FAQs

FAQs

Which RST fits my gun?

As you likely know, there are a bewildering variety of AK pattern rifles on the market. We’re working hard to develop RSTs to fit most of the guns out there. We’re working with gunsmiths and users to establish a compatibility table. We’ll be updating this page often as the data come back. Please let us know if you try the part on an unlisted gun– we and other users will thank you!

Will you make an RST for my AK from XXX country?
We’re going to try to make as many varieties as practical. We’re a small company, and making a few RSTs for PKMs is probably not going to be possible. However, please send us a request if you don’t see your gun listed. If we get enough requests for the Durgistan AK-357 bulged trunion, we’ll probably make it!

How do I get help installing my part?

First, if you’re in over your head, it’s probably time to call a gunsmith. Check out our tab of gunsmiths offering installation help.

If you’re still feeling game, and you’re looking for help on how to install the part, please check out forums like the akfiles or YouTube (r). Unfortunately, we aren’t staffed to walk people through installation issues.

How do I get help specific to the part (not installation)? If you’re having a problem with our part, and not installation, please email techsupport@occamdefense.us. We’ll issue you a help ticket and get back to you ASAP with a solution.

How do I make a return?

To make a return, please email returns@occamdefense.us describing your issue and how you’d like us to resolve the problem. We’ll get back to you with an RMA form and RMA number. Please do not ship us returns without an RMA number. \emph{Returns received without an RMA number will be rejected.} We are not doing this to be jerks– quite the opposite– We try not to screw up, but when we do, we are commmited to learning from it so it won’t happen again– thanks for your help in making us better at making kickass products!

Can I install this part myself?

If you haven’t built an AK before, it’s probably not a good idea, unless you’re extremely mechanically inclined and don’t mind the risk of damaging your rifle. That said, there are a bunch of videos on YouTube on how to do it, and if you have the right tools and know how to do the job it’ll only take an hour or so. Robert Forbus sells all of the specialized tools needed, at a great price. His website is www.RobertForbus.com

What are the risks to my gun if I have a gunsmith do the job? Well, some AKs are put together really badly, and can’t be easily disassembled. If there’s a ton of rust around your barrel components, it’s probably not a good idea to have it done. Most AKS were put together with oil or grease in those fittings, and slide apart quite easily.

If you care that the finish remains perfect, it’s also not a great idea to have this done. However, most gunsmiths offer painting for very little money– it’s a great opportunity to have your plain-jane AK tricked out, now that it’s super charged with the best optics platform on the market!

All in all, it’s a benign procedure with little risk to the gun.

Do you have a patent on the RST?

Yes! We have an approved patent, and two more in the works. Please see ip.occamdefense.us for details.

Is this made in the US?

The RST body is made in the U.S., and the final assembly and coating is done in Idaho! The levers are imported from Europe. If you represent a US company who would like to supply them, please contact us! We strongly believe in US manufacturing.

Do you ship internationally?

Sorry, most of our products are ITAR controlled, and can’t be exported, even to APO / FPO.

What payment methods do you take?

We currently accept paypal, which in turn lets you use most credit cards. We do accept checks for orders of 50 pieces or more.

Why didn’t I think of this?

Right? We’re not sure why someone didn’t make this 20 years ago. It is, to be frank, stupid simple. And that’s the point. In our minds, this should be standard equipment on all AKs. Nobody really makes ARs with carry handles anymore– why should they have sight leafs?

When will the RST be available?

We’ll be releasing the premium billet version of the RST in September. The standard cast version will be released a little later– October most likely.

Are you hiring?

We’re always interested in hearing from people who are passionate about our work. If you think you’ve got something to add, please send your resume to admin@occamdefense.us with the subject line “RESUME”.

Who are you guys?

Our Beliefs
First and foremost, we’re American Patriots.
We believe that the government that governs best governs least– that means WE THE PEOPLE step up and help each other instead of waiting for the government to do it.
We believe that the American Militia is made up of everyone capable of picking up a gun and defending their communities and homeland.
We know that more quality guns in the hands of good guys results in fewer bad guys, and that’s a great thing.
We believe in self empowerment, and can’t stand snowflakes.
If you’re here, you’re not a snowflake. We’re thrilled to be working with you, and spreading self sufficiency and a love of AKs throughout our great country.

Our Background
Our previous business endeavors have been in aerospace, medical and scientific radiation instruments and detectors, and electric vehicle propulsion systems.  We’ve always been gun guys, and when we came up with this part we decided to change gears and share our love of self sufficiency and guns with you, the American Rifleman.