DIY AKs with the American Gunsmithing Institute

AK DIYIt seems like the AR will always be America’s Rifle, but an old challenger from the East is giving the comparatively young AR a real run for its money in the domestic tactical market. The AK, or Avtomat Kalashnikova, still has a long way to go to catch up to the AR, but it is making significant strides with a plethora of aftermarket accessories and several companies making AKs here in the U.S.

Two new DVDs from the American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) aim to take full advantage of this growing market and offer AK aficionados and newbies a great deal of information. The first, Disassembly/Reassembly of AK Type Semi-Auto Rifles, provides over an hour of detailed instructions on how to completely disassemble the AK rifle and its many variants. This is especially helpful for properly maintaining your rifle, or accessorizing/updating it.

The AK has a well-earned reputation for reliability, but its ergonomics are a bit lacking and many AK owners seek ways to improve their rifles. Common upgrades include adding a new stock, replacing the pistol grip, installing a new trigger assembly, replacing the safety, adding a quad-rail handguard, adding an optics rail, replacing the muzzle device, replacing the rear sight, etc. These upgrades are not difficult in and of themselves, but they do require some knowledge of the best and most effective ways to remove and replace the parts you want. The AK is tough, but some home gunsmiths can be rough on guns with their trial-and-error approaches.

In the Disassembly/Reassembly of AK Type Semi-Auto Rifles DVD, master gunsmith and AGI instructor Ken Brooks, who has worked with master gunsmith Bob Dunlap at PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon for 25 years and is a TIG welding specialist, walks you through the entire AK platform. He discusses each part and how it operates and functions as well as how it is removed and installed in the most efficient way possible.

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