View Full Version : AK Screw Build?

04-30-2008, 12:59 AM
Was thinking of getting myself a Parts Kit (while they are still relatively cheap!) and building myself an AK or 2. Don't have any tools and was interested in doing a screw build. Any place online where I can find more information on a build like this? Anyone here done this build before?


04-30-2008, 2:20 AM
Don't do it. Why waste a perfectly good kit on a sub-par build without the proper tools? Attend a build party and do it the right way.

04-30-2008, 8:29 AM
I've done a screw build. It was easy in that I didn't remove the barrel. However, I've since realized that in terms of reliability and simplicity, TIG welding is the easiest and most reliable. I have demilled an AK in under an hour. In less than 2 hours, the AK is welded up using a NDS-3 receiver. The screw build has been redone with TIG welds.

04-30-2008, 10:25 AM
As a AK noob I figured I would buy a completed rifle before undertaking a build. As I learn more about the rifle and its components I will consider a custom build.

04-30-2008, 10:44 AM
screws are fine and easier than rivets, maybe put one rivet or weld up the rear trunion, wouldnt want the bolt flying back and hitting you in the eye if the rear trunion busted off

04-30-2008, 2:30 PM
Go here and read this http://www.akfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36144 then do whatever you think is best. Personally I have done two rifles screw style and one pistol with screws which also has the rear trunion welded to the receiver to make it permanent. All in all its your call and the AKFILES thread should help you decide which is best for you.
ps As someone mentions in the AKFILES thread "screwing is fun!"

04-30-2008, 2:45 PM
No I will not rebuild your screw built rifle w/ rivets when you come to your senses.

04-30-2008, 3:14 PM
Toothpicks FTW


04-30-2008, 3:46 PM
I've built one. Save your money and have one built right.

04-30-2008, 5:33 PM
I have one that I just put together on an NDS. easy. I did it just to fit and test, not fored yet, so no lock tite. I didnt do the de-mill and tap on it. It was done by a guys on another firum I think... I bought it de-milled and tapped. I think heis service is $70 to demill and tap your kit... i've never tapped before, so were I to do it from scratch... Id pay him.

Assembly was easy... like 30 mins. I did a lot of reading and talked to some guys on both sides of the issue... bottom line. For every guys that I could find who had first hand experience with a bad screw build, I was able to find another that said they were fine.

Dont get me wrong, I am building a rivet build (from a flat) too... but if this gets you started... then I say go for it. :)

Now, let the flames begin.

04-30-2008, 5:39 PM
Drick, post the barrel you have w/ the holes drilled in it;)

04-30-2008, 6:05 PM

Hole on the right is .130 deep.

04-30-2008, 6:41 PM
If you have the kit and the taps, SCREW IT, shoot it and enjoy it. IF down the road a build party is local, unscrew it and do it right.

No harm no foul

04-30-2008, 8:02 PM
i recommend you pull the barrel. too easy to drill into it and you need a bottoming tap if you don't. that being said, i'm still screw building. my first rifle has well over 1000 rds. through it. with proper hardware and assembly screw builds are reliable and safe.

04-30-2008, 10:15 PM

Hole on the right is .130 deep.

How deep is the barrel pin cut into the barrel?
It's in basically the same area of the chamber. ;)