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.