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Old 11-10-2013, 07:01 PM   #1
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Just got my new ARAK 21 in the mail a couple days ago. Very nice upper with nice features. Haven't shot it yet but hopefully in the coming week sometime. For those of you unfamiliar with the ARAK 21 upper, it is a piston driven upper and is basically a hybrid of the AR and the AK platform (hence the name ARAK) so you kinda get the best of both worlds...reliability of the AK in an AR style platform. Anyway, it mates with any standard AR-15 lower. Some of the features are adjustable gas settings (low, med, hi, no gas) for reliability with various ammunition. No buffer tube, buffer, buffer spring needed to operate so you can add folding stock or no tube at all if you want to run it as a postol. You can quickly and easily change barrels of either different lengths and/or calibers (5.56/300 blackout currently). Only tool needed is a hex wrench to removed six captive bolts. Can be changed in a minute if you are fast. The picatinny rail is monolithic. Three removable rail sections on the handguard. Forward side charging handle can be folded out of the way and also switched to either side of the rail. All pins and bolts are captive so you don't have to worry about losing them. The upper is really simple to disassemble and reassemble. The only thing that gave me a hard time was switching the charging handle to the other side (the instructions weren't the best on that part). Parts are of great quality. Only downside is it's definitely on the heavier side when compared to my other AR's but that is to be expected with a piston upper. It is lighter than my SGL-31 AK74 though. I bought the upper from Faxon Firearms with the barrel combo so it also came with a very nice 12.5" heavy contour barrel that is also chambered in 5.56. Both barrels include their own muzzle comp and gas regulators so you don't have to swap them out when you swap barrels. One other thing to note is the rail is a little higher than your standard AR-15 height so that's why I bought the micro height irons and the HK height mount so I won't have to raise my cheek off the stock to look down the sights. Anyway here are some quick pics. If anyone wants to see disassembly pics let me know. Thanks SPECS:
- ARAK 21 upper with 16" medium contour barrel (side rails removed)
- Larue micro battlesights - HK style
- Aimpoint T1 on Larue LT660HK mount
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- Seekins SP223 gen2 billet lower
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- Geissele G2S trigger - Umbrella Corp Grip 23 - US Machinegun folding stock adapter - Ace SOCOM stock

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Old 11-11-2013, 03:31 AM   #2
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Cool project! Sharp looking rifle and it looks like you integrated a number of really solid parts.

Now for the range report....

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The charging handle doesn't reciprocate during firing does it?

I freaking like this a lot. I've always felt that the M-series service rifles and their civilian counterparts were a bit flawed in their design with the T-handle in the rear. I just think it's a good idea to have a charging handle on the support hand side. It's the side you do the bulk of manipulating with, when it comes to changing mags, flipping up dust covers on a scope, hitting the bolt release, whatever. I like the rifles with the bolt release and charging handle being basically the same mechanism, I believe it's the HK91 style rifle? Not sure.

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The charging handle doesn't reciprocate during firing does it?
Correct, it is non reciprocating. I like the forward charging handle as well. Seems a little more convenient a location
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Cool project! Sharp looking rifle and it looks like you integrated a number of really solid parts. Now for the range report....
Thanks. Yes, I'm hoping to get out there this week and run some ammo thru it...see if it eats the Tula too
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If you don't mind, what's the price of that beauty???

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Nice rifle. Looks sexy. What is the twist ratio on the barrel?

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If you don't mind, what's the price of that beauty???
$1199 for the upper with one barrel choice and $1459 with 2 barrel choice
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Nice rifle. Looks sexy. What is the twist ratio on the barrel?
Thanks. 1/7 twist I believe
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Here are some YouTube vids of it in action
http://youtu.be/xkS7YP1Bs84
http://youtu.be/eNi5_6zxb8w
http://youtu.be/0X0mETM2guM

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