Concern Kalashnikov, Russia’s largest AK manufacturer, has developed several next-gen models. Because of the unrest in Ukraine, however, Concern Kalashnikov’s line of products was restricted from importation into the United States by Executive Order 1366, Ukraine-Related Sanctions. Nevertheless, we were able to test one new model just before the restrictions were imposed. In the upcoming October 2014 issue of SPECIAL WEAPONS FOR MILITARY & POLICE, author David Bahde runs the new Saiga IZ132SM through its paces.
Bahde writes, “The IZ132SM rifle features a Saiga receiver using a standard rear trunnion that accepts typical AK-style buttstocks. A polymer, six-position-collapsible buttstock and tube from Command Arms Accessories (CAA) is installed. The buttstock features battery storage compartments, a short side rail and several sling attachment points, including quick-detach (QD) sling cups at the front and rear. The stock tube itself features sling attachment slots on both sides at the front.
“To accommodate the CAA UPG47 pistol grip, the triggerguard has been moved forward slightly, and it houses a TAPCO AK G2 single-hook trigger. The UPG47 pistol grip comes with six interchangeable front- and backstraps, allowing operators to find the perfect fit for them. Just behind the trigger, on the right side, is the Saiga bolt-hold-open lever. The safety is standard AKM. The left side of the receiver is fitted with an AK mount for adding top rails or scopes.
“Another enhancement is the polymer CAA handguard, which comes with four rails. The side rails can be removed if needed, and the top rail allows for the use of micro red-dot sights. The front sight is a standard AKM unit, and the ladder-type rear sight has a rear notch and markings out to 300 meters. The 16.3-inch barrel is capped with a TAPCO AK- 74-style flash suppressor/muzzle brake.”