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 is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. 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.