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Versa Pod Installation Instructions

Posted by on 8/17/2016
The following assembly instructions are for mounting the Versa Pod® on the front of the receiver for all AK variants.  The PSL Versa Pod® adapter plate varies slightly from these but the assembly is the same.  It's important that you specify which Kalashnikov you have when ordering.

All the components needed to install the mounting plate are included with the installation kit.  This does not include the Versa Pod
® itself or the mounting adapter, which can be purchased separately on our website at: Versa Pod / Mounting

You'll see in these next three pictures the items you'll need to bring to the work bench as far as tools and materials for the installation. 

These Are:

  • Hand Drill
  • Hammer
  • Sharp Awl
  • Scissors
  • Tap "T" Handle
  • Cutting Oil
  • Versa Pod
  • Mounting Adapter

    Step 1:  Start by making sure your gun is not loaded and then field strip it; removing the dust cover, bolt carrier, bolt, upper and lower hand guards.

You will find a drill template in your kit to mark where to drill the three mounting holes.  Using a pair of scissors, trim off the excess on the template right up to the outside lines and then peel off the backing.

You'll see in the following pictures that the template should be positioned flush with the front of your receiver and centered from side to side, with the orientation of the two smaller holes located in the front of the receiver.

    Step 2:  Using a sharp awl, place the point dead center on the registration marks where the holes go and give it a firm tap with a hammer. This will give you small intents to keep the drill bit from drifting as you apply downward pressure.

A drill press would be the preferred choice for drilling the holes, but if you don't have one a hand drill can work as well if you pay attention to what your doing; so take your time and don't rush it.  Make sure to not use too much force as you want the drill bit to do the work, and forcing it will only break the bit!

Leave the template on when drilling the holes and place a good sized drop of cutting oil on the spots where you've just marked with the awl, then use the smaller 3MM X .3 drill bit in your kit to drill the two front holes.  The single hole in the back uses the 5MM X .1 bit.  Make sure you keep the bits vertically and horizontally centered and continually flooded with cutting oil.

Note:  We've used a lot of different cutting oils in our shop over the years, but the one we prefer is ULTRA S/P, which can be found online or at any industrial tool supply like Fastenal.  It has a very thick viscosity like honey and doesn't run off the bit; keeping it cool and lubed as it cuts. 
Another option would be RAPID TAP, which can be found at most hardware stores or online.

DO NOT USE WD40, as it was never intended for this purpose.  WD-40
literally stands for Water Displacement 40th formula, which was designed to prevent corrosion by displacing water. If you can't find ULTRA S/P or RAPID TAP then use regular motor oil.

    Step 3:  After drilling the holes, remove the drilling template for this next step, which is to thread the holes.  You are going to want to buy a small tap "T" handle to thread the holes using the taps provided in your kit.  These can be found at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, True Value, Harbor Freight or online and run under $10. If you purchase one locally it may be easiest to bring the two taps with you to make sure your "T" handle fits both taps.

Start by flooding the holes with cutting oil and put a liberal amount on the tap itself, then use the smaller 4MM X .7 tap in your kit to thread the two front holes.  The single hole in the back uses the 6MM X .1 tap.

Make sure you keep the taps vertically and horizontally centered and constantly flooded with cutting oil.  It's recommended that you don't thread through all the way to start with.  Make a half turn to one full turn then back it all the way out, clean the metal chips off the tap and hole, flood both the hole and tap with oil again, then repeat this until you've threaded all the way through, being careful to not cross thread the holes as you go in, out, and then back in again.

    Step 4:  In this next step you're going to want to clean up the oil and metal chips both on the inside and the outside of your receiver.  Brake cleaner or acetone works well for this, but before you use it make sure to test a spot under your hand guard to see that it's not going to affect the gun's finish. 

If it does then use a solvent like paint thinner or denatured alcohol and use a cue tip inside between the front trunnion and the bottom of the receiver, or a rag that you can push through with a screw driver from the mag well out through the front of the receiver.  Don't push the other way towards the mag well or you risk getting metal chips in your chamber or rails.  Then blow it out real good with compressed or canned air.

    Step 5: 
We provide two different mounting plates; the longer one is for the PSL and the shorter one is for all other AKs.  You'll see below that the PSL has a knurled knob in the back and the AK version has a short Allen cap head bolt.  The knurled knob allows for a sling loop if so desired, where the other Kalashnikov variants don't have room between the mag well and the front of the receiver for this option.

Align the mount plate over the holes along with the Versa
Pod® mounting adapter and secure them onto the receiver with the bolts and Allen wrenches provided in your kit.  The knurled knob uses a short threaded stud provided in the kit that you'll want to screw into the knob before securing it to the receiver.  Make sure to use the thread lock adhesive provided in your kit on all the threads.

    Step 6:  The Versa Pod
® slides onto the adapter post allowing you to pan, tilt, and cant using the friction controls knobs, which will lock it in place and can be adjusted to allow for following moving targets.

    Step 7:  The final step is to reassemble your rifle.

If you have any questions please give us a call at 541 359-1700!