For those who follow the AK space, you need to check out Rob Kay’s new AK buyer’s guide which he has just put up online. All the article and product reviews are derived from his popular book, How to Buy an AK-47.
The website (and the book which is available on Amazon) provide a great resource for first time buyers as well as good advice for people interested in seeking third party AK parts.
He covers all the popular AK manufacturers as well as sections on muzzle brakes, optics, triggers, handguards, optic mounts, folding devices, adapters, sights and other accessories.
The site is chock for of useful info and great illustrations. For example, Larry Vickers, who Rob interviewed, offers some invaluable advice on his theory of AK “minimalism”—keeping the weight down and avoiding putting too much bling on your rifle.
In researching the book, Rob has also interviewed the top builders in the industry such as Jim Fuller, Marc Krebs and Chase Sisgold. They all offer tips on what to look for when buying an AK.
In addition, Rob has also enlisted the advice of experts such as Vickers and Tim Harmsen, who provide commentary on buying third party parts.
Rob, a long-time journalist, has done a great job of providing objective advice. He’s not pushing you to buy this part or that rifle. This is not a shopping mall, it’s a great piece of journalism.
(Full disclosure, Rob is one of my contributing writers and his interview with me on AK optics is featured on the website).
If you’re an experienced end user or just a rank beginner, there’s something on this website for you.
Here’s the piece inspired by Vickers…
When it comes to adding handguards and other accessories, less can be more. Like many first-time AK buyers, when I got my rifle I started adding third-party parts and went overboard on the “tacticool.” This included items such as a full-length handguard, optics, fore grips, scope mounts and the like. Before I knew it, I was drowning in paraphernalia.
The lesson was that adding some of these components may make sense in some circumstances, such as home defense, but you need to be wary of “mission creep”. Loading up your rifle with gewgaws has its practical limits. For example, if you’re going to be proficient at shooting offhand, shouldering a 10-pound rifle gets old very quickly.
(My epiphany is hardly original. One of Larry Vickers’ maxims is “seriously resist the urge to over-accessorize the gun”.)
Given my own experience, I’ve become a proponent of minimalism. (Read entire article…