BRAVO 18 AKM 7.62x39mm

The smartly designed Bravo 18 AKM is incredibly easy to…

The smartly designed Bravo 18 AKM is incredibly easy to handle, even for an operator using a complete vest with rifle plates.

THE argument as to which is better, the AK-47 or AR, has raged for years and will not be ending anytime soon. It is one of those emotional arguments in the gun world often devoid of facts and high on hyperbole. Arguments about these two systems have been the subject of documentaries, and you would think it was some sort of way to keep the Cold War raging at times. It ranks right up there with the pistol or revolver argument. Given my lack of emotional attachment to weapons, both systems have been in my kit off and on for years. The simple reliability of the AK system caught my eye years ago, resulting in a couple of Israeli versions being fielded. Better accepted by the administration types, they were great weapons but they still used the 5.56mm cartridge. For some that was fine, and for me it was acceptable but not my preference. I wanted the best of both worlds—an AK with the ergonomics of the AR that accepted the typical SOPMOD equipment while maintaining acceptable weight and the AK reliability.

bravo-18-akm-762x39mmWith stock folded, this rifle fits nicely into any entry or tactical mission. It is solidly build and remarkably easy to operate.

Each of these tools has their strong and weak points as well as their proponents and detractors. Ultimately they are nothing more than tools designed to perform a task. Like any tool, they can be altered or adjusted to perform that task better. The current accessory market for both systems is a clear indication of how many have done so. The AR market is a small economy in and of itself, as there are thousands of choices to “upgrade” your AR. The AK accessory market, although smaller, is growing each year. In both cases many of these accessories are excellent, many are nice but not really all that useful, and many are completely useless.

The proprietary forend allows for the attachment of any rail accessory. Meanwhile, the eye-catching, unique design of the flash suppressor works incredibly well.

Altering the AK is a bit more difficult at times, as the system was never really designed that way. That does not mean it cannot be done, it is just a bit more difficult. But in this day and age it seemed to me there was no reason why it could not be done, given the advances in machining and design. The biggest hurdle is getting past the “throw-away weapon” syndrome. It is this idea that simply because the system was designed originally to be a use-it-and-toss-it rifle, it cannot be made better. That is just ridiculous to me—it is a machine, and like all machines it can be altered. Even within its own design parameters, the system has undergone several upgrades and alterations.

Load Comments
  • In regards to Mr. Martin, the order that he placed with our company did take much longer than expected to manufacture and deliver. This was due to an unforeseen extreme rise in demand combined with several late arrivals of subcontract parts. We sincerly appoligize to Mr. Martin for the wait and our failure to communicate the situation accurately.
    The incorrect part was due to miss communication on our end, we proceeded to let him know that if he would send us the part in question (shipping paid via our company) that we would correct the mistake. To help ease the wait and irritation, Mr. Martin was given a gun case at cost and mags for free. The Titanium VSR is a continuing supply issue however all units have now been delivered to waiting customers.

    Since the initial weapon release Bravo18 has made several logistic changes to better service our customers. We thank Mr. Martin and others for their patience and understanding.

    Mr. Martin, again we sincerely apologize for the delay and frustration that this has caused you.

    Thank you,
    Bravo 18 Support Team

  • Martin

    I bought the Bravo18 AK 7.62X39. I was told 6 weeks and 17 weeks later I got it. The weapon is really nice and shoots decent. But I was lied to for the first 10 weeks and when I finally got the weapon it was not what I ordered. They wanted me to tear the weapon down and send them the part back. They didn’t give me the VSR which was supposed to be on the weapon. The business end of the company for me was a NIGHTMARE!!!!!

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  • james

    how can I acquire such a magnificent piece of weaponry and what is the price range ?

  • jim shaner

    do they make this in 5.45? Can you install a suppressor on theat cool flash suppressor?

  • speedypete

    The idea behind the 6.8 was to try to replicate the ballistics of the 7.62×39 in a package that would work in current AR platforms with minimal modification. An AK in 6.8 doesn’t really make sense, especially when you look at the cost of both cartridges… 😉

  • TC

    What a awesome tool to have available. I wonder if they have considered 6.8 SPC

  • Barbz

    Interesting new trend with law enforcement. In this same issue, another 7.62x39mm rifle (the Mini-30) is also featured. Its about time LEOs stopped turning their noses at the 7.62×39 round, and realized its practicality.

    Hopefully the AK will finally be looked upon as something besides “the badguys’ rifle.”

  • tougher then anything on the market

  • this sbr is badder tougher then anything ive seen to date i cant wait to get my hand’s on one.absolute perfection i cant wait!!!!!