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I spent more time than I care to discuss writing this parody of Johnny Cash's One Piece at a Time for you all
I know its not 100% technical but bare with me.
If you have no idea what Im talking about, here is a link to the song
Hope you enjoy!

One Part at a Time
(Sung to the tune of One Piece at a Time by Johnny Cash)

Well, I left Leningrad in ‘49
An’ went to Izhvesk workin’ on a ‘sembly line
The first year they had me puttin’ grips on Kalashnikovs

Everyday I’d watch them beauties slide by
And sometimes I’d hang my head and cry
Cause I always wanted me one that was short and black

One day I devised myself a plan
That should be the envy of most any partisan
I’d sneak it out of there with a spam can in my hand

Now gettin’ caught meant the old Gulag
But I figured if I hushed and didn’t brag
I’d have me a rifle worth at least a couple grand

I’d get it one part at a time
And it wouldn’t cost me a dime
You’ll know its me when I come through your range
So getcha hammer ’n’ file
Were gonna make Mikhail smile
Cause Ill have the only one that looks this strange

So the very next day when I marched in
With my lil spam can and with help from my friends
I left that day with a spam can full of springs
I’ve never considered myself a thief
But the State wouldn’t miss just one little piece
Especially since they couldn’t keep track of other things

The first day I got me a front sight block
And the next day I got me a trigger and a stock
Then I got me barrel that was lined with chrome
The little things I could get in my old spam can
Like pins, and rivets, and the trunn-i-ons
But the big stuff we snuck out in my comrades garmon (Russian slang for accordion)

Now up to now my plan went alright
‘Til we tried to put it all together one night
And that’s when we noticed something was definitely wrong

The gas tube was a ‘53
And the barrel turned out to be a ‘73
And when we tried to put in the rivets all the holes were gone

So we drilled it out so that it would fit
And with a little bit of help from a surplus kit
We had the rifle runnin’ just like a song
Now the front sight just didn’t look right
Too far to the left, wouldn’t last in a fight
But when we pulled the trigger it moved and hit spot on

The mag dimples looked kinda funny too
But we put it together and when we got through
Well, that’s when we noticed it only worked with a bakelite in

About that time Svetlana walked out
And I could see in her eyes that she had her doubts
But she loaded her Mak and said “Lets get some range time in”

So we drove up North just to dump some mags
And I propped her up so that I could brag
But I could hear everybody laughin’ from 6 lanes down
Well the old range master, he didn’t laugh
Cause when I shot the thing it scared the whole staff
And they got mad cause the mag held 60 rounds

I’d get it one part at a time
And it wouldn’t cost me a dime
You’ll know its me when I come through your range
So getcha hammer ’n’ file
Were gonna make Mikhail smile
Cause Ill have the only one that looks this strange

Ugh! Da! Red October
This is the Big Bear
With the Crazy Khyber Kalash
Huh, this is the Big Bear
And nyet on the cost of this ri-fle there Red October
You might say I went right to the factory
And picked it up, its cheaper that way
Ugh! What model is it?
Well it’s a ‘49, ‘50, ‘51, ‘52, ‘53, ‘54, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57, ‘58, ‘59 Kalashnikov
It’s a ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68, ‘69, ‘70, Kalashnikov

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I built an AK late last year and as I was building it i kept thinking One piece at a time was a good theme song for it. Ill try getting a picture of her and remember where all the parts came from

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You get my "Like" due to the Johnny Cash song.:)

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I have an AR that I built one part at a time. Well, technically it took me 2.5 years to gather the parts and about 2-3 hours to actually build the damned thing. Came out sweet though!

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This project started when i was given a Bulgarian milled kit. You see a local guy thought he could build AKs. After buying this kit he told me how you cant use any milled parts on a stamped gun. He then offered the kit to me for free.

The parts list goes something like this.
Bulgarian- rear sight, bolt, carrier, trigger guard, folding stock, cleaning rod, top cover
Romanian- populated barrel, rear trunnion
Hungarian- trunnion
Chinese- safey selector off a Norinco hunter
Russian- pkm grip, sling
East German- i believe the pistol grip screw and nut
USA- receiver that once was cut for an amd65, slant brake, G2 trigger group, gas piston
Yugo- mag
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