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 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.