An AK in .50 BMG: Introducing The AK-50 (Project AKG)

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Is it a unicorn?  Some thought so.  Brandon Herrera, TheAKGuy, may have cracked the code on a really cool innovation–a .50BMG AK.  When you think of innovation, there are things like the Cobalt Kinetics BAMF (note that I am not including the idea of a new color or pattern as “innovative”, which is apparently what some manufacturers seem to think).  But I can tell you I sure don’t think of the AK platform as something that can be innovative.  In fact, building an AK out of a shovel from Home Depot is one of the sexier concepts.

Check out this brief video:

 

Technical Specs (so far):

  • Caliber: .50BMG
  • Barrel Length: 20″ and 28″
  • Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
  • MSRP: $6999

It still utilizes the basic long piston design of the a standard AK, and it will accept standard AK furniture, including the stock and pistol grip.  It was even mentioned that it could use the standard fire control group.  A couple of other changes are the addition of quick release pins to the gas tube and a hinged dust cover.  The components will mainly be a mix of 4140 steel and milled aluminum (and Brandon stressed that “there will be no cast parts”).

He is planning on taking orders the first quarter of 2016.  So readers, what do you think?  I would definitely love to get hands on with one (because, really who doesn’t want to shoot .50 BMG in any configuration?).  I think the idea is great and I am always happy to see people getting away from the “ho-hum” color changes and other “more of the same” that happens more often than not…

You can find out more information at TheAKGuy on Facebook (his website is currently being updated so it doesn’t have the latest content): https://www.facebook.com/TheAKGuy

Thanks to Mike for the heads up about this!



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Riot

    I predict shoulder problems

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      I expect technical problems in scaling the AK ut to a .50.

      • Steve Truffer

        You’d think that, but the AK action, when scaled to .50 BMG is actually crazy overbuilt. Guys have made beowulf AKs by building a 5.56 yugo with a 7.62 bolt & a beowulf barrel. they work pretty well, once the appropriate gas port was figured out.

        • iksnilol

          Yap. you can basically shoot 308 out of a regular AKM if you change the barrel, mag and bolt IIRC.

          • Steve Truffer

            Take a guess at what a .308 saiga is.

          • iksnilol

            xD

            What I meant is that you don’t need a new receiver.

            I am not sure about the bolt, I think x39 and 308 bolt faces are different.

          • Steve Truffer

            Well, given the differences in length between the 2 rounds, a new receiver is necessary.

          • iksnilol

            Aw shucks.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          You do know that .50 Beowulf is MASSIVELY different than .50BMG right? By about 10,000ftlbs, in fact.

          • Steve Truffer

            I do, but consider that standard AK barrels are about as thick as an AR pencil profile, so when looking at the overall size of the action, its surprisingly robust. I’m not saying that BMG needs no scaling over a Beowulf,I’m saying it doesn’t need a 1:1 scale up from the original 7.62×39.

          • Secundius

            @ Steve Truffer.

            The Russian’s have their OWN version of the .50 Beowulf. Called the ASh-12.7 (12.7x55mmR) Assault Rifle. Preferred weapon of the Russian FSB, 2nd only to Vladimir’s “Infamous” Polonium Po-210 Diet Pill…

    • GaryOlson

      Ow, giggle, Ow, giggle, Ow, giggle, Ow, smile, OW, smirk, OW, Lidocane, OW, grimace, OW, bite down, OW, grimace, OWWW, pass out.

      • Rooftop Voter

        Rotator cuff repair surgery at the end of range session.

      • Riot

        There will be at least one video of someone who doesn’t know it’s .50 getting their face smashed in.

    • Secundius

      @ Riot.

      That goes without saying! I tried firing a Sharps 50-70, from the Standing Position. It Nearly Ripped my arm out of it’s socket…

    • retrocon

      Put the right gas direction on the end, and it will kick like a .308. It will blow the pepsi cans off the bench behind you, however.

      • Jwedel1231

        You misspelled “cinder blocks”

        • retrocon

          Hehe… Nobody likes to shoot next to the heavily compensated 50.

    • deanguilberry

      I have shoulder fired the Barrett .50 ONCE. It didn’t feel good but nothing broken.
      I wouldn’t do it with a bolt .50 though!

  • This makes me half tingly in my special place and half wondering what the point of this is.

    I’ll take it.

    • Malcolm Bates

      What happened to the bears two front legs Dammit California how can this beautiful beast defend itself hunt for food etc. Dam Dammmmmm. Just put the hammer and sikel already on the flag.

      • Anonymoose

        You mean like this?

  • Friend of Tibet

    Need AK50 pistol tactical 2.5 inch barrel version with 30 round drum mag pls!!!!!!!

    • Rooftop Voter

      With Mk211 rounds no doubt.

    • iksnilol

      You do know that flamethrowers are legal… and cheaper?

  • Major Tom

    Dat price tag…

    • BattleshipGrey

      It’s under the Barrett M82 at $8-9K.

      • Major Tom

        Still, that’s 7000 dollars. Do you know how many cheaper rifles I could buy for the same price?

        • Kelly Jackson

          How many of those cheaper rifles would be semi auto and chambered in .50 BMG?

  • mosinman

    they left the stupid AK safety on there for some reason

    • iksnilol

      And you call yourself mosinman.

      FOR SHAME, COMRADE!

      • mosinman

        Mosin> AK is of simple Tovarish.

        • iksnilol

          Nuh-uh, AK go ratatata while Mosin go BOOM.

  • Zachary marrs

    just when i thought normal aks are too ergonomic, too light, and too cheap and pleasant to shoot

  • sliversimpson

    Interested to see how this turns out…

  • Josh Callejas

    Kinda want just for the “eff you politicians” factor, but not enough to justify spending that much.

  • Lance

    What a waste of time and money. Just buy a Barret or Styer .50 BMG rifle. far better ergonomics and reliability.

    • Kelly Jackson

      How are you judging either of those things based on a rifle that doesn’t even exist yet?

      • Dan

        Because he is the all knowing lance

      • iksnilol

        Haven’t you met Lance before?

  • Davidio Flavio

    Dealer cost on a Barrett is not that much more and that price usually include a 1k Leopold scope.

    This an ADUH no brainer on which to buy.

    4k maybe.

  • lowell houser

    I have a similar idea, but plan to use the AR18 pattern. They aren’t and shouldn’t get any pre-orders until can demonstrate is a working prototype.

    • Dracon1201

      The preorder are probably funding the tooling and development. It’s tough for a small guy like him to get the money to build this. I know from experience.

  • Jeff TheWabbit

    If you are going big with the AK, you need to use proper Soviet 12.7x108mm cartridge.

    • Squirreltakular

      Or 14.5x114mm. ;D

    • greasyjohn

      And wood furniture! Gotta keep the spirit.

  • ✪✪✪✪✪

    A guy in his garage, selling AK’s for $7000. LOL, where da working prototype at??

    • Ben

      You should look into how the Barrett company started.

      • Dan

        Right? Like all gun companies started out in 30,000 square foot shops tooled up and ready on day one.

  • WOLD

    All they need now is a 30 round .50BMG magazine for it.

    • Paul White

      loading the gun would triple the weight

  • Squirreltakular

    I’ll take one in .50 DTC or .416, please. Well, if they were a couple grand cheaper.

  • mechamaster

    Anti-Terminator AK.

    • SP mclaughlin

      We need to stop the IVAN-1000

  • Chriss Kyle

    7000$??? What about a quality Barrett?

    • iksnilol

      They got like the same precision so no problem there 😛

  • Jerry

    Well 6P62 is already there and you only need SCALE DOWN to .50 BMG and make it semi-auto only. This scale up AK is plain ugly with that stock and those rails all around. SVD-like DMR in .50 BMG on the other hand would be quite something to see.

    • iksnilol

      DMR and .50 bmg don’t go together.

      • Jerry

        If you are looking the .50 BMG against APC’s or AFV’s its just good for plinking. Accuracy of this gun would be in the range of 2-3 MOA at the best so no sniping for you either. I can see the future of this gun only in shooting propane tanks with API rounds up to 500 yards.
        14,5×114 would be a whole another story…

        • Dracon1201

          So… still the same accuracy as the Barretts.

        • iksnilol

          500 yards? I think it can do more than that, an AK with a heavy barrel and a good trigger is capable of decent accuracy (sub 2 MOA is not unrealistic). Best precision you’ll get from a semi auto Barret is about 1.5 MOA with match ammo, wouldn’t surprise me that the AK-50 can match that.

          Then again, it is made to hit big stuff and not people.

  • iksnilol

    I’m hoping for an SBR Krink version. Something like the M92 PAP, just in 50 BMG.

  • jeffrey melton

    Two words, gun porn.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Scaling up the AK action seems like a dumb idea. With that piston and bolt carrier you’re going to have A LOT of reciprocating mass. That’s going to make recoil and movement insane.

    • Porty1119

      And then there’s the blowback-operated .50BMG “rifles” seen in the hands of the cartels.

    • zardoz711

      So why not add the “balanced action” thing from an AEK-971?
      Maybe something not even that complicated, a spring and some ballast to move towards the muzzle end to counter the weight of the bolt and carrier?

    • iksnilol

      Uh, on most .50 BMG semi autos the whole barrel reciprocates.

      • Ben Herrera

        Just the Barrett and M2HB conversions.. the DsHK conversions, Serbu, Vigilent and Pausa are gas operated with fixed barrels.
        Needs to be chambered for .510DTC to sell in CA too…

  • Scott Connors

    Did somebody repeal Newton’s Third Law while I wasn’t paying attention?

    • Tothe

      People shoot bolt-action .50 BMG rifles.

  • guest

    How many communisms per second?

  • Porty1119

    Uhhhhhhhhhmmm…….

    Eh, why the hell not.

  • AndyT

    So a bump fire stock would fit?

  • TeK

    нахуй это говно .

  • sonny

    We are all waiting to see what the weight of this “AR” will be. Too heavy to carry as an AR is intended to be……. or too light to prevent severe recoil and shoulder damage……………

    • Dan

      AK, and the fact it’s .50bmg already tells you it isn’t going to be carried like an AK is intended to be. The recoil isn’t going to launch you backwards in time.

      • sonny

        “AK”, my bad………Why name a rifle AK when it doesn’t even resemble the most beneficial aspects of one…………. lightweight for carry? Just a sales gimmick and marketing ploy??

        • Dan

          Huge marketing ploy. A semi auto 50 cal AK!!!! Someone’s panties are wet enough they will have to buy it.

          • sonny

            I just don’t see it. I bought a Bushy BA 50 for $3500 almost new condition(3-4 rounds thru it. And a Barrett 107 is only $10-11,000. You gotta go with the Barrett for the difference. I just can’t imagine someone’s panties being that wet……………but again….. wet panties………….

          • Dan

            I don’t see it myself but there are those out there who do see it. And if it turns out to be a complete piece of poo they will defend it with their life. And claim the problems stem from everything else under the sun including their wet panties.

  • Lai

    Considering it’s an AK, I assume there’ll be a select fire version as well?

  • FiftycalTX

    Yah, I’ll take one.

  • iksnilol

    Uh, you know that that rifle there costs literally twice as much as the AK-50?

    They are llike 15k USD.

    Sure, given the choice of those two I’d go for the Gepard. But if I am paying for it I’d most likely go for the AK-50.

    • ✪✪✪✪✪

      Yes, that is nice thank you.

  • iksnilol

    It costs 15k.

    People might want something more affordable.

    • Jon

      Let’s see how much does that AK cost when it reaches that Hungarian cat’s development maturity and capabilities.

      • iksnilol

        Let’s see how much an AR costs when we turn it into a phased plasma rifle. Because that’s what you’re saying now.

        Only real advantage of the Gepard I see is that it is shorter and might have less recoil. For your average shooter that isn’t worth double the price.

        • Jon

          I think some Hungarian will be glad of your comment, but we are speaking about real capabilities. Add more accuracy, reliability and durability to the advantages. The disadvantage is that there is a business who has monopoly of the North American market, hence the high bulky price.

          • iksnilol

            Reliability is at best a tie. At worst the Gepard is less reliable due to the reciprocating barrel.

            Accuracy, it’s a .50 bmg with reciprocating barrel. Sorry, but you aren’t going to be winning precision matches with it. Durability, they’re both big hunks of steel with a barrel screwed in somewhere.

          • Jon

            As I have said he Gepard is a mature and proved system, that AK’s production samples are who have to beat Guepards reliability and 1moa accuracy.

          • iksnilol

            Gepard is also rarer than hens teeth on your continent.

            Gepard realistically isn’t 1 MOA accurate. No .50 BMG semi auto is.

  • somebodystolemynamefatboy

    Everybody doesn’t FB or Twit.

  • 1stAfterburner

    Oh hell no!,….a full 30.06 would have been a hell of a weapon in an AK-47 version,..as the current bullet AK-47 is almost the same grain as a 30.06 but with half the cartridge,..but good god man,,..a full 50.MG,..are you delusional?

    • Dan

      Why would the recoil dislocate your shoulder? I shoot .50bmg quite regularly and have yet to dislocate anything .I also have never heard of anyone else outside of taking off their muzzle brake or an already existing injury, hurt their shoulder from firing one.

      • 1stAfterburner

        OK Dan,.you are more experienced than I,..so I plead ignorance on the matter,..I am just going on what my old 91 yr. old dad told me,..he was a ball turret gunner over Germany and said that those .50’s had a monstrous recoil. What kind of weapon is your .50 bmg? Gosh,.dad has an old armor piercing incinerating round I bought at a gunshow up here in Alaskan gun show,.(probably would freak Obama out) I framed it and put it up on the wall,..he was so happy,..he still recognized the colored code tip. Anyway,..back to the recoil issue of the AK,.I have fired the AK 47 and the American AR-15, the AR-15 kicks almost as soft because of its gas system as a .22LR! So I just thought, wow,.put an .50bmg in a Kalashnikov and you’ve got one hell of a recoil. That’s all. I would be interested in what your thoughts on that.

        • Dan

          The muzzle brake will take alot of the recoil out of it. I am also assuming the .50bmg AK isn’t going to weight in under 20lbs. Barrett M82 weights 30ish lbs? Would i shoot one with out a muzzle brake? No. I believe your dad when he says two of them going off rattled the plane. With a muzzle brake you get a good, and without one people don’t end up in the same place they were when they pulled the trigger. From my experience anyway. I’m guessing this AK version isn’t going to be much fun to shoot after 10rnds as a barrett or a heavy bolt action. What it will do if it works is be fun as hell for as long as you can shoot it comfortably.

        • Dan

          I swear i posted a reply to you? Anyway. With a muzzle brake you’ll be fine, maybe a lil sore after 10rnds or more depending on weight of the gun. I do not dispute your fathers claims, those would not have had a muzzle brake so they probably rattled the hell out of that plane.

    • Secundius

      @ 1stAfterburner.

      One of my Uncle’s on my Father’s Side, was a Eight Baller in a B-17F-DL’s. And Survived “Pancake” Runs…

      • 1stAfterburner

        Interesting,.what is a”Pancake Run” a low altitude bomb raid?
        Dad tells me they had little time to get out of the bomber if it was burning white smoke,..that he said was gasoline on fire,..that meant a soon instant explosion so he snuck in his belly parachute in with him and stuck it between his legs and his gun site in the turret,.he figured he had a long long way to hook the other end of his chute to his harness,.about 6 miles above the earth!

        • Secundius

          @ !stAfterburner.

          When you can’t Retract the Ball Turret for Landing, and have to Land on the Ball Turret with the Gunner STILL IN IT…

          • 1stAfterburner

            Yeah,..that was always a nightmare for him too. Another reason he found a way to keep his chute with him in the turret. I shouldn’t be here,.that thing almost killed him,.once by not being able to get the oxygen mask tube fitten,.almost died of hypoxia,.said he knew he was dieing because it felt so good!

  • Chip DePew

    I just don’t understand why…other than to show that it could be done, of course. Is the goal an AK platform that could legitimately compete with, say, a Barrett 50 cal…accurate at long range? What changes to the receiver have been made to reduce the flex incorporated into the original design to make it more precise? Still, very cool to see…now if we could have it full auto.

  • Jesse#1

    Wonder why anything in the ‘big 50’ has to cost so many thousands of dollars. It doesn’t seem likely that a little more metal cost so much more. Of course anything new always has design and testing costs added but, Really? $7000

    • Tothe

      It’s not just the quantity of metal, but the grades of metal, the volume of the production, the cost of buying the machines and tools for small-scale producers, the software for CAD design and CNC machining, the regulatory hurdles, and many other factors.

      • Jesse#1

        Really? So you’re saying that a 25-06 can be built with some old metal roofing and treadle powered lathe? Or is it more likely that it’s all just BS and the price is based on bullet diameter and case length, and the same materials and machines are used to produce any similar rifle, and the pricing is just a gouge. For instance a big car costs a lot more than a small one.
        I’d almost be willing to bet that there would be very little difference in costs between the design and build of a custom rifle in either caliber. Therefore someone with intellect and skill could make a bunch of money building the same thing to sell for half the $7000.

  • Secundius

    @ LV-426.

    It looks like a Tactical Imports Corp. of Canada, GM6 Lynx .50BMG Reciprocating Bullpup. With “Shortened” Reciprocating Barrel, available to the public for about $14,999.00 USD…

  • Secundius

    @ Kev.

    It’s NOT .50BMG, BUT M1919A4 .30-06 (7.62×63.3mm) in FN-Style…

  • Secundius

    @ LV-426.

    For 15-Grand, I’d by a .950 (24.1x102mmR) JDJ Bullpup instead…

  • SP mclaughlin

    Don’t take my comments that seriously, laddie.
    Also, that guy made a .50bmg Glock but deleted it 🙁

  • Really Big Gun Guy

    I am currently developing a AK chambered in 105mm, same as the Abrams Tank. I am using a cut down Abrams tank barrel aprox. length will be 16″, Magazines will be able to hold 5 rounds with the option of 10 rounds later down the road. It will also come with a optional Cherry picker to support the overall weight. I have fired 1 round so far, and I must say the recoil is not as bad as expected…..only pushed me back 25 feet.