AK-50: The Ugly Slog of Prototyping

I am loving Brandon’s continued journey into making the AK-50 a reality. It is a look inside the true slog that is designing a new firearm.

What is especially fascinating about the whole ordeal is the dedication to keeping the AK-50 as AK like as feasible. I mention this often, but that specific aspect and knowing it will work is a core aspect of the challenge the team is facing.

They’ve shown the firing prototype and cycling prototype working. Huge gains. But using that live fire to stress test so many parts all at once and then determining what isn’t working and why is the part of the process we do not see form most designers.

FN didn’t take us through the SCAR or the Ballista. Barrett didn’t show us the MRAD. But Brandon is showing us the .50 in useable understandable bites that illustrate the process well.

Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Group editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009 he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.