Tag: ak

Nifty Bullpup AK

This image of a DIY AK bullpup conversion has been making the rounds online for years but I had not seen it until a reader email it to me. I cannot identify the 7.62mm AK (or derivative) it was built on. Does anyone know? Some have suggested the VEPR Hunter, but the [Read More…]

Turning a shovel into a AK

Inspired by the infamous shovel-AK photo, a member of the Northeastshooters forum converted a $2 shovel into an AK rifle! The barrel is made from a $30 AK barrel blank. Boris did not bother machining it down to the standard AK profile, instead he just cut it down to [Read More…]

A Better Machine Gun Jetpack

XKCD recently discussed if it was possible to build a jet pack out of AK-47 rifles. I would say it is not possible because finding enough AK-47 rifles would be very hard given their relative rarity. The AK-47 was succeeded by the AKM and AKS not long after its [Read More…]

Can you identify this AK

A reader emailed me a scan of a photograph in a recent issue of the Economist. He asked if I could identify the rifle being held by an Indonesian soldier. I quite certain that the rifle is a 5.56mm chambered Norinco Type 84, but the Type 84 is supposed to be a civilian [Read More…]

Guns of the modern pirate

In 2010 the Russian tanker Moscow University was captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia. The Russia anit-submarine ship Marshal Shaposhnikov was nearby and quickly recaptured the tanker. The Somali pirates were carry the usual gear, rusted AK rifles (with no [Read More…]

The Guns of Russian Special Forces

Members of Russia’s special forces groups competed against each other practical shooting competition. It is interesting to see how Russia’s elite choose to customize their AK-74 rifles. Photos by Oswald … [ Many thanks Val for the tip. ]

Izhmash AK-74M Airsoft Rifle

Izhmash has designed an airsoft version of AK-74M. The press release seems to indicate that they designed it and will be manufacturing it. Most gun companies just license the name to an Asian manufacturer. The dimensions and weight will be the same as the real AK-74M. [Read More…]

To Replace AK with Tavor

Azerbaijan is going to replace their AK inventory with locally produced IMI Tavor rifles. This is part of a $1.6 billion arms deal with Israel, which includes the purchase of a fleet of Israeli-manufactured drones. About six months ago the Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense [Read More…]

Izhmash Officially Bankrupt

I reported back in 2009 that Russian state-owned arms maker Izhmash, manufacturer of the AK-xx and Saiga rifles, was facing bankruptcy. The company is now officially bankrupt (Google translation follows) … The claim of bankruptcy “Izhmash” gave the [Read More…]

DuraCoat Zombie Coat

DuraCoat is now selling zombie-color paint. Graveyard Black, Tombstone Gray, Blood Red Green, Biohazard Yellow, Zombie Green and Rotting Flesh (Tan). The full kit containing all the colors and templates will set you back $82. Please be classy and stick with [Read More…]

Weird Gun / Trophy Art

The following artwork is by Peter Gronquist from his “The Evolution Will Be Fabulous” collection … Not something I would put in my house, but pretty nifty. [ Many thanks to Erik for emailing us the link. ]

Kalashnikov AK-12 Unveiled

Izhmash has officially unveiled the first working prototype of the AK-12 Assault Rifle. According to Max Popenker there will be two models, a Light model (5.45x39mm, 5.56x45mm and 7.62x39mm) that accepts all magazines that work with existing AK rifles, as well as a new [Read More…]

GSG Golden AK and MP5

No longer do you need to be a dictator of a small country or a drug lord to afford a gold plated AK or MP5. ATI will soon be importing gold plated versions of the GSG-522, GSG Kalashnikov and GSG-5PK. It is real gold plating, not a faux-gold finish. They are far to [Read More…]

AK-74 Gold Necklace

There must be something wrong with me. Of all the things that could have made me feel nostalgic about not having a girlfriend this holiday season (thats right ladies, I am single!), the thing that did it was a gold AK-47 necklace … it would have made the perfect [Read More…]

Izhmash AK-103 Rifle Spotted in Lybia

Russia won a weapons contact with Libya last year which among other things included supplying AK-103 rifles to the Gadaffi regime. Judging my photos unearthed on the internet, some of those weapons may have made it to the country before the revolution.