About us


Riley Defense Inc., is a family owned and operated AK47/AK74 manufacturer located in Hickory, NC. The idea was born out of a need to produce top quality variants of the AK47/AK74 platform made in the USA at a competitive price with an emphasis on customer service. We believe that producing a quality product is one part of the experience and excellent customer service is the other part to ensure a satisfying experience for our customers. We work diligently to ensure our products are top quality and your experience of owning our products would be enjoyable and hassle free. As business grows and we establish a stellar reputation, new products in the pipeline will be introduced to satisfy customers need for other types and variants of firearms.

We pride ourselves on producing American-made variants of the AK rifles in different calibers (7.62x39mm, 5.45x39mm & .308 Winchester) and many variations and models (Classic , Polymer , Tactical, Pistol and Krink) with the highest quality at very competitive prices.  We have invested heavily in tooling to produce the parts that go into our firearms. Our firearms go through a rigorous and meticulous quality assurance process and test-fired to  ensure every firearm that is shipped out is fully functional and dependable. Our products will be sold through a network of distributors and dealers. Please CLICK to connect with your dealer of choice.


At Riley Defense Inc., our process is centered on making certain our parts go through a vigorous and meticulous inspection process. Each major part is tested for its mechanical properties such as hardness, strength, and ductility and then followed by a dimensional inspection with the use of fixtures .

After the quality control parts process, we start grouping all the mating components, for example labeling and matching every receiver with a FORGED trunnion and every trunnion with a barrel to guarantee that the trunnion holes are concentric to the receiver holes which ensures the assembly is straight. We also make sure every barrel has the right amount of interference fit to the trunnion to reduce stresses that are induced in the trunnion.

It is very important that the trunnion is riveted to the receiver first, and then the barrel is pressed into the receiver/trunnion assembly.  We NEVER use the barrel as a bucking bar, which causes the rivets to eventually move out of place after firing a few hundred rounds of ammunition. After the barrel has been set into the trunnion, we populate the sights and gas block and check them with extremely precise lasers. Then it’s on to the assembly lines to attach all other components, such as furniture, trigger components, etc…

Following rifle assembly, five to eight rounds of ammunition are fired to test the rifle for function and operation and then it is on to the quality control department for a thorough cleaning and final inspection before packaging and shipping.

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