1. If you enjoy the forum please consider supporting it by signing up for a NES Membership  The benefits pay for the membership many times over.

  2. Dismiss Notice

DIY: Shovel AK - photo tsunami warning!

Discussion in 'Build it Yourself' started by Boris, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Boris

    Boris Son of Kalashnikov NES Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2011
    Messages:
    14,602
    Likes Received:
    4,509
    Location:
    Back from Motherland
    On this Thanksgiving Day, let me say this: God Bless America the only country on this shitty planet where you still have the freedom to build AKs in defense of Motherland! The only country where a shit shovel can become an awesome weapon of death and destruction.



    [​IMG]


    Do you love gardening, do you have a tool shed?


    Please be aware that hiding in your garage, there may be dozens of Killy, high-clip-capacitated, school-penetrating, children-hating, Assault Weapons of mAss Destruction! Please send this message to all your libtard friends to make sure that they call 911 when they encounter anything that looks like a shovel. Thousands of hardware and home improvement stores are selling AKs through the "shovel" loophole to anyone!

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    [​IMG]



    The inspiration for this build came from this picture posted in another NES thread where ordinary comrades share their visions of naked AK porn.

    Dat Ass!

    [​IMG]


    Dat Ass-stock!

    [​IMG]



    When I was driving through VT backroads this fall, I stopped at a gun shop and seeing a few ARs made me feel gay enough to visit a dilapidated "antique barn" where farmers sell authentic shit from the local dump to idiot tourists. When I smelled a much stronger odor of cow shit, I saw this shovel and the image of the AK handle came to my exasperated mind. Flustered old dude was suspicious of a comrade in a BMW, on less traveled gravel roads of VT, who barely spoke English and needed a shit shovel "for my trunk" but let it go for $2. That's the best $2 I ever spent, closely behind that one time in Montreal - but that's another story.

    [​IMG]



    I cut the handle from the shovel and fashioned it into a buttstock for my Bulgy AK with ever changing furniture. This new butt stock had proven to be surprisingly comfortable.

    [​IMG]



    What kind of AK is it?

    [​IMG]



    What kind of stock is it?

    [​IMG]



    Did you start drinking again?

    [​IMG]




    Well, this is not the end, it's a beginning, because one night I was drinking with the shovel and contemplating what to do with it. It's funny, when you are sober, you can' understand how a shovel can share with you a delicious drink of vodka. So I said to shovel, I will re-unite you with your handle and we had another round of drinks to celebrate! ... and then I cut it up.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    To start, I wanted to anneal the shovel and pound it flat enough. To accomplish this I pissed into the furnace and lit it on fire. Then I added some waste motor oil to get to higher temps.

    [​IMG]



    This was a sunny day, but furnace temperature is considerably brighter than any surface around, so camera makes it look like night.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    The layer of oxide is completely industructable.

    [​IMG]



    To get rails straight, the trick is to bend them first

    [​IMG]



    Then you trim and ground them with an angle grinder. Receiver came out as straight as Liberace in drag thumbing through gay porn magazines. I do not however discriminate between straight AK receivers and those that chose different orientation.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    After that, receiver can be bent just like a regular AK receiver from a blank

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    I even added Maadi style dimples

    [​IMG]



    Various holes were cut free hand with plasma torch, as you can see by the jagged edges I haven't been drinking

    [​IMG]



    and now we fit a highly collectable Romy trunnion

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    I had a few strips of shovel left after cutting the top rails

    [​IMG]



    So I decided to bend them into internal rails like these from a stock flat

    [​IMG]



    Dimension wise, I just eyeballed them to get close enough and sandblasted them for welding onto receiver

    [​IMG]



    Spotwelding them did not work out too well, as receiver thickness is a bit thicker than regular AK receiver flats, so I cut 1/4 inch holes to weld rails through.

    [​IMG]



    While at it, I figured to cut out the selector key hole

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    Then the rails are welded around and to the receiver

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    Looks good

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    Now for the barrel blank ... I am working with a cheapo $200, barelles kit so I figured I need to make my own barrel. I got an AK barrel blank ($30), profiled trunnion end, chambered it and cut extractor wedge. The chamber is probably barely good enough to be a machine-gun chamber, definately not a precision job. I lobbed off the end of the blank to bring overall length to 16.25".

    [​IMG]



    Here are populated AK barrel, virgin AK barrel and ... my blank-barrel thingie.

    [​IMG]



    I have then rivetized the trunnion

    [​IMG]



    Barrel was hammered in (press is broken again) and headspaced

    [​IMG]



    Since I was on a roll, I riveted a scope side mount that was kicking around.

    [​IMG]

    Here is a pic of an AK receiver and Shovel AK receiver. The latter is almost 2.5 times thicker and it feels like a rock. Shit, I tried to pound some dents out of the receiver and the hammer got dented, because in communist mAssachusetts receiver dents you!

    This receiver turned out to be stiffer than me watching full-featured film of Michael Kalashnikov doing Polina Porizkova in a heavy KVI tank on board of a navy destroyer in a midst of a battle.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    For all you AR fan boys, this is what M16 and a Romy AK crushed receivers look like.

    [​IMG]



    You can not bend this back

    [​IMG]



    Then I riveted a whole bunch more shit

    [​IMG]



    Sight block, gas block and front sight were just welded onto the barrel.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    My awesome and super-collectible Romy kit included kick-ass furniture, like this gas tube with "Mihaela" on it and 12 notches. I don't get it, Mihaela is a Romanian female name and the guy only scored 12 of them.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    I drilled the gas port after gas block was welded

    [​IMG]



    Assembly complete

    [​IMG]



    I put a $30 cheap scope with a double rail and WTF, since it had a second rail I added a cheap laser to go with it. The bolt on the scope needed periodic tightening, may be I need lubricate them with cat turds? Laser took off after about 20 rounds.

    After 50-60 rounds, the barrel was slightly warm. The height adjustment knob on the scope came off, which explained why it would click sometimes and sometimes not. Once I pulled it off, I could adjust fine.

    Here is my target at 50 yards:

    [​IMG]



    that's a 10 round group

    [​IMG]



    Keep in mind that:

    1. I suck as a shooter, the last time I was at the range was at Hora Dolor
    2. This is 40 y.o. ammo that came from a spam can, not a handload.


    Let's summarize:

    Shit shovel: $2
    Romy sans-barrel AK kit: $200
    Barrel blank: $30
    Compliance parts: free from Martha Coakley (... in exchange for a golden shower)

    The look on your competitor's face with an expensive AR when he finds out that he have been outshot by a $2 shit-shovel .... priceless!

    ... so keep practicing.


    [​IMG]




    In the name of Michael Timofeevich Kalashnikov ... and Flintoid ... and vodka ... you are no longer a shit shovel, you are glorious AK for defense of Motherland!

    [​IMG]



    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone !!!
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
    111 people like this.
  2. Infinite Jester

    Infinite Jester Navy Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2012
    Messages:
    4,218
    Likes Received:
    1,361
    Location:
    North of the Notches NH
    Going through this post with a beer has been the highlight of my night. Waaay better than anything on Netflix. Outrageously entertaining. My hats off to you sir.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. Dream to Dream

    Dream to Dream Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2010
    Messages:
    2,206
    Likes Received:
    493
    Location:
    Pioneer Valley
    ... where's Adam?

    Dammit, there's a tear in my eye. I think I need to go to the next AK build party.
     
  4. TOY539

    TOY539 NES Member

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2012
    Messages:
    2,903
    Likes Received:
    335
    Location:
    Greenfield
    Awesome [bow]
     
  5. Almostelmo

    Almostelmo Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2012
    Messages:
    1,861
    Likes Received:
    305
    Location:
    MA
    This is...amazing.
     
  6. ColdDayInHell

    ColdDayInHell Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2011
    Messages:
    23,419
    Likes Received:
    4,636
    Location:
    North Shore
    I need a ****ing AK!

    This is so cool haha.
     
  7. GunGrey

    GunGrey Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Messages:
    6,642
    Likes Received:
    1,188
    Location:
    The Western side of HELL
    there are no words to explain how awesome this really is.
     
  8. SERE

    SERE NES Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2010
    Messages:
    2,595
    Likes Received:
    478
    Location:
    North of Boston
    Boris,

    that is fantastic in every sense of the word!

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Please remind everyone to never engage in a pissing contest with you. [rofl][laugh][smile]


     
  9. FreeWillie

    FreeWillie NES Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2009
    Messages:
    12,480
    Likes Received:
    2,304
    Location:
    Let me check my GPS
    I declare this thread...


    *** EPIC! ***

    ETA: After consultation with Supreme Committee it is determined that Boris be awarded the following medal:

    large_Russian_Medal_of_Honor_Wallpaper_63080.jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
    3 people like this.
  10. loki32687

    loki32687 NES Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Messages:
    4,995
    Likes Received:
    753
    Location:
    Peabody, Ma
    Holy shit Boris.
     
  11. shadyduk1979

    shadyduk1979 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Messages:
    1,387
    Likes Received:
    245
    Location:
    In the middle of the iron curtain.
    And this my friend is why i don't post my builds, yours are so much more entertaining! So much win in this thread.

    Edit, i gotta see this thing. I have wanted a bull barrel ak for a while.
     
    1 person likes this.
  12. breslau

    breslau NES Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2008
    Messages:
    257
    Likes Received:
    62
    Location:
    SE Hampden Co.
    Plowshares into swords... Excellent!
     
    1 person likes this.
  13. kc6623

    kc6623 NES Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2009
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    south of boston
    Boris that is awesome !!!! I am going to home depot to buy a shovel so i have a preban. Martha aint going to like this!!!!!
     
  14. Tommy Gun

    Tommy Gun NES Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2007
    Messages:
    3,205
    Likes Received:
    539
    Location:
    Groveland
    Where did Boris go, last I heard there was a Helicopter hovering over his house.

    Boris, you're the best!!!!! To make a receiver out of a shovel?

    "I want to party with you" Bill Murray. [party][party][party][thumbsup][thumbsup][thumbsup][banana][banana][banana][cheers][cheers][cheers]
     
  15. WBspectrum

    WBspectrum Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2011
    Messages:
    3,818
    Likes Received:
    944
    I stand in awe, very very entertaining Boris
     
  16. TWtommers

    TWtommers Instructor NES Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Messages:
    2,619
    Likes Received:
    425
    Location:
    South Central MA
    There are no words. Amazing.
     
  17. Gastrok

    Gastrok Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    620
    Likes Received:
    93
    That was awesome...best post ever! Great start to turkey day.
     
  18. SJan

    SJan NES Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2007
    Messages:
    3,466
    Likes Received:
    680
    Location:
    Attleboro, MA
    Its beautiful.
    You win.
     
  19. KMS

    KMS Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,801
    Likes Received:
    308
    Location:
    NH
    You have way too much time on your hands friend.....you need a hobby[laugh]
     
  20. fencer

    fencer NES Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    8,827
    Likes Received:
    2,839
    Location:
    Southeastern Mass
    I call Boris for my Survival Network!!
     

Share This Page