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