UTG Announces 13″ Keymod AK Handguards

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The number of accessory mounting options for AK owners continues to grow; UTG has announced new 13″ AK handguards compatible with Vltor’s KeyMod rail/accessory mounting system. From the press release:

The Venerable AK47 has seen numerous upgrades and modifications throughout its long history. Perhaps none of them has changed the appearance and functionality as drastically as UTG PRO’s new Made in the USA 13″ Keymod Compatible AK rail series MTU027SSK. These handguards are designed to extend the standard grip surface from the receiver all the way to the front sight, allowing different modern shooting stances and tactics such as the “C-clamp” grip. The two piece octagonal shaped rail system is easy to install and includes various aids to ensure a perfect fit, while the mounting screws have been placed inside the rail, enhancing the super slim designs inherent clean look and feel. Ergonomic grooves have been cut along the length of the rail for an additional level of comfort. The rail system has a whopping123 Keymod slots allowing accessory placement virtually anywhere along the 9 tracks, and a full length top picatinny rail with 28 slots grants generous forward mounting space for optics and other accessories. The Picatinny rail has a full length cut-out to allow use of your iron sights and the sides have been scalloped to assist in hassle-free mounting. Additional Picatinny rail sections are included along with a rail-to-receiver bridge mount that creates a smooth transition surface while eliminating the unattractive gap found in other contemporary systems. Two versions are currently available: MTU027SSKA for Romanian and Bulgarian type AK’s; and MTU027SSKC for Chinese type AK’s and those with the same dimensions. The rail system is made from 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum and finished in a black hard coat. At only 12.77 ounces, weight is not an issue, and the 1.5″width puts it on par with UTG’s AR rail systems like MTU019SSK with which it can share our new barricade kit TL-HS02B. Due to our own in-house Cerakote facility, you can count on other colors following shortly, as well as shorter length rail systems to round out the UTG PRO AK series of rails.

MSRP: MTU027SSA: $159.97
MTU027SSC: $159.97
MTU019SSK: $179.97

UTG has on their site some GIF images showing off the rail:

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The rail extends beyond the gas block, allowing a more Western-style forward hold on the rifle, as well as the mounting of accessories further forward. At the same time, it does not obstruct the traditional AK sling mounting point.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • MoPhil

    Am I the only one who thinks, that all AK-handguards, which are longer than the original one, are ugly?

    • SM

      AK pattern rifles are generally pretty ugly. I still love them though.

    • Jeff Smith

      I’m with you. I can’t explain why, but it just doesn’t look right.

  • iksnilol

    A small question, does it attach to the receiver or does it clamp on to the barrel?

    • clickboom

      It is definitely going to clamp onto the barrel, there is no way to avoid it – especially @ that length. But for the shorter ones too, there is no way to attach to the receiver And have any sort of strength.

      This thing is a monstrosity imo.

      • iksnilol

        You could attach it to the receiver, though that might require modifying the receiver. IIRC Parabellum Arms makes a quadrail that doesn’t attach to the barrel, though it requires you use their HK-style forward charging handle. It also extends past the gas block.

  • Dracon1201

    Yo dawg, I heard you like keymod…

  • PXN

    The rail for my saiga was 30 bucks on ebay and does the exact same thing as this in the same aluminum and came with a foregrip that has a bipod built in. What does this have that justifies a 120 dollar increase in price?

    • Esh325

      I suppose if a rail is going to be used for just bench shooting most of the time, then you’re probably right that it doesn’t offer much advantage, what I’ll say is that probably no military goes into combat with a 30$ handguard rail. Certainly not the US military.

      • clickboom

        They don’t go into battle with utg handguards either. @ 170 bucks, utg is fooling themselves. You could get a krebs or any number of other reputable brands in that range.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    We’re going to see this on every sci-fi movie gun for the next 10 years.

  • Wolfenstein

    Oh hey, another one!

  • JK

    utg? As in chinese made airsoft crap?

    • Phil Hsueh

      No, UTG Pro. From what I read in a previous article on a UTG product UTG Pro is a different entity from regular UTG. the Pro stuff is supposed to be better than the regular UTG stuff, I don’t know how much better but I’m guessing good enough for a budget build where you don’t want super cheap parts just to save a buck or two. .

  • Squirreltakular

    I think that at this point Magpul is about two months away from almost completely dominating the AK market. Every time I look at a handguard like this, I think of how unwieldy and weird my Troy rail made my AK and how it would probably just be better to saw off the sling loop and put a nice, light, plastic MLOK handguard on it.

  • Richard

    UTG Pro stuff is American made to my knowledge. I’ve installed a free float AR hand guard and have to say was thoroughly impressed with not just the quality but how they engineered the mounting mechanism.