I just went to a build on Saturday so I figured I'd share some experiences while it's fresh in my mind. This is as much for me as it is for other people. I'll break this down to make it easier to read. I'll try my best not to confuse anyone. I'm not even close to an expert on building AKs but this should give you an idea of how easy it really is. Part 1 - The kit The first thing you'll need is a parts kit. There are several places to get these on the web. You can spend anywhere from $100 to $1000 on up depending on what you want. Romanian kits are the cheapest. They can be found all over the place for $100 in great shape. Yugo M70 kits are really cheap, too. They're an underfolder kit so assembling them is a little differant than assembling a fixed stock. There are tons of other kits out there. Do a search to track them down and figure out what you like the most. Another thing you'll need is a receiver flat. You can buy them prebent but you'll need to fill out a form 4473. If you buy a flat and bend it yourself you don't have to deal with waiting lists, paperwork or FFLs. Flats can run anywhere from $15 to upwards of $50 depending on what brand you buy. I suggest starting with a Tapco $15 flat because they're pretty easy to fuck up the first time. Be warned that if you get one with predrilled trunion holes it may be a little bit off. If you don't know what you're doing it's easy to be just a little off if you drill them yourself, though. You'll also need enough US parts when the gun is assembled to make it 922r compliant. The 922r part is one of the things that I think makes people paranoid about building their own guns. This website explains how it all works pretty well. Here's the jist of it. AKs use 16 of these parts. You only need to replace 6 of them with US made parts to make your build 922r compliant. You're making your own receiver so that's obviously US made. Most people replace the trigger group (which counts as 3 parts) first. They're usually around $35-$40. There are a couple of sites that sell Romanian kits with G2 trigger groups for $125 each. Then you can just pick up a US pistol grip and a US slant break for around $10 each and have everything you need to build your AK for around $175 shipped. Here's a list of the most common US made parts that people replace on their AKs: Receiver Handguards Pistol grip Buttstock Trigger group (trigger, hammer, disconnector counts as 3 parts) Gas piston Muzzle brake If you leave the muzzle brake off you only need to replace 5 parts. So if you've got a muzzle attachment you need to replace 6 parts. If you don't have a muzzle attachment you need to replace 5 parts. That's basically it. If anyone wants a list of websites where they can buy cheap kits and parts just pm me. I'm not sure what the rules are for posting retail sites on the boards. If it's ok I can put together a decent list of where to go for parts and post it.