The Bulgarian AK-74 (sometimes called the AK-47M1) is an improved version of the original AK-47 assault rifle. It is chambered for both 5.56x45mm NATO and 7.62x39mm rounds and features a folding stock. The Bulgarian AK-74 is one of the best-designed AK variants, and its reliability is world-renowned. It’s used by militaries, non-regular militias, and sportsmen to this day.
One of the most significant changes in this new AK variant is the addition of a muzzle brake. It’s an effective weapon for reducing recoil and muzzle rise, and it also helps keep the shooter’s head from getting beat up by the bolt carrier when cycling the action.
Despite the added muzzle brake, this Bulgarian AK is still a lightweight gun that’s easy to handle and carry. It’s also a more accurate gun than most modern AKs. This is due in part to the redesigned front sight that’s offset a bit to the left. It’s a small adjustment, but it makes the sights easier to line up with the target.
Another feature that sets this Bulgarian AK apart from older AKs is its improved rear sight. The AK-74 rear sight hinges from the barrel trunnion, unlike the old-style AK-47. This allows it to open more easily and also locks the gas tube cover. The gas tube release lever is also a lot easier to reach and use, and the handguard is larger and shorter than on traditional AKs. These changes also help to make this rifle compliant with US law.