Guns The COMRADE, an American AK from The Tactical Edge Dave Merrill November 12, 2018 Join the Conversation Long gone are the days of the inexpensive Kalashnikov–so why not just embrace reality and make a truly high end one? Located just outside of Fort Campbell, The Tactical Edge has spent the last months doing exactly this with their latest pet project: The COMRADE. These 7.62×39 AK rifles feature 4150 nitrided barrels, titanium nitrided bolt carriers, enhanced controls, Russian left-hand folding mechanisms, and several other upgrades as standard. There will be two versions: a 14.5-inch rifle with a permanently attached muzzle device, and a 12.5-inch pistol with a threaded muzzle and folding brace. We note that the pistols are actually threaded in 1/2x28mm instead of the traditional 14.5x1LH so that's something to keep in mind (and it means these will be far, far easier to find suppressor adapters for the appropriate caliber). The official release date will be November 24th, 2018, but they are available for pre-order from their webpage here. Full boat MSRP is $2,099–but you can expect street price to be lower. We'll have our hot little hands on one shortly and break it down for you. Here's what The Tactical Edge tells us: Due to the popularity of high end AKs and increasing demands from both Industry partners and consumers, The Tactical Edge has launched their AK variant, the COMRADE. The same Tactical Edge manufacturing that revolutionized the AR-15, AR-10 and Sub-Gun platforms with it’s strict tolerances, accuracy and indestructible reliability now comes in an AK platform. The COMRADE is designed and manufactured with the highest standards that are expected with any Tactical Edge product. Previously, most Competitor’s AK variations featured cast trunnions, loose tolerances and parts kits from various importers which cause significant failures under extreme use. After doing significant research, The Tactical Edge eliminated these reliability issues by using a new, forged front and rear trunnion, new parts kits and nitrided barrel. The Tactical Edge COMRADE has an exceptional smooth feel, sleek design and has a very minimal recoil impulse. Additional specifications include: [Rifle] •Stamped steel receiver •Forged front trunnion •Forged, side folding rear trunnion •Nitride 4150 14.5″ barrel chambered in 7.62×39 •TiN bolt carrier and piston •SLR 11.5″ ION MLOK rail •ALG trigger •Magpul AK K2 grip •East German Combo block (JMAC GBC-13) •Lantac Drakon muzzle brake •Enhanced magazine release and safety [Pistol] •Stamped steel receiver •Forged front trunnion •Forged, side folding rear trunnion •Nitride 4150 12.5″ barrel chambered in 7.62×39 •TiN bolt carrier and pistol •SLR 9″ ION MLOK rail •ALG trigger •Magpul AK K2 grip •East German Combo block (JMAC GBC-13) •Surefire WARCOMP muzzle brake •Enhanced magazine release and safety Explore RECOILweb:RECOILtv: Ivan Loomis, the Kit BadgerDead Air Armament Goes LiveRaven Concealment Systems After-Market Light ClipNew Glock 26 Slide Blanks from KE Arms NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.