For 2015 CMMG (www.cmmginc.com) has introduced the MK47 Mutant. It is an AR15 rifle that has been specifically re-engineered to use standard AK-47 magazines but retain the accuracy, ergonomics and reliability of the AR15 rifle.
What makes the Mutant unique amongst caliber conversions for the AR15 platform is CMMG started from the ground up to properly fit the 7.62x39 cartridge into the AR rifle.
The rifle uses all standard AK-47 magazines, including the large drum magazines, instead of trying to modify an AR15 magazine to feed correctly. Otherwise the feel and controls are the same as any other AR15 on the market. The only down side to using standard AK-47 magazines is you loose the last shot bolt hold open. The AK-47 rifle also lacks this feature.
The Mutant also uses a larger bolt based off the .308 bolt to accommodate the larger diameter case thus eliminating the possibility of cracking that is common when a standard bolt is used and modified to fit the 7.62x39 cartridge. This redesign makes the Mutant a very robust rifle.
(Left: Standard 5.56 AR15 bolt. Middle: Modified 5.56 AR15 bolt. Right: CMMG Mutant bolt)
Other than a unique buffer and buffer spring, you can modify the mutant to your hearts desire as any other AR15 rifle. It does come standard with a Keymod free float tube to attach your favorite accessories.
Estimated accuracy is 2 inches at 100 yards or better depending on quality of ammunition. Much better than the best AK-47. The Mutant is also lighter than the standard AK-47, approximately 7 pounds.
If you love the AK-47 and want to try and AR or love the AR15 and want to dip your toes into the AK-47 realm, then check out the Mutant by CMMG. You get the best of both worlds in one rifle.
I enjoyed firing this rifle at SHOT Show and I think you will like it as well.
Here is a short video showing the rifle in action.
(Note: Civilan models will be semi-auto only, not full auto as shown. One of the perks of factory demo's)
P.S. - Don't forget to register for the givaways. We are back from SHOT Show 2015 and need you to enter so we can give out some great swag.