AKS -MAK 90 - AK47 Semi-Auto Rifles
Bob Dunlap teaches this course on Mikhail Kalashnikovs masterpiece, the AK-47 Assault Rifle. This is the most successful, prolific and best personal infantry weapon in the world today. A cut-away gun is used so that you can actually see the operation and relationship of the internal parts.
If you want the quick course on how to get the Worlds Most Popular Assault Rifle apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the "long course," look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)
Among the items covered are:
- Several variations shown and their advantages/disadvantages discussed
- The guns descent from the Simonov (SKS) mentioned
- Evolution from machined steel receivers to stamped sheet metal explained
- Pedigree of the 7.62x39 and its evolution from the German developed 8mm Kurtz assault rifle cartridge
- Discussion of Mikhail Kalashnikovs invention of the gun
- Why the gun is so successful
Design & Function
- Explanation and demonstration of the gas system, and why it is designed to be sloppy, and why that makes it so successful
- Explanation and demonstration of the bolts operation, in its carrier, and in the barrel extension (trunnion)
- Why the bolt can be either good steel, or even mild steel, case hardened
- The flattened tip of the firing pin, its possible consequences and cure
- Why the extractor is so massive
- The feeding cycle discussion begins, the long jump from magazine to chamber, how and why it works
- The system is successful because the gun and cartridge were designed for each other, and to function reliably even though the manufacturing standards may be very low
- What keeps the gun from firing in the unlocked position in a system without an unlocked breech disconnector
- Explanation and demonstration of the operation of the primary and secondary sears and the hammer cycle
- How the operation of the primary/secondary sear system functions as a trigger disconnector. Positive engagement of surfaces shown, demonstrated, and defined
- Extremely simple operation of the safety shown
- Stone simple and soldier proof magazine catch detailed
- Same for the ejector, and its advantage over the AR system
- Extensive disassembly, parts not removed have removal described, including barrel, gas block, and front and rear sights
- A simple tool to get that impossible spring to release the trigger pin
- How to correct cartridge stubbing on feeding if it should occur
- How to make an effective and safe two-stage trigger
- How to correct it if you go too far
- How to correct those rare extractor problems
Cleaning & Lubrication
- AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use
- Making sure you have no parts left over
- What is available
- How to load the drum magazine
- What to avoid
If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "visual demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any AK owner, or someone who intends to be.
How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.
Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.
Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.
Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.
What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more!
Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"
Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.
What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.
What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!
Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.