The AK-47 is a rugged, reliable, battle proven rifle that deserves more respect than it gets sometimes. Blaine, Mike, Gary and Rod provided a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to see and record how these rifles are assembled. Shooting hobbyists who are willing to invest the time and organize the right tools will find building their own AKs a rewarding venture.
From left: Gary Hughes, director of sales and marketing for Dead Air Armament; B. Gil Horman, author; Mike Pappas, director of product development for Dead Air Armament
References When it comes to buying, building or modifying firearms, it's always the consumer's responsibility to understand the relevant federal and state regulations governing gun ownership in their region before making any purchases. I found the following set of books to be particularly informative: