There’s certainly something to be said about the aesthetics of the classic Kalashnikov AK-47 and its various Eastern Bloc copies. The simple mechanics, Socialist Realist manufacture and plebeian styling and functionality make it literally the most popular rifle in the world.

But for some, the AK just isn’t modern enough. But that 7.62×39 round still says “I’m in charge,” doesn’t it?

Well for those of you who want the hard-hitting ballistics of the 7.62 with the modern lines of an AR, CMMG has just introduced its version of AR/AK halfbreed. Dubbed the Mk-47 “Mutant,” the rifle has all the ballistic goodness of an AK, with some sporty functionality that traces its lineage from the AR-15 and AR-10.

Engineered from 7075-T6 billet aluminum, the Mk47 MUTANT features a uniquely designed upper and lower receiver built to manage the dimensions and pressures of the 7.62x39mm tapered cartridge all while keeping the weight of the rifle at a minimum. Remarkably, the Mk47 MUTANT (while unloaded) weighs just over seven pounds. The Mk47 MUTANT utilizes a unique bolt carrier group derived from the massive AR10 group, which aside from being shortened to a length of eight inches, retains all of the material on the bolt face for added durability and strength. The lower receiver is designed to accept existing AK magazines, which are widely available, inexpensive and extremely reliable. A standard ambidextrous hook and latch system makes reloading fast and intuitive. The rifle comes with one Magpul PMAG 30-round AK/AKM MOE 7.62×39 Magazine.

The Mutant is available in three configurations and retails from $1,500 to $1,850.

“The longstanding wall between AR and AK loyalists has fallen!”