I wanted to show you guys a rifle I recently picked up. It’s the result of a collaborative effort by Krebs Custom and Definitive Arms, and it’s easily one of the most beautiful rifles I’ve ever laid eyes upon.
Krebs has named it the AK-15, but I call it “The Sexy”. I could ramble on with paragraphs of descriptive prose, but as the saying goes — a picture is worth a thousand words. Feast your peepers on this incredible boom stick:
The rifle is built on a Russian made Saiga 5.56mm AK. Using this as a base, Definitive Arms installs their revolutionary AR-15 mag well which allows the rifle to accept standard AR15 magazines. The Definitive Arms mag well also gives the rifle the ability to lock open on the last shot fired and includes a bolt release lever to send the bolt home once a fresh magazine is inserted. I’ve talked about this conversion previously on the Military Arms Channel. In short, I love it.
Once the mag well is installed, the rifle is sent to Krebs Custom where Marc’s team of AK gurus work their magic. No part is left untouched by the master gunsmiths at Marc Krebs’ shop. The rifle is stripped down, cleaned up and smoothed out. Marc then cuts the barrel down and installs his brand new 4-prong flash suppressor (available in both 24mm and 14mm). The flash suppressor is permanently attached leaving the barrel at 16.25″ in length.
The next thing you’re likely to notice is the new Krebs UFM Keymod fore-end for Saiga rifles. This innovative fore-end extends the length of the handguard allowing for more accessories to be mounted than previously possible. It also facilitates the use of a hand-forward hold popular with todays tactical community. The Keymod system gives the user the ability to quickly and easily attach accessories along three sides of the handguard (left, right and bottom).
Across the top is an integrated 1913 rail for sights or other accessories. The top rail is cut so that the factory iron sights are visible to the operator, however the rail does not sit low enough to allow for co-witness with popular red dot sights such as the Aimpoint T-1 Micro.
The rifle sports a standard SAW type pistol grip found on most Krebs Custom rifles which I find to be very comfortable and pleasant to use.
The stock is a VLTOR tube design that allows for the attachment of most M4 type stocks including the Malpul CTR featured on this particular rifle. The VLTOR system features a QD mount just behind the receiver and the CTR gives the user one more QD mounting point a little further out towards the buttpad of the stock.
The OEM safety lever has been replaced by a Krebs safety which includes a cut-out for locking the bolt to the rear. The locking cut-out is located so that it can be engaged when the bolt locks to the rear on an empty magazine. This is a nice added feature that allows the operator to securely lock the bolt to the rear so it can’t move forward unintentionally should the rifle be jarred.
The guys at Krebs Custom know the value of a good trigger which is why they’ve included a Red Star trigger system in the AK-15. The Red Star trigger has a much shorter travel than a conventional AK trigger and breaks like glass with zero over-travel. This is one of the nicest triggers I’ve felt on any AK and it will put most AR triggers to shame.
To finish the rifle off, Krebs applies a stunning Cerakote finish to the entire gun. Krebs offers their Cerakote finishes in Graphite Black, Magpul OD Green and Magpul Flat Dark Earth. The rifle picture is Cerakoted in Magpul OD Green. If you’re unfamiliar with Cerakote, be sure to check out my review of the popular finish on the Military Arms Channel. It’s by far one of the best finishes you can have applied to your firearm.
The total package tips the scales right at 8lbs and is 36.25″ in length with the stock fully extended. With the stock collapsed the rifle is a mere 33″ in length.
Now for the bad news. This rifle is a pre-production prototype. That means as of this writing I can’t give you a price. However, you can let the guys at Krebs Custom know you’re interested in owning one of these amazing rifles by contacting them on their FaceBook page. They’re looking forward to hearing from you.
I have been asked many times, “what is the ultimate AK for the prepared citizen?” I have a new answer to that question — The Sexy. I honestly believe the AK-15 (aka “The Sexy”) has the mojo to be the ultimate AK for the US market. I personally place this AK above all others in my collection, and that’s saying a lot.
Stay tuned for more info and of course a Military Arms Channel video featuring the AK-15.