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10 Affordable AK-47 Accessories

AK quad rail handguard

There has been a long-standing (friendly) argument in the Cheaper Than Dirt! office—your either Team AR or Team AK. Plenty of gun folks have strong opinions about which is the better rifle. Personally, I believe there is a time and place for every rifle under heaven, so in this case, I bat for both teams.

As more and more people get into modern sporting weapons, manufacturers of firearms and accessories are answering the call from those who want to deck out their AK-47 with stocks, grips, handguards and rail systems that just about rival the availability of accessories for the AR-15. In fact, I have seen so many modifications that if not for the telltale receiver, I would barely recognize the prolific rifle.

Though not as modular or adaptable as the AR-15, there are still plenty of upgrade options for the AK owner that make it more accurate and fun to shoot. Here are our suggestions—products that work for us—for the top ten most affordable AK-47 upgrades and accessories available at Cheaper Than Dirt!

TAPCO INTRAFUSE AK/SKS Front Sight Combo, $6.99

five colored front post sights with adjustment tool for AK-47 rifle
Increase the visibility of your front sight with TAPCO’s colored front sight set.

Increase the visibility of your front sight with TAPCO’s colored front sight set. Each sight provides a thicker post than the rifle’s original, making sighting quicker and easier—especially for those whose eyesight is compromised or waning. Made of plastic, the set includes an opaque black, opaque red, translucent orange, raspberry, and neon yellow sight posts. Included is a front sight tool for elevation adjustments. These sights fit all AK-47 models and SKS rifles with the exception of Yugo.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt


TAPCO Intrafuse AK-47 Magazine, $7.27

Curved, black 30-round AK-47 magazine TAPCO
TAPCO makes a good cheap mag for your AK-47.

If you are looking for an alternative to metal or PMAGs, TAPCO makes a good cheap mag for your AK-47. This 30-round magazine is made of reinforced composite with MIL-Grade glass-filled nylon and counts as three U.S. 922r compliant parts. It is double-stack with a heavy-duty spring and anti-tilt follower.

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Magpul AK-47 MOE PMAG, $13.25

Black, 30-round AK-47 Magpul PMAG
The PMAG for AK also counts as three U.S. 922r compliant parts and it is made in the U.S.A.

The famous PMAG now for the AK has an impact- and crush-resistant polymer body with removable floorplate and a low-friction, anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower. The stainless steel spring has a long life and the magazine holds 30-rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo. The PMAG for AK also counts as three U.S. 922r compliant parts and it is made in the U.S.A.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt


TAPCO M16 Style AK-47 Muzzle Brake, $11.37

Black M16-style muzzle brake for the AK-47
This traditional M16-style birdcage muzzle brake noticeably cuts down felt recoil and muzzle rise.

Counting as one U.S. 922r compliant part, this traditional M16-style birdcage muzzle brake noticeably cuts down felt recoil and muzzle rise. It has multiple locking points for easy installation on any 7.62x39mm AK and is threaded 14×1. The TAPCO INTRAFUSE M16-style muzzle brake is made of steel with a manganese phosphate finish. It is 1.75-inches long and 100 percent made in the United States.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt


TAPCO INTRAFUSE AK-47 SAW Pistol Grip, $13.78

Black, textured SAW-style AK-47 pistol grip
The best cheap AK grip we got!

The best cheap AK grip we got! TAPCO’s INTRAFUSE AK-47 SAW-style pistol grip has an ergonomic grip angle, as well as an overall widened grip width for more comfortable shooting. The grip is made of high-strength composite material and has a storage compartment for small parts. It counts as one U.S. 922r compliant part.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt


TAPCO INTRAFUSE AK-47 G2 Double Hook Trigger Group, $24.93

Two-piece double-hook trigger group for the AK-47
The industry standard in AK upgrades is the TAPCO INTRAFUSE AK-47 G2 double-hook trigger group.

The industry standard in AK upgrades is the TAPCO INTRAFUSE AK-47 G2 double-hook trigger group. Eliminating slap and reducing the pull to three to four pounds, this trigger counts as three U.S. 922r compliant parts—trigger, hammer and disconnector. It is made of heat-treated 4140 tool-grade carbon steel and has a black oxide finish. The TAPCO INTRAFUSE AK-47 G2 trigger group will not fit Saiga rifles.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt
For installation details, read, “Installing the TAPCO G2 Double Hook AK-47 Trigger.”


Leapers UTG AK-47 3rd Gen Side Scope Mount, $21.97

Leapers UTG AK-47 Gen 3 Double Rail Side Mount, Aluminum, Black

There are plenty of choices when it comes to AK rails and mounts, but the UTG Leapers side mount scope mount is by far Cheaper Than Dirt!’s best cheap scope mount. It fits most AK variants and is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum. It has STANAG dimensions with 12 slots on the top rail and eight slots on the side for accessories. The total length of the mount is 5.5 inches. It has a width of 1.7 inches and a height of 3.3 inches. Weighing only 7.5 ounces, it will clear any scope you have mounted on your AK. This 3rd generation side mount scope mount includes a hex screw and Allen wrench.

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Uncle Mike’s Tactical Rifle Case 43″

Black tactical rifle case with five mag pouches on the outside
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a quality tactical rifle case.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a quality tactical rifle case. This one from Uncle Mike’s is 43 inches long on the inside and will fit a rifle outfitted with a scope or other optic. It has a padded interior for protection and tough zippers that pull smoothly. It is sturdily built and includes five mag pouches with Velcro flaps and a bonus pocket for storing cleaning essentials, tools, targets and other gun range necessities.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt


TAPCO AK T6 6-Position Collapsible Stock, $35.12

Black T6 six-position adjustable stock for AK-47
Make your AK look like an M4 with TAPCO’s Intrafuse AK T6 collapsible stock.

Make your AK look like an M4 with TAPCO’s INTRAFUSE AK T6 collapsible stock. This one fits stamped receivers and counts as one U.S. 922r compliant part. Made of high-strength reinforced composite, it has six positions to fit any shooter. Fully extended the stock provides a 14.5-inch length of pull, while smaller and shorter shooters will find the 10.5-inch length of pull comfortable when the stock is collapsed. In between fully extended and collapsed are points for 11.25-, 12.25-, 13-, and 13.75-inch length of pulls. A side sling attachment is included in the AK-47 adjustable stock. It will not fit milled or slant-cut receives or MAK-90 rifles.

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Click here to purchase the stock for milled receivers.

For more stock options, read “10 Stock, Grip and Handguard Upgrades for Your AK.


UTG PRO AMD-65 AK Quad Rail Handguard, $59.74

AK quad rail handguard
Our product tech supervisor calls this handguard the “best rail yet.”

Our product tech supervisor calls this handguard the “best rail yet.” Made to fit Hungarian AMD-65 model rifles, this quad rail handguard counts for one U.S. 922r compliant part. Precision CNC machined from aircraft-grad aluminum alloy, the quad rail has four MIL-SPEC Picatinny rails with integrated quick-detach swivel housings on both sides. The UTG Pro AK quad rail handguard has four rails and is 8.39 inches long, 2.05 inches wide and 3.1 inches tall. An Allen wrench, rubber rail guard, shim spacer, Hex screw and AK barrel spacer are all included.

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For the same handguard that fits Romanian SAR, WASR, Norinco and US Arsenal AKs, click here.

What is your favorite AK-47 accessory? Share it in the comment section.

If you are new to the AK-47, read in an introduction to the rifle in the “Buyer’s Guide to the AK Family of Rifles.”

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Comments (21)

  1. In regards to the best acc for the AK. I bought a rise surpressor. Like Rambo you won’t get that cool starburst that a brake has. But when the working end of a machine throws a 30 rd mag as quick as a person could just throw a box of bullets at you. Keeping that barrel down means a lot. Just remember if your end is threaded its left hand thread. (Reverse or backwards thread)

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  3. The double hook trigger was the best upgrade, but not the only one. I also have a quad rail forearm and a rail cover with a green laser and an EO-Tech sight.

  4. I guess that the ak-47 variants are not talked about much here. For the guy that does not have the cash to buy the real ak-47, i find that the Saiga does a great job of replicating type of action of the true ak. I also have the screw on type scope rail for my Saiga and it holds when i take it off and reattach to an inch of change at 50 yards. I almost bought the clamp on style and so glad i did not. If there are any Saiga owners out there i would like to ask of any advice they may have.

  5. I absolute love my WASR but I can’t do without my GLOCK 21 45 sf, My 20 Guage Remington Magnum with 6 shot extension collapsable stock and 6 shot side saddle with laser , Grandpa gave me his Winchester 30 30 Repeating Arms rile made in 1923 I ve added 3000 4000 RDS of Ammo I’m happy just one one more gun.

  6. I have an ak-47 variant made by Saiga in .308 cal. I see some products that will fit my rifle.Will the trigger system fit my Saiga.Since the embargo on Russia, parts are harder and harder to get for it. I really like my Saiga and wanting to put a silencer on it.Is this possible on the ak-47 design? the threading would have to be on the outside of the barrel. Does anybody know about this.

  7. Midwest industries ss series extended handgaurd. Parabellum armament replacement railed dust cover is the way to go when mounting a scope or red dot to an ak (way cheaper than tws and they include a rear sight unlike tws). Tapco mags usually just needed the tab the locks in on top of the mag release shaved down with a knife to be able to seat properly. Once I shaved enuf for them to seat and release easily, they were not only lighter than the metal mags, but more reliable. Now that Magpul has released ak pmags, I run them too and don’t have to modify them at all. The most effective brake I’ve shot to tame muzzle rise is the spikes dynacomp. And of course I had to change the stock to a Magpul acs-l. My ak’s are my sledge hammers. My ar’s are my scalpels.

  8. I have a WASR 10-63, A SAR 1 and they both shoot well, reliable and both are nail drivers. Last year I purchased a new SIG556xi in 7.62×39 and I think I found the best of both worlds. Try one if you get a chance.

  9. I have a Romanian Cugir AK. I’d get a Texas Weapons Systems dust cover, Kicklite M4 style recoil-reduction stock. I found Circle 10 mags to be the best, IMHO

  10. There are a lot of Norenco MAK-90 Sporters out there with slant cut receivers. I replaced the horrible thumbhole wood stock with a black synthetic stock from ATI and a Hogue Overmolded hand grip with rail options. On the top rail I mounted a Bushnell TRS-25 Red Dot sight. This totally transformed the rifle for less than $150. You need to add these products to your inventory.

  11. We own a WASR and 3 AR15/M4s. I’ve used both in combat and personally, I like the M4 the best.

    But, I like them all and will never get into this AK vs M4 debate. They both have positives and negatives, but both have their place.

    I don’t bother with the “traditional” considerations. The WASR has rails but still has the wood stock. The M&P M4 is tricked out, but the AR has the standard M16 stock and sights. We also have a Clinton era M4 with the stock glued so it can’t be retracted, but with a great compensator.

    They’ere all great guns and they’re all fun to shoot.

    1. @ Mikial:

      Well said… both have their place. I have always qualified expert marksman on every weapon I have handled throughout my military career and law enforcement. However, to date I am truly torn between which rifle, AK or AR, I would grab if I was limited to only choosing one in an end-of-world scenario.

      I will say I fire better with an AK while wearing a gasmask than I do the AR, and I seem to be more deadly at longer ranges with the AK. But nothing beats close quarters combat clearing with an M4 and a 3-point sling.

      I just hope I never have to choose.

    2. Agreed on your last comment . . . I hope we never get to that point either.

      One advantage the AK had in Iraq was its greater bullet mass was more effective against vehicles. Personally though, I still prefer the M4. Just a personal preference, but they are both good weapons as their usage around the world proves.

      As for qualifying, again, I agree. You learn to be proficient with the weapon you have. Period. As the saying goes, it is a poor craftsman who blames his tools.

  12. I have a WASR-10. Attempting to keep it as authentic looking as possible (wood furniture / leather sling), I have only been willing to add the Leapers Side Scope Mount. However, at this time I can’t attest to the stability of the mount as I have not had an opportunity to fire it since the purchase.

    As for magazines, I will only ever use metal. Anything else non-metal, no matter the brand, has given me issues during insertion and release of the magazine. Metal has always gone right in and out. This is only on AKs; ARs on the other hand are a different story and I will only run Magpul in them.

    As for the trigger – I actually like the feel of the stock AK trigger. Oddly to me it is a part of the experience that I’ve grown used to and think I would miss.

    I am working on another milled AK that will have all black synthetic furniture /rails along with a custom trigger and other bells and whistles. But I will probably always leave the WASR-10 as is.

    1. I own a WASR-10 and a Zastava M92 pistol, both bought from CTD. I’ll discuss the WASR-10 here since G-Man brought up some interesting things.

      I have the Leapers UTG 3rd Gen Side Scope Mount, and I thinking it’s the most useful accessory I’ve ever bought for any gun. The ease of taking it off and removing it, and the perfect fit is excellent.

      My WASR-10 has a slide fire stock. Sometimes I don’t like the short length, but I have a lot of fun practicing rapid fire, and when I lock it down to shoot semi auto, I can adapt to the stock, especially standing up. Nowadays I take off the scope mount whenever I practice rapid fire, because one scope already broke from the vibration.

      Another useful AK accessory not shown here is the clamp that adjusts the front sight. I’ve used it to make the manual sights better on my WASR-10, and just realized over the weekend that the Zastava needs some work.

      I agree with G-Man about the stock AK triggers. They are very comfortable for me.

      I have mixed emotions on magazines. Nothing feels crisper than when you snap in a metal magazine, yet I also like the newness of my polymer magazines compared to the questionable internal conditions of my surplus steel mags. I’ve been told you can take them apart and lube them perfectly, but it’s not something I’m excited about doing since they’ve been working flawlessly and since I don’t want to make a mistake and over-lubricate where the ammo sits.

    2. @ SS1:

      I’ve never seen a slide fire stock for an AK. I should have figured if there is one for the AR, of course there should also be one for the AK. Once you brought it up I had to see it in action, so I searched YouTube and watched a few videos. That would be more fun than a man should be allowed to have without a woman involved; probably more expensive too.

      Also, that was a big “Oh yeah” for me when you mentioned the AK Front Sight Adjusting Tool – because I own one as well and forgot to mention it. Excellent that you thought to bring it up because it is a very useful tool that many don’t even know exists for the AK.

      Question – how well does your side mount hold a sight or scope to zero under normal semi-auto fire? As I’ve stated, I haven’t had the opportunity to check mine out since I’ve mounted it.

    3. @G-Man:

      Thanks for your reply.

      My side mount holds a sight perfectly while firing.

      However, your question brought up the perfect opportunity for me to see how it holds a sight, or how much variation there is, when you remove the entire mount and put it back on again. This is the perfect opportunity for me to test, because Sunday before I left the range I had adjusted it to where 5 rounds in a row went into the size of a silver dollar at 50 yards, dead center bullseye. So I’ll have to get back to you, but I need to dismount it and remount it, then check it at 50 yards again.

      ——–

      There were 2 comments I forgot last night. I have many Tapco mags and I had to break them all in before they would mount well. I had to mount each one without bullets about 15 times, and there were polymer shavings coming off the edges. Now they all work fine.

      I also have some 40 round ProMags, and they worked fine from the start.

      The other topic is the shortness of the slidefire stock. I place a slipover rifle stock pad on it just to make it longer. I didn’t need the shockproofing, but it definitely improved the length. I had to buy the smallest size for it to fit.

    4. @ SS1:

      Excellent information on all topics mentioned – I will be saving your comments email to refer back to as a future reference when I find time to get back into my AK.

      It appears you will get out to fire before I do, so yes, I’d be interested in that update as to how well the side mount holds a zero after being removed and put back on.

      I will work on breaking in the Tapco mags and see if that changes my opinion. Thanks for the tip.

      As well, good info on using a slipover rifle stock pad to extend the slidefire stock. I also note that Suzanne posted a link for some of CTD’s slidefire offerings. Again, thanks.

  13. I have two from South East Asia full auto, spits out 30 rounds way to fast. Takes forever to load magazines, forget about drums way to heavy fully loaded. But when loaded with a Bi pod from an M-16 fits nice. You can cut down trees and anything else that gets in it’s path.

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