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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.

CMC AK Trigger

MI AK Railed Gas Tube

Midwest Industries is now producing a railed gas tube for AK pattern rifles. The first question anyone should have when shopping for something like this is does it place the RDS low enough to co-witness with the AK’s iron sights. According to MI, it does allow a lower 1/3rd co-witness with micro red dot sights. That instantly makes this a serious competitor in this space.

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The new AK Railed Gas Tube is constructed from 6061 aluminum with a hard anodized finish. It mounts via a patent pending method and has a steel nut that can be used to adjust the length of the gas tube, closing the gap left by some competing railed gas tubes. Installation requires no permanent modification to the host AK.

The AK Railed Gas Tube is available for standard AK/AKMs with models for the Yugo M70, M85 PAP, and M92 PAP coming soon. Check it out at Midwest Industries.

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.


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.

CMC Triggers to Produce AK Trigger

It’s a good time to be alive if you are an AK shooter. CMC Triggers just dropped a bombshell via their social media channels. They will be producing AK triggers. Stay tuned for pricing and availability information.

CMC AK Trigger

DDI AK with Magpul MOE Hand Guard and Khukov Stock

DDI has begun shipping another AKM complete with Magpul furniture. This time the AK comes equipped with the MOE AK Hand Guard and Zhukov stock. This combination of parts provides broader compatibility with other hand guards should you ever want to replace the MOE Hand Guard since, unlike the Zhukov Hand Guard, this requires no modification to the hand guard retainer. The Zhukov stock provides a folding stock for transport.

DDI MOE Zhukov

Like DDI’s other AKM offerings, these feature a KG Gun Coat finish. The bolt, bolt carrier, axis pins, rear sight assembly, spring guide, and barrel are Fenocite treated for corrosion resistance and increased surface hardness. Speaking of the barrel, it is made to DDI’s specs by Green Mountain and plays a large part in the surprising accuracy that has been reported by DDI shooters. I have not shot mine for groups yet but it has exhibited good practical accuracy out of the box. Each rifle ships with a Magpul AK MOE magazine.

So, if you have wanted to pick up a DDI AK with Magpul furniture but were turned off by the Zhukov Hand Guard, this could be the one. You can find them at several online dealers or your local dealer can order one for you.

Rifle Dynamics “Bolt On” Upgrade Package

Rifle Dynamics can turn your AK into a full custom work of art given a bit of time and a fair amount of money. For those who don’t want to spare the time or the coin for them to work their magic, there is the Rifle Dynamics Bolt On Upgrade Package.


Rifle Dynamics has put together a kit that consists of some of their most popular upgrades that don’t require a gunsmith’s touch. The kit includes a Rifle Dynamics AK M4 Stock Adapter, B5 Systems Bravo SOPMOD stock, a mil-spec receiver extension (buffer tube), castle nut, end plate, US PALM AK Battle Grip, and an Ultimak M1-B.

The price is very, very competitive for everything that you get. If I was starting from scratch on a new AK, I would be all over this. Check out the Rifle Dynamics “Bolt On” Upgrade Package.

Damage Industries AK-47 Modular Forearm Assembly MkIII

This is something of a golden age for AK-47 shooters. There are so many great accessories on the market that can really improve the functionality of the venerable AK. One of the newest such accessories is the Damage Industries AK-47 Modular Forearm Assembly MkIII.

Damage Industries AK-47 Modular Forearm Assembly MkIII

The AK-47 Modular Forearm Assembly MkIII is a new and improved version of Damage Industries’ previous railed forearms. This new version has top and bottom rails with slick sides and modular rail sections that can be attached in a number of locations including high and forward on the side of the upper hand guard. That can be an ideal location for a weapon mounted light.

It comes with 2 rails sections and mounting hardware. One of the rail sections includes a QD sling swivel socket so you won’t have to purchase a separate sling mount.

The AK-47 Modular Forearm Assembly MkIII is machined from aluminum and hard anodized in the USA. It adds considerable functionality but only 4-6 ounces to the total weight of your AK. Check it out at Damage Industries.

Echo Nine Three SpecMod Stock Set for AKMs

Warning: Go get a napkin or something to wipe your drool. Echo Nine Three has been working for nearly 2 years to create the SpecMod Stock Set – a stock set for AKMs that provides modern features and ergonomics with a purist appearance.

E93 SpecMod Stock Set Stock

The stock features a triangular cheek piece (similar to a SOPMOD stock for an AR-15) that is adjustable for height via shims. It can be adjusted low enough to use with iron sights and high enough for use with optics. It features a rubber recoil pad to take the edge off recoil and an improved toe in angle for increase contact area with the shoulder.

The fore grip is available in two different versions. The regular version features a shortened version of the Romanian “G” vertical grip (AKA the Donkey Dong). The vertical grip is shortened enough to provide plenty of clearance for mag changes but still provide enough grip to work with a modern thumb forward grip. Optionally, you can choose a standard AKM hand guard with no vertical grip.

The pistol grip is very similar to a standard wood AKM grip except it has been enlarged to better fill the hand.

The SpecMod Stock Sets are hewn from birch laminate and then finished with a “Russian Red” finish. These stock sets are manufactured by Ironwood Designs to Echo Nine Three’s spec. They fit AKM pattern rifle (stamped receivers) and may require some fitting.

Now you don’t have to choose between functionality and good looks! Check out the Echo Nine Three SpecMod Stock Sets.

E93 SpecMod Stock Set

Manticore Arms MA-5100 Stock

Russian triangular side folding stocks are very popular among many AK shooters because they are more comfortable than something like a wire side folder or underfolder and, frankly, they look really nice on the right build. However, they are not only expensive to purchase but expensive to have installed since they require cutting the receiver in a way that exceeds the capabilities of many shooters. Enter the MA-5100 Stock from Manticore Arms…

Manticore Arms MA-5100 Stock

The MA-5100 is designed to bolt directly to any standard 10-32 bolt pattern stock adapter or and hinge. Years ago, ACE LTD. was the only game in town for these adapters but now they are are available from a number of places so you have a lot of options. If you don’t already have a hinge or adapter installed, you can purchase one with your MA-5100. You can easily install this stock by yourself with some basic tools.

The MA-5100 is made from 6061 aluminum and weighs only 15 ounces. When paired with a hinged adapter, it has the same length of pull as an original Russian triangle side folding stock.

Now you can have the look and the functionality or a triangle side folder at a fraction of the cost and hassle. Check out the MA-5100 at Manticore Arms.


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