Preview – AK Perfect
Rifle Dynamics’ Off-the-Shelf RD-74
Kalashnikov rifles have seen action in just about every conflict, in almost every continent on Earth, since the 1950s. The quintessential Communist Bloc rifle is the AK-47, which was adopted by the Soviet Armed Forces in 1949 and widely distributed to most Warsaw Pact nations. The rifle and its improved variant, the AKM, are famed for their reliability and robust build. The AK’s strengths lie in its simple design and, oddly enough, its loose tolerances, both hallmarks of Soviet-era design. It is estimated that there have been over 100 million AK-pattern firearms produced since the AK-47 was first introduced to Soviet troops in 1947. What’s even more amazing is that, for other than a few tweaks here and there-such as the AK-74, it has essentially remained unchanged for 65 years; until now.
Enter Rifle Dynamics, a Las Vegas-based firm specializing in custom-built ComBloc rifles. Founder Jim Fuller’s love for the AK and other ComBloc firearms stems from his combined 30 years of security related, instructional, and gunsmithing experience. His hands-on work in the field gave him a firsthand account of the strengths, and the weaknesses, of the AK platform. Fuller realized early on that there weren’t many armorers willing to work on AKs. This made sense; AKs, with their unrefined build characteristics and Communist Bloc roots, were considered to be the enemy’s gun. Traditional gunsmiths didn’t want to touch such a monstrosity, let alone try to improve it. Fuller, however, decided otherwise.
Rifle Dynamics was set up in 2007 to fulfill a growing consumer demand for customized AKs. Fuller, along with his partner, Roger Flores, have been doing brisk business selling refined, customized AK rifles and other weapons. Flores has worked for the likes of the National Security Agency and the CIA for 30 years, most recently as a U.S. State Department contractor. The combined experience of this dynamic duo is impressive, to say the least. For the last five years, Rifle Dynamics has been strictly a custom-build shop. At times, the waiting list for a build is known to stretch as long as a year. When asked who its clientele is, the company’s response was that it is quite varied. Customers range from civilian recreational shooters to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to U.S. (and foreign) government agencies.
MAKE: RIFLE DYNAMICS
BARREL LENGTH: 16.25 INCHES (INCLUDING PINNED COMPENSATOR)
MINIMUM OVERALL LENGTH: 33.5 INCHES
MAXIMUM OVERALL LENGTH: 36.25 INCHES
MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 30 ROUND, BOX MAGAZINE
WEIGHT UNLOADED: 6 POUNDS
WEIGHT UNLOADED AS FEATURED: 7 POUNDS, 4 OUNCES
PRICE AS FEATURED: $2,983
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