The ARAK platform by Faxon Firearms has been expanded to include the 7.62x39mm Russian caliber, giving shooters a larger, heavier round and more options for ammunition. The 7.62×39 joins the 5.56 and 300 BLK in the modular ARAK-21 lineup.

Owners of current Faxon ARAK-21 rifles can simply purchase a 7.62×39 kit which includes a barrel, bolt, and firing pin. The 7.62×39 components are interchangeable with the parts on existing ARAK-21 upper receivers.

“Rather than modify existing components, Faxon took detailed time and testing to create a robust set of solutions that solve many of the issues of the cartridge that plague other conversions,” said Nathan Schueth, Director of Operations & Sales. “We lowered and widened the feed ramps to ensure consistent chambering, increased the bolt diameter to handle bolt thrust, and supply a new firing pin that matches the depth and width of the venerable AK to ensure consistent ignition.”

The ARAK-21 platform is long-stroke piston driven. It has a non-reciprocating side charging handle that can be set on either side. It has no buffer and can be set up with folding stocks. The operating system with recoil spring is very similar to that of the AK-47. ARAK-21 uppers fit mil-spec AR-15 lowers.

The ARAK-21 7.62×39 kit has an MSRPO of $499. The kits and complete ARAK-21 rifles will begin shipping in late February.

“We set out to design a platform based rifle that takes the best of the AR and the best of the AK and combine them into one fantastic rifle with cross caliber capabilities,” says Bob Faxon, President and Founder of Faxon Firearms. “With the edition of the 7.62×39, we are expanding the capabilities for each user of the ARAK-21. This option further expands his or her platform and opens up many new shooting options.”