My friend J.W. Ramp just built his first AK47.

Up close with the PSAK-47 build kit I just put together from @palmettostatearmory. Chose their “MOEKOV” version with the Zhukov stock and MOE handguards. Very happy with how it turned out and thought it was worth snapping some photos of all the pieces before I put it together.

He is a bit of a shutter bug with some talent. Of course he took pictures of the parts he got from Palmetto State Armory. His pictures look amazing. I had to share it with our readers.

J.W. Ramp was generous and shared how he took these photos. It involved photoshop of course. He shot each piece individually. Cleaned up each image and then put them all together

You can check out more of J.W. Ramp’s work at, or on Instagram @jwramp.


  • Audie Bakerson

    How much does an AK with that setup weigh?

    • McThag

      Without the scope mount and optics… 8 lb. 11.6 oz. loaded.

      • Audie Bakerson


  • yodamiles

    A lot of effort! Awesome!!

  • Xanderbach

    Ah- the all important part of a firearm picture- The feet.

    • B. Young

      lol- no fancy tripod here just the old bipedal bipod stabilization. Nice pictures, guns are hard to get good pictures.

  • YZAS

    Pretty cool. Hope that’s his career. Definitely talented. ecommerce photography (agency) work is very much in demand and lucrative (been there). Anyway, I built a DDI ‘Zhuk-Moe’ that is almost identical. And I guess now that PSA bought ‘DDI’, probably even more so. My suggested upgrades would be a Krebs safety, ALG AKT trigger and an Ultimak m2b railed gas tube cover with a PA AD MDS. But what the hell do i know.

    • J.W. Ramp

      Been waiting for one of ALGs Ultimate ones to come back in stock – really liked how it felt at GAOS last month.

      • YZAS

        The AKT is so awesome, I can only imagine what the Ultimate is like.

      • Nicholas C

        JW, I have the AK-UL in my DDI47S. Let me know when you want to try it.

  • J.W. Ramp

    LOL thanks guys. Sometimes simple setups do just fine for this kinda work. Let me know if anyone else wants some product photos – got an FFL/SOT bud that can receive stuff and plenty more USPSA targets to use as backdrops 😉

  • Andrew

    What’s the tail and red dot you have on top? Nice pics!

    • Andrew


    • J.W. Ramp

      Basic UTG Pro rail and a Vortex Razor Red Dot.

  • Stephen Paraski

    Not a “Build”, it is a snap together AK. Rivets, busted drill bits, so so welds, now that is a “Build”. Oh I left out your wife screaming because you “Heat Treated” in kitchen stove.

    • J.W. Ramp

      “Up close with the PSAK-47 build kit I just put together” seems to be accurate, as they call it a build kit. And I put it together.

  • eastern orthodox moose

    probably potmetal junk like most us built items posing as aks ( c39) (tRASh-47) i.o