Building an AK-74 DMR Rifle

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  1. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

    May 26, 2010
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    The AR-15 seems to get all the attention in the U.S. market place. No less than 50 different companies currently make, or did make, AR-15's for civilian sales in the U.S. Couple that with the countless manufacturers of accessories like rails, stocks, sights, mounts, slings, barrels, triggers, etc. and it's a massive industry that feeds the AR marketplace.

    But what about the AK? The popularity of the AK has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. At one time major online retailers like Atlantic Firearms sold mostly AR's. Today Atlantic Firearms tells me they sell 10 AK's for every AR they sell. If you look at their main page you can see a massive array of AK's presented to the buyer, something they apparently want.

    Slowly we're starting to see high quality accessories for the AK being made by companies such Midwest Industries, US PALM and RS Products being offered. The one area where AK's still need development is in the long range accuracy department. Many people believe that the AK is horribly inaccurate and there's nothing you can do about it.


    This isn't true. Marc Krebs has been working to build sub-MOA AK's for a while now and I've shot a couple examples. But having Marc build you a rifle is not only expensive but it can take a while. Gunsmiths such as Marc are in high demand and they're usually swamped with work.

    What if someone could build an AK that shot 1" groups at 100 yards that cost less than $1500? That puts it in the same price range as a good quality AR.

    I've always wanted a Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) based on the AK. A DMR isn't a sniper rifle per se, it's a rifle intended to be used by regular grunts for medium range aimed fire. It's not typically as fancy as a full blown sniper rifle and it's usually semi-automatic. It's also usually based on a standard infantry rifle that's been slightly modified to increase the long range accuracy.


    When I attended David Fortier's Big 3 Event last year, I was introduced to Teludyne Tech. They offer a unique product called the "Straight Jacket" that is applied to a factory barrel and is claimed to substantially increase the accuracy of the rifle. It not only makes the barrel more rigid, like a heavy barrel, but it also acts as a very efficient heat sink that whisks heat away from the barrel and chamber of the rifle. I gave a demonstration of this in my video review of the event.

    It dawned on me, what if I took the Straight Jacket system and applied it to a AK-74? Would it make it as accurate as an AR-15? I contacted my friends at Atlantic Firearms and discussed the concept with the owner. He shared my interest and so the project to build a DMR AK-74 began.

    The rifles were sent to Teludyne before Christmas of 2011. We got them back the week after SHOT Show 2012. I just received my test rifle last week and the testing will begin this coming weekend. The goal is to confirm the accuracy potential of the rifle with common commercially available 5.45x39 ammo. A video or two about this process will be posted to the Military Arms Channel in the next few weeks.

    Why was the AK-74 chosen vs. one chambered for the 7.62x39? Simple: Ballistics. The 5.45x39 is flatter shooting and less effected by wind drift than the 7.62x39. The DMR rifle should be able to engage targets out to 500m and the 7.62x39 simply isn't up to that task. The AK-74 also has very mild recoil, similar to that of the AR15 which will make follow-up shots very quick and easy. I believe the 5.45x39 is the ideal cartridge for this project.

    Waffen Werks was chosen as the test bed for this project. They are known for building quality AK's using Bulgarian parts kits and NODAK SPUD receivers. They produce about the best U.S. made rifles on the market and they're reasonably priced.


    Source : Military Arms Channel Blog: Building an AK-74 DMR Rifle
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