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AK Parts Count
« on: August 12, 2005, 08:53:26 PM »
A stamped-receiver AK has 15 922(r) parts (16 if you have a muzzle brake -- see Note #6 below).

A milled-receiver AK has 14 922(r) parts (15 if you have a muzzle brake).

A Saiga hunting rifle has a stamped-receiver, no pistol grip and no muzzle brake (14 parts)

  • Frames, receivers, receiver castings, forgings or stampings
  • Barrels
  • *Mounting blocks (front trunion on stamped-receiver AK)
  • *Muzzle attachments
  • Bolts
  • Bolt carriers
  • Gas pistons
  • Triggers
  • Hammers
  • Disconnectors
  • Buttstocks
  • Pistol grips
  • Forearm handguards (upper and lower together count as 1 part)
  • Magazine body
  • Followers
  • Floorplates

The following US-made parts are readily available to substitute to acheive the required number of ten or less imported parts to be 922(r)-compliant:

  • barel
  • buttstock
  • pistol grip
  • upper and lower handguards (upper and lower together count as 1 part)
  • muzzle brake
  • gas piston
  • hammer
  • trigger
  • disconnector
  • receiver
  • Magazine body
  • follower
  • floorplate

NOTE #1:  The upper and lower together count as 1 part.  Here's the references from an ATF letter which used to be posted on the Soupbowl Enterprises web site:  Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3.  Page #2 contains the relevant text about the upper and lower together making up the "handguard" on an AK rifle.  Both parts together constitute a single part for counting of 922(r) parts.

NOTE #2:  On the AMD-65 & AMD-63, there is no upper handguard.  However, the lower handguard and forward pistol grip together are one counted part.  For more infomation see:  AMD Info from ATF.

NOTE #3:  Caution should be used when using US-made followers, floorplates, or magazine bodies.  The following quote was taken from an ATF letter which used to be posted on the Soupbowl Enterprises web site:  “However, if the modified rifle were possessed with an imported magazine that does not have a domestically manufactured follower a violation of § 922(r) would occur.”

NOTE #4:  If you're building up a parts kit that came with a full-auto FCG, it needs to be replaced no matter what.

NOTE #5:  Acording to ATF a thumbhole stock counts as two 922(r) parts -- a buttstock and a pistol grip.  For more infomation see:  Saiga Drag Stock Letter from ATF.

NOTE #6:  The nut used to protect the muzzle threads is likely considered a "muzzle attachment" by ATF.  This means the muzzle nut should be considered a "muzzle break".

NOTE #7:  "Trunnion" is an old cannon term that refers to the cylindrical projections on either side of a cannon barrel that allows it to pivit. Only front "trunnion" fits this description of a barrel mounting block.  The answer to question #2 in this letter clearly states that the rear trunion is uncounted.


Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. I am not a 922(r)-legal specialist. The above information is simply a summary of the consensus of AK-47 owners & builders of the 922(r) regulations as available by a search of the Net.
« Last Edit: April 25, 2012, 11:17:02 PM by LESchwartz »
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2006, 02:32:01 PM »
Quote from: BillyBang

This may be obvious but can you explain:

Why is only the front trunnion counted as an imported part and not the rear?

Parrt 478.39 says "mounting blocks (trunnions)".

I know the front handguards are considered one part but your AK Parts List says specifically "front trunnion" under the parts list.

Can you shed some light on this for me?

I am not an expert . . . but "trunnion" is an old cannon term that refers to the cylindrical projections on either side of a cannon barrel that allows it to pivit. My understanding is that the "mounting block" thus refers to mounting the barrel. Only one of the things AK builders call "trunnions" fits this description.  In addition, the ATF's lists of AK parts only include one trunnion.

Edited 6/10/06 to Add the following link:  http://home.nc.rr.com/eheinze/letter.pdf.   The answer to question #2 clearly says that the rear trunion is uncounted.  I have added Note #7.

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Re: AK Parts Count
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2006, 03:11:31 PM »
Quote from: LESchwartz
NOTE #6:  The nut used to protect the muzzle threads is likely considered a "muzzle attachment" by ATF.  This means the muzzle nut should be considered a "muzzle break".

Added Note #6 . . .

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Re: AK Parts Count
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 11:16:38 PM »
Updated.  I'm pinning this post to the top of the forum for a while.
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