This may be a stupid question but why does no one machine their own trunnions?
I've just recently started looking in to building AKs but unfortunately it looks like I'm a little late to the party. Kits are getting expensive and it's hard to find kits with barrels so I started looking in to what it takes to do a build with a virgin barrel. I'm not sure if I will be able to drill the barrel pin notch without screwing it up so I thought I might ask a friend of mine who has his own little machine shop to do it for me or at least give me some guidance.....Then I started thinking about seeing if he could make a few front and rear trunnions if I gave him the ones out of whatever kit I decide to buy to measure from.
I don't have the equipment or the experience necessary to even think about trying it myself but I know some of you on here do. Is it just not cost efficient or is it really that difficult even for an experienced machinist to do? I don't think I've even seen an American made trunnion on any of the websites I've been looking at, does anyone make them or are we screwed once the parts kits dry up completely?
To me (in my very limited research into the matter) I have difficulty finding blueprints and also information on the type of steel used and any heat treatments.
Otherwise I'd love to make some side folder trunnions.
AK Builder and SGM Tactical both make rear trunnions, not traditional AK style though.
Turbothis makes both front and rear trunnions (no fronts listed on his site, but they are on theakforum):
Thanks! I hadn't seen that yet but both are bookmarked now.