Friday, 16 Nov 2018

10 Best AK-47 Upgrades [2018 Hands-On]: Rails, Triggers, & More

10 Best AK-47 Upgrades [2018 Hands-On]: Rails, Triggers, & More


Want to make your AK-47 even better?

3 Upgraded AK-47s

We’ve tried a lot of the stuff out there and here are our favorite AK-47 upgrades that span everything from furniture to optics mounting, triggers, and muzzle devices.

By the end you’ll know exactly what you need to make your AK the best suited for your task.

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1. AK Scope Rails

One of the biggies…you can finally mount some optics and scopes to your AK.  If you have a side scope mount

PSAK Scope Attachment
AK Scope Mount

We like Midwest for all their AK stuff (and their AR-15 Handguards).  There’s a couple different options.

Midwest Industries AK Railed Scope Mount

Midwest AK Optics Mount with Vortex
Midwest AK Optics Mount with Vortex

The Midwest Industries Rail is the most versatile mount since it gives you Picatinny rails on the top.

Very secure and adjustable quick detach method…although my recommendation is to really read the instructions.  You don’t want it TOO tight and the disengagement system is a little hard to figure out initially.

So far so good with the zero when taking it on and off to access the internals…at least with a red dot.

Midwest Industries AK Railed Scope Mount

Midwest Industries AK Railed Scope Mount

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Midwest Industries AK 30MM Side Mount

If you’re rocking a 30mm red dot like our favorite Aimpoint Pro (full Slickguns Review)…you can skip some weight of a Picatinny rail.

Midwest Industries AK 30MM Red Dot Side Mount

Midwest Industries AK 30MM Red Dot Side Mount

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Midwest Industries AK 30mm Scope Mount

And…if you’re going with a low power scope (Best 1-6x Scopes) that uses 30mm rings…you can get Midwest’s Scope Mount.

Bunch of 1-6x Scopes
Bunch of 1-6x Scopes

Again…saves weight from the Picatinny option and lowers the optic for an easier cheekweld.

Midwest Industries AK Side Scope Mount w/ 30mm Scope Rings

Midwest Industries AK Side Scope Mount w/ 30mm Scope Rings

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Cheaper Option

Disclaimer…I haven’t tried this out but I know some of you out there are looking for more budget options that have decent Slickguns Reviews.

Tacksports AK Rail

Tacksports AK Rail

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2. Gas Tube Optics Mounts

I’ve used the option of replacing the gas tube with a mount the longest.

Ultimak Rail Mount with Aimpoint
Ultimak Rail Mount with Aimpoint

It holds zero very well but does heat up the optic so you’ll have to either shoot slowly (boooo) or opt for a good optic like the Aimpoint H-1 I have above (Best Red Dots).

It also places the optic a little farther up which gives you a great field of view but makes it a little harder to acquire the dot.  No problem if you have a proper cheekweld though.

Ultimak AK Optic Mount

Ultimak’s version is the gold standard and has worked for 5+ years for me.

UltiMAK M2-B Picatinny Optic Mount

UltiMAK M2-B Picatinny Optic Mount

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Midwest Industries AK Gas Block Mount

Midwest has come out with their version which features an adjustable nut that makes install really easy.  I’m testing out mine so I’ll update…but so far so good.

Midwest Industries AK Railed Gas Tube

Midwest Industries AK Railed Gas Tube

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3. Handguards

The OG versions work well…and there’s those that find anything but the regular wood furniture is blasphemy.

But I love my polymer furniture!

Magpul AK Handguard

Magpul AK Handguard
Magpul AK Handguard

Proper length, gives you access to M-LOK, and holds up to the heat.

Magpul AK-47/74 MOE Handguard

Magpul AK-47/74 MOE Handguard

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Midwest Industries Railed Handguard

Another few options from Midwest to give you rail access up front while giving your AK a more updated look.

PAP M92
PAP M92 with Midwest Handguard
Midwest Industries AK 47/74 Universal Handguard

Midwest Industries AK 47/74 Universal Handguard

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Or if you don’t need quadrails…go for the M-LOK option.

Midwest Industries AKG2 Universal M-Lok

Midwest Industries AKG2 Universal M-Lok

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4. Buttstocks

There’s nothing wrong with the original…but I really like Magpul’s Zhukov.

Zhukov Buttstock
Zhukov Buttstock

It is length adjustable AND foldable.  And with a robust attachment system (make sure to follow the instructions).

Folded Zhukov Stock
Folded Zhukov Stock

Plus it looks super cool when combo-ed with the Magpul handguard since I think the Zhukov front (above) is too long.

PSAK Finish
PSAK Finish

My favorite stock right now.

Magpul AK-47 Zhukov-S Folding Stock

Magpul AK-47 Zhukov-S Folding Stock

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And if you’re in love with a specific AR-15 stock (Best AR-15 Stocks)…you can get an adapter.

Best AR-15 Buttstocks
Best AR-15 Buttstocks

Here’s our go-to…

Rifle Dynamics AK-47 to M4 Stock Adapter

Rifle Dynamics AK-47 to M4 Stock Adapter

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5. Pistol Grip

I haven’t tried out too many pistol grips for the AK…but it’s pretty similar to AR-15s.

PSA AK-47
PSA AK-47

Magpul MOE AK Grip

The keep-it-simple-stupid grip that gets rid of finger grooves.

Magpul MOE AK Grip

Magpul MOE AK Grip

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Hogue AK Grip

If you like the best grip with a rubbery texture…I suggest the Hogue.

Hogue AK-47 Grip

Hogue AK-47 Grip

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Strike Industries Featureless AK Grip

And if you’re in a restricted state…

PSAK-47, California Compliant
PSAK-47, California Compliant
Strike Industries Featureless AK Grip

Strike Industries Featureless AK Grip

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6. AK Magazines

I love the old Bulgarian mags for but for new generation polymer magazines I like Magpul’s Gen 3 versions.

Magpul AK/AKM 30-Round PMAGs, Gen 3

Magpul AK/AKM 30-Round PMAGs, Gen 3

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8. Smaller Parts

Retaining Plate

If you take apart the internals or swap out a trigger…I really like swapping out the pins with a one-piece retaining plate.

It’s cheap and keeps everything together.

Tapco AK-47 Trigger Group Retaining Plate

Tapco AK-47 Trigger Group Retaining Plate

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AK Safety Latch

Finally gives you bolt hold open capability!

Krebs Safety Latch
Krebs Safety Latch
Krebs Custom AK-47/74 Enhanced Safety

Krebs Custom AK-47/74 Enhanced Safety

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9. AK Muzzle Devices

The AK-47 kicks more than the AR-15…and though the slant brake is ok…it can always be better.

Slant AK Brake
Slant AK Brake

I like the PWS since I’ve run an older version the longest…

PWS AK Muzzle Brake, Old Version
PWS AK Muzzle Brake, Old Version

It tames the recoil and muzzle rise very well.

Primary Weapons - AK-47 FSC47 7.62x39 Muzzle Break

Primary Weapons – AK-47 FSC47 7.62×39 Muzzle Break

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Need a flash hider?  There’s not too many choices out there but I like AAC’s which utilizes the tried and true triple prong.

AAC AK Flash Hider

AAC AK Flash Hider

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Or how about a compensator that pushes the blast forward…especially good if you have teammates and a shorter barrel.  Your range friends will thank you too.

Midwest Industries AK Blast Can

Midwest Industries AK Blast Can

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10. Triggers

We end with a super important upgrade…the trigger.

Getting a better trigger (especially on an AK) is probably the best bang-for-the-buck upgrade for immediate accuracy results.

PSAK-47 Safety
ALG AK Trigger

For mine…the ALG AK Trigger brought down my AK trigger to 3 lb 1 oz and reduced the post and pre travel.  Amazing!

Plus, it’s not that big of a pain to install.

ALG AK Enhanced Trigger

ALG AK Enhanced Trigger

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Another option which yields a better overall trigger pull…but at a much higher expense and potentially a much harder install (depending on your gun).

CMC AK-47 Elite Trigger

CMC AK-47 Elite Trigger

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Conclusion

There you have it…our best AK-47 upgrades with a couple of choices each.

Upgraded AKs
Upgraded AKs

Whether you want to mount an optic affordably…or fully trick out your AK to bring it to the 21st century…there’s an upgrade for it.

Anything else you’d add onto the list…or how have these upgrades affected your rifle’s performance?  And…if you’re looking at a new (or first) AK purchase…check out our Best AK-47 post. 

A Couple AR-15 Optics
A Couple AR-15 Optics

Or now that you’ve got an optic mount…check out our Best AR-15 Optics (since they are pretty much the same for AKs)

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