Not content to make arguably the finest Kalashnikov rifles in both 7.62×39 and the 5.45 rifles has set his sights on creating a true “precision” AK. Taking one of the first models out to a 100 yard range, Jim Fuller and Travis Haley are working to wrench performance from the (by reputation) inaccurate platform.
The rifle is set up using Sharps Brother’s milled AK receiver with built-in AR buffer compatibility, SLR Rifleworks extended rail, SilencerCo Omega suppressor and a 3x ACOG with a custom barrel. Using it, Haley was able to put hits on paper out to 800 yards which according to him is “combat effective” (agreed, especially for suppressive fire). Rounds were consistently in the black at 500 and 600 yards.
As a basis of comparison, the same “combat effective” hits were pulled from iron sight Type 53 rifles out to 500 yards. The iron sight equipped rifles actually have an advantage to shooting distance as their sights graduate out to 1000 yards where the ACOG only has bullet drop compensation out to about 600 yards/meters.
Stretching the round past 500 meters is still quite the feat. With its “weak” ballistic coefficient and relatively low velocity for a 7.62mm bullet, the drop at range is incredible. Further, rounds are going transonic which can cause the rounds to destabilize and lose accuracy.
We’re following Rifle Dynamics on their RD700 and look forward to what Jim and team can come up with.