Customize Your Own AK from DDI

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Looking for a Christmas gift for myself, I stumbled on a nice offering from DDI, a stripped stamped AKM by DDI. Basically, its the AK equivalent to Colt’s OEM and similar series of rifles which feature a functional action but little to no furniture. For someone looking to customize the furniture on their rifle, these rifles can have significant cost savings.

The rifle does include fully operating action, barrel, gas system, and iron sights, all finished in DDI’s “Fenocite” finish, which is a nitrocarburization process. Unlike many AK’s, the process is the same for nearly all operating and exterior components, making DDI’s rifle match in the typical semi-gloss sheen from nitrocarburization. Further, all parts are then coated with KG GunKote “to ensure an even more durability and clean look.” (grammar error theirs).

The stripped rifle does not include:

  • Grip
  • Stock
  • Forearm / Handguards
  • Magazine

Per AGS Armament, the DDI rifle is built from a Hungarian parts kit with a 4140 barrel and Tapco fire control group.

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Those interested can pick one up from AGS or any dealers from their network for $649.95 retail. Further, those wanting to see the performance of the rifle can see IV888 put one through its paces. Or, hit up a previous POTD for inspiration on the rifles configuration. 

On a personal note, I would enjoy seeing a kit like this for short barrels as well, if someone wants to convert them to legal SBRs or to use as handguns.



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.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Jolly

    Do Hungarian receivers use standard AKM hand guards? I thought somewhere I heard they have slightly different bottom hand guards.

    • Dracon1201

      They use standard furniture. You’re thinking of the AMDs. These are different.

    • USMC03Vet

      They do. With the Magpul MOE handguard though there is minor cutting you have to do to get the sling retainer to fit because the inside molding has two tabs that are too large. You have to remove 6mm of plastic on each side of the two tabs. It’s how DDI gets them on in the first place.

  • Lance

    More wood!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bear The Grizzly

    These are priced quite a few pennies more than the ones from PSA. I wonder just how much more quality you get with that extra cost. I am really glad to see more companies offering this though.

    • J.T.

      The ones from PSA need a lot more than just furniture to get a complete gun though.

      It is still more expensive than getting a complete WASR or N-PAP though.

      • DaveP.

        What do you think of the N-PAP? I’ve been looking at getting an AK for the New Year and the Zastava is within my price point, but I would love to hear some opinions from owners.

        • J.T.

          I don’t have an N-PAP, I do have a WASR though that I have never had any issues with.

        • A Fascist Corgi

          The N-PAP looks nice, but I’ve seen several gun channels on YouTube having problems with them. Rob Ski over at AK Operators Union did a torture test on one and it didn’t do too well. The WASR seems to be the best budget AK.

    • USMC03Vet

      PSA are also bad and use cast parts. Stay away.

      • JSmath

        Wouldn’t that be better qualified as “poorly casted parts”?

        A lot of people in automotive circles mistakenly believe cast parts are inherently bad, and time and again have only proven them wrong over and over.

    • Lee

      I somehow manage to get a new ak every 2 years or so and ive owned just about every ak a man can buy. Right now, ddi is the best out there. A bulgarian or an izmash may have more collector’s value due to import bans, but the ddi rifles run just as good and they come standard with a much better guncoat.

      Get a ddi, then put on an alg ak trigger. Done.

  • Old Fart

    Excellent marketing. Kudos to DDI. (Y)

  • Kyle

    This with the Zhukov parts from Magpul and you’d be ready to rock and roll.

  • John

    Wouldn’t you be better of buying one with furniture for minimally more from Atlantic or wherever? I’d just get the zhukov-moe and call it a day. They have many variants of furniture sets. if you want something else

    • USMC03Vet

      You can save a few bucks buying the exact furniture you want. It’s attractive for people that either have furniture already or want stuff DDI doesn’t carry. For example all those great Magpul colors other than black.

    • Lt_Scrounge

      I bought a M70AB2 under folder for under $600 delivered. I can get fully furnished ones for under $600. Why would I pay more for one without furniture than I can get one with furniture for? I would rather buy the one with furniture and use the savings to buy the furniture I want. Since I’m not planning on crawling through mud filled trenches or slogging through rice paddies with it, a super heavy duty finish won’t really be worth the extra expense when I can use the money to by more ammo.

  • Carl

    Finally. An AK I can pull right out of the box and already have the ISIS Setup

  • Ken

    Hmm, I may have to get one to throw a set of Soviet laminate on.

  • BearSlayer338

    Personally I would rather spend that $650 on a complete DDI AK,my LGS has DDI AK’s starting at $650 and they include the parts this one is missing(already assembled). I don’t know about everyone else but I prefer to have something I can shoot right out of the box then customize later if the need arises.

  • Kitsuneki

    Just add some AKB15

  • tenmillimeter

    About $100-150 too expensive imo