The AK-47 is easily one of the most popular firearms in the world. It is one of the most reliable and effective platforms ever made and has seen action in almost every world conflict since its inception.
The AK-47 is a diverse rifle with many applications. It has been made in various countries and styles, with different stocks, furniture, and specifications. Let’s explore the different types of AK-47 stocks and how you can choose the perfect one for your build.
AK-47 Stocks: Types, Features, and More
The type of stock you can use on an AK-47 depends a lot upon the kind of receiver you have. You can only change out stocks if the receiver is compatible with it. Most AK platform rifles have two main types of receivers: milled and stamped.
Milled receivers are milled from a solid metal block and were used to make the original AK-47 rifles. However, AKM-style stamped receivers, which are made from stamped sheet metal, are more common these days.
Moreover, some receivers are designed with a tang to fit a fixed stock, some have circular cuts on the side for under folder stocks, and some may have hinges for a folding stock and a mechanism to keep it in place when folded.
Some modern AK platform rifles may also have Picatinny rail sections on the back of the receiver for mounting different stocks. However, AK stocks aren't as easily interchangeable as they are on an AR-15.
Though traditional fixed stocks and folding stocks don't offer much in terms of adjustability, modern AK-47 stocks these days have a wide range of adjustable features. Here are some you should consider when buying a modern stock:
One of the main problems with most traditional AK stocks is that you can't get a solid cheek weld with them. Some AK stocks, like the full wooden or polymer stocks, have a more comfortable cheek weld than under folders and wire stocks. However, they don't offer the best positioning to aim through optics.
This is where cheek risers can be very helpful. They allow you to adjust the stock to get a perfect cheek weld, even if you are aiming with raised optics.
Folding stocks are great. They can make your rifle very easy to store and travel with and are especially useful when operating the rifle in confined spaces. A lot of modern AK stocks allow users to fold to the side.
Any quality stock needs to be comfortable. So, looking for a rubber buttpad on your modern AK stock would be best. Rubber butt pads can absorb some felt recoil, making your rifle much more comfortable to shoulder and shoot.
Adjustable Length of Pull
Many modern AK stocks also have an adjustable length of pull. This allows the shooters to set the length of the stock according to their body, making the rifle a lot more comfortable and easier to shoot.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best adjustable stock for an AK-47?
Many manufacturers make adjustable stocks for AK-47 rifles — but some of the best include Magpul, and Midwest Industries, both of which are represented in Wing Tactical’s collection.
Why buy an AK over an AR?
While AR rifles are more modular and simpler to customize, many shooters are impressed by the long service history, durability, and dependability of the AK. But, both platforms are highly adaptable for various applications — your choice will likely come down to sheer personal preference.
Is an AK-47 too much for home defense?
Since the AK-47 was originally designed for combat operations, it’s an excellent choice for home defense in some scenarios. However, because of its increased energy vs. .223, it’s more likely to penetrate walls than the latter. If you live in an apartment or a close-quarters home with multiple residents, you should exercise extreme caution to avoid accidental injuries to bystanders.
Is an AK without a stock a pistol?
Like AR platform rifles without stocks, AKs without stocks are legally considered pistols. Firearm legality is complicated — and federal, state, and local laws can sometimes conflict. Before purchasing any firearms or accessories, we recommend talking to a law enforcement officer in your area to maintain compliance.
What is the best barrel length for an AK?
While short barrel lengths are becoming more popular, the 7.62x39 round offers optimal ballistic performance in 12.5” - 14.5” barrels.