Century Arms VSKA Upgrades To Do in 2024

In this article, we’ll be highlighting the best Century Arms VSKA upgrades you can do to ramp up the performance of your VSKA while improving the stock appearance to something more premium.

For those who like the stock look, there are still quite a few VSKA upgrades you can perform under the hood that will improve your overall shooting experience substantially.

Best VSKA AK Parts To Upgrade

Most VSKA AKM-pattern rifles come from the factory with various American hardwoods stained in several colors to suit your tastes.

Note: If you purchased your VSKA with wood furniture, most of these upgrades won’t replace the furniture, but we do recommend some upper handguards for adding lights and accessories.

Below is a list of categories for specific VSKA upgrades and the parts we hand-picked to improve your experience at the range.

FYI: There are also a lot of VSKA accessories that we covered in another article.

VSKA Trigger Upgrades

Currently, manufactured VSKA AKs come with RAK-1 enhanced trigger groups that are definitely an improvement over most standard AK triggers but there are better options out there- if you want to get the best AK trigger experience possible.

Below is our list of the best VSKA trigger upgrades that will take your shooting experience to the next level!

#1 HIPERFIRE Xtreme AK Mark 1 Single Stage 2lb

The Hiperfire AK-47 MK1 Single Stage 2lb Short Pull Trigger has been highly rated as a drop-in replacement for the standard VSKA AK trigger.

Smooth Trigger Curve

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The trigger is light and crisp (not as good as an ALG but much less expensive) and has a similar length reset to mil spec trigger. Overall a pretty good AK trigger.


Once installed, the safety will only engage when the shooter pulls the trigger back, enabling improved accuracy while aiming and executing the shot.

Hiperfire has created a curved trigger surface to ensure a seamless and anticipated trigger break, with a particular focus on the crucial second stage of firing.

#2 JARD AK Non-Adjustable Trigger System

The JARD AK Non-Adjustable Trigger System provides the renowned JARD trigger quality for the VSKA AKM platform, offering trigger weight options of 2lb, 3lb, and 4lb.

3 Weight Options

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Experience a seamless pull and precise break when using these Rifle Triggers that can be easily installed. Tailor the sear engagement, over travel, safety fit, and springs according to your preferences.

The Non-Adjustable JARD AK Trigger System features a prussing surface to ensure a tight trigger pull.

#3 Elftmann Tactical Elf Adjustable AK-47 Trigger

The AK-47 trigger SE comes equipped with sealed bearings made from aerospace-grade materials, guaranteeing a remarkably fast and seamless trigger pull.

Top-Quality Trigger

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Additionally, it offers full adjustability to accommodate most AK-47/AK-47 Platform models.

Upgrade your AK with ELF!

#4 HIPERFIRE Xtreme AK Mark 3 Single Stage 2lb

The Hiperfire AR-47 Mk3 Single Stage 2lb Short Pull Trigger fits AR-47 rifles with standard or non-threaded bolts.

The short trigger pull is guaranteed by the design, while the optimal heat distribution is ensured by the Nickel Boron coating.

Great Price/Performance!

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“This trigger gives your WASR-10 a crisp 2.5# break. You do need the Hiperfire adjustable safety as the OEM safety will not engage this trigger. The reset is very tactile. Installation took less than 15 minutes.


The inclusion of two-piece bolts effectively prevents the occurrence of trigger bow bowing and jumping.

With the Hiperfire AK-47 Mark 3 Single Stage 2lb Short Pull, users can enjoy the advantages of both a flat trigger and a single-stage trigger.

#5 CMC 3.5lb 1-Stage Drop-In Curved Trigger Group

Enhance your VSKA AK rifle by equipping it with the exceptional CMC Triggers drop-in, single-stage trigger group, boasting a satisfyingly light trigger pull of 3.50 lbs.

Easy To Install!

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CMC’s trigger group is designed with exceptional precision and incorporates exclusively modular components and CNC-machined parts, guaranteeing effortless installation.

Installing this AK drop-in trigger group is easier compared to others, providing a remarkable enhancement for your rifle.

CMC’s exceptional craftsmanship ensures that your VSKA trigger pull is unbelievably smooth and reliable, providing an experience like no other.

#6 ALG AKT-EL AK Lightning Bow Trigger

ALG makes arguably one of the best triggers to replace the RAK-1 that came with your VSKA AK. ALG AKT triggers are made out of S7 tool steel and are built to last.

#1 Trigger Upgrade

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“A few days ago I saw this trigger in my favorite gun store in Switzerland where I live. Without expecting much for the price I bought it went home and installed it. I’ve had to install the roll pin too and file some down.

After my first test, I was simply stunned. I couldn’t believe that it would be possible that an AK would have such an incredible trigger. After my first range trip where my buddies tried it too each of them bought one themselves. It is perfect. I had to buy two more for my other AKs. Great job guys.”

David Stanic

This trigger group has all of the parts needed to install it but you should have it done at your local gunsmith if you’re comfortable doing it yourself.

I installed mine with relative ease and there are a few videos out there that can help give you some instruction if needed.

Our experience with the ALG AKT Trigger:

The travel of the ALG trigger is markedly shorter than most AK triggers with about a half-inch of uptake and then a clean break.

There is no “wall” to speak of and it’s about a 2.5-3.5lb trigger pull weight, which is pretty darn light for an AK trigger. If you’re used to holding your trigger on its wall, it might take some getting used to at first as the trigger will break without warning once you pass the tripping point!

This trigger will allow you to squeeze off rounds quickly and steadily and the reset is crisp, audible, and has virtually no overtravel in either direction.

This short and smooth action will improve your shooting accuracy as well as allow quicker follow-up shots.

*Klayco47 has a great YouTube channel that demonstrates the speed performance increases with ALG triggers.

Note: These triggers are a favorite among the AK community, but may not be ideal for home defense where a longer and heavier trigger pull will prevent an accidental discharge.

ALG has a very thorough YouTube installation tutorial you should check out!

#7 Franklin Armory BFSIII AK-C1 Drop-In Binary Trigger for AK

Looking for the fastest way to send bullets downrange while putting the biggest grin on your face at the same time?

Crazy Rate of Fire!

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I am no gun smith but I am a mechanic by trade. The trigger is a complete drop in that made installing this trigger very simple. I watched the YouTube video on the trigger install witch was very helpful as well. I installed my new trigger in a Norinco mac 90 myself and went through all the trigger safety checks. After all checked out it was time to have some fun!!
Me and my twin 15 year old boys loaded up on some surplus ammo for some good dad & son bonding. The trigger is smooth and operates flawlessly.


Binary triggers are perhaps the only way of legally experiencing the feel of automatic fire without jumping through the hoops and paying the big bucks to own and operate the real thing.

Franklin Armory makes a great drop-in binary trigger for your VSKA AK that you can install on your own with a little bit of work.

Some AKs will require more fitment than others but the final result is about the most fun you can have at the range.

Granted, bullets aren’t cheap and neither is this trigger but if you’ve got the means this is the trigger to get!

#8 LBE Unlimited AK G3 Trigger

This sleek new offering from LBE Unlimited sports a flat-faced trigger with a slight bow. The AKG3 trigger is a definite improvement over the stock RAK-1 trigger that comes with your VSKA and is offered at a great price for the upgrade in performance and speed that you get.

Best Value Trigger

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If you’re looking for a trigger that is similar in performance to an ALG but for roughly half the price, this is a great option to consider.

#9 Fime Enhanced Fire Control Group For AK-47

This next trigger upgrade is a two-stage trigger from FIME that eliminates the trigger slap that some single-stage triggers have been known to cause.

Great Trigger Blade

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“After being spoiled by the FIME FCG I installed in my Vepr 12, I decided to swap out the included RAK-1 trigger group (which isn’t a bad trigger by any stretch) that was included with my VSKA TRP. I’m glad I did. The Vepr 12 trigger I bought had a shorter pull, lighter pull weight, easily distinguished wall, zero over-travel, and a hammer that makes full contact with the bolt face. This trigger is everything that trigger is except that the pull weight has been reduced making it ideal for even faster shooting.”


This trigger will improve your range experience and is a simple drop-in design that requires no special fitment unlike some other triggers out there.

For the price, we think this is a great alternative to the RAK-1 trigger that comes with the VSKA and other AKs.

VSKA Muzzle Devices

A good muzzle device can lower recoil, allow flatter shooting, and help you stay on target for faster follow-up shots.

The stock slant brake that comes on most VSKA AKs has a mediocre performance effect that can be greatly improved by adding something more advanced.

Many muzzle brakes vent gasses to reduce recoil and barrel rise but can surprise bystanders. Other muzzle devices redirect gasses forward for a more comfortable prone shooting experience.

Some devices also hide muzzle flash for shooting in the dark. Find a muzzle device suited to your VSKA AK’s needs.

#1 VG6 Precision Epsilon AK Muzzle Device

The VG6 is a top-rated muzzle device, serving as a multi-functional brake, compensator, and flash-hider all in one impressive piece of metal.

Best Rated

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For those looking for a do-it-all muzzle device for your VSKA, look no further.

#2 Precision Armament M4-72 Compensator

This compensator by Precision Armament is one of the best at reducing recoil (up to 75% less!) allowing you to shoot flatter and achieve faster follow-up shots.

Impressive Recoil Reduction

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It also looks pretty darn cool and will make your VSKA stand out from the crowd. It’s also designed to kick up less dirt while shooting prone which is much appreciated!

This sucker is built tough and made to last, much like the AK platform. It might seem a bit pricey but buy once, cry once, are the words we live by!

#3 Spikes Tactical AK 7.62mm Dynacomp Muzzle Brake

Another great outing by Spikes Tactical is their Dynacomp muzzle brake which does a great job mitigating recoil and suppressing flash.

Wicked Design!

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This muzzle brake is not as friendly to people standing beside you so keep that in mind when firing in close vicinity to those around you. Probably not the best device to use indoors!

#4 Lantac Dragon Precision Muzzle Brake

Choose the Lantac Dragon Precision Muzzle Brake for your VSKA to gain superior recoil control and reduce muzzle rise, thanks to its build quality and design.

Great Recoil Control

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“Amazing comp! No kick at all but make sure you have some great ear protection. After a little time, expect the finish to start turning a little bit grey. Not a great comp for home defense because of how loud it is. If you plan to use it for home defense, consider hanging some ear protection on your weapon.”


Pros: Looks, Performance | Cons: Loud | Use Case: Long Range Shooting

This Muzzle Brake by LANTAC enhances full-auto fire accuracy, while also swiftly minimizing muzzle blast gasses for a diminished flash signature.

#5 DELTAC Slingshot Muzzle Brake For AK47

If you desire diminished recoil and muzzle rise from your VSKA, consider purchasing the renowned DELTAC Slingshot Muzzle Brake, a popular choice among firearm enthusiasts.

Solid Performer

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“I bought this about two years ago, and since then, Election Mayhem, Covid, and Ammo shortage, soooooo my AK got to see alot of range time, and this Deltec Slingshot Muzzle Brake works better that the more expensive brands. Keeps the Muzzle flat and low felt recoil. Shooting cheap Tula and Wolf Ammo. Fast follow-up shots, and rapid mag dumps I was able to keep all rounds on target!!!

Flyin Hawaiin

Pros: Muzzle Rise, Recoil | Cons: Loud | Use Case: Controlled Shooting

Crafted from weapon-grade 4130 steel, these Muzzle Brakes & Compensators by DELTAC ensure exceptional durability and a prolonged lifespan.

#6 Dead Air Armament Key Mount Flash Hider

Dead Air Armament is renowned for its suppressors, and this key mount flash hider is ideal for adding flash suppression to your VSKA when not using a silencer.

Best For Dead Air Suppressors

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“Showed up on time packed well. Great price from OP. Has hole pre drilled at bottom if you get the neutral position option. Has a slightly bigger tine on bottom for shooting prone. Does not have odd pinging noise when shooting unsuppressed. Came with a shim pack. Shoots flat. No noticeable difference from an A2 birdcage as far as muzzle rise. Has compensation holes at 9,12, and 3 o’clock. Haven’t fired at night yet. But seems to mitigate flash very well. Hooks up to any keymo mount.”

Positive Review

Pros: Low Flash | Cons: Muzzle Rise | Use Case: Suppressors, Flash

This is a no-brainer for those wanting to mount suppressors on their AKs for a reasonable price while gaining some decent flash reduction.

#7 SLR SR47 AK-Series Muzzle Brake

Enhance your shooting by equipping your VSKA AK with an SLR SR47 AK Series Muzzle Brake, enabling you to take command of your shots and effortlessly bring down targets.

Solid Performance- Compact Size

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“I purchased this for a mini draco AK and it preformed very well in reducing recoil levels to that of a 9mm carbine. Also, if you are looking for more bang/flash on a 7in AK then look no further. The brake will turn any short AK into a flamethrower with a very noticble pressure wave. You will also only see fire when you pull the trigger at an indoor range.”


Pros: Recoil, Small Flamethrower! | Cons: Fireballs | Use Case: Outdoors

With dual indexing points, this SLR AK Series Muzzle Brake provides a secure gripping surface, effectively reducing muzzle rise.

#8 SGM Tactical AK-47 Conical Rifle Muzzle Brake

This SMG muzzle brake is designed with a two-piece conical shape, effectively redirecting flash and smoke sideways. This enables a quicker return to target acquisition.

Killer Looks & Performance!

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“I received this brake pretty fast. It fits perfectly and looks really good. I will definitively order another one. The two piece assembly is a very nice option to have. It’s bigger than i thought it would be. It most certainly gets the job done.”


Pros: Two-Piece, Performance | Cons: None | Use Case: Accuracy

By positioning your barrel lower, not only will the recoil be minimized, but it will also serve as a compensator, leading to a noticeable improvement in accuracy.

#9 HIPERFIRE High-Performance Muzzle Compensator

HIPERFIRE HIPERCOMP compensators for VSKA AKs boast top-tier recoil reduction, with crush washers and MIL armorer’s wrenches included.

Rad Design!

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Pros: Cool Design, Accuracy | Cons: Some Flash | Use Case: Outdoors

We appreciate the design decisions made in the USA for this muzzle compensator, but we would like to find online reviews to confirm their claims.

VSKA Railed Gas Tubes

In this section, we cover our recommendations for gas tube replacements that allow you to mount an optic that can lower 1/3rd co-witness with your iron sights while maintaining zero.

In our experience, this would be the ideal place to mount a red dot optic on your VSKA. You will notice improvements in target acquisition and speed as well as better awareness of what’s around you.

Prof Tip: By shooting with both eyes open, you can acquire the skill to overlay the red dot onto the target, all while preserving your situational awareness and peripheral vision.

#1 Midwest Industries AKM-Pattern Railed Gas Tube

Our top recommended product is the Midwest Industries railed gas tube, ideal for mounting optics on your Century Arms VSKA.

Superior Build Quality

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Mounting this gas tube replacement is easy if you’ve previously fully disassembled your VSKA AK for cleaning, then you can perform the upgrade. It’s an ideal spot to mount a red dot sight, as zero is not lost or shifted.

The heat and recoil generated while firing will not damage a quality optic and can even co-witness with your front sights with a micro red dot attached.

These railed gas tubes look great with wooden furniture or aluminum handguards for a more tactical application. No special fitting to your VSKA AK is required as this is a drop-in upgrade!

#2 Troy BattleRail AK47 Adjustable Railed Gas Tube

Troy Industries makes some great products and this adjustable railed gas tube allows it to be mounted on Yugo-pattern or AKM-pattern rifles like the VSKA, as well as stamped or milled receivers.

Easy DIY Upgrade

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This versatility allows you to fit it onto any AK that features a full-length gas piston like the VSKA.

Using adjustable systems like the Battle Rail requires thread lock to prevent loosening and maintain optic zero. Installing it involves fully field-stripping the rifle.

FYI: Troy Industries also offers an aluminum lower handguard that complements the Battle Rail for a modernized VSKA AK look and enhanced functionality.

#3 Troy BattleRail AK47 10″ Lower Handguard M-LOK

Here is the matching lower handguard developed to work with the Battle Rail gas tube.

Matching Lower

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VSKA Adjustable Gas Pistons

VSKA AKs, similar to most AKs, tend to be over-gassed. This intentional design choice aims to enhance the dependability and cycling of 7.62×39 ammunition, but it inadvertently leads to increased felt recoil and accelerated wear on moving components.

By adding an adjustable gas piston to your VSKA, you can dial down that recoil and reduce the wear and tear on your bolt and carrier.

Here’s a handy chart to determine if your rifle is over or under-gassed. Most AKs are slightly to moderately over-gassed to ensure better reliability under extreme conditions and harsh environments.

This is especially important if you want to fire your VSKA suppressed. The added backpressure when shooting suppressed would add substantial stress to your AK’s moving parts which will lead to even more premature wear.

The solution to this problem is adding a tunable gas piston that you adjust using the lowest setting possible that still allows your rifle to successfully cycle the action.

This does tend to decrease reliability and introduces the likelihood of failures to cycle, eject, or feed and thus is only recommended for training use and not in your self-defense setup.

#1 KNS Precision Adjustable Gas Piston System

Looking to decrease the recoil of your VSKA making it more pleasurable and controllable to shoot? KNS has developed an adjustable gas piston replacement to do just that!

Fine Tune Your Gas System

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To install, use a punch to tap out the pin that holds the standard threaded gas piston in place and reverse the process to install the KNS gas piston.

Adjust the gas sleeve on the piston head until your VSKA AK’s ejection pattern is in the optimal 3-4:30 o’clock position to ensure proper cycling of your rifle.

As you can see here, KNS makes a wide variety of adjustable gas piston lengths to accommodate the different lengths and diameters of various AK variants. The gas piston used for the VSKA is the standard AKM length and diameter for stamped receiver AKs.

Key Benefits:

  • Tool-Free Adjustment
  • Reduces Recoil
  • Tune almost any AK for suppressed use
  • Decrease cyclic rate for full-auto fire
  • made in specialized factories 922r Compliance Part
  • The piston head assembly is made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel
  • All surface parts are nitrided for durability
  • low-friction
  • & easily-cleaned operation
  • Patent-Pending

VSKA Handguard Upgrades

Whether you’re incorporating a better metal or polymer handguard onto your VSKA, you will experience a remarkable enhancement in terms of the appearance and usability of your AK rifle.

Many metal handguards are constructed using lightweight, premium aluminum, while cheaper options are often crafted from heavier metals.

These handguards typically offer convenient M-LOK (or the somewhat dated Key-Mod slots) on the sides, in addition to rails on the top and bottom for added versatility.

#1 Midwest Industries AK-47 Drop-In Handguard

The VSKA is an example of a stamped receiver AKM-pattern rifle that can be fitted with Midwest Industries’ universal drop-in lower handguard.

High-Quality Billet

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You will have the option to attach a hand-stop, bipod, laser, flashlight, or any other accessory designed for M-LOK slots.

#2 Midwest Industries AKG2 AK-47 Handguard

Optics Planet offers the full Gen 2 AKG2 aluminum handguard with a railed top, tailored for your VSKA, for a great price.

Alternatively, you can purchase the M-LOK version without the rail, which is $50 cheaper, enabling you to save both weight and money.

Complete Handguard

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Note: This is the Yugo-variant version but it still gives you an idea of how it would look on your VSKA AK.

#3 T.W.S. AK-47 Short Stop Gen-3 Handguard w/ M-Lok

The Gen-3 Hand Guard is created to be an integral part of a cohesive system, offering improved functionality, adaptability, and resilience.

All accessories, such as optics, night vision, and thermal devices, are properly aligned with the help of its co-planar top rail.

Made in the USA

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M-LOK compatibility offers flexibility, while the semi-floated design minimizes barrel disturbance. Ventilation holes cool rapidly and reduce weight. It also allows for cleaning rod and bayonet attachment, preserving VSKA rifle functionality.

#4 Command Arms AK-47 5-Rail Handguard System

The sturdy XRS74YG Black Handguard System from Command Arms Accessories is designed for your VSKA AK rifle.

Most Advanced Design!

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“One of the best handguard rail ever. I tried so many handguard but this one the best. It’s very easy to install, very light, very comfortable and the most important for me the look of my rifle with this rail just fantastic. You don’t need to buy any dust cover any handguard and make sure the height is the same for your front and the rear sight, just simply buy one solid pice handguns XRS74YG you’ll never regret it.


It allows you to effortlessly mount heavy weapons and large scopes, thanks to its CAA AR Handguards & Forends.

The long upper rail extends to the rear of the dust cover and presents a low-profile design for securely mounting heavy optics.

Additionally, the handguard features detachable Picatinny rails that provide Keymod mounting solutions.

#5 IMI Defense ARP1 AK47 Aluminum Rail Platform

The IMI Defense ARP1 will take your VSKA AK47 to the next level with its high-end battle-ready aluminum alloy rail system.

End-Game System!

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This system updates the VSKA AK for the 21st century with a lightweight, slim design that fits perfectly. It includes all the necessary features for modern accessories and offers superior ergonomics.

#6 Samson AK47 M-LOK K-Rail QD Handguard

Samson and Ken Allen, an East Coast AK Specialist, collaborated to create a range of impressive AK accessories, including the innovative M-LOK Handguard.

High-Quality System For Less $

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“Samson produces high quality weapon parts. This is no different. However I would not consider mounting a red dot on the top of this, as it is only secured to the bottom hand guard by 4 set screws. It doesn’t seem stable enough to keep zero for a precision optic. I would use it to mount a Light device. All the M-lok matings give good opportunity to tune your AK to fit your situation!

Chris B.

This handguard stands out due to its user-friendly features, such as an adjustable alignment system and various sling attachment options.

The introduction of the game-changing K-rail further enhances their product line.

With no need for gunsmithing, it may only require slight adjustments or filing to fit your VSKA AK perfectly!

#7 IMI Defense AK47 Handguard Rail System

The IMI Defense HRS is a top-tier Polymer rail system for the iconic AK47. It upgrades the VSKA AK to the 21st century with a sleek, lightweight design and all essential features.

Affordable IMI Quality

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The purpose of the system is to allow for the correct placement of modern accessories like lights, lasers, different attachments, foregrip, and QD sling mounts, ensuring excellent ergonomics and user comfort.

#8 Midwest Industries AK-47 Handguard w/ Top Cover

The Midwest Industries Extended Universal handguard is both lightweight and durable. It extends your lower rail by 9.5 inches, allowing for additional mounting space for your accessories.

Precision Aluminium Rails

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“So this extended rail works great on my akm. I love the ak pattern rifle, but I feel there are two significant flaws from a modern perspective – the ability to mount optics easily, and a rather short area for gripping the rifle. The rifle fixes one of those (and possibly both, depending on your setup).


Equipped with T-marked 1913 Picatinny rails, this handguard enables you to attach weapon lights, laser sights, and various optics to your VSKA, giving it a substantial upgrade over the stock configuration.

#9 TDI Arms AK47 Rifle Scope Handguard Set

The TDI Arms Gun Grip includes two upper and lower Picatinny rails along with two mini-side rails, providing ample attachments for your needs.

Great Price!

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“So I went to order the lower half by itself and saw it would take months to get. I ordered this kit because it was in stock and only received the lower half. Normally I would be upset, but it is what I needed and works perfectly. It did take a little bit of fitting with my PSA go GF3 but now that it is fitted, it is amazing.


Engineered with durability in mind, the TDI Picatinny AK47 Forearm Gun Grip offers a lightweight and sturdy platform to mount various Picatinny accessories onto your weapon.

Crafted from high-density polymer, this TDI Weapon Grip is both exceptionally strong and heat-resistant.

Elevate your performance in the field by opting for the TDI Arms Picatinny Forearm Set, enabling you to easily attach optics to gain a tactical advantage with your VSKA Rifle.

#10 Hogue AK-47 Conversion Kit w/Pistol Grip

The AK Handguards offered by Hogue preserve the sleek design of your VSKA AK while providing enhanced functionality with comfortable finger grooves and palm swells, ensuring a secure grip.

Superior Grip!

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“I found everything I needed to complete my AK furniture rebuild project at OpticsPlanet.com. I picked up this Hogue AK-47 OM Pistol Grip & HandGuard Kit, along with a Hogue AR-15 collapsible Buttstock, Timber Creek Mil-Spec buffer tube, ALL in OD Green and a standard castle nut set.

I was already familiar with Hogue’s quality, having them on My 9’s. The pistol grip and hand guard with the rubber overmold make for solid and comfortable gripping action. It fit perfectly with no need for any modifications Overall, I’m very satisfied with this grip set as well as all items I picked up from OP. 

These conversion kits encompass a comprehensive system that includes multiple Picatinny mounting options and a heat shield.

Made from a non-tacky synthetic rubber, the Hogue AK-47 Standard Overmolded Grip and Forend Conversion Kits offer a pleasant tactile experience and encourage a consistent hand position whenever you handle your VSKA rifle.

#11 UTG Pro AK47 Universal Tactical Quad Rail System

The UTG Pro Model 47 Universal Tactical Quad Rail System, made by UTG Pro using aircraft aluminum alloy and advanced CNC machining techniques, enhances accuracy in challenging conditions.

Pro-Grade AK Quad Rail

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“Lots of UTG/Leapers gear gets the bum’s rush by tacticool phone operators online. In some cases it might be merited because the quality on some parts may be questionable. The same cannot, I repeat, cannot be said of UTG PRO gear. To be clear, this gear is manufactured start to finish, right here in the U.S.A.

The quality rivals that of other well known brands you’ve heard of that I won’t mention here, but needless to say, the UTG PRO line of products was not meant for Airsoft. Nothing felt cheap like it was going to break or snap off. The installation process is explained well with the included literature.


This item’s design guarantees a flawless fit for US-made VSKA AKMs and for rifles with oversized barrel or rear sight blocks.

#12 Midwest Industries AK Alpha Handguard w/Top Cover

The AK Alpha Series M-LOK combo handguard by Midwest Industries showcases their dedication to delivering exceptional quality that will keep any AK lover happy.

Best Combo System!

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“I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this. I am familiar with Midwest Industries so I knew it would be an artistic piece of engineering. I just wasn’t sure if it would fit my gf3 PSA AK well. I am not that familiar with AKs and all the variants. SO I took the time to read the instructions, and I put myself to work. within minutes I had it together and it fit flawlessly. All the gaps are the same size all around it uses the AK original gas tube. I can’t wait to get more of their alpha line products.

Oh boy does this handguard/top cover system look killer!

This upgrade can revolutionize the look of your VSKA AK, making it incredibly impressive with its unique set of features.

#13 MFT Tekko Polymer AK-47 Integrated Rail System

Enhance the functionality and performance of your VSKA rifle by utilizing the customizable TP47IRS Integrated Rail System offered by Mission First Tekko.

Lightweight & Secure

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“There are MANY AK-47 front handrails for sale all over the internet-they seem to be differently engineered & priced. I think that this unit-the MFT Tekko has got to be the best quality, design, and value available for the money. I have bought 3 different AK-47 front handguards from 3 other manufacturers- with prices up to 4 TIMES what this costs- and this one is – by far- the best.

Now- don’t get me wrong- you are going to have to fiddle with it a bit with a sharp tool (like a razor knife) to get a perfect fit-but once you patiently do that (took me a half hour) the final fit was perfect & ROCK SOLID- plus the top rail lined up perfectly. I think the design of this rail differs from all the others (making it superior) because it uses 4 additional vertical screws to lock the upper & lower rail together for added strength & stability.”


The MFT Tekko VSKA AK-47 Rail is a lightweight and durable accessory made from high-quality polymer. It features two full-length and two small-side Picatinny rails, perfect for attaching accessories through the Tekko Integrated Rail System.

#14 IMI Defense ARP2 AK47 Aluminum Railed Handguard

The IMI Defense ARP1 is a lightweight and slender aluminum alloy rail system that brings the AK47 to the 21st century, enhancing the VSKA platform’s performance seamlessly.

Badass Design!

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Prioritizing ergonomics and user comfort, it enables effortless attachment of contemporary accessories such as lights, lasers, foregrips, and QD sling mounts.

#15 JMac Customs Skeletonized AK-47 Pistol Grip

The SPG-AK was carefully created to give shooters better control over their firearms by perfectly aligning with the natural shape of their hand grip.

7075-T6 Aluminum Grip

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“Feels great in the hand, looks great overall definitely recommend

This JMac Customs skeletonized AK grip features a textured front and rear surface, which enables users to apply pressure exactly where it is needed the most.

Taking cues from our successful SFG (Skeleton Forward Grip), the design of the SPG-AK perfectly complements it, serving as an excellent combination to elevate the performance of your VSKA AK.

VSKA Polymer Furniture Upgrades

In this section, we will demonstrate simple-to-do polymer furniture upgrades for your VSKA AK that you can perform to customize your AK according to your preferences.

Some of the most popular polymer furniture comes from the ubiquitous Magpul. Magpul has come up with many options and styles for your WASR-10 to give your AK a unique look.

#1 Magpul AK-47 Zhukov M-LOK Furniture Set

When purchased together, this Magpul Zhukov furniture set offers a complete furniture package upgrade at a reduced cost.

Killer Combo

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Experience a remarkable transformation in both the appearance, handling, and performance of your VSKA as it evolves into a formidable tactical beast. Its lightweight, rugged, and compact design amplifies its capabilities.

#2 Magpul Industries AKM MOE Furniture Set

The Magpul AKM polymer furniture complete kit, available in three colors (Black, FDE, and Plum), is being sold by Brownells at a highly affordable price.

Great Budget Set

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If you desire to enhance the tactical capabilities of your VSKA, the poly handguard is equipped with M-LOK slots for attaching accessories and keeping it up to date.

This furniture set is not only lightweight but also highly durable, giving the VSKA a sleek and contemporary appearance as a modern AKM variant.

#3 Magpul AK Zhukov-S Folding Stock

Optics Planet offers the highly sought-after Zhukov folding stock (*AKM-variant) at a fantastic price if you only seek to replace the default stock on your VSKA.

Iconic Look

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The stock is perfectly suited for your VSKA rifle and boasts a compact and lightweight design, along with tactical features.

#4 Fab Defense UAS-AK P Tactical Stock

The VSKA AKM can be enhanced with some impressively designed buttstock upgrades from Fab Defense.

Fully-Adjustable Folder

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“If you are looking to upgrade your conventional polymer, or even wooden, stock this is one should highly consider. It is built like a tank and fairly light so you don’t need to worry about a lot of additional weight being added to your rifle.”


If you seek a tactical stock that is fully adjustable and equipped with a built-in cheek riser, your search ends with this offering from Fad Defense.

VSKA Rear Sight Post Upgrades

If you’re a fan of using iron sights (and don’t want to detract from the classic wood AK look) but are looking for more subtle ways to improve shootability, then an upgraded rear sight leaf just might be the best route for you!

There are quite a few updated iron sight options that take advantage of modern materials such as tritium and fiber optics that will transform those plain old iron sights into a much more user-friendly and accurate system that will make hitting your target a whole lot easier.

There is a useful video tutorial on how to remove the rear sight leaf on YouTube.

#1 Kensight AK Rear Sight Trijicon Tritium Night Sight

This Kensight rear sight leaf replacement will give you excellent night sight visibility allowing you to acquire targets in the dark.

Great For Low-Light Shooting

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To install, just remove the old stock sight leaf and replace it with this one.

  • Wire-EDM machined from a single billet of 4140 chrome-moly steel
  • Ultra-smooth adjustments, audible clicks for both windage and elevation
  • Graduations marked from 100M to 1000M like the original tangent rear sight
  • Fitted with Trijicon 0.076 green tritium inserts

#2 Kensight AK Sight Set w/Trijicon Tritium Inserts

This combo made by Kensight includes both the rear sight leaf and front sight post upgrade for those who want a better 3-dot sight picture.

Best Night Sight Set Deal

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Get the benefits of modern-day and night sights found on handguns for your VSKA AK rifle.

“Fits perfect and looks great. Couldn’t ask for anything better. The Trijicon Tritium AK Night Sight are a perfect addition to my firearm. In addition I also purchased a folding stock and muzzle break.”

  • Wire-EDM machined from a single billet of 4140 chrome-moly steel
  • Ultra-smooth adjustments, audible clicks for both windage and elevation
  • Rear tangent sight fits all original Soviet AK-47 pattern, Norinco 56S, and Poly Tech AKS rifles
  • Graduations marked from 100M to 800M like the original tangent rear sight

#3 Meprolight Tru-Dot Night Sight Set for AK47

Are you looking for a more affordable night sights combo solution? The Meprolight Tru-Dot night sights offer a version that doesn’t use the more expensive Trijicon tritium inserts.

High-Value Night Sight Set

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“Love these sights!!! Been wanting nights for my AKM and decided to try this brand. Glad I did cause it looks a lot better than my factory sights (not there’s anything wrong with them).

Installing the front was no issue, but the rear took a little longer (about 5 or 6 minutes if you don’t have a table with a vice). Anyone who owns a AK platform will enjoy this. I highly recommend it. Just make sure you get the correct one.”

Rico Roberts

They still work pretty well in this price bracket and make perfectly acceptable day/night sights that are a definite upgrade to the stock VSKA iron sights. They are fully adjustable for windage and elevation.

#4 XS Sight Systems Express Tritium Rear AK Sight

If you’re looking for a unique rear sight system for your VSKA AK then this XS sight system is an attention grabber!

Best V-Notch Sights

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This tritium day/night sight is fully adjustable with a set screw to adjust and hold for centering.

Front Sight Fitment: The XS front sight fits all AK-47 and AKM varieties. It will not fit the SKS or the Czech Vz.58 rifle.

Rear Sight Fitment: The XS AKM Express Rear Sight is designed to replace the AKM rear sight, but can also fit AK-47 varieties. The AK-47 is graduated out to 800 meters while the AKM is graduated out to 1000 meters. The XS rear sight will overhang slightly if installed on the AK-47 (ex. Norinco). It will not fit the Czech Vz.58 rifle or SKS.

#5 GG&G AK47 Ghost Ring Replacement Sight

GG&G makes this awesome-looking 800-meter ghost ring replacement sight for those who don’t like rear sight notches.

Instant Upgrade!

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Ghost ring sights are easier to aim precisely than the standard notch sights that come with VSKA AKs and will improve your ability to focus on the front sight post for more accurate shooting and target acquisition.

This specific model has a range of 800 meters (870 yards), while there is another model that extends up to 1000 meters.

However, considering that AKs lose effectiveness beyond 400-500 yards, the 800-meter option should be sufficient. The installation process is comparable to other rear sight replacement alternatives.

#6 Meprolight AK-47 AKM Pattern Front Night Sight Post

If you want to save a bit of money and only want night sights on the all-important front sight, opt for something like this Meprolight sight post instead.

Best Front Sight Upgrade

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Installs easily using an AK sight post tool available here on Amazon:

Makes Sight Adjustment A Breeze!

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You can find a more budget model here: Front Sight Tool

#7 Samson AK-47 Rear Sight Rail

Looking to replace the rear sight leaf on your VSKA with a solid rail to mount your red dot sight?

Samson has accepted this challenge and come up with a super sturdy and strong steel optics rail that is easy to install on your rear sight block while allowing you to still use the iron sights with its see-through v-notch design.

Effortlessly Holds Zero!

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It might be a bit pricey but you don’t want to skimp on a mounting system like this if you want your optic to hold zero.

“This is a rock solid mount that makes all others seem cheap. It is well worth the money, and holds zero perfectly with a micro red dot. Don’t waste money on cheaper mounts. This is sitting on top of a yugo and I couldn’t be happier with it.”


#8 T.W.S. Systems AK-47 Gen-3 Dog Leg Scope Rail Top Cover

Texas Weapons Systems has designed this awesome tactical railed dust cover that mounts directly to your rear sight block allowing you to securely mount a scope or any optic.

Best Railed Dust Cover Upgrade

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“Got delivered sooner than expected! I put it on a Century Arms VSKA, it fit perfectly. Probably took less than 10 minutes to install, all parts went together smooth and directions were detailed. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to put optics on a AK!”


Another cool feature is the hinged design that allows you to pivot up the dust cover to get access to the internals for cleaning without needing to remove the optic.

This is a very tactical-looking dust cover replacement that is relatively easy to install and replaces both the old dust cover and rear sight leaf.

T.W.S. Systems AKM/AK-47 Gen-3 Dog Leg Scope Rail Top Cover with mounting parts

Included Accessories:

  • Dog Leg Rail Top Cover
  • Hinge Fork with takedown pin (pre-installed)
  • Hinge Base with screw
  • Nut Plate (under hinge base)
  • Hinge Base Pin and retaining clip
  • Cover Release Button
  • Allen Wrench

#9 T.W.S. AKM Bundle Gen-3 Dog Leg Rail & Gen-3 Handguard

Texas Weapon Systems has come up with the most awesome combo I’ve ever seen for the AK platform, that will work perfectly with your Century Arms VSKA AK!

The Ultimate Combo!

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First, they brought us the best-selling railed dust cover to hit the market and now they’ve made a matching upper and lower handguard to complete the look for the ultimate AK combo of the year award.

All for a price that is well below that of the unobtainium Zenitka systems!

Just look at how sweet this 3-piece Texas Weapon Systems system looks on an AK rifle!

The handguard can be purchased separately and is available on Brownells. Please find the link below for more information.

Made in the USA

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Final Thoughts

Adding any one of these upgrades to your VSKA, whether all at once or over time, will give you a noticeable performance boost that also complements the look and feel above and beyond the stock components.

If you’ve enjoyed the post or have any of these upgrades, feel free to share with friends and family as well as post a comment to let us know what your experiences are with your VSKA AK.

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