Merry Kalashmas Your AK Gift Guide Has Arrived
You have a guy or gal in your life who is dedicated to socialism’s only good creation, the AK series of rifles. That’s great, they’re good guns and deserve their reputation. If you don’t happen to be a gun nut or a worshiper at the altar of Kalashnikov then you may be wondering what to get your favorite AK enthusiast. I can assure you they don’t need another Adidas tracksuit. Instead, we’ve put together an AK gift guide for that special AK lover in your life.
Magazines and Ammo
The most generic answer for a gift guide is ammo and magazines. There is a good reason for that. Every gun owner always needs more magazines and ammo. Since the AK is plenty popular the ammo and magazines are cheap and readily available. The most common AK variant is in 7.62×39, but 5.45×39 is also popular as well as variants in 223. Hell, there are even AKs with 300 Blackout barrels. So when ammo and magazine shopping it may be wise to wait and figure out exactly what variant your AK lover has.
Magazine wise we have you covered all day long. From the latest generation of Magpul AK Pmags with the steel reinforced locking lugs to the classic Bulgarian stamped metal models. For fun and because Murica, we have the KCI Freedom Dispensing 75 round drums. The best deal might be these 30 round mags from KCI.
Magazine and Ammo Accessories
At GunMag Warehouse we sell magazines and magazine accessories, I tell you what. Magazines can be accessorized for better function and ease of use and with the right accessory loading ammo into a magazine is easier, faster, and causes a lot less thumb pain. It would a real shame to leave them off our AK gift guide.
I made the change to AK Pmags years ago and never looked back. They are lighter, cheaper, and made in America in case 922.R. is an issue. They can also be outfitted with Ranger Plates by Magpul. These base plates make it easy to draw your magazine from your mag pouch.
Additionally, who doesn’t want to couple their magazines? Duct tape is one way, but magazine couplers from ProMag and Magpul are another. The ProMag models come in variants for metal or polymer magazines. Magpul’s are designed specifically for their Pmags. These connect two magazines together and make reloads fast and intuitive.
When it comes to loading magazines the Maglula loader is one of the best tools you can get. If your favorite AK enthusiast likes metal mags they will certainly appreciate saving his thumbs loading them. It’ll also be faster and can be done while watching Red Dawn. No AK gift guide is complete without a mag loader. The best of the best is the MagPump loader, it will make your life so much easier.
The AK is a pretty modular platform and there are lots of different options for furniture. From the standard wood to the more modern and advanced Magpul goodies. The Zhukov stock, in particular, is one of my favorites, but there are various stocks and pistols braces out there. Including models from Tapco, Hera Arms, and various surplus sources.
The handguard is another major point of upgrading. Companies like Magpul, Midwest Industries, and Krebs custom all make awesome and modern furniture for AK rifles. These can be pricer items depending on who you choose, but an AK Gift Guide has to have them.
What kind of AK owner are you shopping for? The “Nyet, rifle is fine,” type or the “Let’s make it modern type?” Either way you have sling options available. From old school Soviet Russian Military surplus slings to the modern Blue Force Gear Vickers AK sling you got lots of options. My SIG 556R AK wannabe wears a Special Edition Vickers sling that is a little bit of both.
A sling is an invaluable piece of gear for any rifle and it makes a great gift, especially if you are really clueless on what to get your AK fan.
Authentic Russian (Or Eastern European) Optics
For the Die Hard AK enthusiast, there is nothing better than authentic optics. They can be tricky to find, and are expensive, but are an amazing gift. Kalinka Optics imports numerous optics that fall into this category. You generally want to look for the POSP Series of optics in a fixed 4 power configuration. Additionally, Kobra red dots are popular choices due to their Russian parentage as are PK-01 optics.
This is the final suggestion in our AK gift guide and is really for the hardcore AK enthusiast. The casual user or AK Fan may not be as impressed as the guy who can tell you the subtle differences in AKs from Yugoslavia and Romania.
The AK Gift Guide for AK Guys
Merry Kalashmas to everyone and I hope your presents overrunneth like Afghans on Russian positions. Ouch.. too soon? The AK Series of rifles will always be prolific and have truly cut their way into world history. It’s not a stretch to call it the second most popular semi-auto rifle in the United States. Hopefully our lit AK Gift Guide has made shopping a little easier for the AK enthusiast in your life.
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner, a lifelong firearms enthusiast, and now a regular guy who likes to shoot, write, and find ways to combine the two. He holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor and is the world’s Okayest firearm’s instructor.