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Krebs Custom Fast Acquisition Rear Sight

Krebs SightsThe new Krebs Custom Fast Acquisition Rear Sight for the AK-47 is now available. This sight, like the similar sight offered by Rifle Dynamics, offers a widened rear notch and rounded corners in an effort to remove right angles that may be distracting to the shooter. However, the Krebs Custom Fast Acquisition Rear Sight goes a step further and provides a “U” notch which further removes right angles from the sight picture.

Check out the Krebs Custom Fast Acquisition Rear Sight.

Sneek Peak: MI AK KeyMod Hand Guard

Midwest Industries will be bringing a KeyMod compatible version of their AK Universal Handguards. The handguards feature KeyMod mounting holes on the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock sides and 5 integral QD sling swivel sockets (2 on each side and one on the bottom). This new version of the Universal Handguard weighs only 8.7 ounces and will be compatible with MI’s optic specific top covers.

MI AK Keymod

Shield Mini Sight AK-47 Mount

Shield just released these images of their Mini Sight, known here in the States as the JPoint. The mount replaces the rear sight and features large wings to protect the all plastic Mini Sight/JPoint from impact. Like the Mini Sight/JPoint itself, this mount is extremely compact.

Check out the Sheild website for details.

Shield Mini Sight Mount AK47 Shield Mini Sight Mount AK47 Mounted

Chinese Smooth Back AK Magazines

AK47 Mag Chinese Flat

While I generally prefer polymer magazines like the Bulgarian Circle 10 and US Palm AK30 for my AK-47s, I still keep a stash of metal mags on hand. Most of my metal magazines are of the Chinese Smooth Back (no rib) variety because I greatly prefer the handling characteristics of these mags. There is no sharp rib on the back to tear your hands over a long day at the range.

These magazines can be hard to find so I like to point them out when I see them. SG Ammo has several of them in stock at a great price.

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 V4-QD Now Available

When I showed the prototypes of the V4-QD sling mount from Echo Nine Three, several of the under folder AK owners out there blew up my inbox asking when it would be available. I have good news… It’s available!

Echo Nine Three V4-QD

I haven’t put hands on one of these yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to the best rear sling mount available for AKs with under folding stocks. It gives the shooter a centrally placed QD sling swivel socket in a stationary location that should stay out of the way of the stock fairly well.

Check out the V4-QD on Echo93.com.

Strike Industries AK TRAX Hand Guard Rail System

The word modular gets tossed around loosely when it comes to firearm parts. In the case of the new AK TRAX Hand Guard Rail System from Strike Indsutries, I would say it fits well.


The AK TRAX Hand Guard Rail System is a new hand guard system for AK family of weapons. It consists of two main parts – the TRAX1 and TRAX2. The TRAX1 replaces the standard hand guard and gas tube cover. It is a stand-alone unit that can be used with or without its top rail section. The TRAX2 is an extension to the TRAX1. It can also with used with or without its top rail installed. This modular approach makes it possible to install the TRAX Hand Guards in four different configurations.

The use of the KeyMod attachment system at 3 and 9 o’clock further enhances the modularity of the TRAX. The availability of KeyMod accessories like rail sections, light mounts, and sling mounts continues to expand which should make this system even more versatile.

Check out the AK TRAX Hand Guard Rail System.


AK-47 Magazines – What’s Good, What’s Better, What’s Best, and What to Avoid

I haven’t tried every AK-47 magazine out there – far from it. However, I have tried a ton of them and I have been able to form some strong opinions about what is good, better, and best (and what is terrible). It isn’t the easiest market to find magazines in right now but, if you are looking to purchase magazines, this information might be of use to you.

AK47 Mag US Palm AK30


AK47 Mag Chinese Flat

Chinese Flat Black


Magazines that I rate “best” must be reliable, durable, and offer significant functional advantages over other magazines…

Bulgarian Circle 10

Bulgarian Circle 10 magazines are the standard by which I judge all other AK magazines. I have never had one break, bend, rust, crack, or otherwise fail. The Circle 10 magazines feature polymer bodies with steel reinforcements in both locking tabs, the feed lips, and along the spine. They are lighter than all steel magazines and less susceptible to denting and rust. Their biggest downside is that they are expensive.


Some people are probably going to have an issue with me rating these “best,” but the AK30s just flat work for me. Much of their perceived shortcomings come from earlier iterations of the magazine. The newest versions with thicker feed lips and locking tabs on the base plate have performed perfectly for me so far. They are basically all I use on the range now.

These mags are very light weight. They handle better than just about any other mag that I have used. US PALM backs them completely and offers great service if there is an issue. They are made in the USA and now, thanks to the craziness, they are one of the most available and most reasonably priced of all the premium magazines on the market.

Chinese Flat Back (No Rib)

The Chinese Flat Back magazines are the best of the metal magazines from the perspective of someone who has spent full days training with an AK. The rib on the back of most metal AK mags can and will tear up your hand over time and training repetitions. These flat back magazines have no rib which makes them a joy to use. I have found them to be just as durable and reliable as any other metal surplus magazine. If you find them for non-collector’s prices – buy them… buy them now… do it.

AK47 Mag Polish Radom

Polish Radom Magazine


Magazines that I rate “better” must be reliable and durable while offering some kind of improvement over the typical surplus metal magazines…

Hungarian Tanker (20 Round)

The Hungarian Tanker magazines make the “better” list because of their handy size. These magazines hold only 20 rounds but their compact size makes them easy to handle and allows them to work better in pouches designed for AR-15 magazines. Their loaded weight is around 1 pound lighter than loaded metal 30 round magazines.

I have found them to be very well made with many of them coming into country in new condition with a nice dark parkerized type finish. They use the same springs and followers as a 30 round magazines so they are easy to service.

Yugoslavian Bolt Hold Open (BHO)

The Yugo BHO mags look like just about every other eastern European metal magazine at a glance. However, the followers sit higher in the magazines and have a large, flat back that physically catches the bolt when the magazine is empty. If you are paying attention, the difference in the feeling of the bolt slamming home and stopping short on empty is very noticeable. The bolt will close as soon as the mag is removed but the difference in the feel may be enough to tip you off that you are running on empty.

The hold open function is very different from your typical mag so I suppose some caution should be used when choosing these magazines. You should probably be sure that you have enough of them to merit training with them and using them as your go-to magazine or refrain from using them in the interest of keeping your training consistent.

AK47 Mag Hungarian Tanker with Chinese

Hungarian Tanker shown with a Chinese Flat Back



Magazines that I rate “good” are reliable and durable. I would gladly use any of these magazines (in fact, I do). Don’t let the plain old “good” rating scare you off…

Surplus Steel

There really isn’t much in the way of functional differences between most surplus metal magazines so I am lumping all of them together. Most of them are from various eastern European countries. It can be find to research which country they are from, find different rib patterns and stampings, and hunt for arsenal marks. They basically all work very well and used to be very reasonably priced. These are the backbone of the AK magazine market.

Polish Polymer Radom with Metal Reinforcement

Beware, there are at least two different types of Polish “slab side” polymer magazines on the market as Radom magazines. The ones with metal reinforced feed lips and locking tabs work well. They are EXTREMELY lightweight. The polymer on the feed lips can crack and chip a bit but it doesn’t affect function thanks to the metal reinforcement. Make sure you are buying the type with metal reinforcement!

Recent Manufacture Metal Bulgarian

Shortly before the panic buying, there were new manufacture Bulgarian metal magazines available. They cost a bit more than typical surplus metal magazines and they had plastic followers, but they are brand new, packed in sealed plastic bags with light oil. They have performed very well for me.


Bakelite magazines are generally very reliable though not as durable as their steel counterparts. I hesitate to even mention them because they are generally priced as collector’s items. If you have them, you can use them and they will serve you well but you would probably be better served by selling them to a collector so you can buy some mags that you don’t have to feel bad about using.

AK47 Mag Yugo BHO

Yugoslavian Bolt Hold Open


Magazines that I rate as “avoid” are not durable, not reliable, or both. Don’t buy them…

Polish Polymer Radom without Metal Reinforcement

These magazines may look like their metal reinforced counterparts but they don’t perform like them. These were made for the civilian market and they crack and chip relatively easily. They are reliable so I guess they may be a decent training magazine but don’t expect them to last long.

Bulgarian Polymer Slab Sides and “Bullet Mags”

There are a number of different polymer magazines on the market from Bulgaria that lack the full metal reinforcement of the Circle 10 magazines. They aren’t worth your time or money. They are too fragile for regular use.

Every Magazine Made in the USA Except the US PALM AK30

If you are looking at an AK magazine and it is made in the USA and not a US PALM, put it down and walk away. They are all pretty terrible. Some have had good luck with the Tapco magazines (I haven’t tried them) so they may not belong in this category. The jury is still out on the Magpul offering. They likely should not be lumped into this category.

Bulgarian Circle 10

Bulgarian Circle 10

Wrap Up

This is hardly an exhaustive list simply because I haven’t tried everything out there. However, the above list does cover many of the commonly available magazines (or at least what was commonly available before all the panic buying).

I personally use my US PALM AK30s pretty much exclusively but I also have a nice stash of Hungarian Tankers, Bulgarian Circle 10s, Chinese Flat Backs, and a mix of a few Yugoslavian BHO and new manufacture Bulgarian metal mags. These have always served me well.

Spend your money wisely!


People have been asking Magpul to make AK-47 magazines for years and now they are finally getting their wish. Magpul announced the pending arrival of the PMAG 30 AK MOE, an all polymer AK-47 magazine.

Magpul PMAG 30 AK MOE

Eyebrows are already raising at the announcement of this magazine. All polymer magazines have a terrible track record with AKs so people, myself included, are understandably skeptical about the durability of the PMAG 30 AK MOE. However, I also believe that if anyone can pull it off, it is Magpul. It would be foolish to dismiss these magazines without giving them a chance given Magpul’s track record. Magpul has already announced a future version with more metal reinforcement like the Bulgarian Circle 10 magazines.

According the Magpul website, the PMAG 30 AK MOE will be available late summer 2013.

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