Reviews and tutorials related to the AK family of rifles.


AK Review: Ohio Rapid Fire Second Generation Galil Receiver

I reviewed an ORF Galil receiver a few years ago, and while it could be built, it had several problems that may made it a challenging build for the even an experienced builder. Todd Grove REVIEW: ORF 2nd GENERATION GALIL RECEIVER (updated 03-17-2020) Introduction I reviewed an ORF Galil receiver a few years […]

AK Review: Ohio Rapid Fire First Generation Galil Receiver

(updated 03-17-2020) Introduction The following information may be of assistance to the home builder considering a build on an ORF receiver. The ORF receiver is the only non-IMI receiver of any potential on the market today, but it does have issues that are a challenge to the experienced builder and may be insurmountable […]

AK Tutorial: Saiga Sporter AK Conversion

TUTORIAL, SAIGA RIFLE CONVERSION (updated 03-17-2020) Introduction The recent introduction of the SAIGA SGL-10 has made for an excellent opportunity for an “almost factory” rifle at a great price. Former versions were more difficult to convert. This one was designed specifically to get around the US import ban on “assault weapons,” yet be […]

AK Tutorial: Adjusting the TAPCO G2 AK Trigger

TUTORIAL, AK TRIGGER ADJUSTMENT – TAPCO G2 (updated 03-17-2020) Introduction I had some trouble with hammer-follow using NoDak Spud NDS-3 receivers and TAPCO G2 fire control groups. I contacted TAPCO. They said they hadn’t heard of it happening. I contacted NoDak Spud. Harlan recommended I buy the more-expensive Arsenal 1-claw group. I bought […]

AK Review: Assembly and Dissassembly, PKM Tripod.

(updated 03-17-2020) Introduction This is a work-in progress photo documentary on assembly and disassembly of The PKM Light Tripod. Please contact me if you have any interesting information, schematics, differences in links and Chinese versus European variations. xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx […]

AK Review: Assembly & Disassembly, Ruchnoy Pulemyot Dagtyareva (RPD).

(updated 03-17-2020) This review is for informational purposes only I DO NOT SELL PARTS FOR THE RPD I DO NOT OFFER RPD BUILDS. I DO NOT HELP PEOPLE BUILD THEIR RPDs DO NOT CONTACT ME ABOUT RPDs Introduction This is a work-in progress photo documentary on assembly and disassembly of RPD variants. Please […]

AK Tutorial: Building an AK Pistol

TUTORIAL, AK PISTOL BUILD (updated 03-17-2020) Introduction These directions are for the advanced builder who already has successfully built and refinished a standard size AK. This project requires lathe turning, milling, threading, welding, and silver soldering. This tutorial does not cover riveting, headspacing, barrel pressing, or wood and metal refinishing. These instructions are […]

AK Tutorial: Adjusting the Arsenal AK Trigger

(updated 03-17-2020) Introduction This is an extension of the tutorial I wrote on the TAPCO G2 trigger group to address the differences in the ARSENAL trigger group. Please read the other tutorial first as the principles are the same. K-Var sells a single-stage or a two-stage US made trigger. While technically correct, it […]