The next task was to mount the trigger guard now that the excess
had been trimmed away. Before it could be attached to the receiver, a new
hole had to be drilled in the receiver. The good part about this was that
a built in template was already there just waiting for the drill bit to do its
To properly position the trigger guard for drilling, attach the
trigger guard to the receiver at the rear mounting hole as shown above.
(disregard the pistol grip square nut) You may have to bend the trigger
guard a bit to get it to fit (and it is rather springy metal). I used the
trigger guard mounting hardware that I bought from Dinzag Arms.
The front lip of the trigger guard (it already has a hole in it)
slides underneath the magazine release and is captured by it once you screw the
rear of the trigger guard to the receiver. With the trigger guard in
position, look down into the magazine release and you will see the hole in the
trigger guard. Drill this hole through the receiver and you now have your
front mounting point that will be secured with the remaining hardware from the
trigger guard hardware package.
Here is the view of the now mounted trigger guard as seen from
inside the receiver. Since I wasn't sure what kind of clearance issues I
might be encounter once the remaining receiver parts were installed, I opted to
located the screw heads on the receiver side for maximum clearance. (Note
that at the time this photo was taken, I had not yet cut the 2nd slot for the
trigger nor had I fitted it and found that some trimming would be required.)
The receiver was starting to look more like it should with the
trigger guard attached. It was now time to install the SAW pistol grip
that I had gotten from Tapco. The pistol grip comes with a mounting bolt
(but no square nut). Note that it uses a rather short bolt (metric too)
and so the normal AK-47 pistol grip mounting bolt won't work here. (Not
knowing any of that, I ended up with a regular pistol grip mounting bolt that
came with the square nut needed to mount a pistol grip.
The TAPCO SAW pistol grip is held in place with the square nut
(shown at the top of this page). Insert the square nut through the hole
from inside the receiver. Using a 10mm socket, insert the bolt through the
bottom of the pistol grip and tighten. Easy enough!
Here is the pieces and parts that make up the Tapco G2 fire control group (FCG). The spring in the disconnect does not come with the FCG. You can order it separately (as I did) or recycle the one from the factory disconnect.
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