Kalashnikov Concern Releases New AK Upgrade Kit

Kalashnikov Concern has announced about a new upgrade/modernization kit for AK style rifles. It is a drop-in kit which allows converting any stock AK-47/AKM or AK-74 rifle into a bit more modern weapon making it more adjustable and suitable for accessorizing.

As seen in the video, this kit consists of a number of new parts, including a new muzzle device, pistol grip (housing the cleaning kit) and safety selector lever. It also features a new handguard set which adds top and bottom permanently attached Picatinny rails and allows mounting rail sections on its either side.

The upgrade kit also includes a railed dust cover which seems to be hinged much like that of AKS-74U (Krinkov) rifles. It also looks to have a more rigid dust cover locking mechanism. As you know, the dust cover on an AK is not the most stable part and simply equipping it with a rail makes it not the best platform to mount a scope on. However, this solution from Kalashnikov should be a much more rigid construction. It also retains a rather minimalistic rear iron sight. The new telescoping folding stock should also be a nice addition to the good old AK platform.

Although this kit makes the rifle look like the latest version of AK-12, it doesn’t convert the gun into an AK-12. The latter has a number of factory-made improvements whereas this kit is a pretty much user installable drop-in upgrade package. Judging from the video, it should require very basic skills and tools to install the kit on AK rifles.

Right now, this kit is available for the military market only. In fact, some Russian military units already use it. However, according to Russian news website Lenta.Ru, Kalashnikov Concern officials told that it will be available for the civilian market in August 2017.

All these changes and improvements are pretty much something that was present on the civilian market for a long time. You can find similar accessories from a dozen of manufacturers. What makes this upgrade kit desirable is that it is made by the original manufacturer of AK rifles and it is primarily designed for the military use, which means it must be made to meet higher standards and requirements.





Hrachya H

I was born and currently live in Armenia, where I work in a family business of leather goods manufacturing. Being a retired sergeant of my country’s armed forces and a lifelong firearms enthusiast, I always enjoy studying firearms design, technology and history. Also my knowledge of Russian allows me to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Chris22lr

    Much breaking, so new…

    It’s the same Universal Upgrade Kit as presented numerous times by TFB, including repost of Larry Vickers’ photos. AK-74s equipped with this kit were even present during Moscow Victory Parade… twice (2016 and 2017).

    However one should never underestimate the power of marketing and short attention span of internet writers. 🙂

    • Hrachya H

      They released an official video and it is going to be available for the civilian market …see the difference?

      • Robert Blake

        It won’t be available in the US or many other related countries, due to continuing sanctions on Kalashnikov Concern, and the civilian market demand in those that do allow their products is quite small.

      • Rick D

        They said the same thing last year. Feb 2016

  • ABeiruty

    Dollars and sense?

  • TechnoTriticale

    Does this imply that the Russian mil has officially recognized and accepted MIL-STD-1913 or NATO STANAG 4694?

    I would have bet they’d go with something home-grown, perhaps VladMod or PutinLOK.

    • USMC03Vet

      PutinLOK still better than KeyMod.

  • John

    This should help what remains of Venezuela’s forces.

  • ReadyOrNot

    So, did they pay royalty fees to Krebs for their safety?

    • iksnilol

      Why? Notched safeties were around before Krebs.

  • valorius

    Ve kall zis kit ze “Barbie”

  • Some Rabbit

    AK, the Ruger 10/22 of assault rifles. First you buy the gun, then you buy all the tacti-cool accessories. But under all the cosmetics, it’s still just a stinkin’ AK.

    • Big Daddy

      It’s kind of funny in a way, more people were killed with AKs than any other modern rifle and more rabbits/small game were killed with the 10/22.

    • USMC03Vet

      AK is far more enjoyable to shoot at the range. It’s like a Bop-It but in firearm form. AR although more ergonomically functional just isn’t as fun as racking, rocking, folding, and thumbing.

      • SimonSays

        Completely agree, my service rifle was the Diemaco C7 (M16) and I shot and trained with it intensively for 6 years. Still I just bought an Arsenal AK and not an AR platform because I just think it is more interesting and I am bored with the AR platform.

        In my country there is a 5 limit max so you need to make a good decision about which weapons you want to own. The majority of civilian shooters prefer an AR, and I agree it is more accurate and suitable for competitive shooting, but for me it lacks soul.

  • RSG

    Wood has no place on modern firearms. Anything that replaces wood is ok by me. And yes, this is my backlash reaction to the Fudds, who, make no mistake, are as equally damaging to the second amendment as the Bloomberg sycophants.

    • 8166PC1

      There are hardly any Fudds in the American shooting community.

    • noob

      right now – when oil is cheap enough to use for plastic.
      The original AK could have gone with more metal for folding stocks etc, or elected to use stamped metal handguards like the PPsh-41 or the German ww2 subguns, but wood was considered a “non-strategic resource” and that’s why it was chosen for the furniture when other materials like fiber reinforced phenolic resin was already making it’s way into aircraft parts by the 40s. It was all about making a lot of guns, very very cheaply on expensive tooling, and only spending money on places where it mattered like the hard chrome lined chamber.

      Remember in Soviet Russia, the survival of the Soviet Union is the only thing they cared about. Which leads to weird things happening on the individual level.

      In late capitalism, it’s more about what makes you happy. and that’s fine when times are good.

      Who knows, after ww3 maybe we will be making handguards and pistol grips out of human femurs.

      • Palmier

        I have an AK parks kit that I keep thinking about making bone furniture for.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    I don’t get the reasoning for going to a flash hider. The 74 brake is a very effective design.

    • ReadyOrNot

      Love the 74 brake myself, but it’s a fire breather at night

  • Ed

    A much more logical and practical way to get better rifle to Russian troops to upgrade the AK-74M over waste of money buying AK-12s.

    • Robert Blake

      These kits are for the earlier AK-74, rather than the AK-74M. The stock is for a fixed rear trunnion.

  • hghgf

    Where can I buy? Can i order from Russia lol

    • Anonymoose

      You might be able to get similar stuff from SRVV and Legion or whoever else carries Zenitco stuff. Just be aware that current-standard Russian 5.5mm stocks will not fit the 4.5mm hinges on old-style AK74 parts kits or current-production Arsenals.

  • TW

    I would love to grab this minus the stock. Ill stick to a magpul stock. The rest looks great.

  • Rick D

    We have heard about this for a year. I doubt we will see it commercially in the states

  • Rodzyn

    >ak with this kit can meet modern requirements of battle field
    >has no bolt hold open device

  • Tritro29

    Mhh there is only a tiny issue with that. It is not CK that makes the Tokar but ZID. Could the US crowd do their homework for once? Also there’s plenty of stuff CK is finalizing like the MA family of rifles.

    • alek kolba

      Hey, I woner how could you respond to a piece of info about AK47 being invented by Germans. This is from Stormfront:

      Cartridge

      In 1943 the USSR made the short M43 (7.62 x 39 mm) as a basis for a new weapon. / In the mid-1930s, the Germans began developing smaller rounds. In 1938, Polte Werke developed a 7.92 x33 mm round the Heereswaffenamt (Armaments Ministry) accepted and designated the 7.92 mm PP Kurz.

      Concept

      The idea of combining the features of a submachinegun and a bolt-action
      rifle was German. It came about from the realisation that modern
      mobile combat tended to present targets at ranges nearer than 300m, for
      which the standard rifle and its round were over-powered. This hybrid
      concept naturally lent itself to the incorporation of the now-ubiquitous
      fire selector switch. This feature was first introduced by Hugo
      Schmeisser, in 1924, as an upgrade to the MP18. / The idea to copy a clever, innovative design that decimated their soldiers was Russian.

      Design Submission

      In 1945 (or 46—sources differ), the USSR held a contest to design an
      automatic assault rifle using the M43 round. In 1946 (or 47—sources
      differ), designers led by Mikhail Kalashnikov submitted the AK-47. In
      1949 it was adopted by the Soviet Army. / In 1939, the Heereswaffenamt issued a contract for competitive development of a Maschinenkarabiner (machine carbine, MKb), chambered for the new Kurz cartridge. Hugo Schmeisser headed the design team at Haenel that produced the prototype MKb 42 in 1942. A limited run of 8,000 units was then produced for field testing and issued to Ostfront troops. The Heereswaffenamt selected it for development over a Walther
      candidate in 1943. After minor design modifications, the resulting
      MP43 (later renamed MP44, then StG44) went into full production.

      Receiver

      Although the initial production run attempted to copy the German
      stamped sheet metal receiver, this process could not be mastered, and
      production was switched over to machining the receiver from a 4 lb block
      of steel into the 1.5 lb finished component. The revised model, AKM,
      which came on line in 1959, simplified production by re-introducing
      stamped sheet-metal. / The Germans had incorporated this stamping concept—proven in previous weapons—into their StG44 design from the outset (1943).

      Gas Piston

      The gas system and layout of the Sturmgewehr 44 were copied. The
      AK-47’s gas piston stroke is 50% longer than necessary, giving it the
      capability to overcome fouling or lack of lubrication. / The StG44 gas drive utilises a long-stroke piston.

      High Tolerance Concept

      Kalashnikov claimed credit for developing the concept of high
      tolerance, or loose fit, in which the gas piston and bolt carrier’s
      parts fit loosely in the receiver, making the mechanism less susceptible
      to jamming owing to carbon build-up, lack of lubrication, rust, dirt or
      mud. But, in fact, Alexey Sudayev had previously incorporated this
      principle into his AS-44. / According to C.J. Chivers in the Gun,
      the AS-44 is a blatant knock-off of the StG44, so it can be surmised
      that it featured this concept. However, the Germans definitely
      incorporated this concept into their MG42 design from the outset, when
      they decided to replace the MG34 specifically because its precision
      engineered, low tolerance parts were too prone to jamming. And there is
      no doubt whatever that captured MG42s were closely scrutinised,
      nullifying any claim of Soviet invention in this regard.

      Trigger

      The trigger, double locking lugs and unlocking raceway were copied from the US M1 Garand.

      Banana Magazine

      The AK-47 borrowed this design from the AS-44. It more ergonomically fit the stubby short rounds, thereby reducing jamming. / Again, if the StG44 magazine was not copied directly, it’s copy, the AS-44 certainly was.

      The Master Himself

      Any lingering doubt ought to be quashed when I add one last little fact. Herr Schmeisser, who headed the design team at Haenel that produced the prototype MKb 42, and, after the Heereswaffenamt
      selected it for development, its offspring, the StG44, was one of the
      German scientists/engineers scooped up by the Soviets in the Operation
      Paperclip sweep.

      They conclude that Russians were not even capable of a solid design of their own. Whats your response to that?

  • Jason Adams

    Yep we need a place to hang all the tacticool stuff all over the gun and keep the battery companies in business. Batteries not included.

  • Cary Starke

    I just received my Rifle Dynamics RD701 . My only wish is that it had a notched safety on it . It wasn’t offered. But there must be a good explanation why they don’t offer a notched safety . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d51575871680b7a2df6f86b00309080e6f2587700714039175227407aec1698.jpg

    • SD

      Because you paid a premium for a rifle that doesn’t even have a side rail?

      • Cary

        Yes I did. I guess after 35 hrs of tuning and building the rifle and removing 2 lb off the front end, they didn’t want to add more weight to it. It’s a fighting gun. Not a target or competition AK. Aimpoint on the front. And Rock On!

  • Andrea Goldstein

    And yet they still chose not to use the selector switch as a bolt hold-open device??? (I guess they desired a fully sealed dust cover rather than a notched 90% one?)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc462bebca688841f120598422e23e39ed62b94dd8af62763a9a4ec52abf352e.jpg

    • Cary Starke

      That’s a very good point that I had not thought about . I looked at the dust cover, and it is 100 % sealed system . Well , not water proof . I should have taken a pic of the other side of Receiver .

  • myfordtruck

    I will just hang onto my maddi with old thumb hole stock with the long barrel shoots good for me can get close enough to center with old iron sights and longer barrel helps