Upgrading your AK-47 and/or AR-15

Jul 20, 2015 | by User Not Found

Two of the most popular guns in the world are the AK-47 and the AR-15. Both have been extensively used by militaries around the world and are widely desired by gun collectors and shooting enthusiasts.


History of the AK-47 and AR-15


Both the AK-47 and AR-15 have acted as the model for successive small arms design. Between the years of 1949 and 1959, 80 percent of the 9 million rifles manufactured in Russia were AK-47s. Mikhail Kalashnikov created the AK-47 in Soviet Russia during the 1940’s. It is a gas-operated action with a rotating bolt. The direct impingement rotating bolt AR-15 was crafted in the US by Eugene Stoner during the 1950’s. 20 percent of the two million rifles manufactured in the USA in the last decade were AR-15’s.

Common Specifications of the AK-47 and AR-15


The AK-47 is the most abundant weapon on the globe with a 400 yard maximum effective range, 600 rounds per minute capacity, and 30 plus manufacturers. The gun weighs 10.9 lbs., uses 7.62x39mm ammo, and has 20-40 years of service life.

The AR-15 is America’s best-selling rifle with a 600 yard maximum effective range, 700-950 rounds per minute capacity, and over 150 manufacturers. The gun weighs 8.8 lbs., uses 5.56x45 NATO ammo, and has 40 plus years of service life.

Typical Costs of the AK-47 and AR-15


If you are looking for a lighter, accurate sport utility semi-automatic rifle, the AR-15 is a great choice. If price is a major purchasing factor, the AK-47 may be the way to go. A typical AK-47 retails for $350-$600 where the typical retail price of an AR-15 is $750-$1,500.

Replacement Stocks for the AK-47 and AR-15


Although the two guns vary in comparison, both have many options for upgrades and accessories. Popular added accessories are stocks, grips, triggers, and sights.

While there are many different ways to trick-out or improve the function of your gun, an easy and inexpensive way is to replace the stock. The AR-15 comes standard with a synthetic buttstock, handguard and grip. The AK-47 originally came with a buttstock, upper and lower hand guards and a grip made from solid wood or laminated material. However, you may have acquired one with a replacement synthetic, collapsible, or foldable stock.

Boyds offers hardwood replacement stocks for both the AR-15 and AK-47 models in a variety of woods, finishes, and colors with many options for custom engraving and grips. Boyds replacement stock options will easily withstand the wear and heat from the rapid fire of these semi-automatic firearms.

 The AR-15 replacement stock that Boyds offers combines a modern twist and the traditional A2 style to create a high performing buttstock. The hand guards are machined to a contour that fits a shooter’s hands and a shooting bag. The AK-47 replacement stock that Boyds offers is a traditional inspired buttstock, grip and forend. All three pieces come standard with a satin clear coat to protect the laminate from the elements.

The AK-47 and AR-15 are both great guns with a high degree of historic nostalgia. Regardless of your preference, a Boyds Hardwood gunstock can be a nice upgrade that won’t break the bank.


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