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New from Echo Nine Three: Eight Five Grip

The Eighty Five is a new grip from Echo Nine Three that is inspired by the SVDS¬†grip (and modern AR-15 grips). It’s basically a completely modern grip in terms of function but a real throwback when it comes to materials and looks.

The Eighty Five features a more vertical grip angle than most AK grips (85 degrees in relation to the bore… hence the name). The grip is tapered slim through the upper part to allow clearance for the thumb and trigger finger. It swells out from there to fill the rest of the firing hand.

These grips are made from Baltic Marine Birch laminate or Beech wood depending on the selected finish. They are available unfinished for DIYers who want to match their existing furniture or in accurate Russian Red and Chicom Orange shellac finishes.


Hogue AK Grip in Plum – Echo Nine Three Exclusive

If you want a Hogue AK Grip in Plum there is only one place to get it. Echo Nine Three has teamed with Hogue to produce an over-mold color that closely matches Russian plum furniture. It also happens to be on sale for 20% off at the moment.


Echo Nine Three Eighty Five Grip

Echo Nine Three just release a teaser for their new AK grip and its a looker.

Inspired by the grip of the SVDS rifle and many of the modern grips for M4 type rifles. We set out to bring the same modern handling attributes to the Kalashnikov platform.

Provisionally named the “Eighty Five”. This grip provides an 85 degree grip angle to the line of bore when installed on the rifle. Standard AK grips are typically at 70 degrees.

These are US made of superior quality Baltic Marine Birch laminate and will be available in Soviet Red, Chicom Orange or unfinished. They install with a standard AK grip screw (not included). We anticipate availability in the second quarter of this year. To be placed on the availability notification list, please email us at info@echo93.com. Also, let us know if you prefer finished laminate, unfinished laminate, finished hardwood or unfinished hardwood.


E93 Finds Another Use for the IWC QD Micro Flush Sling Mount

I’ve mentioned the QD Micro Flush Sling Mounts from Impact Weapons Components here on JTT before. They are about as handy as a widget can be and it seems like I am always finding new ways to use them.

Echo Nine Three just found a new way to use them that might just take the cake. They were able to install one on a Russian triangle stock with some very slight modifications. The mod places a QD sling socket on the stock near the receiver where it works for both single and 2 point slings. The installation is very clean with most of the QD Micro Flush Sling Mount tucked inside the triangle of the stock.

Sneak Peek: Echo Nine Three VZ.58 Sling Mount

Echo Nine Three will be bring their sling plates to the VZ. 58 in the near future. The new plate will mount between the stock and the receiver where it will offer a large loop for attaching your sling. Keep your eye on Echo Nine Three as the new VZ. 58 sling mount will be one of several released in the coming weeks.

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Free and Easy Way to Add a QD Sling to AK Triangle Folding Stock – Echo Nine Three

In addition to their line of AK accessories, Echo Nine Three is a full-service gunsmith with a ton of experience with the AK family of rifles. E93 occasionally shares easy, DIY AK improvements that you can do at home and I always learn a lot from them. The most recent is an fairly easy way to add a QD sling swivel socket to your AK Triangle Folding Stock.

You’ll just need a 3/8″ drill bit and a 1/2″ drill bit. A drill press would probably be nice but a vice and handheld drill will suffice.

You can find the tutorial on Echo Nine Three’s Facebook page. Each image has its own included instructions so be sure to click through the whole gallery before beginning.


Review: Echo Nine Three Mk65 Light Mount

Echo Nine Three’s Mk65 Light Mount is a cantilevered, offset light mount that is designed to work specifically with E93 founder Joe Elledge’s pet AK variant – the AMD 65. However, it also happens to work perfectly with MLOK and Magpul MOE Handguards. I have had one in use for a few months now and have come to like it quite a bit, especially for use with one specific light.



As stated above, this mount is made to work with the AMD-65 but also works perfectly with MLOK and MOE Handguards. You can also install it on other handguards if you are willing to drill two holes. It comes with all the hardware necessary to mount on these handguards including nylon spacers that ensure a tight fit on MLOK slots.

The Mk65 is machined from aluminum and given a hard anodized finish. It mounts via two bolts that come in through the back so you must have access to the back of whatever you plan to mount it to.

The muzzle end of the mount features a three slot 1913 rail which is more than enough space for just about any rail mounted light. It is completely ambidextrous.


Observations from Use

I was not able to track down an AMD-65 for testing this mount which would have been nice. However, I have plenty of AKs with Magpul Handguards so all of my testing took place on those. In particular, I was hoping that this mount would help solve a light mounting problem that I was having on my beater WASR-10, a rifle that I affectionately refer to as the Heinous WASRBeast.

I had no problem installing the Mk65 on the WASRBeast’s Magpul MOE AK Hand Guard. However, some users may find this tricky if they have never had to remove a heat shield from these particular handguards. The heat shield must be removed since the screws come in from the back of the mount. The shield can be replaced after the mount is installed. This points out what is perhaps the most obvious downside to the Mk65. It’s mounting method is awesome for the AMD-65 but may limit it’s application on other hand guards.

This mount solved a problem that I commonly have with short AK handguards – a problem that I was having with the Heinous WASRBeast. The handguards are so short that by the time you place a light and sling mount, there is barely any room to place your hand. Additionally, mounting directly to the handguard usually places the light too low to comfortably activate unless you are using a vertical grip. The Mk65 pushes the light up (or down) and forward which clears space on the handguard and places the light switch where it can be reached more comfortably. The Mk65 is a very good light mounting solution for short AK handguards.

I tested the Mk65 with a variety of lights including INFORCE WMLs, Surefire Scouts, handheld lights in a ring, and pistol lights like the Streamlight TLR-1 and Surefire X series. It works very well with all of them but I thought it shined particularly with the pistol lights. I am currently using it with an X300 complete with Unity Tactical Exos. It is a great set up.


Wrap Up

The Mk65 may have been designed specifically for the AMD-65 but it works well on several different types of handguards. It does a great job of overcoming the normal issues with mounting a light on a short AK handguard and it’s 1913 rail ensures it can be used to mount a variety of lights including pistol lights. It’s mounting method may limit it’s use but, if you are handy, you’ll have no problem in most cases. This is a useful light mount for AK shooters.

Check out the Mk65 Light Mount at Echo Nine Three.

Echo Nine Three GWACS Armory CAV-15 MKII Sling Mount Modification

You’ve likely seen Echo Nine Three’s modification work on the GWACS Armory CAV-15 lowers featured here on JTT before. One of these lowers is central to my Sub 6 with a Twist build. The various photos of this lower that have appeared on JTT are widely shared on the web and I receive fairly regular emails asking about the lower – especially the sling mount.

cav-15 e93 sling mod

At the time that E93 completed the work on my lower, they installed a prototype loop mount that was never available made available. Now they are offering a new sling mounting option that is an improvement over my prototype mount and a vast improvement over the stock sling mounts included on the CAV-15 MKII lowers which are very rudimentary.

The new mount should look familiar. It is a Magpul M-LOK Sling Mount that has been repurposed for use on the CAV-15. You can request pricing on this additional service when you order your CAV-15 MKII modification.

Check out Echo Nine Three’s CAV-15 MKII Modifications.

Bakelite Orange and Soviet Plum Magpul AK MOE PMAGs from Echo Nine Three

Echo Nine Three has Bakelite Orange and Soviet Plum AK MOE magazines available now. These magazines are custom dyed, not painted, so the color won’t wear off. The GenM3 version will be available soon.

e93 bakelite plum MOE mags

Echo Nine Three Mk65 Light Mount

Echo Nine Three’s new Mk65 Light Mount is designed to cantilever a weapon light forward and offset it to the hand guard when used in conjunction with AMD-65 ventilated hand guards or Magpul’s M-LOK Hand Guards. If you are willing to drill two small holes, it can also be fit to most AK hand guards.

E93 MK65 Info

The machined aluminum Mk65 has a hard anodized finish. It mounts view two small screws and is completely ambidextrous by virtue of its design. It features a 3 slot picatinny rail for attaching various lights like Surefire X300s, Scout series lights, and many others.

E93 MK65 Chicken Choke

Many AK variants have short hand guards that can become cramped for space when a light is mounted. Weapon light placement on such short hand guards is often less than optimal unless you have a way to push the light forward and offset it slightly. This mount will allow AK users to place the light in a way that falls more naturally under their weak hand thumb. E93 MK65 with M600 Scout

For instance, the X300 mounted on the WASR below can be activated but not without shifting my typical grip. It is also taking up space that might otherwise be used to grip the rifle. The Mk65 would solve this problem by making the light easier to activate and restoring space on the hand guard. It looks like I will need to purchase one to try.


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