AK Tutorial: Troubleshooting select issues

TUTORIAL, AK TROUBLE-SHOOTING (updated 04-10-2020) Bolt Carrier Jumps Rail This image shows an extreme example of the bolt carrier jumping the rail. It is a difficult malfunction to correct because there are many factors contributing to it. Test for it by pulling the charging handle back and up. On some guns, the bolt […]

AK Tutorial: IMI Galil Build

(updated 04-09-2020) Magazine Catch Using ball bearings to flare the ends of the magazine catch pin. Barrel Chasing receiver threads. This is not always necessary, but if the barrel or receiver threads have a burr, it makes screwing it in difficult. 5.56mm NATO thread pitch is M21x1.5, 7.62mm NATO is M25x1.5. Chasing barrel […]

AK Review: Ohio Rapid Fire Gen 2 Galil Receiver

(updated 03-17-2020) Introduction 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 at Ohio Rapid Fire produced a “new” receiver which he claims rectified all of the […]

AK Review: Ohio Rapid Fire Gen 1 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

(updated 04-09-2020) 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 a cost-effective conversion once […]

AK Tutorial: Adjusting the TAPCO G2 AK Trigger

(updated 04-09-2020) 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 the Arsenal fire-control groups. They worked better, […]

AK Review: Assembly and Dissassembly, PKM Tripod.

(updated 04-09-2020) 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

(updated 04-09-2020) 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 for building an AK […]

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 […]