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10 Hybrid AK Platforms That Combine the Best of the East & West

East Meets West: Top 10 Hybrid AK-AR Platforms For 2015

Hybrid weapon systems that combine the best of the East and the West into one package!

Consider this a unique take on East/West détente in the post-Cold War era. While the 7.62x39mm (and later 5.45x39mm) Kalashnikov series of weapons represented the Soviet side during this simmering conflict, the M14 in .308/7.62x51mm and the M16 in .223/5.56x45mm characterized the West’s. However, a new era blurring the lines between the weapons and cartridges of the East and the West is emerging.

Today, you can have an AK chambered in .308 and an AR chambered in 5.45mm, as well as newly created designs that combine elements of both weapon platforms.

Read on to see 10 of the most interesting examples of this new movement in hybrid firearm design that is benefitting today’s shooting enthusiasts.


Century Arms N-PAP M77 LO-CAP

10 Hybrid AK-47 2015 Century Arms N-PAP M77 LO-CAP

Century Arms N-PAP M77 LO-CAP

What could be a more Western cartridge than the .308, or more Eastern than the AK rifle? The N-PAP M77 LO-CAP is built in the famed Zastava factory in Serbia and uses the classic AK design with a classic American caliber. The gas system is adjustable to allow the rifle to fire a variety of ammunition. The barrel is cold-hammer-forged for increased accuracy and all key internal components are milled from steel. The rifle comes with one 10-round magazine and a side-mount rail to attach optics. (centuryarms.com; 800-527-1252)


  • CALIBER: .308/7.62x51mm
  • BARREL: 19.7 inches
  • OA LENGTH: 40.6 inches
  • WEIGHT: 8.6 pounds
  • STOCK: Fixed thumbhole
  • SIGHTS: Adjustable front and rear ACTION: Gas piston, semi-auto
  • FINISH: Matte black
  • CAPACITY: 10+1
  • MSRP: $650


CMMG Mk47 Mutant AKM 

10 Hybrid AK-47 2015 CMMG Mk47 Mutant AKM

CMMG Mk47 Mutant AKM

The Mk47 Mutant is a hybridization of the AK and AR designs that creates an all-new rifle platform. The lower is manufactured from 7075-T6 billet aluminum and is designed to accept all standard AK magazines with its standard ambidextrous magazine catch system. The upper uses a bolt carrier group derived from a .308-based AR bolt carrier. The 16.1-inch, free-floated barrel has a 1-in-10-inch twist, and the entire system runs on a carbine-length direct impingement gas system. A full-length Picatinny rail runs along the top, making the Mk47 optics ready. The weight of the rifle is a minimal 7.2 pounds. The trigger assembly, handguard, grip, buffer tube assembly, buttstock and gas system are fully compatible with mil-spec AR-15s. (cmmginc.com; 660-248-2293)


  • CALIBER: 7.62x39mm
  • BARREL: 16.1 inches
  • OA LENGTH: 33.5 inches
  • WEIGHT: 7.2 pounds
  • STOCK: Magpul CTR
  • SIGHTS: Optics ready
  • ACTION: Direct impingement, semi-auto
  • FINISH: Matte black
  • CAPACITY: 30+1
  • MSRP: $1,649

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