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    AK with charging handle on op rod?

    Well this was new to me. It's a modified Kalashnikov gas tube and op rod with a left side charging handle sticking out.



    Lets you lock the bolt back and release it with the left hand, without having to reach around. Also permits traditional side plate optics, unlike the "lightning" left side charging handle mod.

    ... but then I watched this video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0YjB0xMXTg

    and thought, "dang that's a broken thumb just waiting to happen". Fast forward to 1:05 in the video and see how close the shooter's left thumb is to that handle! Yikes!

    Bet that sucker gets really hot, too.

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    +1 to the thumb jesus ! On top of that...that is quite a reach to charge your weapon.

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    I'll pass on this.

    I'd rather go with the AK Lightning bolt.

    http://www.coloradoshootingsports.co...tningbolt.html

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    I bet that stays cool :X

    The AK is not an HK, leave it alone.



    Last edited by fatcat; 01-18-2010 at 11:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenArrow
    I'll pass on this.

    I'd rather go with the AK Lightning bolt.

    http://www.coloradoshootingsports.co...tningbolt.html

    i like my teeth.

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    yea - thats looks a little too scary

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    Quote Originally Posted by einzelherz
    i like my teeth.

    Just wear a football helmet . Also, when you shoulder / aim your AK, your face isn't next to the left side of the receiver. If one puts their face next to the charging handle, then tey are asking for it.
    Last edited by BrokenArrow; 01-18-2010 at 12:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenArrow
    Just wear a football helmet . Also, when you shoulder / aim your AK, your face isn't next to the left side of the receiver. If one puts their face next to the charging handle, then tey are asking for it.
    PUT YOUR NOSE ON THE CHARGING HANDLE!

    /rotcflashback

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    Now if they could just make a charging handle that does not reciprocate, that would be fine. I am guessing they could modify a top cover and sell it as a retrofit with the bolt carrier notched to make it work.

    OR......just use a good drum mag so you dont even have to reload



    The Italians have a saying. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." And although they've never won a war or mass-produced a decent car, in this area they are correct.

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    Actually I heard that somebody was working on a non-reciprocating charging handle that's built into the dust cover. I'm skeptical as to how sturdy it would be, unless you beefed up the dust cover and added additional points of attachment. Could work, though.

    AK reloading takes practice. There's more than one way to do it, that's for sure. I prefer to shoot right handed and charge by reaching under, as is demonstrated in these videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz5LPaMhlOc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqYxhanNimA

    Shooting lefty is easy with an AK

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