Brandon Herrera, The AK Guy, has just published a video showing the world’s first AK chambered in .224 Valkyrie. No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke. The AK-224 does exist!
Now, you can chamber an AK in pretty much any AR cartridge, can’t you? The question is how can a weapon system that is normally considered to have moderate minute-of-man accuracy be a proper platform for this very capable long-range cartridge? Let’s find it out by watching The AK Guy’s video where with Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries playing in the background, the .224 Valkyrie AK is revealed.
Unbelievable, isn’t it? It is not a problem for the .224 Valkyrie to ring the steel at 500 and 800 yards but who could even think that it is possible with an AK?
As you can see, the rifle uses quite a long barrel which is a must if you want to squeeze every bit of velocity from that cartridge. The match grade trigger will also contribute to increasing the accuracy of the weapon. I think probably the action is tuned, too. Maybe, the locking lugs on the bolt and the locking recesses in the front trunnion are lapped to have a 100% surface area contact? But these are just my thoughts, we’ll find out the details soon.
To me, this is a great example of what you can achieve by thoroughly studying and understanding the design of any particular weapon system. Brandon and his team are really stretching the capabilities and pushing the boundaries of the good old AK platform like no one else did before.
As The AK Guy mentioned, they will release another video with a more detailed description of this weapon. TFB will publish a follow-up article as soon as the new video is live. Stay tuned to learn more about the AK-224. Meanwhile, let us know what do you think about this rifle? Will you pass or is this the ultimate DMR that you’ve been dreaming about?