When I saw Magpul’s new AK furniture, I had some questions about how it all worked. The AK-47 isn’t exactly the most versatile firearm to customize after all, and as someone who has spent a long and bloody afternoon cursing at his Russian creation trying to remove a gas tube I can attest to that fact. Replacing the stock on an AK, for example, usually requires a grinding wheel and a rivet gun. I was curious how Magpul had pulled it off, and they were happy to oblige.
Starting at the back, the stock is attached just like the standard wooden stock. The rear trunion remains firmly riveted in place, no matter whether you use the straight fixed stock or the folding stock also offered. All the end user needs to do is unscrew the existing stock retaining screw, add what’s there at the time to the firewood pile, slap the new stock on and screw the retaining screw back in. It’s a quick swap, and makes a huge difference.
The Magpul stocks on the AK line all offer replaceable cheek pieces to raise your comb height to the point where you can use your preferred sighting system, which is really cool. And I like. Add in the quick change nature of the stock and it’s pretty cool.
The handguards are the toughest to change, but totally worth it. Instead of a small wooden block, Magpul gives you acres of real estate with which to perform your preferred Costa-grip stance. They use the M-LOK system to allow you to put some rail sections or whatever on the gun, and are offered in versions that allow even those rifles with the funky sling loops on the side to fit. One of the nice features is that the handguard has a sufficiently large slot that you can fit an Ultimak rail on your gas tube and be able to use it with the handguard installed. That, or you can use the associated top cover instead and everything will match.
The prices are pretty darn reasonable, and the aesthetic is consistent with the rest of the Magpul line. No doubt they will continue to print money with this new product line.