The last couple of years has seen a huge increase in slick sided, user configurable rails for the AR-15. That trend has finally made it to the AK with the Midwest Industries (MI) AK-SS Universal Handguard.
This type of handguard has become extremely popular on AR-15s for several good reasons: reduced weight, lower cost versus a railed handguard (sometimes), the ability to add rails only where needed, improved handling characteristics, and more. All of these are good reasons to design such a rail for the AK as well.
The AK-SS is available in two different versions: a standard length that is similar in length to the handguards that it replaces and an extended version that extends all the way to the gas block. The extended version gives more space for those who like to run their hands out a little further, helps keep a vertical grip out of the way of your magazine changes, and can help mount a weapon light with less shadowing.
Users can configure their AK-SS with the 3 rails that it comes with: 2 1.5″ rail sections and a 3″ rail section. It can also be used with any of MI’s optic specific top covers or railed top cover.