View Full Version : AK 74 Brake Removal

07-28-2009, 9:54 AM
I have a Tennessee Guns Bulgarian AK 74. The muzzle brake was welded. I have used a Dremel to remove the weld but the brake won't budge. Before anyone asks yes I am pressing down the muzzle detent pin.

What am I missing? Any tips?

07-28-2009, 10:01 AM
brake, brake, brake...;)

07-28-2009, 10:03 AM
brake, brake, brake...;)

Thanks. Spelling corrected but question still remains.

07-28-2009, 10:18 AM
Are you sure you got all of the weld? Any chance it is silver soldered or loctighted as well? Turning the correct rotation for removal? Might have to apply some heat.

07-28-2009, 10:26 AM
is this the left hand thread? or soak it in breakfree

07-28-2009, 10:52 AM
An AK 74 muzzle has right hand theads. To remove, turn counter clockwise.

07-28-2009, 11:04 AM
Just a quick muzzle brake 101 class. The direction of turn is as if you were looking down the barrel?

In other words if I have the weapon standing straight up with butt stock on the ground for I should be turning counter clockwise?

07-28-2009, 11:58 AM
Not to say Mach is wrong, but everything I have read says they are left hand threads. :shrug:

Turn the brake clockwise to loosen. (Looking down from the muzzle end)

07-28-2009, 7:56 PM
So it got it off but it wasn't pretty.

I ended up cutting the break about 1.5" ahead of the barrel and then cutting from the barrel to the end of the brake. I then used a pry to split the shortened brake so I could remove it.

The threads were a mess with carbon and the mess TGI made welding it on.

In the end it looks good with only slight damage to the two rear most threads in the form of a light stray from the cutter. Nothing that would impact function.

I polished out the extra weld material from the front sight block and it is as smooth as factory. Now I need a replacement brake and to touch up the exposed metal on the sight and I am done.

Thanks for all the help.

07-28-2009, 8:04 PM
That's great, but why the hell did they weld it?

07-28-2009, 8:57 PM
So, was it right hand or left? Other might want to know in the future.