Making an AK-47 from . . . a shovel???

It seems an enterprising do-it-yourself gunsmith has done precisely that!  In a detailed thread on (language alert – there are a few naughty words flying around), the intrepid shooter describes (with the aid of many photographs) how he used the handle of a shovel to make the buttstock, then heated and beat the shovel blade into shape to form the receiver of the rifle.

He commented, “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. S***, I tried to pound some dents out of the receiver and the hammer got dented, because in communist mAssachusetts receiver dents you!”

Here’s the finished article.  I thought the hammer, sickle, and burning glass of vodka were very nice touches!

The weapon apparently shoots very accurately for an AK-pattern rifle (at least, he displays targets on the thread to prove it).  I’m in awe at his ingenuity and dedication!  Who’d have thought a shovel could become the foundation for a clone of an assault rifle?  So much for gun control!


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