The AK was designed at a time when it was common practice to employ blued steel and wood furniture. Today’s operators demand more options for their weapons. Aluminum rails and handguards enable an operator to “kit up” the AK and mount accessories that help control fire and stay on target.
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Optic mounts mean better target acquisition and long-range accuracy. Here’s a list of mounts, rails and handguards to kit up your AK for the 21st century.
Arsenal PR-01 Handguard
The PR-01 minimizes weight while providing maximum strength by using a triangular support design and utilizing aircraft-grade aluminum construction. The Picatinny-style quad rails on the bottom and sides have 14 slots, with nine slots on the top, all with identification marks for quick repeat attachment of accessories. The PR-01 will fit both milled and stamped receivers, and it is designed to accept a cleaning rod with the handguard installed. (arsenalinc.com; 702-643-2220)
Arsenal SM-13 Scope Mount
Arsenal’s SM-13 side-attaching scope mount for AK variants is used by foreign militaries. The one-piece, CNC-machined mount is constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, so it is strong yet lightweight—only 5.7 ounces. The Picatinny rails give users more than 7.5 inches of rail space to mount a variety of optics. The locking mechanism offers quick and easy installation and removal with no loss of zero. (arsenalinc.com; 702-643-2220)
Krebs Custom Rear Sight Rail System
The Krebs Custom Kalashnikov Rear Sight Rail (KRSR) System mounts securely to an AK’s rear sight base and rear trunnion. The matte black KRSR features a 7.5-inch Picatinny rail and a windage-adjustable M16-A2 aperture rear sight. The rail section is machined from 7075 aluminum and the rear locking mechanism is made from carbon steel. (krebscustom.com; 847-487-7776)
Midwest Industries AK Mini Dot Mount
The AK Mini Dot Mount from Midwest Industries mounts to the rear sight of standard AK-47 and AK-74 rifles with no complicated gunsmithing required. The mount allows a user to install a small red-dot sight while still being able to use the iron sights. The mount has a rear sight built in. The top cover can be removed with the mount in place. (midwestindustriesinc.com; 262-896-6780)