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Portland Linux/Unix Group: An Open Hardware Case Study: The AK-47

PSU Maseeh Engineering Building
1930 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

On the lower level, follow the signs.



Who: Beth 'pidge' Flanagan

What: Open Sourcing the Modern Battle Rifle: Legal and technical implications in home building the semi-automatic AK-47

Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

When: Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

A look at the technical and legal issues surrounding home construction of firearms, focusing on semi-automatic AK-47 style rifles.

Home gun building brings interesting legal and technical challenges needed to keep someone both safe and on the right side of the law. This requires an individual to be both an amateur metalsmith as well as knowing the ins and outs of firearms and international patent law. This talk will discuss the building of the semi-automatic AK47 rifle from a technical perspective, from demilling parts kits to the construction of a fully functional semi-automatic weapon.

We will also discuss the origins of the AK design, the history of it’s variants and its current patent status as a public domain firearm design, delving into Soviet and Russian Federation patent law as well as US firearms law.


Beth 'pidge' Flanagan is an embedded linux geek who works at Intel's Open Source Technology Center on the Yocto Project.

Beth also gave a keynote at OSCON 2014, "Yes, Your Refrigerator Is Trying To Kill You..."


Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.