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Interesting

Notice anything odd about this pic? Answer below.

Left handed AKs?

19 Responses to “Interesting”

  1. drstrangegun Says:

    Interesting. Must be a conversion… you’d need a new bolt carrier and cover, but really that’s about it.

    Bolt carrier a US made part? If it is I’m REAL interested.

    It’s not a true lefty conversion though, not as much as it looks like it’s intended for lefty shooters. The cartridge still flies out past your face.

  2. Ahab Says:

    That was the first thing I thought. Maybe it’s a mirror image?

  3. Tam Says:

    Not “left handed”, but a left-side charging handle. (Note that there’s no ejection port on the port side.)

    This is a right handed gun, and how the AK’s charging handle should be in the first place. It allows you to keep a master grip on the weapon while reducing malfunctions with the weak hand without having to reach over or under the receiver, an action that can be made difficult by optics or drum mags…

  4. Tam Says:

    (Sorry, “Reduce Malfunctions” = Tactispeak for “Clear Jams”, ie “Operate the charging handle with the ejection port rolled towards the bottom.”)

  5. Tomcatshanger Says:

    That’s a step in the right direction.

    I wonder how the safety works without a charging handle to stop? Or is there a charging handle on both sides?

  6. Murdoc Says:

    Interesting. What about the side scope mount, though?

  7. guy Says:

    What’s the small lever forward of the magazine?

  8. guy Says:

    oh, clip for folding stock?

  9. Gregory Markle Says:

    The small lever in front of the charging handle appears to be the catch for the folding stock, which means to stock is likely derived from the Krinkov. Does anybody recognize the stamping on the rear of the receiver? Doesn’t look familiar at all to me.

  10. ZerCool Says:

    Looks like a real good way to get a bashed-up cheek/nose…

  11. Gun Blobber Says:

    The receiver stamping is for ITM Arms Co. I have one of their receivers.

    Looks like an interesting mod. It would be pretty easy to cut the slot in the left side of the receiver cover and weld a new charging handle on to the left side of the bolt carrier. I have heard of people doing the same thing with SKS bolt carriers.

    I don’t think it would hit your cheek or nose. I always keep my face 100% behind the receiver cover.

  12. Heartless Libertarian Says:

    The other advantage for lefties is you wouldn’t have the charging handle digging into your back if you sling it, both back and front.

    And I’m still not sold on the whole “non-firing hand side charging handle is better” argument.

    Yes, it works better when standing and sometimes kneeling. But ever try it that way prone?

  13. Gun Blobber Says:

    Tomcatshanger: The safety’s blocking of the charging handle has little to do with the main function of the safety, which is to internally block the trigger from moving sufficiently to release the hammer. The getting-in-the-way-of-the-charging-handle thing is pretty much just a way of ensuring that a round can’t be chambered with the safety on, and is one of the secondary effects of the safety lever (it also acts as a dust cover).

  14. Robert Says:

    Those are AK clones from Down Under, where everything is backward!

  15. Lyle Says:

    Those have a fairly common AKSU-74 feature. They’re bastard guns, but one of them could in fact be an AKSU-74– we cant see the gas tube, but the rear sight is on the dust cover, “Krink” style. Yes, there is a latch on the front of the receiver to hold the stock in the folded position. The same latch is used on some full-sized AKs with this “solid polymer folder” stock:
    http://www.k-var.com/shop/product.php?productid=16851&cat=251&page=3
    though like the “Krink” folder it requires its own rear receiver block.

  16. Tam Says:

    Heartless Libertarian,

    Yes, it works better when standing and sometimes kneeling. But ever try it that way prone?

    Yes, a fair bit. I’m sold. (…it’s why I put PRI Big Latches on all my AR’s.)

  17. Moriarty Says:

    I recall reading somewhere that Kalashnikov’s original design called for a left-sided charging handle, but some Russian general found it to be “visually distracting.”

    Interesting to see it carried out.

  18. Tomcatshanger Says:

    I was mainly thinking of the locked bolt with relation to a left side charging handle and the safety.

    Any use as a dust cover is gone now that there is a slot on the left.

  19. Steve Says:

    I just happened to come across a left-handed bolt system that I think is the same system:

    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2008/11/17/ak-lightning-bolt-left-hand-side-charging-handle/