TFB Review: Foxtrot Mike Products Mike-102

The Foxtrot Mike Products Mike-102 is a very unique gun. It uses 5.56 AK mags but has internals similar to an AR. Why does this gun exist, and how does it perform? Let’s find out.

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Redemption? TFB PSA AK-105 Review – Part 2

It’s finally time for Part 2 of the Palmetto State Armory AK-105 review. Part 1 was informative but not a very positive experience. Thankfully, Part 2 feels like (and is) a whole new gun.

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AK-74 Budget Magazine Shootout: Who Does It Best?

AK-74 magazines have become increasingly expensive over the last few years. These days, surplus Bulgarian mags often retail for more than $50. Thankfully, the commercial market is stepping up to the plate with new options. This article is an examination of three of those magazines to see which is the best value.

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TFB Review: Palmetto State Armory AK-105 – An Abortive Part 1

Palmetto State Armory needs no introduction; they are one of the biggest names in American firearm manufacturing. Though they started out as an AR-15 supplier, their offerings have grown to include Glock clones, large-frame ARs, and AK-pattern rifles. That AK lineup has expanded from basic AKM rifles to more niche items like the AK-105, a shortened and modernized AK-74. Let’s take a closer look at this pistol and how it runs.

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Small Arms of the War In Ukraine

It’s now three weeks since Vladimir Putin’s Russia invaded Ukraine. We have seen the Ukrainian Armed Forces put up an impressive fight while Russia’s forces have stalled since their initial attempts at a lightning advance failed. While images of burnt-out or abandoned Russian armoured vehicles have dominated the news and social media there have been some interesting small arms seen. Everything from the newest Ukrainian AR-15s to Russia-backed separatists with Mosin-Nagants.

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POTD: M4s, Minimi M249, AK-74, AKMS, Vintorez VSS, PKM in Pakistan

Today we have pictures from the Russian-Pakistani Friendship shooting competition from 2018. The results were a draw, but we’re left with images of interesting firearms.

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POTD: Ukrainian Soldiers in Combined Resolve XVI

The number of internet users worldwide will soon reach the 5-billion mark. Our world has never been so connected. Great photos can spread like wildfire, but the story and the necessary context sometimes gets left behind. But not in TFB’s  Photo Of The Day, we will always accompany the images with a background and credits to the maker. Above we have a 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment machine gun team that reloads their M240B machine gun during the last battle of Combined Resolve XVI. Combined Resolve XVI was a multinational training exercise conducted at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, in Germany, in December 2021.

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[SHOT 2022] Kalashnikov USA Show off their KR-101

Kalashnikov USA was eager to show off their 5.56 KR-101 rifle on the SHOT show floor today. I spoke with Dave, Kalashnikov USA’s VP of marketing, about it.

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War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Threatens to Drag in Bigger Participants

The outbreak of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the 27 September is not completely surprising; both countries have fought several short and brutal campaigns against one another since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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POTD: Kalashnikov Rifles in Special Forces Weapons Course

No prior knowledge of the Russian language to take this class.  Photo Of The Day, and we’re back to the Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Course with the focus on various versions of the rifles designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov.

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[SHOT 2020] Century Arms VSKA-DG, WASR-M, Micro VSKA, and Prototype 5.45 AK

During the SHOT Show 2020, Century Arms has introduced a number of new AK variations that will be added to their product line in the foreseeable future. These guns include a couple of new iterations of the VSKA rifle, a 9mm WASR and a prototype of a 5.45x39mm AK that is currently in development. Let’s take a brief look at each of the new Century Arms AKs.

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POTD: AK From the '70s in Bell Bottom Jeans

While browsing my social media feed, I came across the images of this AK-74 pattern rifle dressed in period correct bell bottom jeans. These photos were published in one of my favorite Facebook groups (AK-47) dedicated to AK rifles by  Dennis Martin, the man known for making all kinds of fun gun stuff such as the scaled-up replicas of different weapons.

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The Russian Military Orders 150,000 AK-12 and AK-15

According to Russian news sources, the Russian Ministry of Defense has agreed a contract with Kalashnikov Concern to purchase the first 150,000 new AK-12 and AK-15 rifles. The adoption of the AK-12 and AK-15 was first announced back in January 2018. 

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Sharps Bros MB74 5.45x39mm Milled AK Receiver

If you are into AKs then you probably know about the  Sharps Bros MB47 milled 7.62x39mm AK receivers. But did you know that recently the company has released the 5.45x39mm version of this receiver called MB74? This new receiver has all the good features of the 7.62mm one but its dimensions are tailored for the 5.45mm AK parts.

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History and Evolution of Soviet/Russian AK Muzzle Devices

In this article, we’ll discuss the history, development and evolution of muzzle devices seen on Mikhail Kalashnikov’s Avtomat. In particular, we’ll talk about those made in the Soviet Union and Russia. Just like in the case of  one of our previous installments dedicated to the history of Soviet/Russian AK bayonets, this article is also primarily based on Kalashnikov Gun Magazine‘s content which we use with the permission of KGM’s chief editor. Without further ado let’s see how the AK muzzle devices developed over the years.

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