Rosoboronexport To Discuss AK-203 Production At India's Defexpo 22

This week sees India’s premier military exposition, Defexpo, get underway in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. One of the attendees is Russia’s Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the Rostec State Corporation, who will be in discussions with Indian officials to finally get production of the AK-203 in India organised.

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Frontier Armory Galil Modernization Kits

Frontier Armory, an importer of African and European gun parts, has announced two new modernization packages for the original Galil, the Kudu and the Oryx. These kits add additional rail space and other improvements to facilitate use with optics and accessories. Both kits will be available for the longer gas system of the standard (or R4) rifle, or the shorter SAR (R5) carbine.

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UK has Procured Chinese AKs to Train Ukrainian Troops

In recent weeks we’ve examined how the UK has procured various 7.62x39mm AK-pattern rifles for use in training Ukrainian troops in the UK. The latest video and photographs from the training the UK is providing show that alongside the previously identified AK variants a number of Chinese Type 56-1 rifles have also been procured.

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The New Palmetto State Armory Type 56 Spiker Clone

It’s been a hot minute since Chinese AKs were imported into the US. Back in the mid to late 80s, you could purchase multiple configurations of these rifles including models featuring side folding stocks, underfolders, milled receivers, stamped, and spiker models like this one that PSA has finally released to the public. These of course came from a few different government factories going by Norinco, Polytech, and before them Clayco.

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Atlantic Firearms Egyptian Maadi AKM Build Kits

The Egyptian Maadi, specifically the Steyr imported ARM, has always been one of the better examples of imported AKM pattern rifles. These rifles are built on Russian-made tooling by Russian-trained technicians and workers. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, it was as close as you could get to an actual Russian-made AKM. Unfortunately, only a couple thousand of the fixed stock model ARM and even less (some say only 50) of the “Crutch” style folding stock models were imported.

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AK Alternative? CW39 – New Roller Delayed Blowback Rifle from Pakistan Ordnance Factories

In December of 2021, TFB was the first firearms media to publish information about BW20, a new family of roller-delayed blowback rifles developed by Pakistan Ordnance Factories. In February of 2022, the entire family of weapons was officially presented in Saudi Arabia at the World Defense Show exhibition. Now, there is a new member in this family – CW39, which stands for “combat weapon chambered for 7.62×39”.

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[ADEX 2022] New Turkish AK Rifle from Sarsilmaz

Despite the fact that the first AK went into production over 74 years ago, new companies and new countries are beginning to manufacture their versions of Kalashnikov rifles every year. At least 31 countries produced various AK variants, and now Turkey is joining that list, thanks to Sarsilmaz.

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[ADEX 2022] The Small Arms of Azerbaijan (Part 1)

The ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia brought a lot of attention to the military-industrial complex of Azerbaijan. And while many of their heavy weapon systems were procured abroad, when it comes to small arms, Azerbaijan demonstrates a surprising abundance of domestically produced firearms, which were demonstrated at the ADEX 2022 defense exhibition in Baku. That is especially interesting considering the fact that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan did not inherit any significant firearms manufacturing capability and their entire military industry was built from the ground up in the last 30 years.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 24: AK-Style Rifles and Pistols

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 24. Aside from the AR-15 in the United States, few firearms worldwide are as recognizable as the AK. Originally designed and first produced in the years following the conclusion of the Second World War, the AK-47 and its derivatives have spread across the globe in great numbers and are still in some forms used to this day by militaries, private citizens, and rogue organizations. Despite decades of it being the “enemy’s gun” during the years of the cold war, the AK-style rifle has gained a healthy following in the western world, and both fans and detractors of the AK rifle can at least appreciate its mass adoption, legendary durability, and simplicity of design. In honor of that achievement and to perhaps help one of you budding AK enthusiasts out there find the deal you’ve been waiting for, we’ll be featuring all AK-style rifles and pistols for the TFB Weekly Web Deals 24.

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TFB Review: American Tactical Imports Galeo (Galil Clone)

A Galil has been on my bucket list since my youth. Unfortunately, the classic Galil was banned from import many years ago and original guns are very expensive these days. American Tactical Incorporated stepped up to meet the demand of gun nerds everywhere by building Galil clones from imported parts kits with US-made receivers and barrels. These guns are marketed as the Galeo.

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Rifles of Ukraine's Volunteer Defense Groups

Volunteer Defense Groups are small groups of Ukrainians local to a town or village who have been organizing to augment the other more regimented security forces. The small groups will also act as partisans if their region is occupied. Overt Defense has recently had the chance to examine some of the small arms issued to the Volunteer Defense Groups in the field.

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Why AK-47 Imports Suck

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Zastava USA visiting with the Zastava team to discuss why AK-47 imports into the United States are absolutely terrible. Fortunately, Zastava has figured out a way to get by the hurdles presented by ridiculous U.S. laws, and the Serbian AK-47 manufacturer is glad to show the TFBTV team how they comply with the law while still producing an excellent AK, just like the AKs from the mother country.

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POTD: Bravo42 Photography – Kalashnikov USA KP9

It’s not too often we have an AK-style pistol caliber carbine in our Photo Of The Day. But thanks to a new (to us at least) star in the sky we have some wonderful pictures to show of the Kalashnikov USA KP9. All of these photos are from Bravo42 Photography, check out his excellent images below.

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TFB Review: Blue Force Gear Standard AK Sling

The rifle sling – one of the oldest and most useful rifle accessories which despite often being underrated, is a must-have for carrying a rifle in the field, more important than a lot of other things we accessorize our rifles with. A well-designed sling is not only a mean for carrying your rifle but will allow you to improve your weapon manipulations and increase the stability of the gun while shooting. While any sling is better than no sling, having one specifically designed for your particular weapon system should in theory be much more preferable. In this article, we’ll find out if it is so in practice in the case of AK rifles and the Blue Force Gear Standard AK Sling.

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AKV-721 & AK-308: New .308 Win Rifles by Kalashnikov Concern

During the ARMY 2022 exhibition, Kalashnikov Concern unveiled a number of new firearms, both for the military/LE and civilian markets. Among the new guns are two rifles chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO / .308 Winchester – the AKV-721 and AK-308. Let’s take a look at each of these new firearms.

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Three Limited Edition AKs by Kalashnikov USA and Outlaw Ordnance

Kalashnikov USA teamed up with Outlaw Ordnance to create a trio of limited edition AKs – the KR-9S Patriot pistol caliber carbine, the KS-12T Valhalla shotgun and the KR-103 Tanker Green rifle. The Outlaw Ordnance did the custom engravings and Cerakote job on these KUSA guns. Only 100 rifles and shotguns, and 25 PCCs will be made. Let’s take a quick look at each of the Kalashnikov USA / Outlaw Ordnance limited edition AKs.

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A .308 AK-47: Zastava M77 Overview

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Zastava USA to discuss the new import of the Zastava M77 rifle. This .308 rifle is very similar to Zastava’s flagship M70 AK-type rifle and almost identical to the Zastava M90 .223 rifle, with a few differences other than the obvious caliber difference. Note that per the video, furniture that works with the M70 and M90 should also work with the M77. Zastava now offers three calibers of AK to the US civilian market, including 5.56/223, and of course 7.62×39. Check out this overview for a description of the features and accessories available for this new .308 AK.

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Rifle Dynamics Limited Edition Thunder Ranch RD700 AK Pistol

Back in 2020, Rifle Dynamics and Thunder Ranch introduced the Thunder Ranch AK, a rifle made to Clint Smith’s specifications. The two companies have teamed up again to release another AK, the limited edition Thunder Ranch RD700 pistol. This AK pistol bears the Thunder Ranch logo and has an exclusive Tigerstripe finish.

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TFB EXCLUSIVE: Zastava Teases A New M70 Underfolder AK Rifle

TFBTV’s James Reeves and Ryan Ogborn have been spending some quality time out in the Chicago area hanging out with the good folks from Zastava USA. Zastava is most well known for its very popular lineup of AK rifles and pistols including the ever popular ZPAP 92, and of course the ZPAP M70 rifle. Zastava released some information on an upcoming project that has been requested, asked for, demanded by Zastava customers for quite some time – a new M70 Underfolder AK. TFBTV will have all of the details in a full video from Zastava USA in the next few weeks.

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POTD: Finland's Assault Rifle 7.62 RK 62

We’ve been running our Photo Of The Day article series for almost 10 years, and the archives keep growing every day. Today it’s time for the 7.62 RK 62, made in Finland. This is the second in a series of articles TFB is doing on some of the firearms used by the Finnish Army.

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Kalashnikov USA and CMC Triggers Introduce The AK 2.0 Trigger

Kalashnikov USA and CMC Triggers have teamed up to introduce the new AK 2.0 Trigger which is presumably the new generation of CMC’s AK triggers. The AK 2.0 is a drop-in non-adjustable single-stage trigger that according to Kalashnikov USA, has been tested extensively in KUSA rifles and provides positive ignition with a wide variety of ammunition. Let’s take a closer look.

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New From Palmetto State Armory: The Soviet Arms Rail Mount

Palmetto State Armory continues to increase their AK accessory lineup under their Soviet Arms line of products with the new Soviet Arms Rail Mount for optics. Milled from billet 6061 aluminum and adjustable for not only different spec side rails, but the rail can also be moved forward or back on the mount to suit the end user’s needs.

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UK Purchases AKs To Train Ukrainian Troops

On the 9th of July, the UK’s Ministry of Defence announced that as part of its agreement to train 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers it had acquired a significant number of AK-pattern rifles. Initially sharing only one, fairly low res photograph the official announcement stated that:

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? AK Makeover or Cartel Leftovers?

Welcome everyone to the 153rd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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Wolfpack Armory WP47 Pistol

Wolfpack Armory has announced that their WP47 pistol is now available for preorder. The Wolfpack Armory WP47 is an AK magazine fed AR style hybrid firearm chambered in 7.62x39mm. Let’s see what features Wolfpack has packed in this gat.

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JMac Customs 360 KeyMo/KeyMicro 24×1.5 AK Muzzle Brake

JMac Customs 360 line of muzzle devices has been expanded with the addition of a new KeyMo/KeyMicro compatible muzzle brake. What sets this muzzle device apart from other members of the 360 family is that it is designed for AK rifles with 24×1.5 right-hand metric muzzle threads (AK-74, 100-series pattern guns). JMac Customs claim that this is the first and only solution to attach your KeyMount/KeyMicro compatible device to your 24-1.5RH threads.

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Top 5 AKs to Consider Before a Ban

H.R.1808, the so-called “Assault Weapons Ban of 2022,” just passed the House last night. It faces slim odds before the Senate, however, that doesn’t mean that this ban couldn’t come back during the next election cycle, or that certain imported AK-47s couldn’t be banned by executive order. With this on his mind, in this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves discusses the Top 5 AKs to get before there’s a ban or executive order put into place preventing you from getting one altogether.

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Kalashnikov USA Releases New AK-103 Barrel Kit

To those of you out there that want to either build one from scratch or managed to SOMEHOW shoot out the barrel of your Saiga 7.62×39, Kalashnikov USA has released an AK-103 Barrel Kit to suit your needs. KUSA is seemingly going all-in on their 7.62x39mm firearms offering multiple variations on their popular and high-quality KR-103 rifles.

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POTD: Palmetto State Armory AK-V

TFB’s  Photo Of The Day and you’re looking at the Palmetto State Armory AK-V, which is a US-made clone of the Russian Vityaz, chambered in 9mm. I would like to shoot a competition in Pistol Caliber Carbine with it, to see how it goes – just let me mount a red dot on it first.

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Skynet Precursor? 9mm AK Equipped Robot From Alexander Atamanov

Most of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s probably have the name Skynet and the associated legion of 40-watt Phased Plasma Rifle toting robots burned into our memories as something to be feared in our near future. TFB recently came across a YouTube video from user Alexander Atamanov titled “Patrol dog robot” featuring a 9mm AK equipped robot running around and lighting up targets with both full auto and semi-auto fire.

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