Brandon wrecks a 12 gauge AK.

For Science!

It’s one of those fun nonsense tests that turn money into noise… and shrapnel.

Theory: Since a .50 BMG and a 12 gauge bolt face are compatible, should you be able to rebarrel a 12 gauge with a .50 BMG Barrel and it should be workable.

Practice: Well… hit play and enjoy.

Physics are an uncaring and merciless force and .50 BMG is one of our ultimate projections of physics in action. .50 absolutely wrecks things that more mundane rounds merely strike. The destruction on display firing this is spectacular and I am here for it.

The short version is you have to structurally support the round being set off. The 12 gauge AK frames cannot. It is a more energetic failure than polymer AR frames cracking near the buffer tube and rear takedown pin, but it is the same type of failure as there is not enough material, or enough of the correct material, to support the stress being put into the part.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. 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. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.