Kalashnikov inc. Bullpups

Kalashnikov inc. is trying to jump into the new age with a new alliance and and a new take on the bullpup rifle. Military-informant.com posted a picture with a short introduction to a new set of AK platforms that move the action into the stock of the firearm. It seems they will be producing both a 5.45×39 and a 7.62×39 variant of the new bullpup named the AS-1 and the AS-2 respectively. Although information on the systems seems to be fairly limited at this juncture both appear to feature a top and bottom rail to be used with either popup iron sights or you just as easily attach any standard optics without need for a replacement dust cover, gas block or other RIS hardware. Both models seem to be a primarily polymer construction and may feature an ejection port on the right side which could be bad news for lefties, but once again, details are fuzzy so all I can do at this point is speculate.

I for one am really excited about this! Since I bought a Romanian WASR a few years ago I have been interested in all things AK. Previously I had written a short article hailing the creativity of the team at CBRPS and their efforts to “modernize” many rifles with new custom made bullpup kits. I think we will see some good improvement to these bolt-on kits as Kalashnikov inc. shows us its take on the compact AK.

Hopefully with an AK designed from the ground up to fit in such a small space the design will be a bit slimmer and lighter than a bullpup kit would have afforded, but I do wonder how this will affect the simple take down and the ultimate indestructible nature of one of the most innately simple and effective rifle systems. I have high hopes. What’s your take?

Caleb RETURNS… with a rail gun!

Hello again Gears of Guns crew! I have been away for a while, and have gotten completely out of the habit of writing in the time that I have been away. It seems like a good idea to reintroduce myself with an article on something I am both passionate about and have some experience in and I noticed that there was a lack of content on GoG on this particular topic. What about future weapons? We won’t always use gunpowder and lead to pummel our targets. One notable new technology the US Navy is researching is called a rail gun. Rail guns swap out our traditional powder loads for an incredibly high current electrical discharge releasing up to 33 megaJoules of energy, that’s 33 million Joules. Compare that to an AK-47s ~2000 joules or even to a howitzers million Joule muzzle energy and you may start to understand just how much damage such a weapon could unleash. Although I have dabbled with electromagnetic acceleration, it is difficult to launch something farther than a few meters on a college kid budget. For the real show, take a look at some footage of the project itself. The first is more educational. the second video is where things start getting really interesting. I would write a bit more in depth, but due to a time crunch, I will instead plan on following this article up in a future post. Hope you guys enjoy the videos!