NEW Authentic Molot Factory AKs From K-VAR

AK-47/74 rifles, RPK style Barrels, molot vepr, AK-47, AK-74, RIFLES

Admitidlty, I am just now returning from a five-year hiatus away from the AK world, but I still think this is awesome news. K-Var is now selling AK-47 patterned rifles built at the Molot factory in Russia. Obviously due to legal issues, these rifles can’t be imported as pictured – they most likely came in as preassembled parts, sporting versions of VEPR rifles or even pistols and then legally reassembled into traditional fighting rifles.

The specifications state that there are enough US-made parts to use whatever flavor of magazine you prefer. I’m assuming that the ATF 922-r compliant parts include new a trigger group and furniture, but if you plan on making substantive changes, it wouldn’t hurt to clarify with K-Var, although they should be prominently marked.

Otherwise, these rifles look like solid performers at reasonable prices.


Now available for pre-order!
Product will ship as it arrives.
Built on the same standard as the RPK style machine guns, Vepr is 50% more reinforced than a standard, stamped AK rifle. Each rifle has been manufactured using state of the art technology, effectively creating a heavier duty piece that will last through not just a lifetime but for many generations to come. The RPK-style barrels are hammer forged and chrome lined using techniques that make them four to five times stronger than a standard AK barrel, which makes them with substantially extended service life over other types of assemblies.

Vepr AK rifle in 7.62x39mm caliber, 16.5-in barrel, stamped receiver, chrome lined hammer forged barrel, removable muzzle nut with 14x1mm left-hand threads, 1000 meter sight leaf with adjustable windage, Cleaning Kit and Cleaning Rod, black polymer furniture, Warsaw length buttstock with hidden compartment for cleaning kit, shipped with one 5-rd magazine, 922(r) compliant with US or foreign made magazines.

K-Var Molot AKs @TFB


K-Var Molot AKs @TFB

K-Var Molot AKs @TFB

K-Var Molot AKs @TFB

K-Var Molot AKs @TFB



  • For the first time ever true factory Molot AK-47 style rifle in the US market
  • Heavy RPK-style hammer forged chrome lined barrel
  • RPK-style 1.5mm stamped receiver
  • RPK-style trunnion block
  • RPK-style ribbed polymer handguards with stainless steel heat shield
  • Polymer original Warsaw length buttstock with cleaning kit trap door
  • Windage adjustable 1000m rear sight leaf
  • Scope mount side rail
  • Accepts all mil-spec double-stack AK-47 7.62x39mm magazines
  • 14x1mm left-hand muzzle thread
  • 922r compliant with foreign made magazines


  • Caliber: 7.62×39
  • Operating System: Semi-Auto, long stroke gas system
  • Breech Type: 2 lug rotating bolt
  • Magazine Type: Detachable double stack magazine
  • Weight with 5-rd magazine: 8 lbs
  • Overall Length: 34.75″
  • Width: 2.9″
  • Height (w/o mag.): 7.8″
  • Barrel Length: 16.5″
  • Rifling: 4 groove RH twist, 9.4″
  • Twist rate: 1 in 240 mm
  • Weight w/o Magazine: 7.8 lbs (3.54 kg)
  • Muzzle Velocity: 710 m/s
  • Effective Range: 400 m
  • Maximum Range: 1350 m
  • Rate of Fire: 40 rds/min (practical)
  • Sight Leaf: 1000 m
K-Var Molot AKs @TFB

K-Var Molot AKs @TFB

K-Var Corporation –
4235 W. POST RD.
Tel.: 1 702 364 8880
Fax: 1 702 307 2303


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  • Jose

    Wow! Now that’s the first for Kvar! Already, Legion USA started marketing modified VEPR rifles that looks like the AK-100 series, as well factory original rifles. Seems that MOLOT has his hands full now,; until Kalashnikov Concern is excluded from the sanctions, MOLOT will become the next thing to a true, Russian made AK.

    That is, until Kalashnikov USA stop wasting time in advertising and start showing up their line of AK rifles and shotguns, including their copy of the Saiga 9mm carbine; and the ALFA rifle.

    • PK

      If they finish setting up in Florida (if I recall correctly, that’s the factory location) and start making balanced recoil rifles for the civilian market, I don’t care how much they cost… I will purchase one. Other than that happening, I don’t see those rifles entering this country, as sanctions tend not to be lifted. The US government is rather vindictive.

      • Jose

        They already set up in Florida; the problem is that they keep up everything in secret. So far, they only shown its Saiga 9 copy being fired in full auto; and a snapshot of his Saiga style shotgun. People all around are getting upset, and angry that Kalashnikov USA doesn’t reply about its works. You can check them on his Facebook page. Only the ALFA rifle is fully developed and ready for production, but only in Israel; Kalashnikov Israel is currently promoting it, and it’s likely that they have already started making them.

  • RSG

    Why allude to the “reasonable” price and not give an MSRP or an approximation?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      See the picture with giant $999 price tag at the bottom.

      • RSG

        I didn’t look, nor do I ever, because to me they just look like an advertisement. Figured it would’ve been added to the specs, in text form, but didn’t see it. I went to their site and saw it. I agree, pretty reasonable.

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          No worries. I’ll put it in the specs from now on too.

  • Joe

    I’ve never owned an AK and know little about the different variants. I’d like to get one in the near future, but there seems to be a huge range in quality among the various options (as opposed to say, an AR pattern). I’ve read DDI and Arsenal make good products. Would this be worth considering?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Probably. But it’s a brand new model.

      1. Pick a caliber. 7.62×39; 5.45 or 5 56
      2. Pick a barrel length
      3. Pick a manufacturer.
      4. Pick a model

      Fun process.

    • Sasquatch

      If you want to find a good ak and learn about the ak got to “AK Operators Union local 47-74” on YouTube. Ole Rob Ski knows what he is talking about.

      • Joe

        Good lookin out

    • Glenn Smith II

      Molot makes great RPK-style rifles, as does Arsenal, for the most part.

    • HollowTs

      What he says is true. Rob knows his stuff. But if you buy a MOLOT you will be fine for years to come.

  • pun&gun

    Would these be compatible with Magpul furniture?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      The should be. But like I said, check your US part count to comply with 922r regulations.

      • pun&gun

        Since those are American made, wouldn’t those actually boost the 922r compliance?

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          Ack, you are correct. More coffee.

    • Chris22lr

      It uses RPK receiver and handguard retainer. So in best scenario you would need to do some fitting. Probably won’t fit at all.

  • M

    I’m glad that molot hasn’t been sanctioned like KC but I wanna ask, how did it avoid sanctions?

    • Malthrak

      Because the sanctions were against specific organizations, primarily KC, as opposed to just anything coming out of Russia, and Molot slipped under the radar.

      • iksnilol

        Molot is to Russian arms industry what Poland is to Europe: “aah, that exists as well… Who’da known?”.

      • M

        I mean I know that much but I wonder how legislators missed that I guess. One can easily Google all the former AK factories. I guess molot want a big enough name to warrant a sanction whereas KC was parading around as the OG AK factory.

        • Malthrak

          Yeah, theyre pretty small and IIRC dont do much development of new military firearms. KC was hit partially because US exports were keeping them afloat and now the Russian government has to devote extra resources to keeping their star iconic small arms factory (and one of the countries few recognizable brands) alive, exerting additional financial pressure on the Russian Government.

    • Scott P

      No direct government involvement in Molot. All private. Also their “AK’s” are RPK’s so they are not like the traditional AK that generally gets the bans instituted.

  • Adam D.

    And it’s a straight tang receiver!

  • Rob

    Is that a thread protector on the muzzle? Can’t be imported with flash suppressor, but could be added on if it were a US-made part?

  • BrandonAKsALot

    I’m more than thrilled Molot is making stuff and Kvar is bringing it in, but I just don’t get this gun. It’s all the cons of an RPK without the pros of it. Plus, it’s neutered. No bayo lug or cleaning rod holder on the fsb. And no folding stock. Legion has a way better version with the SVDS/RPKS folding stock. It’s more spendy, but it’s a much more appealing option imo. Just send us some damned RPK s Molot!

    • Chris22lr

      I think that Molot just tries to get into the “tactical AK” market vacuum created after ban on Izhmash/Kalashnikov (as opposed to “hunting AK”). First they brought some straight-back Veprs with “blemished” wooden thumbhole stocks (which were so rough that rifle was unusable), and now they offer this rifle, which is more of “unbox and fire” type.

      They also brought (via Legion) Vepr-KM, but since original V-KMs are just factory refurbished select-fire AKMs (converted to semi auto naturally), Legion had to built them on NoDak receivers. Thus the whole “premium value” of factory original AKM was lost.

      Also I’m not sure but it seems like Molot Oruzhie don’t make RPKs anymore. On their web site they list Veprs as their offer to military/LE. The only “true” RPK is VPO-134 which is (just like Vepr-KM) a refurbished old stock 7.62×39 RPK (so no export to the US, unless with American receiver).

  • Gary Kirk

    Yayyy!!… Oh, wait, that’s right I live in Maryland.. Never mind..

  • Jose

    Update: Kvar did it again! Now they have two Molot Vepr rifles, in 7.62×39 mm and 5.45x39mm; with FIME Group in charge of delivering it. Next? .223 and .308 AK style rifles.The RPK is no longer made, but its AK variants are born. Both Legion USA and Kvar are now the proud distributors of Molot firearms, which is a division of Kalashnikov Concern.

    Speaking of Kalashnikov Concern, they’re just introduced a new rifle designed to fire the .366 TKM shotgun cartridge; I saw it on its Facebook page.

    What do you think?