Bonafide Colt AK. Colt releases the 7.62×39 CK901

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Colt has announced the release and first order of the CK901 7.62×39 direct impingement AR-AK hybrid (not to be confused with the ARAK-21 from Faxon). The weapon systems has been ordered by the Yemeni Republican Guard as a replacement for their current AK-47 systems.

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Photo courtesy of IHS Jane’s.

Speaking to IHS Janes, Colt Defense representatives shared details about the new CK901, based off the commercial CM901 modular system. The “standard” variant includes a 16 inch barrel and weighs in at 4.5 kg (9.92 lbs). A SBR version will be available with a 13-inch barrel. The weight is primarily due to a monolithic upper receiver with corresponding railed handguard.

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Photos on blue background courtesy of Altair.com.pl. Click the picture for a link to the Polish blog.

The CK901 is compatible with “all types of standard and non-standard AK-47 pattern magazines. The company claims that they have vigorously tested all available steel and polymer magazines to ensure compatibility. In addition, Colt will also be offering US-Palm manufactured magazines direct to customers. The CK901 does not have a last-round bolt-hold-open, instead opting to be charged like a standard AR.

No word yet on pricing or availability to civilian markets in the US or abroad.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Zachary marrs

    Looks cool, interested in seeing how accurate it can be, but you have to admit, it looks like an antigunners wet dream

  • Tim Pearce

    Damnit…. *throws money at Colt*

  • sianmink

    That is a freaking heavy profile-looking barrel.

    • John

      I feel like they just used .308 spec barrels, and changed the chambering, bore diameter and twist rate

  • John

    So I’m assuming that, since the CM901 platform runs both AR-15 and AR-10-ish uppers, that they went with AR-10 sized specs for this…. since adapting an AR-15 size upper for 7.62×39 is a nightmare (bolt prone to breakage, upper can’t accommodate ak mag width without being proprietary, etc)

    • Sounds like a reasoned analysis to me. Good points.

    • Joshua

      You are correct, this uses a AR-10 bolt and carrier of their CM901. This will fix all issues of a bored out bolt you see in 7.62×39 AR-15’s.

  • avconsumer2

    Most interesting. Will keep my eyes open for reviews.

  • Ken

    Looks like it would be a great Maryland legal rifle. It’s not an AR-15, and it’s not an AK rifle. Right now the only AR’s we’re allowed to have are HBAR’s, so barrel weight is not a concern. I wonder how the weight compares to a Vz.58.

    • Vitor

      The Vz.58 is among the lightest rifles in the world. Wiki lists it as 3.1 kg (6.8 lb). Lighter than the M16, and also has alluminium mags much lighter than the AK steel ones. I would take a Vz.58 over this easily, unless you give me an one year supply of whey protein and creatine.

      • Ken

        I guess the Vz.58 is not tacticool enough for some people, haha. I love the Vz.58. I’m trying to get one this summer, especially if PSA still has them for $400 with five mags by the time I can spare the money. The VZ-2008 is one of the few things the drunk monkeys at Century actually did a solid job putting together.

        • Ergo

          depends on what shop they outsourced the assembly to. I’ve seen 3 of em in the last couple of years. Two of em were awesome one was a jam-o-matic.

  • Vitor

    16 inch DI gun weights as much as full sized a FAL? LOL.

    • Michael R. Zupcak

      Yeah, seriously. WTF does any country need this for? AK-47’s aren’t quite a “dime a dozen” but they’re close. They’re also lighter and, I would venture to guess, more reliable than this monstrosity.

    • It’s based on the 7.62x51mm weapon. Some people trying to make HK 32 replicas have done the same thing.

      Lazy? Yes, but it makes sense from a production standpoint.

      • iksnilol

        I thought the entire point of intermediate cartridges is to reduce weight (both ammo and rifles)?

        I will just facepalm this (because my head hurts from something unrelated).

  • james

    Almost 10 lbs?! Thought my hbar middy ar was a piggy… Geez. Wonder if a ak74 variant is otw. I would never buy one but it’s still interesting. Colt making a wonderful gun heavier and probably less reliable. Sounds about right.

  • Rob

    An almost 10lb carbine before ammo and an optic? Folks will get buff carrying it around.

  • James

    So they took away the piston system that makes the AK so reliable, replaced it with the craps-where-it-eats DI system that requires a buffer tube, and made it significantly heavier than it needs to be. They seem to have done exactly what Faxon did, only assemble the WORST parts of each platform. Why would anyone want this? I can’t see it.

    • Burst

      Because COLT, that’s why.

      Seriously, why not buy modernized AKs?

    • Steve Truffer

      Add to that that much of the military 7.62×39 is corrosive. Reverse Faxon. Seriously, conventional handguard/upper setup, and the same steep-angle cut of most AK mag- eating ARs would do wonders for the weight issue, too.

    • NikonMikon

      “replaced it with the craps-where-it-eats DI system”

      You have no idea how an AR-15 actually works.

      • James

        On the contrary. I have several, and while I like them, you can’t deny that the piston system that the AK already sports has some advantages, one of which is cleanliness. The DI system theoretically allows for lighter weight and a marginally more accurate platform; obviously Colt didn’t follow through with the first advantage, so one wonders why they bothered at all to use DI instead of just making a proper AK.

        • Ergo

          I like the 762×39 in an ar15 platform. There were a few months during the panic where the imported steel case was cheaper to plink with than 22lr.

        • I’ve got to agree with Nikon. Not only do I think the ARAK design is pretty suboptimal, but I also don’t think you’re giving DI a fair shake. It’s a tremendously reliable system for a number of reasons, and isn’t as dirty in operation as is commonly believed.

          This isn’t to say the Colt rifle is the best thing ever (it’s very heavy, which makes me sad), but I don’t think it warrants that level of unfair criticism, either.

          • echelon

            I’ll just say that I’ve put lots and lots of rounds thru ARs and AKs and my AK internals NEVER look like this…nor do my piston ARs…

            http://www.luckygunner.com/labs/brass-vs-steel-cased-ammo/

          • echelon

            From the link…

            Granted most people won’t torture their weapons like this but I whole heartedly would disagree with the sentiment that DI guns aren’t given a fair shake. They are reliable, sure, but they do get dirty as all get out and that *can* lead to issues in a firefight.

            Ok…so I guess no pictures…

    • n0truscotsman

      The Stoner internal piston design is extremely reliable, even when absolutely dirty. Filthy 14 is one single example of this. Throw some high temp bearing grease where it needs to be and it will run like a sewing machine for thousands of rounds.

      I would say they did the exact opposite conceptually as Faxon. Rather than a long stroke AK AR15 conversion, they did a stoner internal piston AR15 AK. Now my head hurts.

      But im curious if it will experience the same inherent problems of steel cased ammunition that affects AR15 platforms?

      • ColaBox

        What issues does the AR have with steel cased ammo? Iv run plenty and other then a large amount of build up it seems to run fine.

        • n0truscotsman

          It does run fine.

          Although that doesn’t change the fact that barrels wear out faster, transitioning from steel to brass causes reliability problems, and steel casings do cause increased wear.

          http://www.luckygunner.com/labs/brass-vs-steel-cased-ammo/#reliable

          There IS a cost savings of using steel case. Even considering the costs of new barrels every 5k rounds. Steel 5.56 has decreased even more than when the test was concluded.

        • Geodkyt

          Biggest issue with steel cased (not steel JACKETED, which is a different story*) ammo is shooting a lot of steel case, then switching to brass will result in an increased rate of failures to extract.

          Steel doesn’t stretch as nicely as brass, so the chambers WILL (all other things being equal) end up with more crud in them than brass cased ammo. Switch to the brass cased ammo without cleaning that crud out, and the brass forms itself over top of teh bumpy piles of crud, and thets stuck more easily.

          Stick with either all-steel or all-brass cased ammo, or clean the chamber properly between sttel and brass cased, and no problem.

          * Steel jackets on the bullets dramatically increase barrel wear — but, the cost of barrels is still less than the cost savings in firing enough steel jacketed ammo. The real problem is that the barrel is still “serviceable” after noticeable velocity and accuracy degradation occurs. Either way, VERY FEW people will EVER shoot enough ammo of ANY type to burn out their first barrel.

          I will shooot that much (because I have a range in my backyard and I buy ammo by the case), but I prefer the wear patterns (and resulting performance degradation downrange) that occur with non-steel jackets, so I don’t shoot a whole lot of steel cased ammo. Not terribly afraid of it, but I pretty much stick to XM193 and XM855, with some US civilian hunting and defensive loads thown in.

  • Eric

    Hmm… a 10 lb. gun that fires a round which is inherently less accurate than other calibers in a DI platform. There is no benefit to getting this over either a piston AK or a DI AR, it’s essentially the worst of all worlds. Good job, Colt. You have managed to create yet another gun that I have zero interest in.

    • M

      I’ll add three facts to that:
      1) Most nations that still use 7.62×39 are developing nations (most, not all, an example of an outlier is.Finland)
      2) Developing nations typically buy weapons on the cheap.
      3) Most nations that still use 7.62×39 are tooled up to produce AKs
      4) The AK is loved, and proven as a combat rifle in said nations

      So this design would be appealing to a nation that is still using 7.62×39, not tooled up to make AKs (or willing to shut down/make major changes to their factories), and willing to try an expensive new and unproven system….. *scratches head*.

    • iksnilol

      7.62×39 is inherently inaccurate? Now I have heard that too.

    • Blake

      7.62×39 is actually a very well-designed & precise round. Anyone that says otherwise has never shot a CZ-527 chambered in it (or even an accurized mini-30 for that matter). This is why a lot of the benchrest competition calibers are based on it.

      Unfortunately it has earned quite a reputation for “inaccuracy” due to:

      • the vast majority of 7.62×39 ammo people shoot is milsurp or cheap & dirty ammo like Wolf.
      • the vast majority of 7.62×39 weapons out there are either Chinese or former combloc milsurp stamped-steel SKS & AK rifles made with fairly poor tolerances (or even built up by US surplus dealers out of random parts), or Ruger Mini-30s which work great but are not going to win any precision shooting matches any time soon (but can be improved upon thanks to a healthy aftermarket).

      For the equivalent amount that one would spend for a good AR15 & decent .223 ammo on a 7.62×39 rifle & ammo, there are several quite fine options out there.

      & unlike .223, you can hunt deer legally with 7.62×39 in every state. Our Mini-30 has put dozens of deer in the freezer over the years.

      • Ergo

        i put a cheap sportsman’s guide 762×39 barrel on an ar upper. It used to group brown bear at 2.5 to 4 inches at 100 yards. That’s the same level of accuracy that the Army deems acceptable for 556 with an m16.

      • n0truscotsman

        Anybody that has bought a quality assembled AK though, will have a similar experience that they are very accurate.

        I’ve seen well assembled AKs rival comparative ARs as far as accuracy goes.

        But yeah, 7.62 soviet is a badass cartridge. Way underrated.

  • exoskeleton

    If you ask me, Colt didn’t FIRST build this weapon and THEN try and sell it to someone. I think they were approached by the client with a specific list of requirements. Thus they only gave the client what it wanted. I can not think that a company with so much experience would sell a product that is as bad as some claim, or at least I hope they won’t.

  • Nicks87

    I dont get it. Was there really a demand for this sort of rifel?

    • BillC

      There was, by US Special forces a decade ago. They wanted the ability to fire the 7.62ak and use the AK mags in a familiar weapon, like the M4. This is why Colt made it, but the program pretty much lost gas and this is why Colt made this gun.

      • NikonMikon

        Knight’s Armament SR-47 to be specific. I think that’s what you’re talking about.

    • RickH

      Because it’s based on the AR platform……which of course makes it superior…..

      • Geodkyt

        That’s actually a HUGE part of it, probably. Right now, American weapons are “cool” to developing nations. Very high CDI (Chicks Dig It) factor, since the “Tier 1 Operators” (SEALs, Delta, etc.) use them.

    • NikonMikon

      Did you even read the entire post? They literally said YEMEN bought them. Probably for a GREAT amount of money. Not everything is for “you”. You being the collective retards that frequent this blog.

      • Joshua

        Couldn’t have said it better, this blog seems to attract them.

        • Nicks87

          I think you both need to grow up.

      • Nicks87

        Collective retards? I just asked a question. I’m sorry that you get so easily offended. Maybe you should learn some relaxation techniques.

      • Guest

        Probably a better reply for that comment higher up that claimed, “Good job, Colt. You have managed to create yet another gun that I have zero interest in.” But I do agree that TFB has a high portion of mouth-breathers participating in the comments. At least Lance hasn’t posted yet! *key on, “yet.”

  • erwos

    Well, the CM901 is 9.4lbs unloaded… so I could see 10lbs if you were including an unloaded AK magazine in the weight.

    But I agree with the crowd that 10lbs is insanely heavy for a 7.62×39 platform. If it were being used as an alternative to the RPK, maybe that would be livable, but not as a basic service weapon.

  • John

    This is like the KAC SR-47 (which I think SOCOM wanted) , so there is a military need for something more accurate like a DI AR that feeds from AK mags.

    Also not sure where all this Colt bashing is coming from. Colt makes the finest $900 and under AR-15 in the LE6920 (notice I said finest, not prettiest). You need to spend $2,000 on a rival to even come close to a LE6920 in quality.

    That said, I would definitely love to add this to my AR collection.

    • Nicks87

      “You need to spend $2,000 on a rival to even come close to a LE6920 in quality.”
      Not even close. You can build a better AR for around $900-$1000 and there are plenty of manufacturers that are selling ARs that are just as good or better for the same price that you will pay for the colt.

      • John

        I own 15 ARs. I built half of them myself. I own PSA, RRA, Spikes and Bushmaster in the budget category. None of them in my opinion are as mil-spec as a Colt LE6920 or have the same Colt quality. Again, quality does not mean exterior cosmetics. I have a LMT, a HK, a JP, a POF and some Vltor, Seekins and JP rifles I built myself (all are more than $900). I stand behind my statement 100% that a Colt AR is the still best for under $900. There really is no reason not to buy a Colt, unless $600 is your max budget (which I can understand).

    • n0truscotsman

      Palmetto comes pretty close, if not equal, in my opinion (the military grade, not ptac). Shit, their barrels are even FN and DD.

  • iksnilol

    I have no problems with heavier rifles (my goto rifle is 5.5 kg) but this is ridiculous. I mean, an DI AR that weighs as much as a scoped Dragunov or unscoped M14. If they wanted to make something good they would have made an AR-18 in 7.62×39.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Can we please stop calling these AR/AK hybrids? It’s just a standard DI AR15 that takes AK mags and is chambered in 7.62×39. This is not a “hybrid”. A hybrid would be something that maybe shares parts and/or a similar operating system.

    It’s like calling Colt 9mm AR’s “AR/UZI” hybrids. They’re not.

    • Steve Truffer

      Yup. A Hydra style lower and ARAK upper, I would consider a “hybrid”.

    • jimbobamerica

      it shares a ak47 mag and a round that was specifically developed for the ak47 223 was designed for an ar15 and naturally to the ar design ak47 rounds dont work. the lower receiver had to be completely redesigned to accept mags and the 7.62×39 round. this is more than just “throwing in a different magazine” if that does not constitute a hybrid what does? what if they did a piston driven gas system upper with the modified lower for ak mags. then would it fit your definition?

  • Blake

    There’s definitely something weird looking with the AR with an AK mag sticking out of it.
    Maybe somebody could photoslop on some wooden furniture & a picatinny-mounted bayonet lug or something &ltgrin&gt

  • Nvrmor

    Is this what Rick Perry was seen firing last year? Everyone seemed to think it was a 901 with an ak upper.

    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/06/18/colt-le901-7-62x39mm-accidentally-revealed/

  • dp

    This does not look like progress at all.
    Still the same inherent weaknesses of AR plus incoherent calibre coupled with awkward (and sure as hell expensive to make) “mono-lithic” (I hope I have it right) receiver. No need for, no use for. This is how ‘statism’ in guns look like.

  • dan citizen

    Who was it who said:

    “We should vent gasses directly into the receiver, better yet, right onto the bolt carrier!”

    No one, that’s who.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Not even 1/100th as big of a deal as the Internet makes it out to be.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        It is if you are using a version chambered for corrosive com-bloc ammo.

        • Geodkyt

          That’s my issue. DI with Third World milspec 7.62x39mm ammo is ASKING for trouble, because almost all of it is corrosive, and generally dirtier than most 5.56x45mm ammo. I’m not aware of any corrosive 5.56x45mm ammo. . .

          While DI is fine, I don;t think it will work as well with corrosive ammo that throws out more crap, just as the M16 had trouble when the Army changed the ammo spec on first major issue.

          • Yellow Devil

            As mentioned above, the French Mas-49 and Swedish AG-42 both used direct impingement with (I believe) corrosive ammunition.

            I also believe the problem with the earlier specs was the switching from stick powder to ball powder and some of the issued ammunition was not switched accordingly. Most people don’t realize that even the M1 Garand and M14 had issues that had years to iron out and fix. The M16 had no such luxury.

          • dan citizen

            The MAS-49 is built like a tank. Nice milled steel receiver that can handle a DI system that would be over-gassed by modern standards. The Swedish build some very robust and finely crafted weapons.

            Both these weapon systems are from a very different manufacturing paradigm, which the Stoner weapons were a revolutionary step away from, in every way.

          • Geodkyt

            Correct me if I am mistaken, but neither the MAS-49 nor the AG-42 used internal pistons like the Stoner DI version, their ammo wasn;t AS DIRTY as ComBloc issue, and they had a higher level of maintenance training in their troops.

            I’ve worked with Middle Eastern Muslim troops. “Insh’Allah PMCS” will NOT cut it.

          • Yellow Devil

            Yeah fair enough, the DI system are indeed a bit different in both rifles. However, I contend that the original AR10, which the M16 of course was derived from, was used in combat with select Portuguese troops in their colonial “Vietnam-like” wars in Africa. From what I have read, it was praised considerable with no complaints about lack of reliability.

      • Jo’

        Amen to that. The AR being utterly unreliable due, “eating what it shits,” needs to be buried in the same coffin along with the likes of,

        – Just one 45 round drops a man, every time
        – Racking a pump-shotgun sends all the bad men fleeing in horror
        – AK’s are inaccurate
        – Even if a 50 BMG misses by a hair, the shock wave is lethal
        – Bullpups are an answer to a question no one asked

        *gets shovel*

        • To continue a The Firearm Blog theme, I think that, “HK. Because you suck, and we hate you.” should be added to the list.

        • James

          He never said anything about reliability. Some people just like guns that run cleaner. :p

        • dan citizen

          With good ammo in good conditions it’s not much of a problem, not really even among the top deal breaker flaws in the AR system. But shoot crappy ammo in poor conditions and it can become a serious issue.

          Most folks here are too young to remember first hand the pre-FBA ARs and the early DI related problems, But everyone here is probably old enough to recall the troops we lost in Iraq due to weapons failures.

          I find DI systems to be a bad engineering approach and dislike it on principle.

    • Sam Schifo

      Eugene Stoner. He had some obsession with the direct impingement system.

      • DW

        Food for thought: MAS-49, a French gas impingement rifle also used in Vietnam, was considered accurate and reliable even by the viet congs.

        • Chris

          So that means we made a worse rifle then the French? And I don’t mean the Light Machine Gun that they try to pass off as an Assault Rifle.

          • DW

            Yes. French won this one time…and waved the white flag anyway. Dat OCD.

      • Yellow Devil

        Sweden also used DI in their military issued rifles, Ljungman AG-42B (1942-1960). I don’t think they had any major problems with their rifles.

    • NikonMikon

      You literally have NO idea how the AR-15 actually works.

      • echelon

        Why do you keep saying this? The direct impingement system does introduce fouling carbon and gas into the bolt carrier area.

        Just shoot a hundred rounds through a DI gun and a piston gun and then pull the out the bolt carriers and tell me how long it takes you to clean one over the other…

        • Joshua

          All it takes to clean the standard AR system is a simple wipe down. The only time you will see any substantial difference in maintenance time is for white glove inspections.

          • echelon

            Sure, if you keep it lubed up and you wipe it down directly after firing it. Let the carbon harden up on the BCG and in the FCG area and let me know if you can simply wipe it down. It is still more maintenance.

            This is versus letting a piston gun maybe sit and the fouling hardens in the gas block area which is a much smaller area to clean and actually shooting the gun naturally clears and removes the fouling.

            Guns get dirty, period, no matter what, but to argue that a DI gun runs cleaner than a piston gun is ludicrous. But apparently many of us on this site have no idea how a DI gun works…

          • Joshua

            Never said it ran cleaner, but I have enough operational experience with the M4A1 to know that the only point that holds any form of carbon is the bolt tail, and that is of little concern.

            Every other part can be wiped down even after sitting up for hours after use(most I ever went in the field without wiping down my bcg).

            What I said stands, people like to brag about the cleanliness of op rod guns, and thats great. In the big picture it matters little, my gun never had a failure related to the operating system(mags and ammo only) and there are plenty of other guns that get plenty filthy that are much praised. One being the HK G3, a gun that also runs very dirty yet no one complains when it comes to cleaning them.

            I also ran my gun suppressed 90% of the time, so had I been issued a HK416, ARX-160, TAVOR, or ACR it wouldn’t have run any cleaner than my M4A1. As long as my guns run I don’t care if they run dirtier than another, and everyone I served with had no issues with stoppages due to fouling.

          • Geodkyt

            And frankly, if your AR will pass a white glove inspection, you’re wasting too much time and probably don’t have enough lube on it. 😀

    • I don’t feel that this comment reflects a solid grasp of the finer points of oscillating systems.

      • dan citizen

        it was not meant as a serious comment. More a playful jab at direct impingement.

  • Grits.N.Jowls

    I have liked this concept since Rock River 1st adapted an AR platform to use AK magazines. I’m betting the civilian price will be close to RR’s.

  • Jay

    Looks like a shovel.

  • gunslinger

    no kebab….pass

  • tirod

    ALL SELF LOADING ACTIONS CRAP WHERE THEY EAT.

    If that isn’t a known fact to you, take your favorite AK to the range wearing a white T-shirt, fire a few rounds, pick up the brass, and rub them on the shirt. You WILL find powder residue.

    There are plenty of pics of AK’s which have fired numerous magazines and which have heavy deposits of powder residue on the bolt and trigger works. How did that get there? Not from the piston, it’s blown back over the brass during the earliest part of the unlocking cycle when their is still gas pressure in the barrel. Rotating the case to free it and moving it back a fraction of an inch opens a new escape path for that pressure, and it dumps into the action.

    All blow back actions do it, they cycle by gas pressure pushing the case against the bolt face and nobody ever complains they crap where they eat. It’s expected and we just clean them in due course. Having a slight delay to control the bolt being hammered into the rear of the receiver doesn’t mean the gas pressure isn’t released into that same action. Read up on those who use suppressors on guns other than the AR, it’s a treated as a known fact. Suppressors increase the blowback into the action even more.

    Citing the “craps where it eats” complaint is a major hint that someone is responding emotionally rather than with any credible knowledge of how firearms operate. It’s the same as declaring the pump shotgun as the best Home Defense firearm because “an intruder will crap in his pants and flee just hearing you rack it.”

    As for Colt selling a firearm that appears to be properly engineered to take AK magazines, fine. It looks like it was done right, not compromising with a frankenmag to accomodate the tapered cartridge. If anything, the AK is reliable because it has the worlds toughest magazine design, which is extremely reliable and which will not get damaged by handling in combat conditions. If you can’t hurt it by dropping it on the feed lips fully loaded, it won’t let you down in combat with malfunctions.

    The top three failures in firearms are ammo (HK G36 of recent note,) magazines (hence the PMag to fix the flimsy M16 issue junk,) and operator error (which continues to think you can stuff a curved stack of cartridges into a straight magwell.) At least Colt fixed the latter, nothing wrong with DI if you bother to actually understand the system.

    If you don’t have a clue, tho, then things like “craps where it eats” will tell us all we need to know.

    • echelon
      • echelon

        Ok…for some reason disqus completely deleted all my response except for the link…

        Short story: Some people might be emotional about it, but the “crap where it eats” argument has merits.

        Check out the pictures in that link and look at the bolt carriers and receivers after DI guns have 10k rounds through them without cleaning. I guarantee you that an AK or other piston gun will not look like that.

        Will most average guys shoot a DI gun for 10k rounds at all let alone without cleaning? Probably not. But even after a few hundred rounds a DI gun is much dirtier than a piston gun.

        But more to the point, a national Army that fights in a hot desert climate that could sustain firefights is much more likely to have high round counts and higher levels of fouling.

        • James

          Some folks just prefer to minimize the ratio of time spent cleaning to time spent shooting. Reliability discussions are debatable, and most who argue about it probably don’t need to worry about it, but clean-running actions are a draw for consumers.

          • Joshua

            Guess it just depends on how you define clean. I spent an average of 5 minutes cleaning my rifles while I was deployed, only time that changed was for inspections.

            Most are OCD and feel a white glove cleaning is imperative to a reliable rife….it’s not.

          • Guest

            Agreed. I know plenty of OCD types who are absolutely anal on cleaning after every shooting trip with barely 50 rounds fired. It’d be like detailing your car after every grocery run.

        • Chuang Shyue Chou

          Oh yes, the desert. I think the sand would be a major factor here.

  • John C Sell Jr

    Probably been said but this is NOT an AK of any kind! It is NOT a “Bonafide Colt AK” in any shape or fashion! It is a reworked, heavy, DI, Colt AR that happens to be in the original AK caliber and takes original AK magazines.

  • Max Glazer

    All the advantages AR has over older AK-47 (or is it AKM that they have?), primarily the weight, this thing loses. Todays AK-103 that Venezuela got are just as good as this thing would be. And with all the higher cleanliness standards required. Especially in Africa.

  • Esh325

    It seems like a mistake to me to adopt a rifle that is heavier and probably less reliable than a standard AK. Plus it doesn’t even have the ergonomical advantages of the M4 by having the bolt hold open and bolt release. Imo they should have adopted the Galil Ace in 7.62×39 or the AK-103.

  • kev

    Alot of companies are making weapons with an 7.62×39 option (Beretta comes to mind) please correct me but this weapon is being marketed to nations with massive stockpiles how would the DI system handle old or low quality ammo?

    • Likely just fine. It all boils down to the diameter of the gas tube and hole.

      Knowing Colt, they make them oversized for normal operation. Tradeoff is more recoil, but will be more reliable.

  • AnarchyPrime

    The accuracy of an AK combined with the reliability of an AR!

    • Geodkyt

      Yup – the accuracy issues with the AK are primarily:

      1. Crappy, 19th Century sights. (Which Arabs generally don’t use anyway. It’s a cultural/religious thing – “Insh’Allah” marksmanship at its finest. The bullet lands where Allah wishes it, so why aim? Some even view aiming as impious.)

      2. Crappy (by US standards) QC on the ammo, meaning a significantly higher deviation between rounds, which leads to much larger groups.

      Since #1 is almost impossible to overcome, and #2 is inherent to the logistics, the finsest rifle in the world, chambered for 7.62x39mm will shoot about the same as any rack-grade AK in the hands of the Yemenese.

  • Chuang Shyue Chou

    Direct impingement! One sure hopes that the Yemeni troops clean their rifles.

  • JD

    Good for Colt I guess that they could find a buyer. The Sig 556r would have been a better choice IMHO.

  • Calaca Roja

    I want one! Yes!

  • Victor

    Waiiiiit, the Yemeni Republican Guard actually went ahead and choose a DGI platform to operate in the desert? What the actual fuck?

  • oshaunal

    Did they really have to omit the bolt-hold-open function? Couldn’t they have designed a yugo-style follower to retrofit the one’s magazines with?