A rack grade AK47 is one of the greatest battle rifles ever designed. While many will argue which battle rifle is the “best” the AK almost always makes the list for consideration. The AK does suffer some setbacks. It is an old design. The ergonomics favor smaller shooters. The iron sights are poor in low light and the system does not lend well to installing optics.
I have had an AK47 (WASR 10) in the safe for some time. I periodically train with it to remain proficient, but due to the afore mentioned limitations it is not my favorite carbine to shoot. The limitations also prevent it from being my first choice in any defensive manner. This poor AK has been neglected for too long. It is time for us to give it a little upgrade to allow it to stand on even ground with modern combat carbines.
- Episode 01 – In the first installment we concentrate on the most critical aspect of a weapon. That is aligning the sights with the target. To support this we install a Midwest Industries Extended AK47/74 Universal Handguard and Bushnell TRS-25 Red Dot Sight. (video)
- Episode 02 – We address the skinny AK grip by installing a TAPCO SAW Grip. (video)
- Episode 03 – Gone is the fixed wood and metal buttplate. We add an adjustable Magpul stock and Magpul AFG. (video)
- Episode 04 – How it all works and what would we change.
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