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
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.
TAPCO Intrafuse AK-47 Magazine, $7.27
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.
Magpul AK-47 MOE PMAG, $13.25
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.
TAPCO M16 Style AK-47 Muzzle Brake, $11.37
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.
TAPCO INTRAFUSE AK-47 SAW Pistol Grip, $13.78
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.
TAPCO INTRAFUSE AK-47 G2 Double Hook Trigger Group, $24.93
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.
For installation details, read, “Installing the TAPCO G2 Double Hook AK-47 Trigger.”
Leapers UTG AK-47 3rd Gen Side Scope Mount, $21.97
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.
Uncle Mike’s Tactical Rifle Case 43″
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.
TAPCO AK T6 6-Position Collapsible Stock, $35.12
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.
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
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.
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.”