GunTec USA AK Charging Handle Extension: The Guntec AK Charging Handle Extension has a round body with three knurled rings for added grip when quickly manipulating the bolt. The extension slips over the AK’s existing changing handle and is locked in place via a setscrew. An Allen wrench is provided to install the part. The part is made from steel and comes in a black finish. (guntecusa.com; 480-478-4517)
Hungarian Parts Kit From Atlantic Firearms: These rare Hungarian FEG AK63D AK-47 underfolder rifles in 7.62x39mm were built for mobile forces in Hungary by FEG. Limited numbers of the AK63D were built, but the kits are rated in excellent condition. All parts have matching serial numbers and come without receiver, barrel pin and barrel. Standard AK barrels and stamped receivers are compatible. (atlanticfirearms.com; 410-352-5183)
Atlantic Firearms AK-74 Compensator: The AK-74-style muzzle brake from Atlantic Firearms helps reduce recoil and muzzle rise during strings of fire. The compensator features screw-on installation for easy attachment to a standard AK barrel with 14×1 LH threads. The 922(r)-compliant unit sports a black phosphate finish. (atlanticfirearms.com; 410-352-5183)
Echo 93 V1 Sling Adapter: The Echo 93 V1 sling adapter fits under the pistol grip of AKM pattern rifles (either fixed-, under- or sidefolding versions). The adapter mounts in between the pistol grip and receiver. The V1 is ambidextrous and allows attachment of a modern style sling to most AKMs. The V1 is their flagship sling adaptor in a line of 14 others variants for the AK platform. (echo93.com)
GunTec AK Recoil Buffer: Designed to maximize the service life of your AK-pattern rifle as well as reduce perceived recoil, the AK-47 Recoil Buffer from GunTec USA provides shooters with an affordable option on this front. Made from orange-colored neoprene, the unit will work with AK-47, AKM and AK-74 variants as well as Saiga and Draco pistol versions. The unit fits inside the rear of the receiver and is designed to prevent “action slamming.” (guntecusa.com; 480-478-4517)
Hornady 7.62×39 Steel Case: Hornady’s 7.62×39 123-grain SST Steel Case ammunition is high-quality ammo loaded with Hornady’s SST bullets, which are manufactured with a match-grade jacket and designed for flatter trajectories and deeper penetration. Affordably priced for extended training sessions, the non-reloadable steel cases are polymer coated and contain non-corrosive Berdan primers. Factory muzzle velocity specs are 2,350 fps with a muzzle energy of 1,508 foot-pounds from a 20-inch barrel. (hornady.com; 800-338-3220)
Manticore Eclipse Flash Suppressor: The MA-6414 Eclipse flash suppressor from Manticore Arms is specifically designed for AKs with the 14x1L muzzle threading. Flash is significantly reduced with the Eclipse and it will clear any projectile 0.311 inches in diameter or smaller, so 7.62x39mm, 7.62x54R, .223 Rem., 5.45mm and similar cartridges can be used. The unit is 2.25 inches in length and weighs only 3.6 ounces. The outside diameter is 22mm, so it is compatible with most standard muzzle accessories. (manticorearms.com; 630-715-0334)
Strike Industries AK Strike Lock: Strike Industries’ Ambidextrous Strike Lock is a low-profile, ergonomically designed AK magazine release that offers operators ease of operation and an alternative to a bullet-button release. The release is easy to install on the triggerguard and over the magazine-release button. No gunsmithing is required to install the heavy-duty steel unit. The Strike Lock complies with California state laws and ships with the necessary mounting hardware. (strikeindustries.com)
SURPLUS 7.62x39mm Spam Can: Surplus Ammo imports 640-round spam cans of 7.62x39mm military surplus ammunition from the Ulyanovsk Cartridge Works in Russia. The ammo is loaded with 122-grain hollow-point bullets with a bi-metal—copper over steel—jacket. Muzzle velocity is 2,396 fps out a standard AK. (surplusammo.com; 253-691-6636)
Tac-Con Raptor Trigger: Designed as a drop-in trigger system for the AK platform, the new Raptor from Tac-Con delivers a fire control system that stands out from the pack. Featuring the company’s proprietary semi-automatic, assisted-reset mode, the Raptor allows the AK owner to dramatically reduce split times between shots. The trigger features a non-adjustable 4.5-pound pull weight with no take-up or overtravel for the ultimate in performance. (tacconusa.com; 623-282-1881)
American Gunsmithing Institute DVDs: Do you need to know how to pull apart an AK and put it back together again? The American Gunsmithing Institute has four gunsmithing DVDs completely devoted to the AK. The “How-To” DVD covers AK design variations, step-by-step disassembly instructions, cleaning and lubrication, and how to trouble shoot the AK platform. The “Building The AKS Rifle” DVD troubleshoot users how to build a semi-automatic AK from a parts kit. The “AKS-MAK90-AK47 Semi-Auto Rifles” is a technical manual and armorer’s course for these specific AK variants. The “Disassembly/Reassembly” DVD offers tips for basic AK maintenance. (americangunsmith.com; 800-797-0867)
GunArt Soviet Weapon Prints: GunArt offers original and reproduction posters of Soviet weapons from the past 100 years, from the AKM to the 1891/30 Mosin- Nagant to the RPG-7. Each museum-quality poster—printed in Cyrillic—describes all the features and details of the weapons in full color. Posters are sized 11×17 inches or 23×25 inches, and are available in custom archival inks on sturdy, 80-pound stock paper. (gunart.net)
The AK series of rifles have been in circulation now for nearly three quarters of a century. Evolving from the AK-47 to the AKM to the AK-74 to the modern variants of today, the series has changed with the times for modern tastes and current needs.
However, there is always room for enhancement, and accessories and parts can help improve on the Kalashnikov design (or simply add to its charm).
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From historical collectibles that celebrate the design to the most modern of enhancements, there are numerous products out there for the discerning AK enthusiast.
Read on to see some of the best options out there today.
For more information on the products mentioned above, please visit the following websites:
- American Gunsmithing Institute DVDs: (americangunsmith.com; 800-797-0867)
- GunTec USA AK Charging Handle Extension: (guntecusa.com; 480-478-4517)
- Hungarian Parts Kit From Atlantic Firearms: (atlanticfirearms.com; 410-352-5183)
- Atlantic Firearms AK-74 Compensator:(atlanticfirearms.com; 410-352-5183)
- Echo 93 V1 Sling Adapter: (echo93.com)
- GunArt Soviet Weapon Prints: (gunart.net)
- GunTec AK Recoil Buffer: (guntecusa.com; 480-478-4517)
- Hornady 7.62×39 Steel Case: (hornady.com; 800-338-3220)
- Manticore Eclipse Flash Suppressor: (manticorearms.com; 630-715-0334)
- Strike Industries AK Strike Lock: (strikeindustries.com)
- SURPLUS 7.62x39mm Spam Can: (surplusammo.com; 253-691-6636)
- Tac-Con Raptor Trigger: (tacconusa.com; 623-282-1881)
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