Preview – ATI Yugo Underfolder 7.62x39mm

ATI Yugo Underfolder — a compact 7.62x39 AK for the ultimate in last-ditch, close-quarters defense!

ATI Yugo Underfolder—a compact 7.62×39 AK for the ultimate in last-ditch, close-quarters defense!

The growing popularity of aftermarket AKs in the U.S. market has led many to look at the rifle and its variants as a viable home-defense option. For the 2014 AK-47 & SOVIET WEAPONS, author Todd Burgreen examined American Tactical Imports’ AT-47 Yugo Underfolder as one such option.
The simplicity and unique portability of the design, a feature enhanced by an under-folding stock, make the ATI Yugo Underfolder a powerful close-quarters option for self-defense. “Not all weapons need rails, optic and an array of accessories to be considered viable. While reliability should never be compromised in terms of cost/performance ratios, other items considered a must for some may not be high priority or worth it for others. KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) methodology can pay dividends in terms of budget and allowing for concentration on other priorities, such as training for example. A case in point for this argument is the ATI Yugo AK Underfolder…” writes Burgreen in his review.

“The 7.62x39mm ATI Yugo AK Underfolder offers the one of the best firepower-to-size ratios among AKs on the market short of resorting to a short-barrel rifle (SBR) configuration,” notes Burgreen. “The under-folding stock was a pleasant surprise in terms of comfort when shouldered and firing, while remaining rock-solid during range time. While not offering the same cheekweld as a normal AK fixed stock, the under-folding stock was not as unpleasant as one may imagine in terms of recoil impulse to the shoulder or face.”
Burgreen considered the rifle’s portability further as he put it through its paces at the range with the stock both extended and collapsed. “Its dimensional flexibility based on the under-folding stock gives one better options for discrete carry—yes, discrete carry with a rifle,” says Burgreen. “However, at its heart, the ATI Yugo Underfolder is still a rifle capable of delivering accurate fire out to 150 to 200 yards and beyond.”

For more information, check out the 2014 AK-47 & SOVIET WEAPONS, available on newsstands January 21, 2014. To subscribe, go to http://www.tactical-life.com/subscribe/ak-47-soviet-weapons/.

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  • Brandon from Alabama

    A review of the ATI AT47 Gen 2 AK47 Yugo under-folder.  It is important to note that the review being given is from a seasoned firearm enthusiast, but is a stranger to the AK family of rifles (this is the first AK I have owned or fired).  That being said, my review is of this rifle alone and the quality, performance and short comings I have experienced, and will not include any reference to comparative quality to other makes/models.

    So,  I decided to purchase my first AK47.  Being an 8 year veteran of the US ARMY and having plenty of experience with the M16/AR family, I wanted to see what the other 3/4ths of the world used.  I did my fair share of research on what an AK was, its history, how it was built, it’s operation, and of course the different brands and pricing of current models.  At this point, I was pretty certain I wanted my first AK to be a Yugoslavia under-folder.  I kept coming back to the ATI Gen 2 on the various websites I searched.  They were available in abundance and at a price I was comfortable with, not knowing if I would enjoy the rifle (I figured if I did not enjoy it, I would flip the rifle and recoup the majority of my investment).  I searched the different forums on ATI AT47 (Gen 1 I presume) and got a wide array of reviews, both good and bad, but not a single review of the Gen 2.  Just a note, I found it interesting that most of the negative reviews (Gen 1) were subjective comparisons of ATI to other models and lacked any reasoning/specifics of why their views were negative (with the exception of it did not use rivets or it wasn’t a ‘Norinco’ or ‘Arsenal’; I hope future reviewers will put more specifics in their posts to help the rest of us out. Regardless of the reviews, I decided to go to the local store and get a hands on experience of the rifle. Here were my initial impressions:

    The rifle itself was sturdy.  All of the components were tightly fit with little to no rattle when shook.  The wire stock was stiff to to release, unfold and position as well as return to its under folded position.  I found this to be a positive as it felt secure and well constructed (this was the display demo and had probably been used many times). The wood fore-grip was nicely finished and was securely attached with very little play.  The overall finish on the metal components  (receiver, barrel, sights) was slightly mismatched,  but I presumed this was probably due to the rifle being a parts kit assembly.  The action on the bolt carrier group was very fluid.  pulling back on the charging handle slowly, I felt no resistance or grind in the action.  The same can be said for the release into battery.  At this point I was impressed.  The trigger action though was not the greatest.  There was a lot of grit in the trigger pull.  I wasn’t sure if this was due to it being a new trigger assembly but the gritty feeling was very noticeable. I requested a field strip of the rifle to inspect.  The internals of the rifle were clean.  The milling marks were barely noticeable and I saw no burs (a finger swipe confirmed there were no burs).  To those that say ATI receivers are not truly milled, this one is.  And I understand that many complain that an AK receiver should never be milled, but I personally find quality in billet receivers and the extra 1lb of weight is well worth the trade off.  The only part that is not milled on the receiver is the trigger guard (used hex screws which I wish were rivets, and I will explain that later).  Once field stripped it is very obvious that this is a parts kit.  Not one number on the bolt, carrier, barrel, or spring assembly matched.  But, all of the individual parts were in fantastic condition showing very little wear and I will note that the actual rifle I purchased (unopened box) was the same.  ATI did not use a worn out parts kits on either.  Inspection of the rifling in the barrel passed muster.  I would say the barrel could almost pass as new.  After reassembly, I placed a magazine in the receiver.  There is some looseness and wobbling.  I don’t know if this is common or not, but I thought it to be note worthy (this looseness has no effect on feeding rounds and I will go into that further in my review).  At this point I was sold on the rifle and purchased.  As stated before the rifle I received was in an unopened box so I will add a little extra about the remaining contents when I opened the box.  The ATI ships the AT-47 with a plastic carrying case.  It is middle of the road to low end on quality but gets the job done and served it’s purpose until I was able to get the case I wanted.  It also comes with a ‘bolt open’ wire rope lock which is a nice safety mechanism if you have children in the home.  The manual it came with is for the AT-47 (wood stock Gen 1) and not the Gen 2.  The quality control paperwork states that there should have been a tube of grease with the packaging, but that item was not included (found it ironic that the QC missed that).  The last item I found interesting was that the rifle had a muzzle nut to protect the threads versus the slant muzzle break that the images show.  Minor considering I was going to put the break I wanted but it is still something to take note of.  Now that the initial review is over, I will give a rundown of my experiences at the range.

    This part of the review I will consolidate at least 3 range visits into one synopsis.   At this point of ownership I have cycled at least 2000 rounds through my rifle (as stated before, the magazine looseness has zero effect on feeding rounds).  I have yet to have a failure of feed or fire.  This rifle works and there is no question about that.  My first day at the range I cycled 300 rounds.  I was just shooting to shoot, not planning to sight anything in (the front sight adjusting tool I ordered had not arrived yet).  To anyone planning to buy an AK, get a front sight adjustment tool.  It is worth having.  The first 200 rounds I cycled slowly to get a good feel for the rifle.  As mentioned before, the gritty feel in the trigger is very pronounced. But, the trigger works.  I will probably be replacing the trigger group.  The under fold stock felt good on my shoulder.  The wire rail of the stock felt a bit uncomfortable on my cheek.  I will definitely be buying a cheek weld for this rifle.  The remaining 100 rounds of that trip were cycled as fast as I could pull the trigger.  Every round cycled flawlessly.  Now back to the hex-screw trigger guard I mentioned earlier in the review; after the 300 rounds I noticed the hex-screws were backing out when I cleaned the rifle that night. ATI did not use any loc-tite that I could see. That little step should be done at the factory. I did not lose any of the screws but had I cycled more rounds the first trip, I very well could have. So, definitely use some thread lock before your first use if you buy one of these rifles. The second trip was made to get the rifle sighted (NCStar adjustment tool had come in at this point).  Here would be the first major flaw.  The front sight post had to be adjusted as far left as possible to get the rounds on center at 25 yards.  The sight picture with this setup is very awkward.   That seems to me to be a fundamental and monumental flaw with a rifle.  I have already contacted my local gun smith and it is going to be a 25$ fix.  The front sight assembly is going to have to be adjusted which will require the sight to barrel pins to be tapped to a larger diameter.  Not a deal breaker but not something I would expect coming from a large manufacturer.  So at this point, 2000 rounds or so later, the trigger and front sight are my only complaint.  This rifle has held up well.  It works flawlessly.  

    In the end, the question is, would I recommend this rifle to a friend.  My answer is ‘Absolutely,’  It is one of my favorite rifles in my collection.  I carry it every time I go to the range (ammo price for 7.62×39 has allot to do with that).  So,  for a review of this rifle, as unbiased as I can give it, with no brand to brand comparisons, I hope this helps someone else considering buying the ATI AT47 Gen2.

  • L Cavendish

    I bought one of these…and a dogleg cover with rail to mount a scope…had to send it back to ATI…failures to eject…couple rounds blew up in gun…will NOT accept US Palm mags…or IO mags…Tapco work…MagPul work…Bulgarian metal work.
    Mine was S/N 00009…maybe early production problems?
    But for $900? Should be pretty flawless. Understand if it was a $200 gun.
    Hoping they can fix or replace.
    Will get an Arsenal next time…just a little more money.If I go for another AK variant at all.