Kalashnikov AK-15 (Saiga 107) Review

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This guest post was written by Erik from Sweden.

During ERC2015 last week – European Rifle Championship in IPSC in Hungary – Kalashnikov, the main sponsor, had an Saiga 107, or “AK-15” as they call it, and a test firing range. A great way for Kalashnikov to get direct feedback from the world’s best shooters in their R&D.

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The 107 was a prototype but seemed pretty close to production. It’s focus is competition rather than army use.

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My impression is that the rifle shoots very flat with low recoil, however on double taps it moves to the left. From A to C-D zone at 15 meters.

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The reason for this, according to Vladimir Onokoy, was that the compensator had 4 holes on the right side and only 3 on the left and the more powerful

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European ammunition (Sellior & Bellot 55 grs. in this case) makes the rifle move.

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The compensator is still in R&D too.

The rifle featured a 16” free floating barrel. Stock is CAA. Sight: C More red dot. 

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The rifle’s main disadvantage is the high sight line. According to what I heard they will put a riser on the stock, but this is not the right way to solve a problem in my opinion.

I’m not competent enough to describe the internals of this rifle, but I asked him to open it and it’s obviously a lot more complex than a standard AK or AR for that matter. 

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Marianna Limarova, famous IPSC pistol production shooter, shoots the rifle for the first time ….

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Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Esh325

    What’s interesting is that many years ago weapon designers thought a high line of sight of straight stock rifles like the m16 were a disadvantage because they thought

    • Giolli Joker

      I think the author would have liked a lower height of the receiver/sights rather than higher cheek weld.
      I’m very much intrigued by this rifle since I saw (not shot) a prototype.

      • Esh325

        I know he would…..

    • Erik

      I think it’s the design, not a matter of the fashion being where the head is supposed to be. The “anti-recoil” parts are above the barrel, and there’s no hiding them.
      There is a possibility to raise the stock in other fashions than just a check raiser. Can’t explain better, and it doesn’t look pretty, but it works. I use it on my Molot.

      • Esh325

        I suppose they could simply raise the stock mounting point, but I’m not sure if this might interfere with things. Or they could just add more plastic to cheek part

        • Giolli Joker

          Considering there’s no need for a real buffer tube, they could probably have the stock tube fixed on a vertical rail bolted where now the stock is attached, to allow it to slide up or down according to shooter’s need.

          • Erik (from Sweden)

            You’re getting there. As I mentioned it isn’t pretty but works.

          • Giolli Joker

            Well, I guess it could be made decently pretty.
            And if you call it “Tactical Weapon-Shoulder Interface Micropositioning Assembly” you have a market winner. 🙂

            They’ll leave it to the accessory manufacturers, maybe.

      • Tritro29

        Yet that’s how the FN SCAR does it. With an integral cheek weld. I partly agree with you though. The other solutioin is to be found at a SCAR related product. The Vltor RE:SCAR.

      • micmac80

        OR is it just that AKs don’t need straight line buffer tube to operate which makes stock too low for additional hight i doubt its higher than an AR15

  • iksnilol

    I am interested in the free float handguard. Would be nice if they made it for other rifles.

    • Giolli Joker

      The handguard might be free floating, however I’d say that with the double pistons system connected to the barrel, basically along all of its length, saying that “the rifle featured a 16” free floating barrel” seems a bit of a stretch.
      The asymmetric compensator is kinda odd.

      • iksnilol

        Eh, as long as I can use a tight sling they can have 20 pistons bolted to the barrel for all I care.

        Assymetric compensator is weird but not that unusual. Some guns don’t recoil straight back and up. For instance AKs have a tendency to wander a bit to the left IIRC.

        • micmac80

          All rifles wander due to rifling twist , and in sniper rifles where due to more powerfull cartridges things are much more pronounced we always ‘time’ the muzzle brakes to 11 or 11:30 o’clock

          • iksnilol

            I always thought it was because the rotation of the bolt. Didn’t really think about the rotation being due to the rifling twist. Thanks for the info.

  • Nicholas Mew

    I prefer the way the AEK’s BARS system layout. Just one main spring that drives everything instead of two.

    • Plumbiphilious

      Same. I can’t actually make heads or tails of where the main BCG begins or ends in the above pics (even though it’s a miracle we have any at all).

    • Bobba la Flava

      Idk, from watching Larry Vickers videos of both guns I’d say the AK-107 system is much better

  • kregano

    Man, I was looking forward to getting one of these when they were going to be imported into the US as the MK-107. It’s a shame about the import embargo, because I would love to get my hands on one.

    • J-

      I’d take one in 7.62×39 in a heart beat. A fully modernized AK would be awesome. There are plenty of other 3rd gen 5.56 rifles I’d rather have.

      • notalima

        Same here. I’d take one in either (or both!) cals. And throw in one of those Saiga-9s just because.

      • Esh325

        In the USA market, the Galil ACE would be probably the next best thing for a modernized AK

      • Rusty Shackleford

        It looks like, as of now, the M+M Inc. M10X is the closest thing the US market will be getting.

    • Scott P

      Might as well forget about ever getting it. Even if the embargo is lifted as in the case with China the guns will remain banned because our government hates foreign guns being imported (another yard gained on the road to disarmament) as well as domestic gun companies (less competition for them forcing you into their arms) plus the apathetic/ignorant gun owners who don’t care because it doesn’t affect their AR’s or Glocks.

      • micmac80

        That is just to protect inept american companies like Colt that manage to go broke in golden era of gun sales. And more or less ‘assemble’ ither ar 15 or 1911 from parts catalogue.

  • Plumbiphilious

    It’s beautiful.

    • Giolli Joker

      “Lead lover”? Genius.

  • Darkpr0

    I’m not a competition shooter, and I think the mechanism is pretty complicated… But that is a beautiful AK. Not bad for a stamped receiver, huh?

  • DW

    When a CMMG mutant looks more AK than a proper AK (Saiga107) from Izhmash something is up…

  • Esh325

    One thing I wonder is why the Russians have apparently given up on the ak-107 as a military rifle?

  • USMC03Vet

    Rails for days

  • Friend of Tibet

    That is damn sexy……..

  • Hongziru

    I dont like tacticool bullshit

    just give us a original Ak-107

  • Ben

    Hmm. Dual recoil springs with one offset to the left. I wonder if the uneven ports on the brake (3 on the left, 4 on the right) were done to counter-act an uneven recoil impulse from the offset spring.

    It also looks like the top (inner) rail acts as a guide for the BCG to reduce the amount of movement it has during cycling. I assume given the reduced weight of the BCG that this rifle will also have smaller gas-port and less of the usual AK over-gassing.

    The alignment of the stock isn’t optimal either. Having the stock directly in line with the barrel on an AR is optimal because almost all of the weight of the BCG and gas system (same thing) and the action spring are in line with the barrel. Only the gas key, gas tube and part of the gas block sit above it; the weight of all three is negligible. So all the energy of firing the bullet and cycling the action are in a direct line.

    On an AK the gas block, op rod, a sizable portion of the BCG and the recoil spring all sit above the line of the barrel. So when the round fires and action cycles a lot of the inertia (recoil impulses) ride above the stock line, increasing felt recoil. This is accentuated by the traditional angle of an AK stock, which creates an inherent pivot point.

    This could be resolved by setting the stock at least half an inch higher than the traditional alignment. Watch the CarnikCon video on the CMMG mutant to see what I mean.

    • I may be mistaken, but these rail components are the recoil compensating system, no? The front/outer massive rail has a tucked-in, inverted gas piston (that is driven forwards) and it is coupled mechanically in some way with the second rail, which in turn drives the bolt carrier backwards. (I can’t imagine the kind of coupling between them for the life of me, though.)

      As I understand it, they took the symmetrical cog-driven layout (like on AEK) and collapsed it into something a third of its size, making both rails ride on the same side inside each other, as it were. I guess it needs two springs to drive the bolt carrier and the recoil dampener separately.

      Does anyone knows if it’s even close to the truth?

  • Faris Farid

    For a rifle that is fresh out of R&D, it looks nice!
    Unfortunately in Malaysia, getting such a rifle is a big no-no.

  • Squirreltakular

    This is hilarious. My biggest complaint about the AK is that there is hardly any forearm to grab on to. It’s like they heard me and went, “Yeah? Here is 2 feet of rail. Enjoy, ass.”