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Old September 23, 2011, 09:08 AM   #1
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Screwing trunnions?

I've been looking around at AK builds and have been seeing a lot of guys tapping their trunnions and bolting them into the receiver with 10-32 bolts. Is this safe to do? I mean they were riveted from the factory for a reason weren't they?
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Old September 23, 2011, 03:31 PM   #2
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Riveting is for ease of manufacture.

Think about the tooling and extra labor required to drill/tap/install the screws. Insert rivets, place in press hit the cycle switch and your done.

The screws should work fine for what you want to do.
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Old September 24, 2011, 08:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for responding, I kind of figured it was because rivets are easier to mass produce but I was just making sure.
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Old September 24, 2011, 09:22 AM   #4
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pressed barrels

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I have long advocated on these "pressed in barrels held with a pin" that the trunion be threaded, and the barrel (of sufficient diameter) be threases and screwed up properly to the trunion like Remington does the 760 and 740 rifles, at some others!
Pressing barrels in with a pin holding them is a very poor way to do it!
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Old September 24, 2011, 12:05 PM   #5
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Screws work
The buttonhead screws look better IMO
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Old September 24, 2011, 06:14 PM   #6
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Screws are O.K. for what you want to do (Use lok-tite). The rivet situation was not always for ease of manufacture. We had a terrible time with M-60 receivers coming loose because the rivets were too hard. Welding was tried and made the situation worse. Finally annealed (Softened) rivets were used and the issue resolved. Screws used on a M-60 (Hard or soft) would have come loose.
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Old September 27, 2011, 03:03 PM   #7
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Okay next question, will this also work on a PSL? Since the PSL fires a heavier round would that snap the bolts?

And is red loctite enough or do I need to go Green?
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Old September 28, 2011, 01:10 AM   #8
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I've never liked screw build AKs, although they do work. My concern is that the screws would come loose. I've seen it happen.

I've also seen rivets come loose, but I think they weren't installed correctly.

Welding the trunnion to the receiver is a good. cheap home build method, but has the down side of not being able to reverse. It is plenty strong though and has worked for H&K and CETME for decades.

Riveting is the best way I think, but to really be right, the trunnion needs to be riveted to the receiver without the barrel installed in it,
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