I Built This AK-47. It’s Legal and Totally Untraceable.
Forget 3-D-printed guns. At a “build party,” anyone can make a rifle no cop will ever know about.
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The wooden and steel parts I need to build my untraceable AK-47 fit within a slender, 15-by-12-inch cardboard box. I first lay eyes on them one Saturday morning in the garage of an eggshell-white industrial complex near Los Angeles. Foldout tables ring the edges of the room, surrounding two orange shop presses. The walls, dusty and stained, are lined with shelves of tools. I’m with a dozen other guys, some sipping coffee, others making introductions over the buzz of an air compressor. Most of us are strangers, but we share a common bond: We are just eight hours away from having our very own AK-47—one the government will never know about.
The AK-47, perhaps the world’s best-known gun, is so easy to make and so hard to break that the Soviet-designed original has spawned countless variants, updated and modified versions churned out by factories all over the globe. Although US customs laws ban importing the weapons, parts kits—which include most original components of a Kalashnikov variant—are legal. So is reassembling them, as long as no more than 10 foreign-made components are used and they are mounted on a new receiver, the box-shaped central frame that holds the gun’s key mechanics. There are no fussy irritations like, say, passing a background check to buy a kit. And because we’re assembling the guns for our own “personal use,” whatever that may entail, we’re not required to stamp in serial numbers. These rifles are totally untraceable, and even under California’s stringent assault weapons ban, that’s perfectly within the law.
Among those ready to get going at this “build party” (none of whom wanted their names used) are a father-son duo getting in some bonding time and a well-bellied sixtysomething with a white Fu Manchu who “loves” the click-ack! sound of a round being chambered. Assembling a Romanian variant is a builder wearing a camo jacket and a hat embroidered with an AR-15 rifle above the legend “Come and take it.” His knuckle tattoos read “PRAY HARD.”
We crowd in as our three hosts, all expert gun assemblers, hand out waivers with a list of questions: Are you a convicted felon? Ever been dishonorably discharged from the military? Addicted to drugs? Mentally unstable? The guy in camo looks up and, to much laughter, says, “So it’s all ‘No,’ right?”
The hosts collect our paperwork without checking IDs. We don eye protection and gloves, and soon the garage is abuzz with the whir of grinders, cutters, and drills. Sales of receivers—which house the mechanical parts, making a gun a gun—are tightly regulated, so my kit comes with a pre-drilled flat steel platform. Legally, it’s just an American-made hunk of metal, but one bend in a vise later and, voilà, it’s a receiver, ready for trigger guards to be riveted on. Sparks fly as receiver rails to guide the bolt mechanism are cut, welded into place, and heat-treated. The front and rear trunnions, which will hold the barrel and stock, are attached to the receivers.
Now I need a hand. A stout guy with caramel skin, tired eyes, jet-black hair, and a penchant for peppering his sentences with F-bombs assists me. He starts hammering the barrel into the front trunnion. “If this were an [AR-15] and we did this, we’d be crying doing so much damage,” he says. “But an AK, you can drop this thing in shit, drag it through the mud, smash it against the ground, pick it up, pull the charging handle, and keep shooting. That’s why they’re so popular.”
Durability and simplicity are why AKs have become the most widely distributed guns on the planet since their 1947 debut. They began proliferating in the late ’50s, when the Soviets permitted “fraternal countries” to manufacture Kalashnikovs at will. Soon they spread from one hot spot to another, their reputation for ruggedness and reliability growing along the way. Now there are as many as 70 million in circulation. Colombian drug lord Pedro Guerrero and Saddam Hussein’s son Uday had them plated in gold. Both Hezbollah and Mozambique display them on their flags.
Many kits come from stockpiles in former war zones. “I can guarantee you this one has bodies on it,” says one of the hosts as I peer down the barrel of a Yugo RPK. It’s lined with grit and soot. My host says the AK I’m building is an Egyptian “Maadi” that came to the United States via Croatia, likely having been shipped there during the Yugoslav wars. He tells me some wooden stocks come with tally marks notched in them.
We prep the metal components in a sandblaster and submerge them in a phosphoric acid solution to protect the steel from corrosion. Finally, we grease and assemble them, semi-automatic firing controls included. Owning a gun that can shoot full auto, like these did in a past life, is effectively illegal under federal law. But you can buy a souped-up stock that will harness each shot’s recoil to help trigger the next, a bit of clever engineering that mimics automatic fire—and stays on the right side of the law. Adding one would be a simple future modification.
The first guy to finish is all smiles, but he has a question: “Say some Johnny Law comes up who don’t know shit about this law, and I’ve got an AK without a serial number—then what?”
“There’s a series of laws that make this legal,” says one of the hosts. “Just print those up and have them with you in case Johnny Law does come by.”
The next morning I do exactly that before tossing my AK in the trunk and heading to a gun store so busy I have to take a number. I pick up a barrel cleaner, a 10-round magazine, and 40 bullets before driving out to Jawbone Canyon, federal land northeast of Los Angeles. I park on a bluff, walk to a spot where I can aim at a mountain of scrub brush and sand, and load five rounds. I empty the magazine in seconds. Their reputation has been rightly earned: AKs are popular because they work—every time.
I’m left wondering: Seeing how easy this is, are build parties monitored? Do hand-built weapons ever surface in crimes? Are the cops worried? When I call local law enforcement representatives from Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Ana, and Garden Grove, they say they’ve never heard of such a thing. “That doesn’t happen here,” says Bruce Borihanh, an LAPD spokesman. But a cursory browse of online gun forums is enough to show that, well, clearly it does. There seems to be one about every month. Plus, I just attended one less than an hour’s drive from his office.
I’m reminded of what one of the build party hosts said before I left: “Remember that thing I told you about why people do this: These builds can happen only because they aren’t blown out to the public and law enforcement.”
People are selling AKs like mine on Armslist.com—the eBay of firearms—for as much as $1,600. In most states, there are no records tracking such private sales. California residents have to go through a certified dealer to sell them legally. But since this AK is untraceable to begin with, who’s to know how I choose to unload it?
Between you, me, and Johnny Law, here’s what happened to my homemade AK. Back in my garage I use a grinding wheel to cut the receiver in half and the other components into pieces. I put the scraps back in the cardboard box the kit came in and leave it for the garbage truck.
Don’t call it an assault weapon! “Modern sporting rifle” is the term of art preferred by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to describe civilian versions of military rifles such as the AK-47 and M16. So who owns them?
• Around 3% of Americans have a modern semi-automatic rifle such as an AR-15 (the consumer version of the M16).
• 2% of semi-automatic rifle owners have 7.62 x 39 mm rifles, the most common caliber for AK-47s. 76% have .223 rifles, the most common caliber for AR-15s.
• 84% of owners are men. 86% are white. 60% have two or more semi-automatic rifles.
• Top reasons for owning a modern semi-automatic rifle:
Avoiding future weapons bans: 27%
Target shooting: 18%
• 25% made their most recent semi-automatic rifle purchase online, 10% at gun shows.
• 59% have a 20-plus-round magazine in their most recently purchased semi-automatic rifle.
• 28% say they’ve spent more than $600 on accessories and customization.
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Forget 3-D-printed guns. At a “build party,” anyone can make a rifle no cop will ever know about.
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How To Make An AK 47 Full Auto – Easy & Affordable
The AK 47 is a selective rifle that means it can be used as a semi – automatic and full – automatic. It also known as Kalashnikov rifle. This is one of the most popular in the world of the gun market. Most of people like armies, shooters and hunters know the AK 47. It is an easy using rifle with everyone because they can try to use this rife in one hour.
Before understanding how to make the AK 47, you should catch two points. First of all, you need to have proper license when you are going to use the rifles. In most civilized countries, they have various regulations about using handguns and rifles. Therefore, you should ensure these laws in your regions. Secondly, you need to set full auto parts. Thirdly, you should create full automatic bolt carrier. You could have a look at some best bidpods and scopes for AK47 that we listed.
When you have license, you can find full auto parts. Because there are many kinds of AK 47, this article focused on 7.62 x 39. Most of the clones of AK are interchangeable (except the Galil.308 and the Galil.203)
If you want to have exact auto part, you would buy one metal template and make hole in the set. You begin install the auto part. It is not difficult to set up this auto part. Firstly, you make the hole (with 7mm) on the left side of the receiver. On the right side, you make a 5mm hole. You need to separate the receiver because of the security of the template on the left side. To do this point, you move the axis pins in the holes that marked in 3 and 4. Then, you mark the hole in number 2 by using a scribe to make a circle.
Secondly, you replace the slave pins and the template. You move the template on the opposite side of the receiver. Do not forget to scribe the 2 hole and punch it at the center. Thirdly, you drill the left side of the receiver with the larger of the two bits. Then, you take and move the template carefully on a table. Then, you concentrate on the slotting of the bolt carrier guide rail of the receiver wall. If you look down your separated AK and you have the muzzle on the left side, you will see the template like this
As you can see in the picture, the dark area is a place you will remove metal from the bolt carrier guide rail. You need to do this task for the trip arm of the automatic sear. It will project above the rail and engage a cam on the bolt carrier. It produces the automatic fire when the selector level is moved in the middle position. You should slot it instead of cutting it because it is neater. You drill a series of 1/16” holes near the receiver wall. You can cut the web between them and using a Swiss file.
Your rifle could have a restrictor on the right side of the receiver, it depends on the manufacture. This is not useful piece of folded metal above the magazine that can prevent the selector in the lowest position. It could be cut and the selector lever can pass behind this point in the picture
Then, you change the restrictor device. You may make detent for the selector lever to move into it. You can make with a light mill cut. Do not cut through the receiver wall. It could be make with a light ¼” drill. Remember to block inside the receiver by wood backing or use an aluminum hit. The detent located under the existing detent at the height of axis hole of number 2 (you can see in the picture).
If you do not have full automatic bolt carrier, you can make or buy it. There is difference between the semi – automatic carrier and the full – automatic version.
The difference is a semi – automatic rifle does not have the sear trip cam. It is a small projecting surface as you can see above. The illustration describe a dimension of the cam which a welder could build up on the semi – automatic cam. And a machinist can mill it to the dimensions.
If you could not access to a machine shop, you totally buy a full – automatic carrier. Before buying one, you should take a look at the following list:
- 223 rifles have a semi – automatic carrier
- 308 rifles could not be converted by using the AK 47 full – automatic and replacing sets of part.
- Most of the Valmet rifles have a full – automatic carrier
- MAADI rifles have a full – automatic carrier
- Yugoslave rifles have a semi – auto bolt carrier
- Hungarians have a full – automatic carrier
- Chinese rifles have a semi – auto carrier
- South – African rifles have a full – automatic carrier
After reading these above lists, are you ready for separated? You install the automatic sear and the sear spring in the receiver by inserting the axis pin in these parts. Then, you use the famous AK 47 slave pin to gather the trigger, dis – connector spring, and you put this part into the receiver. You also raise the automatic sear spring above the trigger axis hole and enter the trigger axis pin. This process will remove the AK47 slave pin. After that, you collect the full auto hammer, the hammer spring and put them into the receiver. Besides, always bring a good AA flashlight with your AK, so you can be more tactical at night.
On the one hand, you need to use a screw driver to depress the automatic sear spring below the hole of hammer axis pin. Moreover, you need to enter the hammer axis pin, hook the tail end to make loops of the hammer spring over each side of the trigger. While hearing, you may wish to have three heads and six hands to do this job. In fact, it is not difficult than you may thought.
When you have completely assemble full – automatic lower of the receiver, the automatic sear spring contains all of the axis pins in the receiver. After making these parts, you could have a select fire rifle. The selector is moved in the upper position, you could realize that the rifle is safe. When it placed in the lower position, this is a semi – automatic. And when the selector moved in the middle position, you will have the full – automatic AK 47 rifle.
The AK 47 is not expensive in the gun market. The AK 47 and its parts made in several countries. It designed as simple, available (price) and easy weapon. Furthermore, it is so hard to break. The manufactures are going to produce these rifles without impediment. Finally, we also give away some 18650 flashlight for our fans, you can have a look.
Stop Police Terror How To Make An AK 47 Full Auto – Easy & Affordable The AK 47 is a selective rifle that means it can be used as a semi – automatic and full – automatic. It also known as