This particular Midwest Industries Rail is exceptionally versatile by adding a Picatinny rail to the top of your AK-47.
Securely attaching to the side of the AK, this mount can still detach quickly for storage and cleaning. Just don’t over tighten the mounting lug and be sure to fully read the instructions to master the disengagement system.
The red dot sight I attached to mine was really good at keeping a solid zero even after being removed and reattached.
I haven’t had the chance to use this one myself but I have seen them around and I’ve heard plenty of good things. While this is a decent mount, it is designed for those who are on a limited budget, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
2. AK 47 Gas Tube Optics Mounts
This is my preferred way of adding a rail to my own AK’s.
This mount setup is very solid and keeps its accuracy in large part because it doesn’t have to be removed like the side mounted frames. The only real drawback is that heat can be transferred to the optic during rapid action, but most high-end sights are made to deal with it.
The fact that the optic is further up the rifle can feel a bit awkward at first, and it may seem like it takes forever to find the dot. This is quickly cured with a little time at the range, practice makes perfect after all.
Ultimak’s AK mount has been my choice for years and has never let me down!
The Ultimak AK Optic Mount is a lightweight and durable aluminum mount designed to provide a stable platform for mounting optics on AK-style rifles. It replaces the upper handguard and provides a secure mounting platform for a variety of optics and accessories.
The mount positions the optic in a low, 1/3 cowitness height allowing for an unobstructed view of the iron sights.
It also features a rail section on top for mounting additional accessories such as lasers, lights, and other optics. The Ultimak AK Optic Mount is an ideal option for shooters who want to add an optic to their AK-style rifle without sacrificing weight or performance.
The Midwest Industries AK Gas Block Mount is a lightweight and durable mounting solution for your AK rifle. This mount is designed to attach to any AK gas block and provide the perfect mounting point for any optics.
Constructed of hard anodized aluminum, this mount is designed to provide a solid and secure mounting point that won’t let you down. This mount is a great way to get the most out of your AK rifle.
In my opinion, it was a lot simpler install than the Ultimak. I recently picked up one of these Midwest block mounts for myself and I am still putting it through the wringer.
So far, I can safely admit that I am in love with it.
3. AK 47 Handguards
The AK-47 was designed with a really good forward area and gives the shooter a great purchase on the weapon, but even excellence can be improved upon.
Here are a few of my favorite AK 47 Accessory modifications to add flavor to the front of an AK-47.
The Magpul AK-47 Handguard is a drop-in replacement for standard AK-47 or AK-74 pattern rifles with a front sling loop on the handguard retainer. Constructed of reinforced polymer, this handguard features an extended length with an ergonomic shape that provides improved comfort and increased control when shooting.
It also features a heat shield that helps protect the shooter’s hand from the hot barrel and gas tube. The Magpul AK-47 Handguard is also designed to provide a secure mount for a variety of accessories such as bipods, foregrips, sights, and lights.
The handguard also has a large internal storage compartment for batteries, cleaning supplies, and other small items.
Designed to give the shooter a much better grip and open up M-LOK mounting locations while managing the heat with ease.
For those of us that love Midwest Industries… they have a few offerings available at the moment to suit your specific needs.
The Midwest Industries Railed Handguard is designed to give your rifle a more tactical look while also providing a secure platform to attach accessories.
It features an extended top rail that allows for plenty of real estate for optics, lights, lasers, and other tactical accessories.
The handguard is made from lightweight aluminum and includes an M-LOK attachment system for additional mounting options. The slim profile and lightweight construction make this handguard a great choice for any AR-15 platform.
If you prefer to use M-LOK, Midwest has got you covered there too!
4. AK 47 Buttstocks
While factory buttstocks are perfectly fine and don’t lack much, there is something about Magpul’s Zhukov that really takes my AK to the peak of its performance.
The length is fully adjustable for shooters of all sizes. Oh, and transporting it or storing it away is a cinch as it can fold neatly to the side. The stock itself mounts securely to the firearm for reliable service.
Combine this fantastic stock with some of Magpul’s other accessories for a unique look and improved performance customized to your body.
This is hands down my favorite stock for the time being!
The Magpul AK-47 Zhukov-S Folding Stock is an optimized fixed stock for the popular AK-47 platform. It features an extended length, optimized cheek weld, and slanted rubber butt pad for better recoil management and comfort.
The stock can be quickly folded for transport or storage, and is designed to work with most stamped receiver AK-47/AKM/AK-74 pattern rifles with a fixed stock rear trunnion. The stock is constructed of reinforced polymer for strength and durability, and is finished with a matte black anodized finish.
This stock will fit most AK-47/AKM/AK-74 pattern rifles with a fixed stock rear trunnion.
If you would rather use your favorite AR-15 stock then check out this awesome adapter. I am looking forward to trying this one out myself soon!
The Rifle Dynamics AK-47 to M4 Stock Adapter is a high quality adapter that allows users to quickly and easily convert their AK-47 to a more modern M4 stock setup. This adapter is machined from high-grade aluminum and features a mil-spec hard coat anodized finish for durability.
The adapter is designed to fit most stamped and milled AK-47 receivers and is compatible with most AK-47 stocks on the market.
It features a built-in sling swivel, a QD sling mount, and an adjustable cheek riser for a comfortable shooting experience. The adapter is also compatible with most AR-15 stocks and buffer tubes.
This easy-to-install adapter offers an upgraded look and feel to your AK-47.
5. AK 47 Pistol Grip
Pistol grips and AK’s go together like peanut butter and jelly.
The Magpul MOE AK 47 Grip is an ergonomic, streamlined drop-in replacement for standard AK-47/AKM/AK-74 pattern grips. It features a hard-polymer construction, a non-slip texturing, and an aggressive TSP texture for positive weapon control.
The MOE AK Grip also has an internal storage compartment and a replaceable grip cap. The grip is designed to fit most stamped-receiver rifles, and it is compatible with Magpul Grip Cores for storage customization.
The Hogue AK 47 Grip is a replacement grip for AK-47 style rifles. It is made from a rubberized material for superior comfort, and features an ergonomic design that conforms to the natural contours of the user’s hand. The grip includes a storage compartment and features a textured surface for improved grip and weapon control. The grip also comes with a lifetime warranty.
For those who want a more natural feel to the grip, Hogue went with a more form-fitting blueprint.
The Strike Industries Featureless AK Grip is designed to provide a comfortable and ergonomic grip for AK-style rifles while also meeting the requirements of California’s stringent gun laws. This grip features a unique design that allows the user to keep their thumb on the safety selector while providing a more ergonomic grip.
It also includes two different angle options, as well as an integrated storage compartment for batteries or other small items. The Strike Industries Featureless AK Grip is constructed from high quality polymer and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
If you happen to live in a state that restricts full pistol grips then Strike Industry offers a superb option!
6. AK 47 Magazines
I have always been a fan of the old steel bananas when it came to grabbing a spare magazine or two, but these Magpul Gen 3 polymer mags are a welcome addition to my gun safe.
The Magpul PMAG 30 AK/AKM Gen 3 is a 30-round polymer magazine designed for 7.62x39mm AK/AKM pattern rifles and pistols. It features an advanced impact-resistant polymer construction, a pop-off dust cover, a self-lubricating follower, and an easy-to-disassemble design.
The PMAG 30 AK/AKM Gen 3 offers reliable performance and a lightweight, durable construction.
It has been optimized for use with all types of ammunition, including steel-cased and brass-cased rounds. The PMAG 30 AK/AKM Gen 3 is compatible with most AK/AKM pattern rifles and pistols.
7. Smaller AK 47 Parts
AK 47 Retaining Plate
Anytime I do internal work on an AK like change the trigger I usually replace the standard pins with a simple one-piece retainer.
It’s an inexpensive upgrade that keeps everything in place with ease.
The AK-47 Trigger Group Retaining Plate is a small metal plate that is used to secure the trigger group in place on an AK-47 rifle. The plate is designed to fit within the trigger guard and is held in place with a single pin.
The plate is made of a steel alloy and has a smooth finish. It is designed to allow for easy replacement of the trigger group without the need to remove the entire rifle from its stock.
AK 47 Safety Latch
This safety goes the extra step by holding the bolt open, making sure you can see that your firearm is secure.
Krebs Custom AK-47/74 Enhanced Safety is an upgraded version of the classic AK-47/74 rifle. This enhanced version features a modified safety selector lever that makes it easier to manipulate the safety while keeping your finger off the trigger. It also features an enlarged trigger guard that allows for easier access to the trigger while wearing gloves.
Other features include an extended magazine release lever and an extended magazine well for easier magazine changes. The rifle also comes with Krebs Custom’s signature slant-cut muzzle brake to help reduce recoil.
8. AK-47 Muzzle Devices
The AK-47 has a bit more kick then something like an AR-15 so to mitigate so of that extra recoil it’s a good idea to look into a better muzzle break.
This is a go-to for me, as almost every AK I own has a PWS equipped.
These really tame the recoil and make a second shot on target much easier!
The FSC47 7.62×39 Muzzle Break is a great choice for anyone looking for an AK-47 muzzle break. It is designed to reduce the recoil and muzzle rise of the AK-47, making it easier to stay on target during rapid fire. It is made from high-quality steel and features a black nitride finish for enhanced durability and corrosion resistance.
The four-prong design helps to reduce muzzle flash, and the overall design of the muzzle break provides a sleek, modern look. This muzzle break is a great choice for anyone looking to improve the performance of their AK-47.
Or maybe you are looking to minimize flash, while there aren’t many options out there the AAC works like a dream with its triple prong construction.
Then there’s this cool Midwest compensator that directs the blast waves forward which dampens the sonic assault on those near you. If you are using an indoor range, or one that is often busy, this is an extremely courteous upgrade.
The AAC AK 47 Flash Hider is a muzzle device designed to reduce the muzzle flash of an AK 47 rifle. It is made from high-grade stainless steel and features a unique design that directs the propellant gases in a forward direction, reducing the amount of flash that is visible to the shooter.
The flash hider also reduces the amount of sound that is produced when the rifle is fired. This muzzle device is compatible with all AK 47 rifles and comes with an easy to install design.
The Midwest Industries AK-47 Blast Can is an affordable, high-grade muzzle device designed to reduce felt recoil and muzzle flash on AK-47 rifles. The device uses a combination of baffles and an expansion chamber to redirect the noise and concussion forward, away from the shooter.
The Blast Can also serves to protect the rifle’s flash hider from excess heat generated by rapid fire. The Blast Can is machined from high grade steel and given a black oxide finish for maximum durability. It installs easily on most AK-47 rifles and comes with a lifetime warranty.
9. AK 47 Trigger Upgrades
Finally, we get to one of the most important upgrades you can put on your treasured AK; a new trigger!
Honestly, it makes some of the most noticeable changes to overall accuracy while being usually budget friendly. It is truly a must do for all AK owners!
The ALG AK Trigger has an amazing pull weight (3 lbs. 1oz) and an impressively tight sweep allowing for a snappier reset and quicker follow-up shot.
On top of all that, installing the trigger kit is a breeze!
The ALG AK Enhanced Trigger (AKT) is an aftermarket drop-in trigger for the AK-47 and AK-74 rifles. It is designed to improve the quality and accuracy of the trigger pull. The AKT features a smoother and shorter trigger pull than the stock trigger, and is compatible with most AK variants.
The AKT also features a double hook trigger design that helps to reduce trigger creep and a lightweight hammer to reduce lock time. The trigger is made from high-quality steel and is heat treated for durability.
The AKT is adjustable for pre-travel and over-travel, and features a trigger stop to prevent the trigger from over-traveling. Additionally, the AKT is compatible with most aftermarket trigger parts, making it an ideal choice for custom builds.
For a potentially better overall trigger pull check out this offering from CMC. It does carry a bit of a steeper price tag and can be somewhat difficult to install on some firearms but it can be worth it.
The CMC AK-47 Elite Trigger is designed to improve the trigger pull of AK-47 style rifles. It features a skeletonized lightweight hammer, stainless steel trigger and disconnector, and an adjustable trigger pull weight. The trigger has a short reset and crisp break, making it ideal for fast and accurate shooting.
It is easy to install and is compatible with most AK-47 style rifles. The CMC AK-47 Elite Trigger is a great option for upgrading an AK-47 rifle and improving its performance.
AK 47 Accessories – Conclusion
So there is our list of the best AK-47 accessories that showcases several options for each category.
No matter what you are trying to do, be it simply mounting a scope or going all out and building a space-age looking firearm, there is an AK 47 upgrade made just for you!
Even though the AK-47 is based on an old blueprint there is no reason we can’t customize it as much or more than the newer guns out there.
Now that you have seen the vast array of available upgrades for your AK I hope you feel comfortable enough to go ahead and begin to branch out and make your rifle a true reflection of yourself.
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