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I read somewhere in this forum that you can use a pair of bolt cutters converted to a rivet gun. The size was 18" and 24" pair. Where can I find the converted part at? There was a web site listed for it and I cant seem to find it anywhere. I want to try using rivets for my next build and want to practice before hand. Someone please help me with those web sites. Thanks!
 

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Several guys have been sucessful with that method. Unfortunately the member with the web site for the tool is moving so his site is down. Try the "search" option maybe you will at least get some feedback on how it worked. Jack
 

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This was on Pookies web. It is down but should be back up soon. You can also find a PDF of his website in the library broken up into pieces with winrar.
 

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I would be really careful on the expensive commercially made rivet squeezers! I have seen and heard of guys spending boatloads on money on these and then they not fit around the receiver quite right and they end up selling them to some other unknowing person on EBAY.
 

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yosuthnmasa said:
I would be really careful on the expensive commercially made rivet squeezers! I have seen and heard of guys spending boatloads on money on these and then they not fit around the receiver quite right and they end up selling them to some other unknowing person on EBAY.
:thankyou: I am still debating on how to go about riviting. Like I said before, my 1st gun build I used the screws and now I would like to try the rivits. This is a hobby for me and I am trying to save as much money building these that I can. Seems to me that rivits would make for a more sound build. Any other comments on this issue is appreciated. Thank you all.
 

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If you want to spend that kind of money, you certainly can, but hotbarrel designed a nice little bucking bar to use with an inexpensive shop press from harbor freight, and it works like a champ... pm him, and he just might hook u up
 

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I bought all the AK build tools (7.62x39's triggerguard jig, Plinker's rivet jig, and Xebec's barrel tool) while waiting to learn enough to build. I think the total for all three was around $290.00. I just bought them as I could afford it.

Just used Plinker's rivet jig and it is awsome. Makes all the receiver rivet work (except the triggerguard) a breeze. I was all worried about how everything would work but this tool has been well thought out. I'm sure that the rest of the tools will work just as well. If you can afford it, even a little at a time and you want prossional results buy the tools that were made for the job.

Now if your creative like hcpookie, then by all means make your own. I'm just not that talented.....lol

The pictures below are my very first attemp at riveting. I wanted to practice before doing the receiver but hey, I got the bug. Oh, the picture of the rear trunnion are the crushed ends, not the preformed heads.
 

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Oh, the picture of the rear trunnion are the crushed ends, not the preformed heads.
How did you form the heads on the rear trunnion. They do look very nice! Do you use one of the jigs you bought to accomplish this nice looking work?
 

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yosuthnmasa...........

Yes, I used Plinker's Jig for the whole thing. Using a buck from Plinker's Jig, I placed the pre-formed rivet head into the buck. With the rivet pushed through the rear trunnion, I slowly hammered on the unformed (straight) part of the rivet. Once it started to flaten evenly, I put it into Plinker's Jig using adapter "A" and the shallow cupped setscrew and crushed it with the 20 ton press. It took no effort at all.

One thing I did was to dimple both LH and RH rear receiver holes. I think next time I might just dimple the holes that the swell neck rivet head goes into.

Only things left for this receiver is install the lower rails (which I would have done today but we had a 5 hour power outage), install the center support, and last, install the triggerguard, maybe 25 minutes total at the most.
 
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