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Unread 09-07-2013, 05:36 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by 5-90 View Post

Guess again - stamped & bent... The bending jigs you can get online are usually copies of Russian patterns.

Misha Kalashnikov spec'd stamped/bent steel receivers because it was cheap, it was easy, and it vastly reduced the number of operations (and therefore opportunity for error.) A couple of stampings would shape it and punch the holes, a trip to the press would fold it to shape - and assemble.
Like I said, the OLD ones were milled. They didn't become stamped until the AKM. Guess again, indeed. Lol
By the way, his name was Mikhail, not Misha. I think one of his kids was named Misha though IIRC. It don't matter though, I prefer a Simonov over a Kalashnikov anyway.

Craftsman hand tools are drop forged if I'm not mistaken.


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Unread 09-08-2013, 12:44 PM   #17
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