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Sneak Peek: RS Regulate AKOT

RS Regulate will release their newest AK optic mounting option later this week. The AKOT is a compact ACOG (TA50 and similar) upper optic mount for the RS Regulate AK-300 series mounts.

The image below (courtesy of Instagram AK guru hizzie_biscuits) shows the new AKOT in comparison with the AKOG upper mount which is intended for use with full size ACOGs. The AKOT is considerably more compact and weighs in at just 1 ounce.

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1 Shot AK Magazines/Bottle Openers from Bad Element Co.

Bad Element Co. is like the AK Magazine Whisperer. He can massage a roughly machined piece of ComBloc steel into a work of art but sometimes the mags are a little too rough to coax anything out of them… Anything except maybe the worlds coolest bottle opener.

Every once in a while, Bad Element Co. turns tired old magazines that would otherwise be relegated to the trash bin into bottle openers. They are basically cut down to a size that you could almost consider carrying as a key chain and modified so that the spring, follower, and baseplate can be re-installed. Then a split ring is added so you can attach some keys. You use the feed lips to pry off the bottle caps with ease (it works, you can test it with your regular AK mags right now… go ahead).

The best part is that these bottle openers still work as a magazines! They will hold 1 round, lock into your AK, feed, and fire.

You can check out Bad Element Co. at their website. If you want one of these very limited bottle openers, your best bet is to watch their Instagram page for when they are available or get in touch directly.

CDM Gear BC47 AK Light Mounts – Now Available

The CDM Gear BC47 AK Light Mounts, that we recently gave you a sneak peek about, are now available.

These light mounts clamp to the barrel and provide a flashlight ring for for use with a 1″ diameter light. Their anti-rotation design ensures that they can not spin on the barrel and they have a hole to accommodate the cleaning rod.

There are two models available. The BC47-1 positions the light below the bore axis which may be more comfortable for those using a vertical grip. The BC47-2 places the light above the bore axis which may be more comfortable for those without a vertical grip.

Check out the BC47 Light Mounts at CDM Gear.

AK Master Mount – No Mod, No Gunsmith AK Side Rail

If you have an AK that does not have a factory installed side rail for optics mounting, you may think you are limited to rear sight or gas tube based optics mounts. Maybe not…

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The AK Master Mount touts itself as, “The “no mod” solution for those that want classic side mount optics on their AK styled rifles without a factory side rail.  This proprietary side rail can be attached in minutes, without permanent modifications, or the need for a gunsmith.”

It mounts via supplied pins that pass through the AK’s trigger and hammer holes in the receiver. AK Master Mount states that installation is easy, that the rail is solid and parallel to the bore, and that the shepherds crook is no longer required which is a nice bonus. The AK Master Mount accommodates a wide selection of receiver types including several milled and stamped varieties.

Check out the AK Master Mount.

New from US PALM: AK30R Magazine

US PALM has released details of their newest AK magazine. The AK30R (the “R” is for Range) is designed to be an affordable alternative to the AK30, specifically for range use. It lacks the metal reinforcements of the regular AK30 which has allowed US PALM to offer the US made AK30R at a lower price point than the AK30.

The AK30R is not a replacement for the AK30. The AK30 will still be offered as US PALM’s hard use option.

The AK30R magazines are available directly from US Palm for as little as $10 a piece if purchased in bulk. Check out the new AK30R at US Palm.

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ALG Defense AKT-E Now Shipping

That ripping sound that you hear is the sound of AK shooters across the country pulling out their wallets fast enough to tear their back pocket. There is finally some news on the much anticipated ALG Defense AKT-E, an enhanced version of their AK Trigger (AKT). ALG Defense is in the process of shipping pre-ordered AKT-E units and it is already showing up at some retailers though is not available on ALGDefense.com as of the time of this writing.

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On This Day in USA Made AK History – DDI Hammer Forged AK Parts

DDI (Destructive Devices Industries) has been testing USA-made, hammer forged AK parts including bolts, bolts carriers, and trunnions for a few months now. Apparently they have reached the point that they are satisfied with the results because they are moving forward with production as of today. The below images, posted this morning with the caption “It’s starting! Hammer Forged in the USA!”, show bolt carriers and trunnions in production.

It’s an interesting time to be an AK shooter in the USA.

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CMC AK Trigger News

CMC hasn’t forgotten about the AK trigger that they teased last year. In fact, the good news is that they will be building, testing, and shipping to distributors as early as next week. They recently posted the following image that gives us the best look yet at a near production ready trigger. Keep your eye on CMC Triggers for more details.

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Review: Zulu Nylon Gear AK Double Magazine Pouches

This review has been a long time coming. I have been working with Zulu Nylon Gear’s AK/VZ58 Double Magazine Pouches and they are so different from anything else that I have tried that I felt the need to put a lot time behind them. I became convinced that I liked them early in the process but I found some nuances that I wanted to work through before I wrote this.

Most of the testing for these pouches was done with them mounted to a Mayflower R&C APC.

Most of the testing for these pouches was done with them mounted to a Mayflower R&C APC.

Overview

These pouches are designed to hold 2 AK, VZ58, or similar magazines in a cartridge up orientation and many of the unique features support this design decision. In addition to the bullets up orientation, the pouches carry the magazines with their spines toward the wearer which is different than any other pouch that I have used.

The AK Doubles also make use of Zulu Nylon Gear’s EXCELLENT reverse retention flap. The flaps attach at the back of the pouch and “hinge” at the front. This allows them to fall forward and out of the way of the pouch where they will almost always automatically secure to a small Velcro pad. These retention flaps prevents cartridges from being accidentally stripped from the magazine and servers to retain them when in the closed position.

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Observations from Use

These pouches represent a unique approach to a uniquely AK problem. The problem is that AK magazines are easier to manipulate (and therefore faster) during the reload if they begin in a cartridge up orientation. If the magazines start with the cartridges up, the user no longer has to execute the sweeping turn/twist required to bring the AK magazine into a position where it can be rocked into the magazine well that is necessary when the magazine starts with the cartridges down.

Zulu Nylon Gear basically started from the reload and built the pouch to fit rather than most AK pouches which start with an already established pouch pattern and force the reload to fit. It is a completely different approach to making an AK magazine pouch and this, of course, required an entirely new type of pouch. Everything that is “different” about this pouch and how it holds the magazines is driven by this approach.

The magazines are held with the cartridges up and the spines toward the user. This means that the top of the magazine is presented to the support hand with the cartridges already oriented in the same direction that they must be in order for the magazine to be rocked into place. This makes the reload incredibly smooth and without the hitches that come with the typical magazine orientation. AK users have been putting magazines in pouches with the cartridges up for this reason for a long time but I have never seen a pouch take the concept as far as these by placing the magazine spine against the user.

The magazine orientation leads into the next unique feature which is the flap that is necessary to protect the top of the magazines since, without a flap, they would be exposed to dirt, mud, and possible loss of the first few cartridges. Zulu Nylon Gear already had a great design in the reverse flap that they use on their M4 Doubles. They adapted it to use on the AK Doubles and it is right at home here. The curve of the magazine makes the front hinge work very well. The flap very naturally falls out of the way when the user releases it. Even if it doesn’t make good contact with the Velcro pad meant to secure it out of the way, it tends to stay down because of how it folds on itself.

Zulu Nylon Gear AK Double Adjustment

If you find yourself wanting to use the pouches as open top pouches or just need to have them stay open, the flap can be secured to a small Velcro pad on the front and the rear part of the flap can be folded down and secured out of the way with another Velcro pad. I never really used this feature because the flap works so well and does a good job of staying out of the way.

Finally, the fact that this is a double magazine pouch with a flap as its primary retention required the pouch to have a useful secondary retention feature for the times that the pouch is left open after a reload so that the second magazine is retained. This was accomplished via an adjustable bungee tension strap. So you can see that the reload sequence drove the orientation of the magazines which drove the flap design which drove the secondary retention feature. Neat.

The secondary bungee retention is what took me the longest to really use effectively. They have to be kept tight or the second magazine can turn in the pouch once the first magazine is removed. This is not the end of the world since the curve of the magazine will easily allow the user to orient it even if they can’t see it but it sort of defeats the purpose of the pouch. If you run the retainers very tight, that generally won’t happen. The second mag will just sort of move to the middle of the pouch, retained from loss, and ready to be your next reload. The only real downside to this is that it is harder to insert magazines into the pouch when the retention is tight.

I would be interested to see if a flat elastic band would work better as the secondary retention. I think it might make it a bit easier to insert magazines but the adjustability of the current shockcord with toaster-lock setup would be lost.

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I was concerned that the magazine pouches would stick out too far from the wearer or be too bulky in some way because of how the magazine are oriented. This turned out to be a non-issue in practical use. There really isn’t that much of a difference because when you go prone, the lower part of the magazine is what you end up laying in. This pushes the lower part of the magazine up against you and the upper part rocks out away from you slightly. This works because the upper part is high on your chest where there is a natural void between you and the ground. There really is pretty much no noticeable difference in terms of bulk when you are prone.

The only other challenges I found with these pouches are common to all double magazine pouches. Nearly every double magazine pouch ever made has had issues with 2 magazines coming out of the pouch instead of just one depending on the design of the magazines being used and loose magazine fit once the first magazines is removed. These are issues that can be worked around by the user.

These pouches are hand-made by a real human person!

This is evidence that these pouches are hand-made by a real human person!

Wrap Up

These magazine pouches are different. I understand that there may be some hesitation to try them or even harsh reactions because of that but they are different for a purpose. You can trace the purpose for their differences all the way back to the AK reload itself. I found that they work quite well. They are fast to reload from and easier too since much of the twisting/turning that is typically required is negated.

Like all Zulu Nylon Gear that I have ever put hands on, they are well made and thoughtfully designed. You have to appreciate the approach taken in designing these pouches. It is fascinating how they worked backwards from the reload rather than just making a pouch that holds magazines and making the user adapt to the pouch. I wish more manufacturers approached problems in similar ways.

Check out the AK Double Magazine Pouch at Zulu Nylon Gear.

Disclosure: These pouches were provided to me for review by Zulu Nylon Gear.

Krebs AC-15

You know that guy in the internet AK meme that is saying “Nyet, rifle is fine”? Well, even he wants one of the new Krebs Custom AC-15s.

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The AC-15 is a thoroughly modern AK with features that shooters will love but collectors and AK purists will hate (but secretly love). This Saiga based, 7.62x39mm chambered AK features a 14.25″ cold hammer forged barrel with a permanently attached Krebs 4 Prong Flash Suppressor. The extended Krebs UFM rail provides plenty of real estate for gripping the carbine and KeyMod for mounting lights, slings, etc.

Krebs Custom has worked out a way to reinforce the receiver cover so that there is no movement during recoil and the receiver covered mounted rear sight returns to zero after the cover is removed and reinstalled. There is a short scope rail where the rear sight would typically be, allowing the user to mount a micro red dot sight so it will co-witness with the iron sights.

The AC-15 comes with Magpul furniture. Like every Krebs gun I have ever handled, care has been taken to remove sharp edges. It is finished with black KrebsCoat.

This first run of AC-15s will be the only one to sport a folding stock mechanism. If you want a folder direct from Krebs, act fast. Check out the new AC-15 at Krebs Custom.

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