Zenitco DTK-2 Style Brakes

I wanted to compare the various DTK-2 Style brakes available for the AK platform at the moment. The original design is credited to Zenitco of the Russian Federation. Several U.S. Vendors have copied the design.

From left to right in photo one: Copy made by Dnepr0mike on theAKforum w/ 24m threads, Original Zenitco w/ 24m threads, Copy made by Palmeto State Armory w/ 24m threads, and Original Zenitco w/ 14m threads. The Palmetto copy is featured in photo two on an AK104-type firearm. Original pictured below the firearm for reference. We will take each of these for a whirl, and report back at some point in the future.

Sorry guys, I’ve been away for a bit on business. I will try to update this blog more regularly. Speaking of updates: I added an Ultimak gas tube rail and a M-13 Short booster to the AKS-74U pistol build. I’ll take it out to shoot sometime this week.

Hungarian Modernization Efforts (From 2016)

An interesting video dealing with a now-defunct Hungarian modernization effort of the AK-63 model from 2016. Who knows how far they would have progressed if this company had continued their work. Sadly, the Hungarian’s have adopted a non-AK platform service rifle not long after this video was made.

Palmetto State Armory Waffle Magazine

I was able to run a few different colored PSA 7,62×39 waffle magazines this weekend. We are impressed with the quality of these products, and at $9.99 a piece, they are an absolute steal! These are near clones of the Bulgarian circle-10 magazines (which were designed by the famous Bulgarian engineer Ivan Kolev). There are some differences between these and the originals, including a slightly shorter steel reinforcement plate on the spine, and a gigantic (and obnoxious) logo that PSA placed on the left side of the magazine (See picture above).

***UPDATE: I had a chance (on the ar15 dot com web forum) to ask the owner of PSA if these things were still available, and he mentioned that they were designing a second generation magazine that will be “cooler”. I let him know these were his best product, but I hoped the second generation has a smaller, less awful looking logo.

Zastava Arms SKS made in Yugoslavia

7,62×39 Magazines of the United States

IWI Israel Galil Ace Pistol

I never had a chance to buy up a Micro Galil (firearm or kit), so I decided to pick up a Galil ACE in 5,56×45 and build something similar. This is a model brought into the United States by IWI-US in pistol configuration. It takes the traditional Galil rock-n-lock magazines, and features a pistol brace from SB tactical. I removed the plastic lower, and replaced it with a KNS “Plastic-Delete Kit”, Ergo Shines grip, and Midwest Industries M-LOK handguard system.

VZ-58 Parts Kit Of Czechoslovakia

I had a chance to pick up a VZ-58 parts kit from APEX Gun Parts during their infamous “Black Friday” sales. While not based on the Kalashnikov operating system, the VZ-58 is an interesting and historic rifle that I hope to build into a US legal semi-auto firearm at some point in the near future. Stay tuned!