At SHOT Show, SMI Arms featured its interpretation of the ideal modern AK-47. Utilizing popular aftermarket parts along with expert craftsmanship, this rifle was built to shoot. The goal was to balance weight with modularity to provide a flexible rifle that can be set up for numerous applications. This 922R-compliant rifle is built off of an AKM pattern parts kit with a stamped receiver. SMI opted for the stamped receiver due to availability of furniture options and a significant reduction in weight. They added an M-LOK lightweight rail system, and a buffer tube to allow the shooter to use AR-15 collapsible stocks, as the market is flush with options catering to every shooter’s preference. Features include SLR Rifleworks 9.0″ rail, Vltor receiver extension “buffer tube” AR-15 adapter, Ultimak AK-47 optics mount, Polish AKM parts kit, Magpul MOE pistol grip, flat dark earth ceramic finish, 16.1″ nitrided barrel, Red Star trigger group, Krebs enhanced safety and MFT minimalist stock.
“Shooting Guns & Having Fun”
In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.