The AR-15 is undoubtedly the most popular rifle in America. With untold thousands of manufacturers making AR-15s, parts are readily available of just about every form imaginable. Due to the modularity of the AR-15 rifle, “build kits” are available allowing anyone to assemble an AR-15 in their own home. (Purchasing the lower receiver still requires a background check) What many people don’t realize is the equally modular AK-47 also has build kits available for people to customize and build in their own home.
While AK-47 build kits are not as readily available or as cheap as AR-15 build kits, there are still many different build kits available for the AK-47.
The Military Arms Channel takes a look at a few different AK-47 builds to wet your whistle on the possibilities of doing your own AK-47 build.
How to get started with an AK-47 build
Unfortunately, building an AK-47 is a little more involved than building an AR-15, even with an AK build kit, but still very doable. The NRA’s American Rifleman has an excellent series on how to build an AK-47. Just be warned, building your own AK-47 does require specific tools and experience with those tools. Pursue an AK build at your own risk.
- Selecting AK components
- Populating the barrel
- Populating a factory-built AK-47 receiver
- Bending and welding a receiver flat (optional)
- Refinishing and reassembly of the AK-47
Give these articles a read before deciding if you’re going to pursue an AK-47 build kit and piece together your own AK-47.
Video series on how to build an AK-47
If reading articles isn’t quite your style, Zeke Shoots on Full30 has a nice video series on an AK-47 M72 build he did.
Where to find AK-47 build kits
This is by no means a comprehensive list of places to get an AK-47 build kit, but is an excellent starting point if you’re interested in pursuing a custom AK-47.
Many AK-47 build kits are foreign imports that require the purchase of an AK-47 receiver, just like many domestic AR-15 build kits that require the additional purchase of an AR-15 lower receiver. These AK-47 build kits allow you to build a classic wood furniture AK-47 in the style of the country of origin, or you can swap out furniture one at a time to build more of a modern AK-47. It’s all up to you.
What kind of an AK-47 would you build?