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When Defense Distributed launched their faster, larger, more powerful Ghost Gunner 3 mill they noted it is powerful enough to cut steel. At that point it was only a matter of time before AK-47 receivers were coming off the GG3, and that time is now.

In the Rumble-hosted video above, Stephen from Defense Distributed gives us a quick rundown on the GG3’s AK-47 / AK-74 support, accomplished in partnership with GGD, and how much faster the GG3 is compared to the previous generations of Ghost Gunner.

For $215, the AK Starter Kit includes the fixture, tooling, and code necessary to begin finishing out pre-folded 80% AK-47 and AK-74 steel receiver blanks ($89.95) on your Ghost Gunner 3 CNC mill. The unique fixture uses expanding inserts to press the receiver walls against the inside of the jig to ensure clean and accurate machine cuts by preventing receiver wall deflection.

Once installed in the jig, the receiver doesn’t come back out until it’s completely finished. The user simply rotates the complete, one-piece jig into different positions as needed during the machining process.

Your GG3 will drill the front and rear trunions, plus portions of the fire control pocket.

It will cut the hole in the bottom of the receiver for the trigger as well as the trigger guard holes.

And it will drill the various trigger pin holes and other holes necessary for turning an 80 percent lower into a 100 percent lower.

The Ghost Gunner 3 accomplishes all of this in about 45 minutes. Finishing an aluminum 80% AR15 lower receiver on the GG3, by the way, now takes just 35 minutes. On the GG2 it took 2.5 hours. This bad boy is about five times faster.

Programming and jigs already exist for 80% GLOCK-compatible frames, 1911 frames, polymer AR lowers, and more.

While meeting up with the DD guys out on the range, we also saw their 3D printed AK-47 lower receiver kit. How crazy is that? Made in two halves — a front half and rear half — to accommodate typical, consumer-sized 3D printers, this printed polymer lower bolts together in just about every which way.

Seen above, rocking a drum mag. Since it’s 3D-printed from polymer right in the comfort of your own basement storage room that your wife exiled you to because you’re 3D printing AK-47s, it’s “available” in whatever color scheme you can dream of.

On the downside, to meet strength requirements this polymer AK-47 is a thicc boy.



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  1. Their web site crawls. ugh! I’ll wait a bit to check back.

    Like the TTAG logo at the beginning!! Awesome!

  2. And, New Mexico now has legislation on the table that make build-at-home guns illegal. Instant felony to even own the kits, to print your own firearm accessory – not a firearm, just an accessory – at home (or, the way the bill is worded, use a CNC machine to do so), or to own the CAD/CNC files necessary to do so.

    If you live in the Land of Enchantment, this might be the time to get one of these…

    • As the saying goes…

      “If it’s time to be burying your guns, it’s already time to be digging them up.”

      • Ì live in New Mexico and i already buying parts but my own blood family set me up and betrayed me by calling the cops on me saying i was doing something wrong even though i was not but it seems like no one wants to see anyone prepared and now im dealing with court and life but that only motivated me to succeed in protecting myself so everyone buy your parts while you still can

        • Stay strong brother, but be descrete. My blood family also turned me over to police for making my own guns in the tyranical “State of Hawaii”.

  3. The big question would be, where can I acquire one for cash, with no electronic banking trail?
    Because if you use a CC you can expect that knock on the door one day.

    • Buy preloaded credit cards with cash. Some places won’t sell naughty items using a credit card with a billing address behind enemy lines. The prepaid card can have any address you want.

  4. A $500 tool that can mill complex receivers seems like it might be worthwhile – especially if they outlaw 80%s, since machining from billet would just require more code.

    The $215 module to make the $500 tool moderately more convenient / precise than a $50 tool for drilling a few holes in sheet metal? Not so much.

    • $2315 plus shipping (per No one of Consequence’s correction above) is 1.5x AK price?

      For other (intricately milled) receivers that might be a decent tradeoff. Then again, I’m guessing each new receiver would probably require a jig (costing more than the receiver) like the AK.

      To replace a hand drill turning $89 80% AK blanks into $100 AK receivers (not AKs – I haven’t heard anything to even remotely suggest that anyone offers the code to make bolts, carriers, extractors, etc.)? No, thanks!

      • I’m no machinist, but I doubt this thing is going to mill a steel ak receiver from a block of steel. Maybe aluminum can be used but I’ve never noticed anyone doing it. I suspect the bolt rails and ejector rail wouldn’t last long if they were aluminum. Those could probably be riveted on.

        • It doesn’t. The base machine can mill 80% ARs (if you have the code).

          This module just drills the holes in the stamped blanks (which, as you said in your other post, isn’t that hard without it).

  5. I watched a video this am on one of the TFB TV. James Reeves interviewed Cody Wilson IRT the Ghost Gunner 3. Worth watching. They discuss capabilities as well as manufacturing the equipment.

    I GUESS .

  7. It’s cool but I’ve never found it particularly difficult to drill a former AK receiver. Now the holes for an underfolder or side folder might make it worth the investment, but a standard receiver isn’t hard. Pro(is) tip: you can use a $15 set of carbide burrs to drill all the holes and they eat the hardened steel right up. Works for the safety hole too.

    • Cobalt bits work fine too, but they’re best used in a drill press or jig with long bushings since they’re brittle and will snap if flexed too much. Other bits work too, but you need to use a little oil.

  8. 3d printers have rendered this product obsolete.

    They now have files for fully reinforced and completely reliable / durable AR and AK lowers.
    As well as Skorpions, Glocks, and Hi Powers.

    Certainly don’t look up Ivan the Troll or Deterence Dispensed.

  9. CNC machine to complete an 80% lower seems a bit overkill to me. CNC to make a complete lower and upper parts would be worth it. A simple milling machine would seem adequate and cheaper solution to finish and 80% lower.

  10. Get 4 or 5 guys together and form a CNC club. Incorporate it as a not-for-profit social club and let the club own the machine. When the current members have built all they want, start taking in new members. As older members drop out, they can sell their equity in the club to the new members at their investment cost. Ultimately FREE!

    Been done with airplanes and flying clubs for decades.

    • Oldgreyguy has it figured out. Every decent gun club should look into it while it’s still legal.

  11. I e bought the ak milling kit and it didn’t come with the codes for milling the ak receiver I am pissed and they won’t contact me back no matter whether I call them or email them

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