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    Opinions on tearing down first build

    I know this sounds like a frivolous question but I am betting others have gone through it. My very first build was a Hungarian UF. I bent the receiver from a flat and rosette welded the rails in from the inside. I did not have any riveting tools except an air hammer and cupped bit. I made a buck for riveting from a grade 8 bolt for the front trunnion. My center support came out really bad and I deformed the metal around it a little. Never did any kind of finish on the receiver. I am looking at it and thinking do I tear it all down, scrap my first attempt at a receiver and rebuild it on an 80% or replace center support using Curtis' tool and paint it and keep it for posterity? It shoots great. As always opinions here mean the most.

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    If you like it "as is"., then keep it and shoot it.

    I have torn down and rebuilt a few of my early builds.
    They were original barrels and some are more desirable models or years.

    Only 2 were on flats and a couple others were on NDS receivers.

    I wanted better markings and better authenticity.
    Othrtwise they were built fine.

    I built a couple of parts/franken guns with the receivers I pulled off.
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    I vote do it.

    I plan on doing something simular to one of my early builds.
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    I have to go through all of my builds as well and fix or replace the mistakes. I always have had issues with riveting. I cannot use receivers that are 100% I use flats or the Polish 80%. Mine are mostly flats. If you do not like the way it looks fix it.
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    Your the only person that needs to like it.

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    I vote redo.

    The AK Builder trigger guard rivet demil jig is great for removing receiver rivets as well.

    I have an old ViktorBout barrel push back tool that works great. Robert Forbus offers a similar tool.

    https://robertforbus.com/ak-barrel-a...ush-back-tool/

    With those two tools I can remove the barrelled trunnion from a receiver without damaging the receiver.


    I've had 4 different front ends installed on my first Global Trades receiver.
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    Rebuild it.

    First build and all i get it. But, there just wasn’t the options on receivers that there are these days.
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    Excellent feedback. I am thinking the two options are not mutually exclusive. A little bit of time, the cost of a center support and a coat of paint and I can put it back the best it can be. If not happy then I can order an 80% UF receiver and rebuild it. I can keep the receiver as a momento of first build if I put everything over on a good 80%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longshot1 View Post
    Excellent feedback. I am thinking the two options are not mutually exclusive. A little bit of time, the cost of a center support and a coat of paint and I can put it back the best it can be. If not happy then I can order an 80% UF receiver and rebuild it. I can keep the receiver as a momento of first build if I put everything over on a good 80%.
    Just out of curiosity, why 80%? Why not a 100%?

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    Eff Eff Ell. I have the tools to finish an 80%.

 

 

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