There’s just something about building your own gun that gives it that extra special feel. Talking about feelings (yes, tough gun-building men do have feelings), building or assembling your own AK parts kit gun. It has a way of producing that warm feeling of pride in your heart.
You know the one I’m talking about, the one you feel the moment you lift up your finished product and give it a look over before your grin turns into your shout.
This is especially true after assembling an AK-47 from an AK-47 parts kit – milled or de-milled.
A Brief Overview Of The Legendary AK-47 Rifle And It's AK Parts Kit
The world famous AK 47 Rifle was developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov and was formally accepted for Russian Military service in 1947.
AK represents Avtomat Kalashnikova, or, Kalashnikov’s Automatic.
The AK47 was designed to be a simple, reliable, and easy to manufacture rifle. The AK’s mechanism is gas operated with a rotating bolt and is well known for loose tolerances that help it perform extremely well in dirty and harsh conditions.
Most Popular Assault Rifles
The AK rifle has spawned a whole family of rifles, the Kalishnakovs, and is one of the most popular assault rifles world over being fielded in over 100 countries and adopted by 55 different nations. It is this reliability, ease of manufacture and accuracy that has made it a favorite choice for recreational shooters and hobbyists in the US and abroad.
But why assemble your gun? An AK-47 to be exact? Well, let me give you a few reasons as to why you should go into gun assembling.
The Best AK-47 Parts Kits – Value For Money
If you want to build the best rifle, you need to get the best parts. That may be obvious but it needs to be stressed. Don’t compromise in this respect. Sometimes you may have to be patient as the right kit may not be readily available – hold on and get the best kit. So what are the best AK-47 parts kits for your money?
The Best AK-47 Parts Kits Comparison Table
Here's A Full Review Of The Best AK-47 Parts Kits
The Romanian AK47 (Model 1963) Under Folders barreled AK-47 parts kits come de-milled and are ready to assemble kit as all the heavy lifting has already been done for you.
The kits contain the original military surplus 1963 Romanian Model kits and are coupled with a 4150 V Nitride treated threaded barrel.
Because this is not a complete firearm, you won’t need a Federal Firearms Licence to ship it.
And since these are military surplus AK-47 parts kits, they will have wear and tear to show. The price? $399.00.
If you’re looking for a fixed wood stock AK-47 kit, a Polish kit is exactly what you are looking for.
The kit comes complete, except for the barrel, receiver, and full-auto sear components.
This is the best starter AK parts kit if you’re just venturing out into the world of high-quality AK-47 rifle assembling.
These de-milled kits are 1970 models and are all matching numbers kits that look as good as new.
The beautiful black Polish coating gives the metal a great near perfect finish. You can get this kit for $349.99.
Now, that is value for money.
All Maadi AK-47 components were made by the Maadi Company for Engineering Industries in Cairo, Egypt, hence the name.
Maadi AK-47 kits are highly sought after for their crutch side folder and excellent quality that is comparable to the original Russian originals.
A few points to note about these. 762x39 cals.
AK-47 parts kits are the fact that they don’t come with the barrel and receiver and also come covered with Cosmoline and will need a bit of cleaning before use.
The Yugoslavian AK-47, or, Yugo as it's fondly called is a unique rifle. And that is attested to by its relatively pricier kits.
Some of its peculiarities in comparison to other assault rifles are a bolt hold open device on the right side of the receiver.
And a charging handle that looks different from other AK models.
Even though its performance was satisfactory.
The Yugoslav military did not adopt the rifle as the standard infantry armament.
And this production was low. And that is a big reason as to why the AK parts kit is quite difficult to come by.
AK Parts Kit Gun Assembly – Why Bother?
Why bother buying an AK-47 parts kit? After all, you can always get a good rifle already done for you.
1. The Thrill Factor
This one can’t be adequately explained as you have to experience it to appreciate it. Assembling a gun is a thrilling feeling. Perhaps the best way to describe it is to take you back in time to your first jigsaw puzzle. The feeling of joy and pride you felt when completing it is probably still with you today because it was a momentous achievement for you.
An AK-47 may not exactly be a jigsaw puzzle, but assembling all those pieces together is a lot like one. True, you will need some jigs and tools, but that just adds to the excitement and fun of assembling your own gun.
2. Sentimental Value
There is always something special about a gun you put together yourself. Heck, anything you build yourself just has that extra special place in your heart. Hand assembled guns, especially assembled by your own hands, have more value to you as the owner than those you purchase completely. When you finish putting together your AK-47 kit and look at your creation, no amount of money will be worth your sweat and labor of love.
3. One Of A Kind AK-47
Custom made guns are way different from your run off the mill guns. When you put together your AK-47, you have the pleasure of swapping out parts you don’t want for parts that are better suited for what you want to use your AK-47 for. It becomes a one of a kind piece – unique and custom made for your needs. And because you put it together yourself, you understand it better, making it an extension of yourself.
4. Just For The Fun Of It
Some people fancy lawn bowling as a hobby (why on earth would someone do that to themselves?) while others enjoy the thrill of staring death in the face by jumping out of airplanes, and others, well, to each his own. But you and I are the same ones who keep our feet on the ground and build an assembly AK-47’s.
Tinkering with an AK-47 parts kit can be the most rewarding and enjoyable past time you can find. Sometimes it doesn’t necessarily have to be about the cost of assembling your rifle but the joy it brings in putting together your favorite weapon. So if they ask you why you tinker with AK-47 parts kits, tell them the brutal truth – just for the fun of it.
How To Choose An AK-47 Parts Kit
Getting an AK-47 parts kit is not at all like buying a car service kit – it’s a bit more complex. There is no one size fits all when it comes to you as the builder. The parts you get will be determined by three main factors:
1. The Features You Want
The features you are looking for in your final product will determine the components you purchase to assemble your AK-47. Customizing your AK-47 is a matter of swapping out a few components for those that suit your needs.
2. The Amount Of Work You’re Willing To Put In
Another factor to consider when getting your AK-47 parts kit is the amount of labor that will be needed to convert it into a functional rifle. Like I said, getting an AK-47 parts kit is not at all like getting a service kit for your car, and this is where it begins to show.
For example, getting de-milled parts which are still connected to fragments of the barrel and receiver will need you to invest more time and effort in grinding (not to mention the extra cost of tools). On the other hand, getting milled parts will save you time and effort as you can begin working on them immediately. It’s all a matter of preference and ability. If you’re still a beginner, milled parts are best for you.
Another example is the barrel itself. Are you going to fully customize a completely unpopulated barrel yourself, or do you prefer getting one that’s already pre-installed?
3. AK-47 Parts Kit Or Separate Parts
Sometimes the choice between purchasing all your parts separately or as a kit can be a daunting one. If you have the time and in-depth technical knowledge, and ultra-specific needs, then getting separate parts might be the right avenue for you. But the easiest and probably bets direction to take is to get a complete parts kit. It will save you time and money, besides the added advantage of knowing that all your parts are completely compatible.
Wow, we’ve definitely covered a lot of ground and cleared a lot of stuff out of the way. Now for the crux of the matter.
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Gun Laws And AK-47 Parts Kits
Because of the strict laws governing the sale, buying, shipping and use of firearms in the US. It's important for you to find out what laws govern the AK parts kit you are purchasing. Some de-milled AK-47 parts kits may come with some of the full-auto fire components in the box. And you need to know the legal implications. You need to dispose of them as soon as possible. Before you start assembling your rifle and in a legal way. Possessing a box of AK parts kit is legal— if you don’t have a semi-automatic AK. If you do have a semi-automatic AK, it becomes another matter altogether – illegal.
In short, don’t get caught on the wrong side of the law when it comes to your favorite hobby. Know the laws in your state and do your best to stick to them.
Time To Head To The Workshop
Now that you have your AK-47 parts kit, it’s time to do some gun building. Remember, safety first. Have the right tools, right clothes, and the right state of mind. When building your AK parts kit in your assault rifle. Once you’re done, let’s meet at the rifle range and compare a few notes, shall we?