Stupid Marc Krebs and his stupid awesome AK components! One of the biggest issues with a lot of full length or “past-the-gas-block” AK handguards is their weight (see Texas Weapons Systems and Ultimak). AK pattern rifles already lean a bit to the heavy side even without dangling all kinds of shiny newfangled tacticool ornaments. Add a forward mounted optic, rails for the handguard, some sort of grip enhancement, a flashlight, and a toy poodle and you’ve got quite the heft on what should be a short and nimble battle rifle.
This week Krebs Custom announced their new UFM Keymod handguard system for Saiga rifles. The only permanent rail is the top rail allowing for the mounting of optic or offset accessories and made of 6056 T6 aluminum the Keymod AK handguard tips the scales at just 6.1 ounces! My Izhmash AK-74 is technically a Saiga rifle, so this is something I’ll be keeping in consideration, either for future mods, OR if I win the lottery. At $275 the Krebs crew definitely expects their fair share of loot as a reward for their innovation.
Here are the specs from the Krebs Custom Website:
|Introducing the Krebs Custom “UFM Keymod Rail System” for Saiga rifles! This revolutionary system, which is light-years ahead of its competition, gives you unlimited possibilities for mounting slings and accessories without major modifications to your “sporter” Saiga rifle!
Designed to be light in weight, the 6065 T6 aluminum construction and “Keymod” mounting system allow for quick installation of rail sections wherever the shooter desires, while adding only 6.1 ounces to the total weight of your Saiga. The ultra-sturdy design allows for solid optic mounting on the 1913-style top rail, while still allowing easy, tool-less field-stripping for rifle cleaning and maintenance, with the top returning to “zero” when replaced.
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