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Brandon Herrera Shows Us The New AK-50 V3

It seems like every time I turn on my computer and click on YouTube, somebody has a new gun video there. But since there are many gun videos to choose from, what sets them apart from one another? The answer is ‘innovation’.

That’s why I spend alot of my time looking through dozens, if not hundreds of videos every day, I’m looking for something ‘special’ and innovative. And today I found just that with regards to the video below.

I mean, who has ever heard of an ‘AK-50’, I didn’t know they existed until today, so let’s get into this.

Now, some might ask “Is the AK-50 a real gun?”

Here is the answer to that question:

The AK-50 is an anti-materiel rifle chambered in . 50 BMG. It is an AK derivative under development by American firearm manufacturer and YouTuber Brandon Herrera and co. as part of The AK Guy LTD in Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States.


In mid-2019, Brandon created the Brass Valley Initiative, to take young aspiring firearms designers who had been previously denied work on account of their age and lack of experience and then pitted them against each other to solve the locking lug issue on the AK-50. Coincidentally, both teams of young men came to the same solution Brandon had prior to Brass Valley, and so far, this has been the latest concrete update that Brandon has released through his YouTube channel.


It is an experimental project by the entrepreneur to emulate the function of a Barrett M82-style anti-materiel rifle in a Kalashnikov platform, the first of its kind. Early prototypes developed have introduced the concept of two-piston rods to guide the bolt in its long-stroke piston operation recoil system, and one particular problem is a locking lug near the chamber of the current design preventing a full recoil cycle.

Now here’s where the reality of this kicks in…The estimated MSRP of the AK-50 will be $6,999 (a little bit out of my price range). But, if you have the extra cash just lying around, or you have decided NOT to send your kid to college, then you might just be able to order this rifle for yourself.

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