American Made DDI AKs Coming soon

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Destructive Devices Industries (DDI), makers and importers of Kalashnikov parts, rifles and the DDI-12 AK Shotgun, have announced that they will be offering American-made AK rifles. Initially, the rifles will be available in three options: fixed stock, folding plastic stock and folding metal triangle stock variations. Each model will feature Fenocited 4150 Steel barrels made by Green Mountain.

The DDI rifles will feature hammer-forged trunnions, bolts and bolt carriers as well as military-grade furniture with metal heat shield inserts. All of the guns will be finished in KG Guncote.

Currently, the three American-made models will be available with a stamped receiver, but future rifles will feature the DDI-made milled receiver. And while there are no current plans to offer a short barreled rifle (SBR) version, the DDI front sight gas block will allow the end user to easily register their own National Firearms Act (NFA) gun via the ATF Form 1 process.

Prices will range from $1,099.00 for the folding stock versions and $999.99 for the fixed stock model, but the street prices will end up being around $100 less for each. The rifles will be available from authorized distributors and retailers found on the DDI website. The expected release date is September 1st.

If the quality of these rifles turns out as expected, they will be a value basically unmatched by any other current American AK-47 manufacturer. Seems like a worthy candidate to host a Dead Air Wolverine PBS-1.

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DDI Bolt Carriers

 

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DDI Milled Receivers

 


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P.O. Box 14879
Knoxville, TN 37914



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  • andrey kireev

    I think DDI is the only american made AKs I have faith in right now.

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      Cmon. Those Century AK’s are like Swiss watches.
      Just ask any operator who bought one

      • PopperlinRosebud

        The C39v2 is a good rifle. Some early models had some problems, but they were addressed. Most people who put 1,000+ rounds through their C39v2 love the gun for what it is. It’s not the best, obviously. But it’s a good AKM for the price.

        • Stan Darsh

          I will never understand why Century refused to use the same side mount rail and 4150 barrel on the C39V2 as they do on the RAS47.

          • NearlyTree

            Cost

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      Only commercial one. Build one right from a decent parts kit and it’s as reliable as anything else.

  • KestrelBike

    That’s all kinds of hot. 7.62 or 5.45?

    • Richard

      Most likely 7.62

  • Sermon 7.62

    Is Arsenal not a current American manufacturer?

    • Anonymoose

      No, they are made in Bulgaria and parts are swapped for 922r.

    • Malthrak

      All the important parts (barrels, receivers, trunnions, gas blocks, etc) are made in Bulgaria, they are re-assembled in the US with US made parts for things like furniture and muzzle devices and whatnot.

      • Sermon 7.62

        I thought that import of barrels was banned.

        • Big Kat

          Import of surplus military barrels from machine guns is banned if I remember correctly.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Bulgies should make good barrels.

        • Malthrak

          If the barrel was ever installed in an automatic weapon (as used to be in a surplus parts kit) then yes, that is banned. If the barrel was installed new at the factory onto a semiautomatic receiver, then that is perfectly fine to import.

          Hooray for arbitrary ATF decisions!

          • Sermon 7.62

            That means Vepr-KM could be imported?

          • Malthrak

            If imported in unfinished or in a “sporterized” configuration and rebuilt in the US with 922r complaint parts, yes I believe, but I also think Russia has an agreement not to export direct AK models to the US (unlike the Saigas and thumbhole Vepr models).

  • Anonymoose

    dem folding stocks, though. <3

  • wysoft

    Hoping DDI will make a 5.56 variant and get someone making mags. Want more cheap 5.56 AK mags.

    • Anonymoose

      Why not get a STANAG mag adapter?

      • wysoft

        if done properly it’s a great option as well.
        unfortunately it seems like most of the adapters for AKM/AK74 type light trunnions require too much material to be removed to remain reliable.
        the Yugo adapters seem to work great due to the larger wall thickness of the RPK trunnion used in the Serbian 5.56 rifles – I do not know that DDI has the tooling or forging processes to go to the heavier trunnion & receiver just to support an adapter.

        While there are a lot of aftermarket 5.56 STANAG adapters for various 5.56 AKs, I can’t think of one that is military issued. Radom Poland was working on one for the Beryl series, but I don’t believe the Poles ever formally adopted the STANAG adapter due to reliability issues.

        • snmp

          Galil ACE is an AK with 5.56 STANAG mag

    • NearlyTree

      Same here. In 1:9 twist preferably and using Polish/ Bulgarian pattern magazines. That would be something, game changing even.

  • therealgreenplease

    Question: are we only getting 47s and no 74s?

    • ostiariusalpha

      For the moment, yes. DDI isn’t S&W, where they can introduce several designs to the market without straining their finances. And even big companies like S&W have their limitations.

      • therealgreenplease

        Understandable. One thing I’ve wanted for a long time, but nobody seems to make, is an AK-74 with a 14.5″ barrel + pinned flash hider, and a stamped receiver without the side-mount rail hardware. Finish it off with a side-fold stock and you’d have a light, compact, and very handy rifle.

        • iksnilol

          You could make the barrel a bit shorter if using the AK-74 brake. That sucker is long IIRC. Besides, the shorter the barrel more pressure in the brake (more efficent).

        • Bub

          That would be a nice setup.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I’d love a setup like you are talking about but the reality is most people don’t go through the time and effort to figure out exactly what they want. The average person wants the ability to change muzzle devices and won’t see the advantage of a shorter gun.

          The market isn’t there at this time. It would sell but I think it’d be more successful as a limited run type item for DDI. If they made X many a year and put a little bit more of a premium on it I think they would do well if they can modify their production line.

        • R H

          I have one of the older Arsenal SLR-105’s (5.45×39) with no side-mount hardware. Wasn’t crazy about the furniture so I added some Magpul to it as well as an Ultimak rail and a red dot. I’ve considered getting the barrel cut down and having another flash hider pinned (not sure the 74 style muzzle device would be the best to have pinned and welded on).

          • iksnilol

            Would be fantastic for recoil reduction.

            Probably not the best if you intend to use a suppressor… or y’know, not blowing out everybody elses eardrums.

  • Minuteman

    AK’s aren’t my thing, but DDI are a solid outfit whom I wish every bit of succes.

  • nova3930

    If these turn out well I may be interested in one to go with the WASR beast 😀

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I’m really glad they used a bolten style gas block. This may just have to be my first AK. The only thing I don’t like about the AK besides it isn’t an AR is balance and this should help it.

    • Sermon 7.62

      That thing shouldn’t be called AK

      • Harry’s Holsters

        I love traditional AKs as much as the next guy but it’s great to see evolution occur.

        • Sermon 7.62

          Problem is that’s not evolution.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I get it you’re a traditionalist. That’s your right.

          • Sermon 7.62

            No I’m not. It’s just that evolution is not there, it’s in Russia. Balanced action, AK400, AK12.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            A light fore end is still evolution.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Nope. It’s been done. AK400.

      • iksnilol

        Because of the combined gas block? You are almost as picky as my brother.

        • Sermon 7.62

          Because it isn’t made according to the specs and papers, and technological procedures are not the same, and the steel, the barrels are not the same, too. This is counterfiet production on a big scale.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Don’t you ever worry about sepsis, being that full of crap?

          • Sermon 7.62

            Independent: Russia cracks down on fake Kalashnikovs
            24 October 2009

            “The counterfeit production of Kalashnikovs outside Russia has incurred financial losses, tarnished the brand because of their poor quality and dented the country’s prestige abroad.”

          • NearlyTree

            Their QC is exceptional, the rifle’s reliability is remarkable, and the accuracy is world-class for what it is. The late Mr. Kalashnikov would be very pleased with the workmanship that DDI puts into their rifles had he ever gotten to hold one.

          • Sermon 7.62

            No.

  • Joe Schmo

    I’m looking forward to these rifles! Hopefully they turn out to be of great quality, which seems to be something DDI has become known for. From everything I’ve heard, they make great rifles at a good price. Can’t wait to see some US made AKs around!

  • quix

    Any idea how heavy these are? I’m guessing that the combo gas block / sight post will be lighter than a traditional AK (and less front heavy as well).

    A 14.5″ barrel would probably reduce it even further and make it very maneuverable.

  • Dual sport

    I have seen a couple of pictures that showed issues with QC on two separate rifles. Owner said DDI expressed no interest in correcting the issue. I have no further info than that.

    I wish them great success but only if they make a quality product that is worthy of the AK family. We already have enough companies turning out substandard rifles that may result in so,some getting hurt one day.