Krebs Custom Assneck carbine

Military Arms Channel has has a good article covering one of the prototypes of the Assneck carbine from Krebs Custom. I ran into it at Bullpup 2015, and talked with Marc Krebs about it and it was pretty interesting. He would not divulge the meaning behind the name though, just saying it was a nickname for a close friend that had meant alot to his family. Anyways, it’s an SBR in 7.62×39 and 5.56×45 (uses AR magazines) built on Saiga receivers with an AR type folding stock, picatinny rail in place of the standard rear sight, with an actual rear sight mounted to the receiver cover. Keymod handguard rail, with another picatinny rail on top of that, and comes with their standard muzzle device with a protective cone that screws on around it. They also have this slab sided piece of metal that facilitates magazine reloads and covers the right side of the mag well. All their models also include the AK safety bolt hold open slot as well. Apart from the actual build and it feeling like an AK tank in my hands, one of the more innovating features Krebs is bringing to the table is his SpeedLoad system (note, this is only for the 7.62×39 variants). Through that, not only is the magazine release extended and can be activated with the trigger finger, but Krebs has had the genius idea of placing a small lever just above the magazine release, that kicks out the magazine. Bear in mind that this system isn’t exclusive to the Assneck, as it has appeared on a very small amount of AK platforms but with very little success. In addition, I think if Krebs just sold the Speedload system as itself an aftermarket accessory, they’d have alot of people interested because it alone really improves the handling characteristics of the rifle and could be installed on multiple AK platforms. I kind of had to film it, in order to fully demonstrate it.


The small lever you see at the base of the actual magazine lever, is the heart of the Speedload system in that it actually kicks the magazine out of the firearm at the same time the magazine retention lever is actuated.


5.56 variant of the Assneck, taking AR magazines.

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But with that, this is the product description from their page-

The Krebs ASSNECK, short barreled rifle, is for customers who want the reliability of a Krebs rifle and the added maneuverability of a shorter gun. Whether it’s for getting in and out of a vehicle, home defense, or just fun on the range, this gun has all the ergonomics you could want in a smaller package.

This variant also includes the SpeedLoad system. This system includes a mag well flange which helps guide the operator’s magazine into the magwell. Additionally, it includes a magazine ejection spring and extended magazine release. This provides the user with the ability for a one-handed magazine ejection, while simultaneously speeding up the insertion of a full magazine. The SpeedLoad system is for users who require the ultimate in smooth and quick operation of their rifle.

With the Krebs logo laser etched on the gun, you know the rifle was built with a focus on quality and with the end user in mind.

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That’s the muzzle device itself, with the protective covering screwed on and indexed to keep it safe while moving through bush, etc…

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One of the things that certainly stands out about the Assneck, is the price point of $2629.95. Almost as much as a custom bolt action rifle or something from H&K or FN, it does seem extremely lofty until you consider all the work that is put into it-

  • Built on a Russian Saiga base rifle 7.62×39
  • Includes Krebs 4-prong flash suppressor with a 3/4 ‘ removable birdcage compensator, which minimizes muzzle climb and flash.
  • Muzzle device is torqued and pinned to Krebs specifications
  • Cold Hammer Forged Chrome-lined barrel shortened to just under 9”, precision crowned and threaded.
  • Krebs custom UFM Rail fore-end
  • Rear sight support scope rail made from 4140 steel hardened to 40 Rockwell, which allows for co-witness when using an electronic “dot” scope.
  • Trigger parts are machined and polished to Krebs Custom Specs
  • Action is tuned & bolt face polished for enhanced reliability and smoothness
  • Magazine ejection spring aids in clearing magazine from rifle
  • Custom MK6 Enhanced safety allows shooter to manipulate safety without removing their hand from the pistol grip, and provides a MANUAL bolt-hold-open
  • Krebs Custom Trigger Pin Retaining Plate insures greater pin stability
  • Trigger guard is polished and radiused to reduce stamped metal markings & insure shooter comfort
  • Magpul MOE pistol grip installed for improved ergonomic hold
  • Receiver cover is reinforced with a plate and wedge-lock recoil system to insure NO movement of the receiver cover and return to “zero” when re-installed
  • An AR inspired rear sight installed on receiver cover provides an increased sight radius and allows for a dual aperture sight picture
  • Iron Sights and scope rails are laser bore-sighted
  • ACE side-folding mechanism
  • Magpul CTR buttstock provides adjustable length-of-pull
  • Rifle industrially tumbled and “dehorned” for fast painless operation
  • Rifle refinished with flat-black, baked-on, synthetic alkyd KrebsCoat finish.
  • Barrel Length:  9.125″Overall Length:  30.75″

    Weight:  7 lbs.

Needless to say, this is an SBR, and thus requires all the required NFA paperwork. So if the price or the NFA part of everything sends you away, Krebs had some full length rifles too!


Marc Krebs with his creation

Marc Krebs with his creation


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  • USMC03Vet

    Can you get a cheaper version with corporate sponsor markings in the few spaces that are available?

    • KestrelBike

      The snark is strong with this one… lol
      Personally I think it looks like hot s***. If I had that kinda steppin’ $$$ I’d throw down. I know all this kind of stuff can be done piecemeal but I’d rather not bother. That said, I’d much rather pay Arsenal prices than ~$2,500. To pay that much, my wife would have to be damned rich.

      Also, don’t tell me you wouldn’t buy a M41A Pulse-rifle if it looked like a nascar gun with Weyland-Yutani/Colonial-Marines decals all over it.

      • TJbrena

        “Also, don’t tell me you wouldn’t buy a M41A Pulse-rifle if it looked like a nascar gun with Weyland-Yutani/Colonial-Marines decals all over it.”

        If I could buy it for a reasonable price (which in this case would probably be $2,000+) find the ammo for it, then yeah.

        I’d probably have to either get a matching outfit. Can’t have my gun clashing with my gear!

  • nova3930

    WTF am I looking at….

    • MR

      An AK that’s been modified to use AR 7.62×39 mags, apparently.

      • imachinegunstuff

        It looks like standard AK mags on the by 39 version.

      • MR

        My bad, totally misread the article. Gotta wait til the coffee takes effect before I post.

  • Vitsaus

    MSRP will be $4,000.00.

    • sauerquint

      Ref No.: ASSNECKSBR

      Price: $2629.95

  • TVOrZ6dw

    In a few years you can get one of the three they sell for half-price, used.

    • Vitsaus

      So true. I hate to be “that guy” but at a certain point, as you are giving them your credit card number, you have to say “Wait… I might as well just buy an AR15.”

      • Krinky mc-buttz

        Or if you are buying an AK SBR there are TONS of options under a quarter of that price with the tax stamp and mods to make it equivalent

        M92, Draco, mini Draco, SAM7 pistol, SLR-104ur, SLR-106ur to name a few

  • Aaron

    Assneck lol he really must have meant a great deal

  • The AK-12 uses a similar magazine-kicking lever.

    • Yea, Krebs isn’t saying they invented the thing, they even told me what other platforms it existed in as a matter of fact.

      • sauerquint

        …which you mentioned in the article…

      • Yep, I would be very surprised if Marc Krebs was not keeping his finger firmly on the pulse of AK development abroad.

      • iksnilol

        What other platforms is it available on? Except for the AK-12 of course. I am interested.

    • Esh325

      And I bet the AK12 will more than half the price of this

    • noob

      I wonder if anybody can get their hands on an AK-12 and make a 100% american mfg version with full parts compatibility and built to spec. it might be really popular.

  • Jeff Creamer

    Marc builds phenomenal stuff.

    • sauerquint

      At one hell of a markup.

    • KestrelBike

      He needs to hit the gym so his ticker can keep up with further development.

    • He certainly does and he’s a hell of a nice guy as well.

  • dshield55

    Are AKs still cool? I look at them (and having owned several and built some myself) I just see them as cheap heaps of tin with terrible ergonomics. The worst part is that the original selling point for AKs were that they were ultimately reliable… but as it turns out, AR15s from my own experience are just as reliable. I don’t get it.

    Great design on the Assneck though. I’m still not trusting of hinged/railed dust covers, so I think the rear sight block placement of the rail was a good move since that’s all the space you really need and the exact location needed for placement of your optic.

    • andrey kireev

      why wouldn’t AKs still be cool ? I think they are even cooler now, especially with high AR15 market saturation. Plus I don’t think ergonomics are that bad, especially after you slap a hogue/magpul pistol grip on them…

      • dshield55

        Oh. Okay. Well that settles it then.

    • iksnilol

      Some of us prefer AKs for various reasons. I personally find them more comfortable than ARs. + they draw less attention in the parts of the world that I frequent.

      • andrey kireev

        I wish i could have had an AKM(S) when I was deployed in AFG… instead they gave me one of the least vehicle friendly weapons available – M16A2… which got a great deal of wear and tear, because it was wedged between the seats, smacked against crates, boxes and scraped on concrete T-Walls lol

    • All the Raindrops

      Hard to compare your garage builds to saigas in terms of reliability, though.

  • Roper Products

    Offer it in 300 AAC, and I’ll have one.

    • andrey kireev

      why not just get 7.62×39 and save a whole bunch of money on ammo instead ? Two calibers are comparable to each other in ballistics (marginally better in 300)

      • Green Hell

        .300 BLK was basicly created as “7.62×39 that would fit into standart AR-15 mags and chambers” because sub-sonic 5.56 sucks.

        • andrey kireev

          People just want everything in .300 BLK because it’s the next tacticool thing… I remember when similar thing happened with 6.8 and 6.5 too…and while it makes sense for AR it really doesn’t for an AK… basically saying “I want to pay 4 times more than I have to for nearly same thing (+- 3%) lol

      • nova3930

        Because the geometry of the AR platform coupled with the geometry of the 7.62×39 is not conducive to consistent reliable feeding. The taper of the 7.62×39 case makes it much more suited to continuous curve magazines, which are incompatible with the AR platform….

        • All the Raindrops

          So? you use ak mags, as in the 7.62×39 version?

          • nova3930

            AK mags are not compatible with the AR platform. The AR lower requires part of the magazine to be straight in order to fit…

          • Paladin

            If you’d read the article you’d realize that we’re talking about an AK here, not an AR15.

          • nova3930

            I read the article but had a brain fart as far as this particular conversation goes. My bad

          • Paladin

            It happens to everyone sooner or later.

  • Nice price

    Typical Krebs pricing. I remember trying to order a bone stock Robinson Arms Vepr back around 98. The price they were going for was around $499. Krebs was charging people $799. No thanks.

  • Cal S.

    The pledge that all gun manufacturers these days make:
    -“I pledge that all cool things I make will come in two sizes: $3,000 MSRP or NFA. Preferably both, because reasons and government contracts.”

  • Aimz

    I actually went to Bullpup 2015 and held that rifle…was very well made! It felt like an AK, but significantly lighter. It’s probably the only carbine I will pay over two grand for

  • Tyler McCommon

    Or I can buy 3 different guns…..

  • Squirreltakular

    The AR-mag version in .300 blk = my dream gun.

    • wedelj1231

      That is called the 7.62×39 version.

      • Squirreltakular

        Yeah. No.

    • Timothy G. Yan

      Why do you want it in 300 Blackout? A cartridge that is emulates the ballistic of 7.62×39.

      • Squirreltakular

        Because I like the ergonomics of the AR magazine and its release system. Plus, subsonic x39 isn’t that popular, AFAIK.

        • Timothy G. Yan

          So, you prefer disposable magazine and like to pay 3x the price for something that’s inferior ballistically to 200m. Any how, AK makes a poor suppressed weapon due to its action.

          • Squirreltakular

            I’d like to see some evidence of it being ballistically inferior. Also, AR mags seem to hold up just fine after firing thousands of rounds, notable exceptions being the old black or green follower mags. Honestly, now that the Sig MCX is out, I’d rather have a suppressed SBR version of that in .300 blk.

            Either way, sorry that my choice of firearm offends you.

  • nobody

    I just want to know what that guy did to get the nickname “assneck”.

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    Is the optic mount avaiable separately?
    I like the fact that it’s made of steel, with this thin of a piece it seems like a wise choice.
    Do you need a new sight block for this, or it just changes the factory rear sight assembly?

  • sliversimpson

    Too much money for an AK, IMHO. I’ll take an AK with Magpul furniture for about $700, thanks!

    • You need to shoot one of his guns to really appreciate it. He had a hard time keeping one of his SBR’s out of my hands at Big 3 South.

      • sliversimpson

        I have no doubt that his products are fine-tuned and excellent all-around rifles. I am a family man, and I just couldn’t justify spending that kind of money for a single rifle that would be primarily a range toy (for me).

        It the same reason I don’t own a Ford Raptor and my wife doesn’t drive a BMW – both are great products, but I just can’t reconcile the cost vs. the product received.

        • Steve

          The raison d’etre of a Krebs rifle is that it’s a hard use rifle. Krebs, just like Rifle Dyamics both make fighting rifles you can depend on. If you just want a cheap range toy, look at Century Arms.

  • john huscio

    So when does the scrotumchin carbine hit the market?

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    Thanks for the suggestion!

  • SD

    Why are people paying so much for “custom” AK’s? Kalashnikov rifles are a compromise from day one in light of modern accessories and optics.