A few months ago, I posted to my personal blog a brief evaluation of the ARAK-21 rifle that I conducted at Faxon’s Las Vegas shooting event, and it seems that since then more reviewers are getting the chance to take the rifle out for a spin. The AK Operators’ Union recently posted their review of the rifle to group’s YouTube channel, the video for which is embedded below:
The ARAK-21 the Union tested was chambered for the 7.62×39 cartridge, and while they did not report the rifle having any malfunctions under normal use, it did experience bolt closure failures during the dust storm simulation segment. Unusually among conventional-layout rifles of its generation, AKOU’s review sample features dual ejection ports, something that back in January was still a prototype feature. At the 2015 SHOT Show, Faxon representatives were very enthusiastic about the dual ejection port layout, as they felt this would substantially improve debris ingress resistance over a single port.