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Old 07-14-2019, 5:19 PM
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Default Ak Builders in the LA area

I have some kits I want to assemble but lack some tools such as a spot welder and a long rivet jig. Does anyone here in the LA area or near have tools I can borrow or come over to use?
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Old 07-15-2019, 8:23 AM
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Old 07-25-2019, 2:33 PM
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Whatever you do, DO NOT go to some guy named Randall. There’s a company down that way called meridian defense that does amazing work and actually has an ffl so you don’t have to wait around for days while your kits get built
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Old 07-25-2019, 2:43 PM
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Whatever you do, DO NOT go to some guy named Randall. Thereís a company down that way called meridian defense that does amazing work and actually has an ffl so you donít have to wait around for days while your kits get built
What's wrong with some guy names Randall? He does good work.
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Old 07-25-2019, 4:19 PM
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Whatever you do, DO NOT go to some guy named Randall.
There’s a company down that way called meridian defense that does amazing work and actually has an ffl so you don’t have to wait around for days while your kits get built
It's hours of wait at my shop, not days.
Meridian seems to be weeks to months according to their website but they don't post an address so it's hard to even figure out where they are located.
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Old 07-25-2019, 5:26 PM
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Randall assembled my Polish kit on a Childerís receiver while I waited. He also explained to me just about everything you could want to know about assembling an AK. I donít know about you, but I find that kind of stuff interesting.

Plus, it came out a lot nicer than the garbage Century puts out. I donít have any pictures handy, otherwise Iíd post some.
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Old 07-25-2019, 5:46 PM
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Troll post for the competition?

I do lots of work myself, but for what I'm not equipped to handle, randall has done great work for me.

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Btw, Randall, picked up one of those HF mini TIG welders finally. I'm working on trying not to suck, it's fun! Way more fun than MIG.
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Old 07-25-2019, 5:50 PM
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Hit Armory in Upland.
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Randall. AAA rating. I and quite a few people drive from NorCal for his work. Call and get an appointment. Time is money, get crack'n.
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Whatever you do, DO NOT go to some guy named Randall. Thereís a company down that way called meridian defense that does amazing work and actually has an ffl so you donít have to wait around for days while your kits get built
So how about some fact based evidence to back up your claim.

Or more importantly why don't you figure out just how much of an Asset Randall is.
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Old 07-26-2019, 9:26 AM
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Only danger of going to randall is un-learning the multi-month to multi-year wait of most places 🤣🤣🤣
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Old 07-26-2019, 11:49 AM
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If you notice Randall spends more time on Calguns bolstering his ego than he does building aks lol watch! Give him a couple minutes....
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Old 07-26-2019, 12:00 PM
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Randall is good to go he has been active here and other forums for many years. If your local make an appointment and make a day of it. It’s worth your time.

I tried going to some other place that was recommended located in upland. Was told they can work on it the day we had agreed on. I arrived and they told me they had no one to work on it.

I should have just gone to Randall in the first place. Been going to him since I found him on arfcom. And since I had joined calguns to build my first AR many moons ago.

He even worked on my rem 870 while I waited
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Old 07-26-2019, 12:02 PM
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If you notice Randall spends more time on Calguns bolstering his ego than he does building aks lol watch! Give him a couple minutes....
well there are those that can talk a big talk but Randall can back it up so if I were you I'd find a rope to piss up that would be far more productive
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Old 07-26-2019, 12:15 PM
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Maybe find someone who actually has an ffl. That way if you want to go to lunch or something and the atf comes they don’t confiscate your firearms. These fly by night smiths really need to get their **** together.
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Alaska builders in Louisiana?
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Old 07-26-2019, 5:15 PM
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Maybe find someone who actually has an ffl. That way if you want to go to lunch or something and the atf comes they donít confiscate your firearms. These fly by night smiths really need to get their **** together.

Sure take your build over to AZ and have that boutique shop build your $700 gun for $3000 oh and 2 year wait and they still use AK builder tooling on harbor freight presses.

Iíve fixed stuff that an ffl screwed up. Just because you have the money donít mean you have the skills.
Now Run along fur ball.... run along......
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Old 07-26-2019, 6:46 PM
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Randall is the man, He let me stay and watch him build my precision rifle, took about 8 hours total. Pricing was fair as well.
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Old 07-26-2019, 7:14 PM
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Randall is a great gunsmith, and if not careful you may learn something about gunsmithing hanging around the man, something tells me "Chewy" would not learn anything, nor would he want to.
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I’ve never had Randall work on a receiver, so I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him face to face.

But, I’ve sent several projects to Randal over the years, everything has always come back perfect and always quicker than he quotes.

I actually have several AK barrels that need some custom work done right now, that I will likely send to Randall. I don’t trust anyone else to do this kind of work, especially on a barrel that took me so long to find.
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You can drop your kit off at other builders in the area and wait months for it. Or you can take it to Randall and get it done in a few hours while you wait.

Randall has built three rifles for me (2 AK's and 1 FAL) and he does GREAT work. I'd highly recommend him to anyone.

Don't listen to the Nor Cal naysayer who has no clue about Randall's work!
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Old 07-29-2019, 7:26 AM
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well I have met Randall, And I've seen his work. as he has also seen mine. we attended the last publicized build party in the state. builders from National city to the bay area all met up in Fresno for two days of beer and builds.

Randall was a huge help and a wealth of knowledge. he not only showed you how but also why.

So all the naysayers can go pound sand. Randall is a good man
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Randall is a great guy and does top notch work. But you could also buy the tools and build them yourself....

It's not that hard or magic.

I taught myself and learned a ton on all my builds.

Plus it's a bunch of fun.

Anyone can have a AK built, but only a few build them themselves!!
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