Magpul AK Furniture, a long term report

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For the last few months, I have been using Magpul AK polymer furniture on my Kalashnikov rifle. The Magpul polymers transformed my Krebs special edition Early Afgan War pattern AK74 to something a bit more modern looking.

 

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My AK74 originally came with orange color bakelite pistol grip, custom made wooden handguard and fixed buttstock. Like many, I found the stock AK pistol grip to be too small in my hand, the size was designed for someone that’s wearing a heavy glove during a Russian winter.

 

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Magpul’s AK handguards come in three versions: MOE AKM ($36.95), MOE AK ($36.95) and Zhukov ($99.95). I have the MOE AKM installed on the Krebs. The MOE AK and Zhukov extended handguard require the removal of the stock front handguard keeper and attaching the metal chassis under the barrel, which the polymer lower handguard attached to it. All three versions features the new Magpul M-Lok slots on the sides and the bottom for mounting accessories.

The upper handguard is a direct replacement for the wooden one on my Krebs AK74. The Magpul lower handguards are compatible with a number of gas-tube optic rail systems including the ones from Troy Industries and Rifle Dynamics.

 

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The Magpul Zhukov-S side-folding stock and the MOE AK grip. The MOE AK grip ($20.95) is available in six different colors and rubber overmolded version, the MOE AK+ ($24.95), is available in four colors. Both feel just like the Magul’s MOE grips for the AR platform. The larger MOE AK grip fits my hand much better than the original small AK grip.

 

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The side folding mechanism of the Zhukov-S stock in action. At the price of just $99.95 the Magpul folder is a bargain. The original Russian side-folder stocks are much more expensive and requires a lot of custom gunsmith work to fit it. I installed the Magpul Zhukov-S in 5 mins. The Magpul AK stock only works with stamped AK receiver. There’s another version that fits the Yugo pattern AK.

 

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The Magpul side-folder is also collapsible, although I found the length adjustment is less than the collapsible AR stocks. The Magul stock is actually cheaper than both using the AR stock on AK, which requires a buffer tube adapter ($60+), and also the Fab Defense’s AK side-folders, which is $150 for the polymer version or $320 for the modified side-folding Galil steel stock version. When folded, the Magpal Zhukov-S stock doesn’t block the ejection port nor the trigger.

 

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Overall, I like the new Magpul AK furniture offerings, although it does alter the classic look of my Krebs AK74. So far, all the components are holding up fine after a couple of months of moderate use. The MOE AK grip really feels great and I would say the Magpul Zhukov-S stock is easily the best bolt-on aftermarket stock for AK rifles.

FYI, the optic is the Aimpoint Micro H-1 with custom duracoat FDE color. The optic mount is the RS Regulate AK-302 rear-biased mount base with the AKML upper mount. I prefer mounting the red-dot sight toward the rear for the biggest field-of-view.

 

 



Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


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  • Evan

    I prefer the classic AK look.

    • SirOliverHumperdink

      So do I, so I’ve got a couple Ak’s, wood laminated, triangle folder underfolders and amicro draco. I Just put a black Zhukov set on my 54r squareback Vepr. Looks awesome on that gun

      • Evan

        I don’t have any at the moment. I want a 47 with the underfolder (it looks SO cool – like a terrorist gun) and a 74 with the skeletonized triangle side folder. After that, if I ever decide I want another one, I’ll maybe put some kind of plastic furniture/rails or something on that. It’s nowhere near the top of my list though.

  • Mike

    does this stuff fit stamped Arsenal AKs?

    • Texas-Roll-Over

      Yes, like a glove.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    Looks nice!
    I have to say, I’m a little excited for Kalashnikov USA’s AK-ALFA for the being lighter and improved, without totally ruining the style or the function (hopefully).

    • nova3930

      I’m wanting an AK for the collection but waiting for these to show up at my local shops. Want to inspect them hands on.

    • All the Raindrops

      I’m put off by the fact that K-USA is using the Kalash name without permission or relation to the actual Kalash company. And the “alfa ak” looks like it was thrown together with spare parts from saiga conversions with an unnecessary clamshell adding bulk. Thing is butt ugly imo. The design is lacking in several ways.

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        We shall see.
        The bastard may surprise us yet. LOL.

  • Wolfgar

    I’m hoping they make the Zhukov stock for milled receivers.

  • Rob

    There are photos of Milled guns with that stock, I don’t know if its only a certain Milled rec. rifle or if it could be, with a little effort mounted on a few different Milled rec. guns?

    • Vhyrus

      I believe the yugo version can be mounted on any yugo pattern ak including some of the milled receiver variants.

  • Bub

    Funny this morning I just ordered the handguard and buttstock mentioned above for an old WASR I have. Then I saw the article and panic set in. What if this stuff is junk, but it seems you are fairly happy and my nerves all calmed back down. I really don’t have any real problem with the cheap handguard on the WASR, but since I was getting a buttstock I decide to go all out. The buttstock is the thing I have never liked. I don’t know if it’s too short, the angle is wrong, or what. My hope is the new Magpul stock will be a better fit.

    • Timothy G. Yan

      You will like the Magpul much better than the stock WASR woods. As for the original WASR stock……it’s probably sized for farm-boy conscripts from the Carpathian villages. You and most ‘Mericans are too tall for it.

      • iksnilol

        + a short stock is better than a too long one if you can’t have it adjustable.

  • Lance

    Wood looks and feels better than plastic. Overall if you want a Magpul AK get it at Classic firearms .com.

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      There’s a reason why the Russians used wood and Bakelite.
      The folding Magpul stock can break in cold environments.

  • USMC03Vet

    Only reason I finally bought an AK is because somebody made good functional furniture for it. I love to shoot it with the stock folded and carrying when folded is just so nice. I do have a whole set of MOE AK furniture going unused that needs a home, I should buy another AK……

    • BrandonAKsALot

      So have you never seen the polymer folding stock that is on the AK-74m and newer variants? It’s easily the best folding stock in production in many respects. Lock up is so tight you’d think it’s a fixed stock and it’s an extremely resilient design. It’s no on adjustable, but it was designed over 20 years ago. It’s perfect optics height while still allowing a good cheek weld for irons.

      I do actually like the Zhukov though, but I prefer a flush hinge for folding stocks. I’m not big on the hand guards, but they are tasteful while being functional. I think Magpul did a fine job, but there are good options for the AK and have been. Just have to know where to look.

  • 7n6

    Some of the ugliest furniture out there, right on par with tapco and utg. Skip the US made AKs and magpul trash and buy and slr 107/104

    • All the Raindrops

      Tapco and utg? Lol come on now

  • MPWS

    This is great looking firearm and yet it is not “over-dressed”. I’d say it rivals and exceeds military issue guns. The question is how these accessories would stand military service.

    Since this is about all you can do to AK platform (save for AK Alpha) what is remaining is obsolescent mechanics and mainly its twitchy receiver. I all seem to come to an end of development. Thanks for showing.

  • Vhyrus

    The zhukov is hands down the best thing to come out for the AK in a long time. I would go as far as to call it a game changer.

    • All the Raindrops

      The factory poly side-folder is the best stock by quite a bit, it’s just not easily installed on fixed stock trunions.

      I like the magpul stuff, have multiple ak grips, zhukov hg, etc… but it’s not life-altering or anything.

      I run CTR’s on a few ak’s with vltor adaptors, I like that combo quite a bit. I prefer It to the zhukov-s unless I was to need something more compact in vehicles – but changing the trunion would save a couple inches if that stuff was that important to me.

      I don’t think I have an ak without anything magpul on it, and im very happy with the purchases, but it’s not life altering. I really really like the zhukov handguard. YMMV.

  • What’s the weight on your AK with the optics and optics mount?

    By the way, that Aimpoint looks sweet in FDE.

  • JW

    Good Article. Like to see what it’s like in a year.

  • Leo

    I am not exactly happy with mine on C39v2, handguard is shaking because of flaw in connection design. Stock unscrewed couple of times even with blue loctate been used for the bolt. Mine stock is not Zhukov but regular fixed Magpul.

  • Kelly Harbeson

    I have the MOE grip on all my AKs. Great feel and the storage compartment is perfect for a bore snake!