs
 

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7.62x39 said:
I hear you PM.
Sounds like the bribe for the mrs. might cost you more than the whole rifle.lol
Oh, it sounds like you've met my wife before!:biggrin:

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Check with yosuthnmasa, I think he is renting out one of 555th's jigs
Doesn't the jig require a press of some sort? Therein lies the rub. I don't have one or access to one at the present time.
 

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justashooter made a bending jig that didn't require a press but instead a BFH (big ____ hammer :) ). I can email you the pdf file if you want or you could contact justashooter and he could give you more info too.
 

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Sniper69: How hard is justashooters jig to make? You're talking to a relative novice with little or no space to work with.
 

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papermonkey said:
Doesn't the jig require a press of some sort? Therein lies the rub. I don't have one or access to one at the present time.
Check with 555th or yosuthnmasa on this, but I think I read somewhere that it could be done in a big vise.
 

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Sniper69: How hard is justashooters jig to make? You're talking to a relative novice with little or no space to work with.
I feel even a novice could make it. It is a relatively easy setup. The attached files are originally from justashooter (he is also a member here at gunco) and include the pdf that has directions and drawings with dimensions (the jig is the last page if I remember right). The other one is a zip file with pictures of the jig in use, etc. I hope this helps (plus it is probably easier to download than to have them emailed to you).
 

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I feel even a novice could make it.

thanks for the vote of confidence, snipe.

newbie, we are soon having a build at my place, just inside the penna line on I-83. it would be a 40min drive north of the baltimore beltway.

if you wanna come, we could make a special allowance for you. should be about a dozen guys building ak's and adding evil features to rifles of all kinds the weekend of sept 17-18-19.

build, shoot, eat, drink, and not necessarily in that order. always a good time.

e-mail me at [email protected] if you are interested, and think the wifey can cut you loose for a day or so. tell her we will give you back when we're done with you.
 

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I might just take you up on that Justashooter. Although since my kit came in, I've been really chomping at the bit to start work on it.

I don't know if I can hold off until Sept 17th though. The anticipation is killing me. It's like asking a kid not to open his x-mas present before x-mas.

I was looking forward to doing a 'screw build.' Have you done one before?
 

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If this is your 1st build I would do a screw build. In the meantime.....would give you a chance to buy some tools. My 1st was a screw build and since completing it, I learned a lot and now giving the 2nd one a whole make over. Rivits are the way to go in my opinion but the screws are easy with not many tools needed. Good luck!

Mark
 

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justashooter said:
thanks for the vote of confidence, snipe.

newbie, we are soon having a build at my place, just inside the penna line on I-83. it would be a 40min drive north of the baltimore beltway.

if you wanna come, we could make a special allowance for you. should be about a dozen guys building ak's and adding evil features to rifles of all kinds the weekend of sept 17-18-19.

build, shoot, eat, drink, and not necessarily in that order. always a good time.

e-mail me at [email protected] if you are interested, and think the wifey can cut you loose for a day or so. tell her we will give you back when we're done with you.
justashooter, Well it is an honest vote of confidence. No welding is needed so that puts your jig into an easier category to make, in my opinion.

I wished I live closer to where you are at - I bet it would be a fun weekend and it would be great to meet those coming, and to get to do some shooting with you all.
 

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I'd go with J.A.S.' invite. He's a great guy to work with. His bending jig is simple, but a work of art and makes bending flats a breeze.
Hell, he'll probably weld up your trunions if you bring a kit.

JoeLad :biggrin:
 

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If this is your 1st build I would do a screw build. In the meantime.....would give you a chance to buy some tools. My 1st was a screw build and since completing it, I learned a lot and now giving the 2nd one a whole make over. Rivits are the way to go in my opinion but the screws are easy with not many tools needed. Good luck!

Mark
But I need to bend my receiver first! :bawling:
 

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But I need to bend my receiver first! :bawling:
Yes...that would help! Wasnt thinking of that.
 

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monkey,
joe was trying to tell you he has a few bent flats, of late. as i said, you are welcome to come, but e-mail me, cause i lose track of all the threads and guys i meet in cyber space.

joe,
you are an easy guy to work with.
 

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Justashooter: You have any experience in doing a 'screw build?'

I have an AMD-65 sidefolder. Drilled out the rear trunion rivits and partially drilled out the front (too afraid of hitting the barrel). I think the front holes are deep enough to support screws (plus a little red locktite).
 

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been there, done that. i am doing all weld builds these days. leave the rivets in, enlarge the holes to .200, and weld the thing together. comes out great, and easier than a screw build.
 
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