The AK-12, Prototype to Service Rifle with Garand Thumb

Garand Thumb’s latest video jumps into the modern service rifle of the Russian’s. The evolution from the AKM to AK74M to the modernized AK-12.

You can see the parallels when looking at the AK74M/AK-12 and the original M4 into the modern M4A1. Modern optics and ancillaries are accounted for. Customizing the rifles to the users are accounted for with the stock and LOP adjustment. Everything is pulled to the 21st century picatinny standard.

Why not one of the negative space attachment methods? M-LOK and Keymod are the way? Right?

Because those aren’t a standard yet, not like 1913 rail is. M-LOK is still a very American development. European nations are still largely using picatinny or H&K’s keymod variant in a few militaries. Every optical platform still uses picatinny as the standard. The AK-12 is a recognition, like the M4A1 of what the modern state is, not the near future state.

That, in my opinion, looks like this.

MCX is the way.
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. 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.