Over the last decade Jim Fuller has established himself as one of the most sought after AK gunsmiths. His Las Vegas-based company, Rifle Dynamics, was founded in 2007 with the purpose of providing “fighting weapons and training for the fighting professionals”. In addition to offering gunsmithing and training (including very popular AK building classes), Rifle Dynamics sells a line of custom AKs and in-house designed parts.
Q: I note that you sell the US Palm grip. Any others you recommend?
A: I also like the Izhmash/Tula/Molot grips. The new Magpul is a quality grip–just not the angle I personally like.
Q: Let’s look at handguards for the AK platform. Any recommendations, either in metal or polymer—or both?
A: I have always been a fan of the standard Russian-Bulgarian polymer handguards with heat shield and metal reinforcement. They work well. Most of the aftermarket poly stuff with no metal reinforcement should not be considered for a fighting rifle. It will fail. The problem with metal is heat, the AK runs hotter than most guns and metal handguards can be a problem depending on how they are mounted to the gun. Rails are a different story.
Q: How about a folding stock?
A: We have tried most all of them but the best we have found are the standard AK 100 type folders. They lock up the best and have a proper cheek weld. Some of the ACE products work well but don’t compare to the original triangle or solid folder.
Q: How about a collapsible stock? Any brands you recommend?
A: When putting a collapsible stock on an AK it really comes down to what feels best for the shooter. On our 702 and 502 models we use a Mil-Spec tube with the Bravo Company B-5 stock; it is very popular.
Q: Do you prefer the standard AK sights or a peep sight option?
A: We have been doing our modified rear sights for seven years which consist of widening the notch and rounding off the corners. We have sold thousands of them and customers seem to be very happy. Aperture or peep sights, on the other hand, are not as effective in the standard rear sight position. For them to be effective they need to be closer to the shooters eye.
Q: How about rail mounts for a red dot?
A: We have found the UltiMAK upper rail to be the best option for a red dot based on the height and ability to hold zero. Rails from US Palm, Damage Industry as well as others have solid mounts but none set as low as the UltiMAK.
Q: What about other mounting options for a red dot?
A: As mentioned above we like US Palm, Krebs, Damage industries they are all solid mounts.
Q: What’s your opinion on the Zentico product line?
A: I have tried the Zentico rail products and find them to be a good option if you want a lot of rail space and a solid scope mount but in my experience they require fitting that not a lot guns owners will have the ability to do, they are quality but not a drop-in part.
Q: How about a trigger group?
A: We use a modified Tapco G-2 in all of our guns.
Venom Antidote muzzle brake Venom Tactical reduces recoil and muzzle flip. It’s standard equipment on many of Rifle Dynamic’s line. (Robert Kay)
Q: How does one go about choosing a muzzle brake for an AK?
A: It depends on a few factors, if you’re running a suppressor most suppressor companies make a brake (or flash hider) that their suppressors attach to.
Q: Can you recommend any types or manufacturers?
A: For just a brake, the Antidote, which we designed with Venom Tactical, was purpose built for the 7.62mm AK, it’s expensive but it’s the best in recoil and muzzle rise reduction. Battle Comp and Primary Weapon Systems also make good brakes for the AK. The best value I’ve seen is the Manticore brake.
Q: Who should consider buying one?
A: Anyone who wants to shoot faster accurately or if you are recoil sensitive.
Q: Does the average person need one?
A: Some people find them helpful. On a 7.62mm I think it’s beneficial. On a 5.45mm there’s so little recoil, it doesn’t matter.
Q: How much should someone have to spend to get something decent?
The better designs run in the $100.00 to $200.00 range.
Q: What about a flash hider? Who should you consider buying one?
In my opinion a flash hider is a good choice for the 5.45mm or 5.56mm AK’s. The recoil and muzzle rise are minimal compared to the 7.62mm round so in this case I think a flash hider has merit.
Q: What about a sling?
A: I prefer a single point for training or a 2 point for basic use.
Q: Any other new products from RD?
A: We are co-branding a new product line of suppressors with Silencerco which came out at this year’s NRA Show.