Install the Magpul AKM MOE Handguards on AKM-65

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Echo 93, known for their great AK accessories including slings and adapters has posted up a video on the installation of the Magpul MOE Handguards onto an AMD-65.

Unlike the AR market which has nearly industry-wide standardization, the AK market has numerous variations. As such, unique modifications are sometimes required for even “universal” accessories. In teh case of the AMD-65, modification is required on the handguard using a common dremel tool.

For those looking for a breakdown on the Zhukov handguard, Armslist has a good video on its install.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • John John on Aug 12, 2015

    Hmm. There are two groups that would find this modification immensely useful.

    1. The Afghan National Police, which still uses the AMD-65 as their primary firearm. For some reason. Possibly because an arms dealer promised a whole bunch at a cheap price, and they were ineffective enough that if a corrupt cop left and joined the Taliban with their weapon, they wouldn't be able to hit much of anything at range.

    2. Private military corporations like Blackwater, who uses the AMD-65 for the same line of reasoning; they're cheap. Unlike the Afghans, they have interest in making their guns better, so they'd probably do this mod.

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    • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Aug 20, 2015

      @John AK is overgassed by default, that should compensate for less dwell time (which the long stroke gas system doesn't need much of). + The AMD doesn't have a that short barrel to cause issues, it has a 30 cm barrel. If it was a 20 cm barrel like the AKS-74U then I would understand your concern.

      Short barrel can shorten range, due to less velocity. But range and accuracy aren't the same. The shortened barrel would be more accurate due to whipping less.

  • Ed Ed on Aug 12, 2015

    For a AK? stick with wood!