Manticore AK and Scorpion highlights

by Miles

Manticore had some interesting AK and CZ Scorpion developments out for Bullpup 2015, some were in prototype form and others are currently out for sale. Either way, most of what you see here will be out there in the near future. Some of them are still in the prototype stage 3D printing and thus in polymer, as I found out by folding back one of the buttstocks on the AK and Sven, the owner of Manticore shouts out, “Be careful! That’s plastic!”. But all was good and nothing was broken at the end of the day.

AR telescoping, foldable buttstocks are nothing new to the AK platform, but this is Manticore's entry into the market. Unfortunately this one doesn't lock into the stowed position, just the extended one.
Manticore's rear sight picatinny rail mount replacement.
The inside of the stock is cut out and hollow to save space and weight, this might change on a later model through testing. In addition this is an unfinished prototype, thus the bright aluminum.
I've heard many a comment about Manticore's ALFA rail system in which the company has the looks down pretty good. But does the reliability under stress and severe heat from extended amounts of shooting hold up though? These retail for $325 on Manticore's website.
One of their own designs of an AK folding stock that is meant to be extremely rugged and sturdy. This one does lock in the stowed position.
Current Scorpion stock design, this one is still in polymer so couldn't get a great feel for it. It collapses at various positions, similar to an MP5 stock. Also notice Manticores own selector switch to replace the stock selector.

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