A guest post by Robert Sadowski
The AK-47 and AK-74 systems are engineering marvels in their ability to function in any environment, yet today they can seem dated — particularly the wood stock and furniture. Back in 1947 and even in 1974, a wood stock was an accepted standard in a military rifle. Today, synthetic stocks and handgrips offer better durability, easy customization, and more shooting comfort. Here’s a list of replacement stocks and furniture that can up your AK’s game…
ATI Strikeforce Stock with Scorpion Recoil System
The Strikeforce offers a complete stock and grip do-over package that includes a six-position adjustable folding stock with the Scorpion recoil system plus hand guards and an adjustable cheek rest. The rifle can be fired with the stock opened or folded, and the Scorpion recoil system uses a piston design to absorb the kick. It fits most stamped AK-47 receivers and is constructed of glass-reinforced polymer. Made in the USA. For more info, go to atigunstocks.com or call (800) 925-2522. Shop Now!
ERGO AK Classic Grip
Made of rubber overmolded polymer, the ERGO AK Classic Grip is easily swapped on most AK rifles. The ambidextrous design with a textured finish and smooth finger grooves make the grip ergonomic for better weapon control when compared to smaller mil-spec grips. A storage compartment in the butt has a tethered rubber plug to store cleaning gear or small tools. Includes 6mm bolts for installation. For more information, go to ergogrips.net or call (877) 281-3783. Shop Now!
Bravo Company BCM GUNFIGHTER Vertical Short Grip
Made to fit a rail-equipped AK forend, the Bravo Company BCM GUNFIGHTER Vertical Short Grip is a low-profile unit designed to be snag free while providing the user with better rifle control. The forward angle increases the rigidity of the handguard and provides a more natural wrist angle. Reversible spring-loaded clamps allow the grip to be attached to any Picatinny-style rail. Constructed of polymer and made in the USA. Shop Now!
Magpul MOE AK Grip
This unit is compatible with reinforced and un-reinforced AK-47/AK-74 receivers. The grip is constructed of one piece of reinforced polymer and is designed to improve ergonomics with an aggressive texture on the sides and front and rear straps for better control and manipulation. Installation is easy, and it is compatible with the Magpul Grip Core for customized storage solutions. Color options include black, foliage green, flat dark earth, gray, and OD green. Made in the USA. For more info, go to magpul.com or call (877) 462-4785. Shop Now!
TAPCO AK SAW Style Pistol Grip
Designed for extended training and practice sessions, the TAPCO AK SAW Style pistol grip is patterned after the renowned M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) grip. This black-finished grip with horizontal grooves flares out at the bottom so users have a surer grasp on the rifle. The angle of the grip is also more ergonomic for more comfortable shooting over extended shooting periods. The grip also doubles as a storage compartment. Included in the kit are an installation bolt and washer. Constructed of composite material, the grip is available in black and dark earth. Made in the USA. For more info, go to tapco.com or call (800) 554-1445. Shop Now!
Timbersmith Wood Furniture
Timbersmith offers premium American wood in the popular Russian Red for Romanian manufactured AK-47s. Who doesn’t love a Romanian redhead? The set includes three pieces: stock, grip, and handguard. The buttstock features a rubber buttpad; the pistol grip is checkered; and cuts are made on the stock and handguard to reduce weight. Wood is also available in black or brown laminate. Crafted in the USA. Suggested retail is $160. For more info, go to timbersmithusa.com or call (800) 554-1445.
UTG Model 47 Ergonomic Pistol Grip
Weighing just 5.4 ounces, the UTG Model 47 Ergonomic Pistol Grip is constructed of combat-grade synthetic material. The ergonomic design features fingers grooves to help provide a solid, repeatable grip and keep the rifle on target. It features an OD Green or black finish and a concealed storage compartment. For more info, go to leapers.com or call (734) 542-1500. Shop Now!
TAPCO Intrafuse AK Side Folding Stock
Reduce the length of your AK for close-quarters action with the Tapco Intrafuse AK Side Folding stock. The stock folds to the right, drastically shortening the overall length of the rifle; when the stock is extended, it has a 15-inch length of pull. Designed to be compatible with stamped AK receivers. Made in the USA, these stocks are constructed of high-strength composite material with a steel hinge. A sling attachment is included. Available in black or dark earth. For more info, go to tapco.com or call (800) 554-1445. Shop Now!
Mako AK-47 Survival Buttstock with Built-in Magazine Carrier
Fast reloads are close at hand with the Mako AK-47 Survival Buttstock with built-in magazine carrier. Similar to an M4 buttstock, the AK-47 Survival Buttstock is adjustable for length of pull plus it has a built-in magazine carrier compatible with standard AK-47 magazines. It comes with one 10-round magazine and is constructed of rugged polymer. The design is sleek and smooth and won’t hang up on gear. Available in black, OD green or dark earth. For more info, go to themakogroup.com or call (631) 880-3396. Shop Now!
Slide Fire Solutions SSAK-47 StockYou will need plenty of ammo with the Slide Fire SSAK-47 stock, since it allows shooters to safely fire rounds fast. The system works this way: Place the stock in your shoulder pocket and pull it in tight with your shooting hand, then with your non-shooting hand, push forward on the handguard. This movement causes the trigger to collide with your trigger finger and fire the weapon. The recoil from the fired round allows the trigger to be reset. The stock is easy and simple to install on most AK-47 rifles with stamped receivers. Available in black and natural oak or red oak. For more info, go to slidefire.com or call (325) 945-3800. Shop Now!
What upgrades have you added or want to make to your AK? Tell us in the comment section.
Robert Sadowski has written about firearms and hunting for nearly 15 years. He wrote this at home while shouldering an AK. He’s authored four gun books and edited three and is a contributor to numerous gun enthusiasts’ magazines like Combat Handguns, Tactical Weapons for Military and Police, Gun Tests, Personal and Home Protection, Gun Hunter, SHOT Business, and others. He has a personal affinity for modern muzzleloaders and reproduction Single Action Army revolvers.