Aklys Defense is happily teasing their upcoming new gun, the Velociraptor. The Velociraptor is a short-barreled, integrally suppressed AK-pattern rifle.
“From the trunnion back it’s a regular AK,” explained Aklys operations manager Dennis Clements. “From the trunnion forward we make it.”
The Velociraptor can handle both supersonic and sub-sonic ammunition. Aklys starts with a milled receiver and builds the barrel and suppressor system on it.
The Velociraptor features a 9.25-inch barrel and with the suppressor installed, it measures just 12 inches long. Also, the suppressor is part of the gas system to operate the Velociraptor’s action.
Chambered for 7.62x39mm the rifle is capable of throwing ammo downrange at 2,100 feet per second. That’s full speed or close to it with standard production ammunition.
While some of that is because 7.62x39mm works well with short-barreled rifles, some of that also has to be due to Aklys’ special suppressor design.
The suppressor is completely user-serviceable. Because it’s constructed from 17-4 stainless steel, it should last a long time. It’s also fully hearing-safe, even indoors.
Since these guns are being built to-order customers will have the option of any standard or even exotic AK chamberings. The company will also modify customer rifles on request.
Aklys is currently taking pre-orders for Velociraptors with delivery to begin early Fall 2018. They’re still tweaking the design, looking for a better handguard and handguard mount.
The final design will likely have a carbon fiber handguard with M-Lok slots for accessories. The current model weighs 8.2 pounds so the finished version could weigh even less.
It is a two-stamp gun. It’s an NFA-regulated short-barreled rifle, an SBR, and it’s suppressed. Buyers will have to wait patiently to get these, but they’ll wind up with the coolest gun at the range for sure. For anyone looking to buy one stamp at a time, Aklys will also manufacture a pistol version.
Due to the cost of materials and machine time, the Velociraptor is not inexpensive. The final price will be $4,500 per gun. Right now Aklys is offering early adopters a price break.
If you decide to get in on the first batch the price will be $4,285 and as a bonus you’ll get a “swag bag” of Aklys gear. Aklys is accepting deposits on pre-orders at $1,785.
“It’s the smallest, quietest AK I could make in this package,” said Aklys’ Zach Hall at the NRA Annual Meeting. For more information about the Velociraptor and other products and services, check out the Aklys Defense website or hit them up on Facebook.