Austin wrote:They simply cant add balance recoil mechanish midway to AK-12 design they will have to change the design.
Here is what Khathi told me at mp.net about AEK-971 advantage over AK-12
The main one is that AEK manages to keep the high-energy action of the AK family (which is largely responsible for its legendary reliability) while doing away the infamous AK kick due to its balanced action. This alone improves the rifle's accuracy almost twofold. AK-12, which doesn't have the balanced action, was, reportedly, approaching the accuracy task by reducing the moving parts energy, which indeed improved accuracy, but greatly reduced the dirt resistance — note that it's only the rumor. Then there are scores of ergonomics and usability improvements — basically, take everything what was hyped about AK-12, and add it to ZiD's design, but it's quite obviously more systematic and thought through, compared to the AK-12's rather haphazard appearance. And their new plastic lower finally features the more or less functional magwell — which AK-12 still lacks.
I think its easy for AEK-971S to get AK-12 like feature but for AK-12 to get other way round would mean redesign
But they both passed state tests, so the reliability question for either rifle is already been addressed.