|AK-74 DMR Rifle|
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.
|Straight Jacket system|
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.
|Muzzle brake on the Straight Jacket system|
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.
|Straight Jacket adds little weight to the rifle|
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.
I'll keep you guys posted on the progress of the project here on the Blog and on our YouTube channel. If you have any questions, swing by our Facebook page and post your questions there (or here in the comments section).