Manticore Arms Renegade for the AK-47

AK47 Fore Arm

Manticore Arms announced the introduction of a new polymer fore end for Yugoslavian PAP line of pistols and short barrel rifles.  The fore ends are made of polymer and replace the standard wooden handguards normally found on these guns.

Manticore Arms fore end

The Renegade is U-shaped and leaves the gas tube exposed.  A second part, the Optics Mount Top Plate, is purchased separately.  It is flat, covers the gas tube and provides a surface for mounting a red dot style optic.

Top Mount Plate

The Renegade allows for the addition of Magpul polymer rail sections as well as the Manticore Arms ARC LOK rails.  It is available now and carries a MSRP of $55.  The Optics Mount Top Plate is expected to be available by the end of July.  No MSRP has been announced for that.

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  • wetcorps

    I’m not a polymer fan but I actually like it, and it goes well with the arm braces everyone is adding now.

    • Steve Truffer

      I wonder if the brace puts those pistols over the happy 26″ mark?

      • Dracon1201

        Nope. Not usually.

      • wetcorps

        No, but the point is to keep them classified as pistols anyway so you don’t have to pay for a tax stamp.

        • Steve Truffer

          Over 26 inches means it is classified as a “firearm”. No stock, barrel under 16″, Overall length >26 inches. See the Franklin arms XO-26. You can add a foregrip with no stamp. My ’74 gets fairly toasty after 3 mags, so having a foregrip would be handy.

      • Vhyrus

        My PAP with the brace and krinkov muzzle brake is over 26″

        • Steve Truffer

          What about without the brake?

          • Vhyrus

            Without the brake and the rear QD mount (which moves the arm brace back) it still comes out to just over 26″

          • Steve Truffer

            Atf says putting a tube on a gun that doesn’t need it is OK. AK Brace therefore OK. Franklin Armory XO-26 is OK with brace & grip, still not a pistol. Pistol -> “Other Firearm” OK, no stock is added.
            You’re in the clear. Your braced gun is no different from the Auto Ordnance “double gripped” Thompsons.

    • Anon. E Maus

      I agree, the wood handguards clash with the brace (and to a lesser extent the pistol grip), adding a nice, vented polymer handguard to go with it makes for a more consistent look, use some polymer or bakelite mags, and it really pulls the gun together.

  • gunslinger

    why wouldn’t they include the top plate? unless keeping the gas tube exposed is ok on an AK?

    • Phslion


    • Steve Truffer

      It is. See the AMD65. Perforated sheetmetal lower handguard, reverse pistol grip. Nada covering the gas tube.
      Depending on how a given AK is built, it doesn’t need the gas tube. All it really does is guide the piston to sit in the gas block.

  • jamezb

    Omg ….it …is asthetic…on an AK… that legal? I thought all AK furniture was required to be butt-ugly…….this looks….nice? The round section will eben make the obligatory M4 stock that will surely get grafted on there look more at home… i. Find this fore end oddly appealing, and grin-worthy.
    Nice brake on there as well…


      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
      The only AK-front rail that I looked decent and practical was Damage Industries’.

  • Cymond

    Is that a suppressor on a PAP?
    The threads on the PAP (and parent M92) are on the gas block, not on the barrel. There’s no guarantee they’re concentric to the bore. It’s fine for flash hiders & such, but I’d be nervous about a suppressor. It’s one of the reasons I don’t want to SBR a PAP.

    • Steve Truffer

      Doubt it. Look at the other end, it has a stock. I think its a faux suppressor.

      • Cymond

        … well that makes sense. I just assumed it was a SBR and suppressor. In for a penny, in for a pound.

  • cubanb407

    I just got mine in the mail and let me say it is one quality piece ( nice and smooth no signs of where they cut the mold). The real test will be when I add the top piece and run a few mags we will see if she can hold up to the heat.

  • Vhyrus

    Well, crap. I already bought a MI railed forend for twice that price.

    Edit: Turns out the top plate is going to cost $70 so it works out to be the same as the MI forend, although it will probably be considerably lighter.