***UPDATE***: More high res pictures added below!
One of the biggest surprises (for me anyway) was finding out that Neosho, MO custom AR-15 company Black Rain Ordnance is trying their hand at custom CNC machined AK-47/AKM pattern rifles. And a sick rifle it is.
With all components CNC machined from the ground up and re-thought from top to bottom save for basic AK function, the Black Rain AK Prototype dubbed “FREEDOM FIGHTER” is ridiculously accurate at 100 yards (I rang the 1/3 silhouette standing from a Trijicon ACOG with boring routine), reliable, and while rock solid is a bit on the heavy side.
There’s a beveled and flared magazine port with a backstop aiding in fast reloads for righties. The trigger is completely done in house and is scary crisp and light breaking clean in the 4 pound range.
A couple thoughts I’d run with on this seeing as it is a prototype. Since they do it all in house CNC, I would have liked to see a left handed charging system. Then I think I’d slim down the monolithic front rail and get it skinnier so a thumb over bore support hand hold is more feasible.
I loved the Magpul UBR buttstock on a folding hinge and the fluted barrel wears a proprietary custom muzzle break which completely eliminates muzzle climb. The shooting video bears evidence of its sexy smoothness. Here’s hoping when the final model is finished they send Haus of Guns one for a full rifle review!