Saiga MK-107 (AK-107) *MIGHT* Be At SHOT Show 2015

Saiga MK 107

I have been talking to Concern Kalashnikov’s people about the Saiga MK-107 (semi-automatic AK-107) which features the famous balanced recoil system which is said to significantly cut down on recoil (at the expense of making the rifle’s operation more complex). I have been told that they are looking to export it to the USA and might have one at SHOT Show 2015 in January. They can’t make any promises, but I am already getting excited at the prospect of shooting this much-talked-about-but-rarely-seen firearm.

AK-107 Balanced Recoil System.

AK-107 Balanced Recoil System. Not the counter-weight above the bolt and gas piston.

The MK-107 incorporates a number of ergonomic improves over the original AK-107 and your average Saiga. It features an adjustable M4-style stock, ergonomic grip, a full length picatinny rail and best of all, in my opinion, a button safety within reach of the trigger finger.

Steve Johnson

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  • simon

    can wait dont know whats better getting to own it or for carnik con to get a hold of it and make a song about it.

  • Rabies

    I had not heard of the balanced recoil system before, thank you very informative. anf thanks for the graphic

  • Zachary marrs

    Neat. Looks like it might be ammo sensitive?

  • dp

    …. and here comes next generation of U.S. service carbine. It’s for free, just stop bothering us, please!

  • iksnilol

    Hope they make a shorter version. Something like the AK-104 only with the balanced recoil system.

    Question: how would a suppressor affect the balanced recoil system?

    • Steve Truffer

      Considering how short of a time the AK’s piston is being actively pushed on, I imagine no worse than if you ran a slightly hotter round through it.

  • J.T.

    “The MK-107 incorporates a number of ergonomic improves over the original AK-107 and your average Saiga. It features an adjustable M4-style stock, ergonomic grip, a full length picatinny rail and best of all, in my opinion, a button safety within reach of the trigger finger.”

    No. Hell no.

    • What improvements don’t you like?

      • mark

        The safety is OK and the rail might be fine for most but the M-4 stock, magazine well change, and grip just ruins the AKM look for most buyers. The reality is that there are already 5.56 AKM options on the market and once you shoehorn all those “upgrades” on to the rifle the end result is offensive looking to most. Right now I can buy a 5.56 AKM(plain or with rails, grip, and the M-4 stock) or pick your flavor of AR. For those who have the money for a 107 they are going to want the traditional look with in receiver push button folding stock or fixed stock.

        As it is you’re likely to pay a huge premium for a rifle that will require another $1000 to make look normal.

        This is like buying a classic Camaro but they’ve put a 2014 Mustang body on it because it’s more aerodynamic.

      • J.T.

        Mostly the safety. Also the stock and grip but those can be replaced. The rails are kind of a turn-off but aren’t too awful other than the fact they removed the iron sights to put them there.

        • mig1nc

          Yeah, I don’t get the button safety.

    • Gallan

      I presume he hates the button safety. Understandable they aren’t liked in other weapons either (Steyr Aug). Also with that new AK safety for thumb/finger, this new addition is not welcome.

  • ABeiruty

    Bring it on.

  • Joe

    I wouldn’t mind owning a derivative of the MK-107 in a larger caliber like .243 or .308 Win. It solves a lot of the issues I have with AK designs – the weird side mount for scopes and the safety. The biggest issue I have with the MK-107 is the exposed barrel, but that might be some weird prototype thing they’re doing.

    • iksnilol

      Exposed barrel is good if you use reflex/telescopic suppressors. Side mount for scopes is no problem, just get a cheek piece for your stock or learn a consistent chin weld.

  • kingghidorah


    • Zachary marrs

      $:Toomuchforanak, usd.

  • Lance

    Lose the dumb collapsible stock I want it to look like the real Russian prototype. Over this is cool for any AK collector. Looks fun and interesting to shoot, strange it never got adapted by the Russians SF.

  • totenglocke

    The M4 stock on anything other than an M4 / AR just looks horrible.

    • Guest

      I rather like the AKM/74 style stock, but I understand it’s not the right length for some people.

    • Cymond

      Some people care more about getting the right Length of Pull than about aesthetics.

      • mark

        I can put a Soviet grenade launcher pad on the stock if I need more length and still keep the look.

        • Cymond

          Yes, and that probably helps, but some people want a little wider variety than that, and many people find the best LOP by experimenting with it. I used to like a really long LOP but it’s come down a bit in the past few years.
          And then there’s the issue of those of us who occasionally share our guns. My mother has a minor deformity (genetic) that causes short forearms, and she’s not a tall woman in the first place. I’m only 5’8″ but she can stand under my chin. She shoots her AR with the telestock fully collapsed or 1 position out. When she shot my 10/22 a few years ago (Choate stock), I had to remove the stock spacers and even the rubber buttpad, exposing a void in the rear of the stock.
          But this is all beside the point. I was addressing the tendency for some people to put form over function. FWIW, I prefer the look of a solid stock on an AK, but realize that a telescoping stock is more practical for most people. Since I know my wife won’t like shooting an AK, I plan to buy one with a solid stock. (My mom will be fine with her AR.)

    • The Hun

      It doesn’t even look good on an M4/AR

  • Tyler M.

    I’ve been interested in this gun for years. But now that they’ve “Americanized” it I’m not really looking forward to it. Do they really think by doing that they’ll attract people away from the AR15? Really they’re just alienating their usual customers.

    • Gallan

      Yes I think that’s exactly what they are doing. AR market is probably 10 times larger than the AK market.

  • Esh325

    It’s pretty refreshing to see a rifle that isn’t another AR15 derivative/plastic SCAR gun and has interesting mechanics that no other combat rifle has. As far as the reliability and durability my understanding is that the AK-107 basically dates back to the 1970’s with the AL-7 prototype, it actually passed all the factory tests but was rejected due to cost and the enormous effort it would have took to retool the factories.

  • Nicholas Mew

    I prefer the older version.

  • Steve Truffer

    Kalashnikov Concern, If you are reading this, please do not try to ship Saigas in that configuration. Push button safeties are not appreciated on tactical rifles. The american AK demographic is currently clamoring for 100-series equipment. Polymer sidefolding stocks, traditional lever safeties, and the “Izmash” large pistol grip. The presented configuration has nothing that an American would prefer over an AR with an adjustable gas system.

  • James Young

    If Ukraine uses the same artillery and bombing tactics they used against Slovyansk in their coming assualt on Donetsk, then we won’t be seeing this rifle here next year. Russia will view such an attack as reminiscent of Hitler’s bloody siege of Leningrad. Pressure within Russia for action is going to force Putin to move soon.

    Then the US will sanction Russia, and Russia will sanction the US. Europe will try to do as little as possible, If anything. Then what will happen to AK imported guns, 7.62 and 5.45 ammo?

    Then again, maybe everything will work out…