Vietnam Army Testing AK-Equipped UGV To Reduce Casualties

On the 17th of November, 2021, the Twitter account Lee Ann Quann reported that the Vietnamese Army was in the midst of testing a brand new homemade UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle). The tweet included a video of what appears to be a cobbled-together unmanned treaded miniature drive section with an AK pattern rifle mounted to the top of the vehicle via an articulating gimble. According to the tweet, the PAVN intends to use the UGV as a “sentry” that would flush infiltrators from trenches to reduce battlefield casualties.

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POTD: Type 81 Kobra Side Mount

Photo Of The Day: Attaching optics to rifles without Picatinny is sometimes somewhat of a pain. If you’re an owner of a Chinese Type 81, or similar AK, you probably understand. Enter the Type 81 Kobra Side Mount and these excellent photos fit for any show.

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Video: How to Suppress Your AK

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Red Oktober 2021 visiting with Mike Pappas of Dead Air. For this video, James and Mike discuss the challenges with suppressing an AK-47 or Kalashnikov-pattern rifle, and how to overcome these challenges and suppress your AK without injuring yourself or damaging your suppressor or the rifle. Mike also discusses the Dead Air Wolverine at length, including the design features it utilizes for optimizing the can for the AK platform.

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New Hogue Knife and Neat AK Optic Setup at Red Oktober 2021

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time, James is at Red Oktober 2021, visiting with Neil Hogue. Hogue has a new knife coming out that they showed at Red Oktober, and Neil also shows us his AK competition build that includes a very unique optic mounting solution. Check it out.

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The M13 "Mini Monster" Krink and the OC13 Suppressed AK

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time’s coverage of Red Oktober 2021, James Reeves visits M13 Industries’ tent and range at Red Oktober and gets to try out their fully automatic “Mini Monster” folding Krink, as well as their suppressed OC13 AK-type rifle.

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Battle Arms Development's Cheap (but Good) AK Trigger: The EKG

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Red Oktober 2021. Today he’s speaking with the guys from Battle Arms Development about their new and inexpensive “EKG” AK-47 trigger, as well as their PDW-style collapsible stock for the AR-15. The EKG is as cheap as $50 from Primary Arms: https://bit.ly/3jL2pyj

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The Most High-Tech AK You Can Get? Occam Defense AKs

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time, James Reeves interviews Brian Keeney, the founder and president of Occam Defense, about their ultra-high-tech precisions AKs – fun fact, no Occam AK leaves the factory shooting larger than 2 MOA groups. Brian explains how Occam does what it does and how they are distinguished from the rest of the market.

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The RPK Light Machine Gun (feat. KCI)

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves visits the KCI booth at Red Oktober 2021 to try their magazines and drums with a full auto RPK Light Machine Gun. James talks with Mark at KCI – a former Green Beret – about the RPK and about KCI’s magazines.

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20,000 Rounds Through a Kalashnikov KP-9?

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time from Red Oktober, James Reeves visits with Kalashnikov USA to talk to them about their KP-9 9mm Kalashnikov-type pistol caliber carbine. The KP-9 has been a commercial smash, but is it reliable and durable? Kalashnikov USA undertook to find out themselves, and they’ve subjected the KP-9 to 20,000 rounds of steel case ammunition without cleaning to see how the KP-9 performed. Check today’s video to see the results.

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NEW Rifle Dynamics "700 Mid" AK-47 and Red Oktober Edition

In this first episode of TFBTV Show Time, it’s October 23, 2021, and James Reeves is hanging out with Nick at Rifle Dynamics to talk about Red Oktober, and to get an introduction to Rifle Dynamics’ newest AK, the as-yet-unreleased Rifle Dynamics 700 Mid AK, as well as the very limited edition, one of ten Model 702 AKs built to commemorate the 5th year of Red Oktober. Check out today’s video on the new Rifle Dynamics AK, and don’t forget to subscribe to TFBTV Show Time for FULL coverage of Red Oktober 2021.

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Midwest Industries Side Folding Extruded Stock

Midwest Industries have expanded their line of rifle parts and accessories by introducing the new Side Folding Extruded Stock. With a silhouette resembling the triangle AK side folders, this stock looks really good on AK pattern rifles, however, being 1913 rail compatible, it will work with any firearm that has a Picatinny rail section as a stock mounting interface.

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[IDEF 2021] Turkish Ozyurt Arms Presents Bolt Action Rifles, Pistol and Kalashnikov Rifle

While in most countries firearms development and production are getting more and more restrictive, Turkey seems to effectively expand its gun industry, and the recent IDEF 2021 is a good example. Almost half of the firearms manufacturers at the expo were founded in the last 5 years. Özyurt Arms is one of those new companies and it certainly follows the path typical for many new firearms manufacturers.

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Limited Edition Rifle Dynamics 2021 Red Oktober Pistol

To commemorate their 2021 Red Oktober Kalashnikov Championship match, Rifle Dynamics will be releasing a limited edition 2021 Red Oktober pistol. They are only making ten of these limited edition pistols.

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Kalashnikov Concern Introduces The AKV-521 Rifle

Kalashnikov Concern first showed the prototype of AKV-521 rifle in November 2020. During the ARMY-2021 exhibition, the company unveiled the final version of this rifle that has passed factory endurance testing and is ready for mass production. The main design difference from AK rifles is that AKV-521 utilizes a two-receiver layout.

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Hiperfire Introduces Hipercomp Next Gen Recoil Compensators

Recoil compensators are nothing new for Hiperfire. Although the company specializes in drop-in aftermarket triggers, they have previously released their popular Generation 1 recoil compensators which rivaled some of the best performing compensators already in the industry. The Hipercomp 556C, 556CQ, and 9mm versions were among their most popular. Hiperfire has since then taken a new approach using modern computational models to produce their Hipercomp Next Gen recoil compensators that are not only more effective but less expensive as well.

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Russian Ammo Ban – Numbers and the Coming Years

There have been a lot of numbers thrown around with regards to the Russian ammo ban. Many of them are unsourced or unattributed, and as near as I can tell, wrong. So what are the actual numbers? What is the actual impact of this ban going to be?

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New Rifles For Russian Special Forces: AK-12SP and AK-12SPK

During the ARMY-2021 exhibition, Kalashnikov Concern introduced two new versions of the AK-12 rifle designed to meet the requirements of Russian special forces. The new rifles are called AK-12SP (АК-12СП) and AK-12SPK (АК-12СПК). Let’s take a closer look and see what features have been added/changed in these rifles as well as what are the differences between the two models.

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Making Remote-Controlled Guns From Junkyard Materials

Remote-controlled guns have been a controversial topic, and are outlawed in some places in the United States with some exceptions for disabled hunters. Redditor and YouTuber Jan Arkadiusz Kowalski aka Brzydki Burak from Poland wasn’t worried about getting reported to the ATF when he and one of his talented subscribers set out to make two remote-controlled guns out of discarded materials, some bits from a salvage yard, an AKM rifle and a Glock. After watching some of Burak’s videos, it’s clear that he likes to have fun, and watching his remote-controlled guns in action, I’d say he and others were pleasantly entertained. Burak lightheartedly likened his builds to the T-800 model soldier robots from the Terminator movies, however without the artificial intelligence aspect, these seem more reminiscent of the remote-controlled gun from The Jackal movie starring Bruce Willis.

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India Buy 70,000 Off-The-Shelf AKs

Last week Indian media outlets began reporting that an order for as many as 70,000 AK-pattern rifles had been made from Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern. Speculation surrounded the news and many wondered how the order would fit into the larger deal being negotiated between India and Russia for a production license to manufacture an AK-203 variant in India.

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New Version of PPK-20 SMG for Russian Military Pilots' Survival Kits

Kalashnikov Concern first introduced the PPK-20 9mm SMG a little over a year ago. This is essentially a modernized Vityaz submachine gun, the result of the “Vityaz-MO” R&D project. During the  ARMY-2021 exhibition, the company unveiled a new, lighter and shorter version of this SMG tailored to the requirements of the Russian Aerospace Forces. This SMG is currently being tested in the Russian State Flight Test Centre in Aktyubinsk and may be adopted as the new firearm of the Russian military pilots’ personal survival kit.

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Import Ban – Russian Ammo And Guns Go the Way of the Dodo

Under new State Department sanctions, there will be no Russian ammo or firearms coming into the US beginning on September 7th of this year. The Department of State published a fact sheet today regarding new sanctions imposed on Russia. The relevant text of the sanctions includes:

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A Brief Look at New and Old Weapons of the Taliban

The recent and hasty withdrawal of the United States Armed Forces from the country of Afghanistan has been somewhat of a controversy. Many say that the withdrawal of US forces was irresponsible while others are lauding the decision as a step towards a more peaceful world. No matter what side you fall on, if you’re a serious gun aficionado then you are probably curious about all the shiny new hardware the Taliban has found themselves now owning. Today we’ll take a brief look at some of the new weapons of the Taliban and how they are already starting to integrate some US and European weaponry into their arsenal.

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POTD: The Norinco Type 56-2

In today’s Photo Of The Day we’re taking a look at another piece of history photographed by cinematicarms. This is the Norinco Type 56-2 rifle chambered in 7.62×39mm.

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Circle 10 AK Rebrands to CRH Customs

Most of you will know Circle 10 AK for its lineup of AK parts and firearms. In the past, I’ve owned several magazines that came from Circle 10 AK and I know they have quite the reputation for being the “go-to” place for anything AK-related. Many of you will also know that over the years they have slowly crept into new territory in terms of firearms as the company has grown. It is because of this expansion that Circle 10 AK has now decided to rebrand itself as CRH Customs. This announcement came via a press release on August 14th wherein Luke Williams explained the reason for the rebranding and what he hopes for the future of the company as CRH Customs.

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Meridian Defense Corporation 7 Sins AK Series: The 1st Sin – LUST

Shortly after finishing the “Apocalypse” project, the Special Projects Division of Meridian Defense Corporation launched a new series of limited edition custom AKs called “7 Sins”. This line of rifles will consist of seven AKs each named after one of the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride). In this article, we’ll take a look at the first and currently the only rifle of the series – the LUST.

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TINCK Arms Develops Direct Impingement AK Rifle

There has been a decades-long battle going on between fans of direct impingement versus piston-driven rifle systems. Which is cleaner, more accurate, or more reliable? In the past, we have had several AR platforms adapted for use with a gas piston system like the HK 416. TINCK Arms, a Slovenian manufacturer of firearms, is developing a direct impingement AK rifle. Our friends over at Polenar Tactical received this prototype rifle and ran it through its paces and despite them being huge fans of the AK’s traditional long-stroke gas piston system, they had a lot of good things to say about this new DI AK.

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POTD: Kalashnikovs and Fire

The first permanent photograph was a contact-exposed copy of an engraving and was made in 1822. Advances in digital photography combined with the Internet have made it possible for us to enjoy huge amounts of photographs. Some good, some not as good. In TFB’s Photo Of The Day, we do our best to select the best images out there, with a focus on firearms. Today we’re going to have some fun with Russian Kalashnikovs and Fire.

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TFB Review: Sureshot Armament MK 3.0 Chassis System For AK Rifles

Before we begin talking about the Sureshot Armament MK3, let’s see why this concept of “chassis system” even came to exist on AKs. If we’ll take an honest look at most rifles we are using today, it seems that the progress stopped somewhere around 1959. In that year, Colt started manufacturing AR-15 designed by Eugene Stoner, and IZHMASH, the biggest Soviet arms factory, began mass production of the AKM, the direct predecessor of most Kalashnikov rifles we see today.

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Circle 10 AK Introduces US-Made AK-74 Parts Kits

Circle 10 AK has released a new product or rather a set of products – an AK-74 parts kit. According to the company, all components of these kits are made in the USA. Most of the parts are made by Circle 10 AK themselves but some are outsourced from other US manufacturers. All outsourced parts are exclusively made for these kits.

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AK-50? Not Quite! AK-50 Lite by Brandon Herrera

TFB friend Brandon Herrera, aka The AK Guy, started several years ago the “crazy” project of manufacturing a .50 BMG AK-based rifle, the AK-50. The project is still ongoing and, with Brandon’s internet fame, more and more people started questioning if it will ever reach completion. Brandon decided to jokingly offer a treat to his impatient fans, by building the AK-50 Lite in .50 Beowulf.

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