However, the market segment of pistol caliber carbines is clearly dominated by AR-design products. Some people may be pleased that with the RAK 9 Sport from the Romanian manufacturer Nova Modul, there is now a pistol caliber carbine different from the "AR mainstream".
Nova Modul RAK 9 Sport converted by Magpul
The gun comes factory with a wood stock and handguard. We received our Nova Modul RAK 9 pistol carbine in 9x19 converted with high-quality, practical plastic furniture from the popular US manufacturer Magpul Industries Corp. directly from Waffen Schumacher, a German wholesale company. According to Waffen Schumacher, this Sport version is only available from third parties and in Germany you can buy it completely finished at MGBstrategic for a fair price of around 1350 euro – price may vary in your country, anyway.
(The RAK 9 standard version with a classic AK wooden set costs around 949 euro and the Magpul tuning components cost a total of 327 euro).
Nova Modul RAK 9 Sport in 9 mm Luger – Specs
|Model:||Nova Modul RAK 9 Sport|
Luger (9x19 mm)|
|Barrel:||17.4”/442 mm long "Low Profile" barrel with 1-10" (1-254 mm) right-hand twist|
|Stock:||fixed Magpul MOE stock, free standing Tango Down Battle Grip pistol grip, modified Magpul Zhukov handguard with closed M-LOK side slots|
|Magazine:||10-round box magazine|
|Trigger:||military single-stage trigger with a trigger pull weight of 139 oz/3950 g|
|Safety:||Two-position safety on the right side of the grip, acting on the trigger|
|Overall Length:||34.6”/880 mm|
|Weight:||137.5 oz/3900 g|
euro (price may vary in your country)|
An AK outer shell with internal modifications for the Nova Modul RAK 9
The AK-based action of the RAK 9 has been redesigned for the reliable use of the 9mm Luger pistol cartridge. The gun uses a simple blowback system and doesn't feature the positive-locking "long-stroke" gas operated system with gas piston and 2-lug rotating bolt head. The modified main components (frame/receiver) with a filler piece in combination with the specially developed magazine ensure a shorter bolt travel when cycling as well as when feeding, and thus a perfect functioning. Due to the external compatibility with the original AK system, all typical add-on accessories of the AK platform can be used without any problems. The receiver is equipped on the left side with a mounting rail for target optics, so that we mounted a Falke S red dot sight with a UTG side mount.
The Nova Modul RAK 9 Sport pistol cartridge carbine in practice
However, the high trigger weight of a whopping 139 oz/3900 g alone does not exactly make accurate "hole punching" easy. On the other hand, you don't necessarily need top accuracy for dynamic disciplines and the RAK 9 impressed with its AK-typical functional reliability. In addition, the carbine is much cheaper to buy than AR-based carbines. Apart from that, we had a lot of fun with this "exotic" pistol cartridge carbine.
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