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Model: PK380
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16th October 2010

AK-47

INTRODUCTION

This manual contains necessary blueprints and manufacturing information to make a semi automate AK-47 or similar AK design into a select fire, fully automatic weapon (Select fire means the weapon has a lever that allows the operator to fire the weapon in either one shot bursts, or may select to fire the weapon in the fully automatic mode).

DEFINING THE TERM “SIMILLAR WEAPON”

There are many different manufacturers from different countries trial use the AK-47 design. Conversions #1 and #2 should work on the following rifles:

Valmet…………………………………….Any Caliber
Galil…………………………All Calibers Except .308
Winchester (7.62X51 mm)
Yugoslavs………………………………Any Caliber
Hungarian………………………With (7.62 X 39mm)
Maadi……………………………With (7.62 X 39mm)

Please Note: Due to the large amount of “similar weapons” all are not listed.

The above information has been provided just as a guide, before you attempt to modify any “similar” AK weapon, be very sure that the internal parts are the same as the original.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

STEP#1 Get the proper license and approval from the U.S. Government B.A.T.F.

STEP #2 Purchase an AK-47 full auto kit.

STEP #3 Read through the book several times so you are familiar with each step of the

STEP #4 Acquire the tools and equipment needed.

STEP #5 Note: This step is very important! If you are not completely familiar with the design and function of the trigger disconnector assembly, you should study it very carefully. Make diagrams, take still pictures or even video tape the location of all of the various parts. Whatever it takes, you must be able to reassemble the complete trigger mechanism.

AK-47
AK47

The most common method of conversion is to purchase the required select fire parts kit. This includes the disconnector, hammer, auto sear, auto seat spring and pin. You must also drill the receiver to install the new auto sear. The location of this sear is quite critical and the holes must be drilled exactly m their proper location. One way to do this is to purchase a template and simply follow the instructions provided with it.

AK47

FULL AUTO PARTS KIT
A. Pin
B. Hammer
C. Disconnector
D. Auto Sear
E. Spring

STEP1

If you do not have a template, use the dimensions on the drawing of Figure 1.

A. With the holes marked and center punched, use a small drill (1/8″ or smaller) to drill a pilot hole. Check to make sure that the holes are in their proper location.

B. Drill a 7mm or 9/32″ hole on the left side and a 5mm or No. 11 size hole on the right side.(The safety/selector lever is the right side). Note: If at all possible use the metric drill bits

C. Install the auto sear pin to check proper fit. You may have to trim the length of this, it should fit flush or just slightly beyond the receiver on the right side.

AK-47 Figure 1

STEP 2
MODIFYING THE BOLT GUIDE RAIL METHOD 1 FIGURE 2

The boll rail on the fight side of the receiver must also be modified. This must be done so the auto sear trip arm will project above the bolt rail, engaging the cam on the full auto bolt carrier.
There are two ways to modify the bolt rail assembly. Method 1 is to completely remove a section of this rail (see Fig. 2). Caution: You should not remove mote that a 1/2” wide section, removing more than 1/2″ may result h the bolt dropping into this opening and jamming the weapon.

AK 47 Figure 2

MODIFYING THE BOLT GUIDE RAIL METHOD 2 FIGURE 2A

The second way to accomplish this is to create a slot that the trip lever arm of the auto sear will pass through. This slot method is the best way, but takes a little more work. It also works better on the second conversion method included in this book, as the length of the slot can be made longer to accommodate the altered angle of the auto sear. The length of the slot can be increased to end just above the rivit location, which, is reworked to accept the auto sear.

1. To create this slot you must drill a series of holes with a 1/16” drill. Caution: This must be done slow and easy so you do not break the drill bit or distort the holes.

AK 47 Figure 2A

2. With a file or dremel tool, remove the metal between the holes (see Fig. 2A). You may find it easier to drill up from the magazine well when drilling these holes.

3. You must also remove the side portion of the rail directly below the series of holes, allowing the auto sear lo rest against the inside of the receiver.

STEP3
REWORKING THE SAFETY
LEVER STOP
FIGURE 3

This stop must be bent out at approximately a 45 degree angle. Place a piece of metal approximately 1/8″ thick behind this stop and against the receiver. Now with a small hammer, bend the stop so it is parallel with the side of the receiver. The safety lever now is also the selector lever. Now the selector lever will pass between this slop and the receiver (Fig. 3).

AK 47 Figure 3
AK 47

STEP4
CREATING A SELECTOR LEVER DETENT
FIGURE 1

To find the location of the select fire detent, move the safety /selector from the upper most position down to its lowest position passing behind the stop. The safety lever protrusion will automatically create a mark against the receiver, showing its arch of travel. You may need to move the safety lever several times to easily see the mark. Locate the dimension 1.060 along the arch measured from the top of the receiver, as in drawing, Figure 1. The safety/selector lever will now click into a third position which is just below the semi automatic position.
After you have found the location, you must create a detent that the selector lever will set into (on most guns this is an elongated groove). You may wish to duplicate this detent by using a standard rotary file, readily available for dremel tools. This detent can be created by using 1/4” drill bit and drilling just into the metal.
Caution: Do not drill through the metal. For the location of this detent, see Figure 1-A.

AK-47
AK-47

STEP 5
FULL AUTO VS SEMI AUTO BOLT CARRIERS

To complete the conversion, your rifle roust have a full auto bolt carrier. Many AK or ’similiar” rifles imported into the U.S. have a full auto bolt carrier, but were manufactured as semi auto weapons. At this point you must determine if your rifle has a full or semi auto bolt carrier. The full auto bolt carrier will have the projecting cam surface as shown in Figure 6.
If your bolt carrier does not already have the ramp or cam as in Figure 6, it is a semi auto bolt earner and must be modified.

AK-47

MODIFYING THE SEMI AUTO BOLT CARRIER
METHOD 1 FIGURE 6

The semi auto bolt carrier does not have the auto sear cam surface on the right side, so one must be created. To do this simply build up the surface by welding, which can easily be done with a wire welder. Fill this area in with weld, then grind off the excess.

See Figure 6.

MODIFYING THE SEMI AUTOBOLT CARRIER
METHOD 2 FIGURE 6

This cam surface can be created by grinding a separate piece of hardened steel, which is then placed onto the carrier, as in Figure 6 and silver soldered into place. This method will give you years of trouble free service.

STEP 6
REASSEMBLY

The final step in your conversion to select fire is to reassemble your rifle using the parts provided in the full auto parts kit. Do not reuse the semi auto hammer. Assemble the trigger disconnector assembly.

You are ready to check the timing of the bolt with the movement of the auto sear, which should release the hammer when the bolt is approximately 1/16″ to 3/32″ from being completely closed. If adjustment is needed, simply add to or remove some of the ramp or cam surface that was added to the bolt carrier in the previous steps.

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16th October 2010

AK-47: historical background

The current AK-47 and similar designed weapons have evolved from the MP 43, a select fire carbine chambered for the 7.92mm cartridge.

During World War II, Russian Troops captured the German army facility where the MP 43 assault rifles were manufactured. Also seized were several prototype weapon designs, as well as the personnel working at the facility. The newly acquired information, products, and captives were sent to Russia.

The first Soviet weapon manufactured in 1946, was the semi automatic SKS, which has a 7.62mm X 39mm cartridge The SKS was soon replaced by the Automat Kalashnikov or AK-47, named after the weapons designer, Sgt. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov.

The AK-47 rifle was used by the Soviet Army between 1949 and 1961. In 1959, Kalashnikov redesigned the AK-47 and the weapon was then known as the AKM. The main differences between the two weapons are the AKM has a stamped, rather than a milled receiver, a ribbed receiver cover, fluted gas cylinder tube and a rear sight graduating to 1,000 meters.

Currently the Soviets have again modified the basic AK design into the AK-74 It is chambered with a new 5.45 X 39mm round with very high velocity. The AK-74 action « scaled down somewhat to accommodate the new round and is the first AK to have a muzzle brake.

Another version of the AK is the Swedish Valmet and is available in both 7.62mm X 39mm and 5.56m X 45mm Nato calibers.

The Israel made Galil is still another Kalashnikov copy, available m 7.62 Nato, as well as .223.

A semi auto only AKM is produced in Egypt and is pure Kalashnikov design, right down to the Russian machinery, which Egypt acquired in its Pro-Soviet days.
Other countries offering weapons with the AK design are East Germany, Poland, Bulgaria. South Africa, and North Korea.

The basic design of the AK-47 has not been changed in over 40 years, only improved. The weapon proves to be durable, extremely reliable and will probably be used in combat well into the 21st century.

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Barrel Length: 6″ / 15.2 cm
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Barrel Twist: 1 in 15″
Front Sight: Adjustable
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Overall Length: 15″ / 38.1 cm
Weight: 51 oz. / 1,445.8 g
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27th January 2010

SW 76

The SW 76 shown with its stock in the extended position.
The SW 76 shown with its stock in the extended position.

Nearly twenty years have passed since former President Ronald Reagan signed the infamous McClure-Volkmer Act into law. Although this piece of legislation had a few pro-gun clauses, a last minute amendment was added that banned all future manufacture of machine guns for private ownership. The law took effect on May 19, 1986.

This piece of legislation forever fixed the number of transferable machine guns in the system. Since that day prices have steadily increased as the supply of transferable guns
has steadily decreased. Today the cost of a transferable machine gun can exceed the cost of a new well-equipped automobile.

Many Class 2 manufactures were well aware of the impending restrictions a few weeks prior to the enactment of the ban. Most of the manufacturers worked night and day to
make and register as many machine gun receivers as possible. It was not necessary to assemble complete working guns, but the receivers had to meet a minimum stage of construction as set forth by the BATF. At midnight May 18th it was all over.

The firearm-collecting world is always full of unexpected surprises; often parts or part sets that are unavailable for years suddenly show up in the warehouses of surplus
dealers. One example is the parts and part sets for military issue Thompson submachine guns. These parts that were once in a seemingly inexhaustible abundance were
gone and the prices of the few remaining parts were increasing daily. Then, recently, hundreds of mint to like new M1, M1A1 and M1928 Thompson part sets were found.
Who would have ever thought this would ever occur - sixty year old Thompsons in new condition!

Every now and then a small quantity of new, unused registered receiver tubes would emerge. Most of the remaining tubes were originally produced to be assembled into
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More recently, Class 2 manufactures got creative and have submitted plans to the BATF Technology Branch to use the remaining registered receiver tubes for assembly into guns other then the Sten. Although many of the new applications for the receiver tubes were approved, there were restrictions placed on modifications allowed to the receiver tube itself. To date, the BATF has approved the Sten tubes to be made into Sterling’s, Lanchesters and most recently clones of the Smith & Wesson Model 76. Yes, the Model 76.

The original 9mm Smith & Wesson Model 76 submachine gun was first manufactured in 1968 with production ending in 1974. 6,000 production guns were built during that period. There were other earlier clones of the S&W 76 made. One was the MK Arms Company model called the MK 760 and another was the Global Arms/Southern Tool’s M76A1. Production of these weapons were just starting up as the machine gun ban was being enacted, limiting production of these submachine guns.

Jim Burgess’ SW 76, a copy of the Smith & Wesson Model 76. The example shown here has the standard gray Parkerized finish.
Jim Burgess’ SW 76, a copy of the Smith & Wesson Model 76. The example shown here has the standard gray Parkerized finish.

Lack of magazines was always a problem with the Model 76, with originals being scarce and proportionately expensive. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the easily adaptable Suomi M31 magazines appeared at bargain basement prices. Not only were the magazines cheap, most of them were in brand new condition. The magazines could be altered in seconds with a Dremel Tool to fit in the Smith Model 76 by simply removing a few thousands of metal from the front guide plate. Accordingly, with the magazine problem solved, the asking prices for the Model 76 began to increase.

The newest submachine gun on the market is the product of Ohio Class 2 manufacturer, and no stranger to the Class 3 world, Jim Burgess. Jim was a once a retail dealer
for John Stemple’s original line of submachine guns, and also manufactured suppressors for them.

Above: Bottom view of the SW 76 barrel retaining catch. The original Smith & Wesson design was a straight bar. The redesigned curved catch is much easier to depress and hold.
Above: Bottom view of the SW 76 barrel retaining catch.  The original Smith & Wesson design was a straight bar.  The redesigned curved catch is much easier to depress and hold.

Above: Side view of an original Smith & Wesson Model 76 bolt (top) and a bolt from the SW 76. Note the raised bearing surfaces on the lower bolt, and the different extractor positions.
Above: Side view of an original Smith & Wesson Model 76 bolt (top) and a bolt from the SW 76.  Note the raised bearing surfaces on the lower bolt, and the different extractor positions.

SW 76

Jim’s new creation has been designated as the SW 76 (without the “&”). The SW 76 guns are manufactured from virgin tubes that were originally registered by John Stemple in 1986. Jim has enough parts and receiver tubes to assemble 100 guns. Jim said that he personally test fires each gun that he builds to insure proper functioning before shipping it off to the customer. All of the parts of the SW 76 will interchange with an original Smith & Wesson M76 except for the bolt. The bolt is not interchangeable due to the reorientation of the extractor and the Stemple receiver tubes have an inside diameter that is slightly larger than that of an original S&W M76, requiring two sleeves that act as bearing surfaces to be
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A big question is; where in the world would you find the part sets from the Smith &Wesson Model 76? Original spare parts for the gun just don’t exist. The answer; from
semiautomatic copies of the Model ’76.

During 2001 the Tactical Weapons Company of Arizona was engaged to manufacture the parts and receivers for a weapon that would be marketed as the Omega 760
carbine, a semiautomatic-only copy of the Smith & Wesson Model 76. Initial sales of the Omega 760 were brisk but quickly dropped off. The disappointing sales of the
Omega ultimately drove the decision to cease production and the decision left a number of parts that were never assembled into guns. Jim was able to purchase 100 of
the surplus Omega 760 kits and convinced Special Weapons to produce the full auto bolts and the other parts he needed. The company agreed, and the 9mm SW M76
was born. Special Weapons still have a limited number of new Omega 760 semiautomatic carbines as well as part sets available for purchase.

Left side view of the SW 76. This weapon has the optional black powder coat finish.
Left side view of the SW 76. This weapon has the optional black powder coat finish.

One of the weakest areas of the original Smith & Wesson Model 76 design was its extractor, which will often fail after several thousand rounds. One substantial improvement that was implemented into the design of the SW 76 is the relocation of the extractor from the original 12 o’clock position to a 2 o’clock position on the bolt. Relocating the extractor substantially reduces lateral stress on the extractor effectively extending its service life. The extractor was also beefed-up for additional durability. The trigger, magazine catch and sear are easily serviced on SW 76, pivoting on removable pins that are secured with E-clips. While the sear on the original M76 is easily removable, the trigger and magazine catch are
semi-permanently riveted in place.

The SW 76 uses the same magazines as the original Model 76 and, like the original, the plentiful Suomi magazine will fit and function in the gun with some minor
fitting. The new SW 76 comes with instructions on altering the Suomi magazines.

Jim also has designed a suppressor specifically for his new SW 76. The powder coated suppressor uses standard 9mm ammunition and is designed to reduce its velocity to subsonic speeds. The suppressor will also fit and function on the Smith &Wesson M76, the MK Arms MK760 and the Southern Tool M76A1 guns.

Magazine markings. Note that the SW 76 logo that lacks the “&” between the letters.
Magazine markings.

I was able to get a first hand look and an opportunity to test fire the SW 76 at a recent shoot in Ohio. The SW 76 is indeed a dead ringer for the original M76. Jim brought along several of his SW 76 submachine guns to the shoot and all worked perfectly. He also brought along his new suppressor. It, too, was quite impressive and quiet even when firing standard super-sonic 9mm ammunition.

The Small Arms Review • Vol. 9 No. 5 • February 2006

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