AKOU on Basic AK Reloading

One of the few people I have met in person and trust with instruction on an AK is Rob Ski (it does help that Rob has a real accent, not a fake one like some other infamous YouTuber). Fresh up from his growing comradery of AK operators is a video on the basic AK reloading. I enjoy that he is not focusing on advanced techniques, instead opting to use build-in index points on the rifle.

(I just had to capture Rob Ski with a war face on).


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.

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  • John

    Some great advice on the reload, however, it looks like the cameraman was in front of the muzzle when he fired the gun…that’s not totally safe in my opinion. Everything else was great.

    • USMC03Vet

      When dealing with firearms there isn’t a totally safe way. Common US military live fire training of fire and maneuver does this sort of thing all the time. I’ve never seen someone shoot another soldier while doing it. I have seen some dumb boot shoot himself in the foot though.

      • KestrelBike

        my friend was doing a conga-line shoot-to-the-sides/move through an area once in SOI (I think that’s where he said it happened) when he stops, the NCO starts screaming “WTF why are you stopping?” and my friend points down to his drenched leg from a bullet hole in his canteen. Some guy behind him in the line ND’d into his canteen narrowly missing his kidneys haha.

      • AK

        While serving, we did live fire drills where you had to run and shoot with your partner. When a target popped up to the side, you had to engage even when your partner was advancing in front of you. Certain risk in practice is necessary to train for combat. Builds trust though. Still do those kind of drills in the reserve, with guys I know and trust. Feels totally safe. More worried about bullet splatter from the plates.

        • Uniform223

          Its all about communication…
          “Buddy set, buddy move”
          “Contact right, left, front, back, ect”
          “moving left, moving right”
          and so on…

    • AK

      Yeah, however you do the actual reload, the most important thing is to drop down/behind cover when doing it. You wouldn’t be running around an open area like that in any case. Infantry 101.

  • JoshZ

    Now if he would stop that stupid magazine grip he might be on to something.

    • Grindstone50k

      Apparently he hasn’t heard of the extended C-clamp grip yet.

      • Steve Truffer

        You can’t c-clamp an AK & still aim, unless you have a high set optic.

        • Although, with a Romanian forward pistol grip, I do something very similar – I use the forward grip as a hand stop and end up with my left thumb along side the firearm, point at the target. Feels natural, good control, works for me.

    • iksnilol

      What’s wrong with the “stupid magazine grip”? I do that stuff all the time, makes you fatigue way slower and is more accurate when shooting at distance. + with a rifle like the AK it has the added advantage of not putting pressure on the barrel.

      Get educated, don’t hate (y)

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Man, those are some high waisted jeans.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Pants so high, his belt is a neck tie.

  • AK

    We had a fresh guy shoot himself in the foot. One officer candidate popped also popped smoke accidentally – the problem was that he had the ‘nade strapped to his chest. Burned his chin and got a lungful of the stuff, but he sure was happy it wasn’t a frag!

    • USMC03Vet

      lol butter bars.

      Had one that was on the grenade range, hit the berm while throwing it.

  • iksnilol

    Uh, what about retaining mags? I do like doing the whole discarding the magazine part for show or fun, but for serious use and whatnot I would want to retain the magazine.

    • All the Raindrops

      there’s more than one way to skin a cat. sometimes u dump, sometimes you use dump pouch.

      • iksnilol

        Still, removing the old mag using the new mag always results in losing the mag.

    • USMC03Vet

      That’s what the cargo pant pocket is for.

      Operating without cargo pants pockets? You just failed operator school!

      • iksnilol


        Do cargo pant pockets magically retrieve dropped magazines? They definitely didn’t cover this in Eastern European Operator School. O_O

  • Giolli Joker

    “I can continue to spray horror on my enemies!”
    Poetry in motion.

  • gunsandrockets

    Interesting. Thanx!

  • Pete Sheppard

    Good vid–Rob’s videos are always enjoyable and informative, but…
    Opening a can here:
    I’m a dinosaur from the M14 days when we were trained to reload with the right hand; what makes all the left-handed reloading and charging so superior to using the right hand? Even though I give up a firing grip, there won’t be any shooting until the rifle is recharged anyway. To me, RH reloading has the advantages of not having to shift the rifle as much and fewer motions (lock mag in, lift hand to charging handle, then back to pistol grip, rifle back on target), as opposed to tilting the rifle and reaching around with the left hand to get to the charging handle, THEN back around and forward to regain the support grip.
    PS; when practicing reloads, I try to work with ALL the options and techniques–no telling when ‘something different’ maybe necessary.

    • Sianmink

      Because of the charging handle, there’s always a certain awkwardness to reloading an AK. Unless you’re left-handed that is, then it’s like Christmas.

      • Lolinski

        Doesn’t the M14 have the charging handle on the right side? And rock’n’lock magazines?

        • Sianmink

          M14 is also awkward for those reasons.

  • 2hotel9

    Good video. That said, this is not how I was taught to operate an AK. My first instructor on AKs was a former East German army and border trooper who defected in the early ’70s. He taught us to change mags right handed, and to always hold the rifle by the wooden foregrip. Seeing as the metal work on an AK gets very hot VERY fast this is only sensible. He also taught us to train for reloads and firing with either hand, with emphasis on using right hand the majority of the time.

    I like the AOU videos, they cover a lot of ground and are entertaining, too.

  • shooter2009

    Where are your shooting glasses?

  • billyoblivion

    Has beard. Must be more knowledgable.

    Edited to add:

    Where is the charging handle on the M1 Garand?

    Where is the charging handle on the StG 44?

    On the M1 Carbine?

    Now, it could be that *those* rifles were meant to retain some manual of arms from previous bolt guns, but since almost everything else was different, I would bet not.

    • Uniform223

      You can’t “operate” unless you have a beard…

      • billyoblivion

        So since I have half a beard (goatee and moustache) can I only half operate?

        Oh, and I was wrong about the location of the charging handle on the StG 44. It’s on the left side.