The receiver is a flat I bent.
Nico Armory is located in my garage
I learned to build out kits by reading tutorials on the web, and asking questions at forums like Gunco.
Couple things I had to learn by doing (like tuning a trigger, getting a magazine to sit properly without wobble, and high enough, truing up carrier impact to front trunnion, etc).
After doing 3-4 of them i had a pretty good idea of problem areas to look for, and how to set them up properly (basically tune the parts to your bent flat receiver, and check head space, repair FS, and GB cant, etc)before the first fire test.
The model designation 'FUCADOJ' I'll let you guess what the acronym stands for seeing as I'm in California.
Some funky laws here as well as the 'approved handgun list this state has but thankfully there are ways to still get what we want (with some minor concessions like a mag lock since the magazine is outside of the pistol grip, and for a pistol build I have to construct a magazine 'sled' to document it was built as a single shot pistol (to avoid needing to be on the list). No law that says I cannot convert it to holding more than 1 round after it's built though
(max 10 rounds in this state). )
I have built every AK I own, and helped 4 friends to date do the same for their first builds.
This pistol is number 8 that I have had a hand in re-building.
Dan was just a guy I met at the range one day who was interested in my AKs. He mentioned he had a lathe, and I asked if I could rent it from him for this barrel.
He declined but offered to help me turn it down for free instead.
Cool guy, and like me into building things.
Gotten pretty good at bending flats, and fitting all the parts. I don't own any fancy tools or a 20 ton press so I do screw builds or re-weld milled receivers that have been cut up.
I haven't had any issues with any of them. A little JBWeld on the threads when you screw them in, and you're all good. If you ever want to remove them heat it up over 500 degrees with a torch, and the JBWeld softens up enough to unscrew them.
Don't own a spot welder but do have a 220 mig with shield gas, and over 20 years welding experience. Not that tough to stitch weld in the rails. Hard part is getting the torch head inside the receiver. Mag well is prime for this.
Found that the Egyptian front trunnion, and carrier did not meet up evenly on both sides when locked into battery. Spent a little time with a file, and a marking pen today to true it up.
A bit tired from work today so taking a break from the build but will be looking at pressing the barrel in, and setting headspace so I know about where to drill the barrel pin, and location for the RSB. Will press back out to either weld up the existing notch so I can re-drill it or (if it's close enough) I will drill for a larger pin. Also looking at threading the muzzle end for 14x1 LH (I have the die for it).
Also have to build the mag lock device for it (easy peasy with a piece of tube steel, and set screw).
I know the laws suck here, and that's one of the reasons I am an AK builder. I could just buy one, and have a middle man FFL add a maglock, and bullet sled to transfer it legally into my state. That lacks the fun of building it yourself as well as me exercising my legal rights to build one for my own use here while openly showing my disapproval to my incumbent elected officials for stupid laws, and piss off the liberals by staying within their rules but still getting what I want. :lildevil:
The last build I did was a re-welded milled receiver Yugo M-70 under folder (where i got this old barrel from as I replaced it with a new Green Mountain barrel).
That rifle shoots 10 shot groups at 100 yards with Wolf military classic, and me behind the sights that look like this:
I had most of the parts for this build just laying around after the amount I have constructed. Flat, and Egyptian parts kit + some other misc parts put the cost of this build at about $200. Far cheaper than I could buy a Draco, and for me tons more fun.