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EMA extended magazine release for AKs and Galils

Tacticalizing (if that’s a real word) your AK is a bit of an emotive subject. AK purists would say it’s heresy to make any decadent modifications to Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov’s classic design!

However, and forgive me for saying this, the basic AK design is not perfect! (Gasp!)

If you ever wondered why tactical AKs exist at all it is because while everyone recognizes the fundamental genius of Kalashnikov’s design concept some of the AK’s features are less than ergonomic or practical.

The AK’s small magazine release isn’t quite as efficient as it could be – though, again, AK purists would strenuously argue otherwise. Never the less, when SOCOM investigated the adoption of an AK for use by US Special Forces an extended magazine release lever was added to the classic design to make the process of dropping mags a little faster and efficient.

In the airsoft world there are several of these tactical AK magazine releases for sale by third-party accessory manufactures – most notably Element and King Arms – but these amount to the standard AK trigger guard and release button assemble with a welded on extension ‘arm’…

Left: One of four styles of AK tactical magazine release assemblies made by King Arms.

The down side of this particular type of modified component is that it demands the removal of the whole tigger guard assemble in order to fit it. What with the varying dimensional differences between makes of airsoft replicas there is a chance that these trigger guard replacements might not actually fit your particular brand of AK AEG.

So, the EMA solution gets round this nicely as it simply slides over the current mag release with no gun smthing required. You just tighten a small grub screw to attach it to your existing release lever.

Above: The EMA AK & Galil extended magazine release accessory. This is made in Isreal and is a RS product designed to fit either Kalashnikovs or the Israeli version of the AK, the Galil.

At the end of the day this sort of accessory has to be balanced against the sort of look you are going for, it is most defiantly not for the standard Soviet/Russian AK loadout. But if you like your AK all tricked out then this is an additional piece of bling that is easy to install and does make mag changing a smidgen easier.

Milgeek rating:

Product: EMA AK / Galil magazine release extention
Supplier: TSI Armouries (USA)
Cost: $14.99 plus shipping (they do ship to the UK)

My review video…

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Prototype multi-caliber lower for the SCAR rifle

The online mecca for gun nuts – – has featured a rather nifty weapons modification that is of interest to both RS and airsoft fans alike. The multi-caliber ‘lower’ is what it says, a means of getting the SCAR rifle to accept a variety of different calibres simply by replacing the lower half of the weapon.

This novel means of switching calibres has been something of a holy grail in military terms extending, as it does, the fashionable idea of the 'modular weapon' (as – probably – imagined by Eugene Stoner in the 1960s). The FN SCAR series of rifles does go so far in offering a modular weapon, albeit in an off-the-shelf format (in that you can have any shape or size of assault rifle format you can imagine based on a basic sub-set of related components) but the gun does only come in the two NATO calibres – 5.56mmm and 7.62mm.

The need for a gun capable of handling various calibres – but most notably those of the 'enemy' – came to prominence during the early Afghan campaign where US Special Forces complained that while they were running short of 5.56mm rounds during fire fights they were awash with discarded Russian 7.62mmx39mm magazines. Thus the hybrid Knights Armament SR-47 and X47 projects were born, giving SF soldiers what basically amounts to a Kalashnikov but with all the modern Western conveniences of rails and upgraded parts.

Above: The Knights Armament SR-47 – a hybrid of the Colt AR-15 'upper' and a receiver capable of taking a Kalashnikov type 7.62x39mm magazine.

The new multi-calibre lower prototype for the SCAR is in this vein, allowing Special Forces (in theory) to quickly change their default SCAR into a weapon which uses a type of round that is most easily found in the theatre where they are deployed. The other good reason for doing this is so they have 'deniablity' – leaving only spent enemy rounds behind after an operation.

Interestingly – from an airsoft point of view – the German developer of this prototype was restricted from using a real steel (RS) SCAR upper receiver in his work due to German gun laws and so had to use that of a ACM airsoft replica!

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SRC AKS74U Gas Blowback Rifle

SRC AKS74U Gas Blowback Rifle

The latest gas blowback rifle in the market today made by the Star Rainbow Company (SRC). The SRC AKS74U  GBB is now available at Gunner Airsoft for US$259.00… “SRC released their GBB AK series Nov 2010, the first product is the AKS-74U. The gas system has the same concept as TM or KSC S7 system, it`s Much more stable than GHK AK gas system (which just uses a steel ball as a valve inside the nozzle). The gun will stop after the last round, (Unlike the GHK, which can still shoot empty shots). Chrono`d at 130m/s with Top Gas at 22 degree C.”

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UFC: Garde-main RAS pour A&K Masada

Bientôt disponible du côté de chez Union Fire Company ce garde-main RAS pour le Masada A&K. Deux couleurs annoncées : noir ou dark earth. Prix ¥10,000 soit environ 88€. Pas de date de sortie indiquée.

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The Stuff We Missed for Week Ending June 13th 2010

It’s that time of the week where we try to catch up on all the news we missed or something we found interesting that didn’t deserve a full article. Here are the some things we didn’t get to discuss for week ending June 13th 2010.

This article, The Stuff We Missed for Week Ending June 13th 2010, was originally published by Everything Airsoft. Copyright 2010

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Magpul Accessories on an AK?? What?!?!

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