Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 Review

Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62x39 REVIEW

Is the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 AK-47 a Great Deal?

I’m excited to share my thoughts on the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 as an avid shooter and firearm enthusiast, and having a friend that has praised this very same gun on multiple occasions. I look forward to learning more about this gun and doing the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 review.

History of Pioneer Arms

Pioneer Arms is a firearms manufacturer based in Radom, Poland. The company was founded in 2003 and specialized in producing AK-47 rifles and other firearms.

Pioneer Arms Logo

The history of Pioneer Arms can be traced back to the famous Polish arms factory Fabryka Broni Łucznik, founded in 1922. During World War II, the factory produced firearms for the Polish resistance and later for the Soviet Red Army. After the war, the factory was nationalized by the communist government and continued to produce firearms for the military and police.

In the 1990s, after the fall of communism, the factory underwent privatization and joined a larger holding company that also included Pioneer Arms. Pioneer Arms later became an independent entity in 2003 and started manufacturing firearms modeled after the AK-47 design.

Pioneer Arms produces high-quality firearms at affordable prices and is particularly renowned for its AK-47 rifles. The company combines old-school craftsmanship with modern technology in the production process. They make rifles from high-quality materials and incorporate upgrades such as improved triggers and adjustable sights.

Today, Pioneer Arms is one of the leading firearms manufacturers in Poland and exports its products to countries around the world. The company continues to innovate and expand its product line while maintaining its commitment to quality and affordability.

History of the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39

The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 is a variant of the AK-47 rifle. The AK-47 design dates back to the late 1940s when the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Kalashnikov developed it. The rugged, reliable, and easy-to-manufacture rifle quickly gained popularity, making it one of the most popular firearms in the world.

Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62x39 Review

The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 is based on the AK-47 design, but it features several modifications and upgrades. The rifle has a longer barrel than the standard AK-47, which improves accuracy and range. It also has a fixed stock, which makes it more stable and easier to control.

In addition, the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 has a number of other features that make it well-suited for sport shooting and hunting. This makes it a popular choice among sport shooters and hunters worldwide.

The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39

The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 has a similar appearance to the classic AK-47 rifle but with some noticeable differences.

I have long been a fan of the traditional wood stock and forend of the AK-47, even more so of the nutmeg finishes. This rifle has a black synthetic stock and forend, and it looks sharp. The stock is fixed, meaning that it does not fold or collapse.

Sporter 7.62x39

The barrel is 16.25 inches long and has a black finish. The front is a post-sight, while the rear is an adjustable aperture sight.

The receiver is made of steel and has a deep black finish. It features a scope mount on the left side, which allows for easy installation of a scope or other optic.

Overall, the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 has a sleek and modern appearance.


The rifle is shipped in a simple cardboard box. If Pioneer planned to keep the packaging as simple as they could so the focus was on the rifle, they nailed it. No frills, but a hell of a good-looking rifle.

Unboxing  the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62x39

The rifle includes a manual, which provides information on how to operate and maintain the firearm, and two magazines.

Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 Specifications

  • Caliber: 7.62x39mm
  • Action: Semi-automatic
  • Barrel length: 16.25 inches
  • Overall length: 36 inches
  • Weight: 7.7 pounds
  • Stock: Black synthetic, fixed
  • Sights: Adjustable aperture rear, post front
  • Magazine capacity: 30 rounds
  • Receiver: Steel, black finish
  • Scope mount: Yes, on the left side
  • Safety: Manual
  • Polymer Furniture
  • UPC CODE: 850036821304


The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 is a semi-automatic rifle, which means that it fires one round each time the trigger is pulled and then automatically reloads the next round from the magazine.

It is a gas-operated system. It is a rotating bolt rifle that uses a long-stroke gas piston system. This system is designed to cycle the rifle’s action by using gas pressure from the fired cartridge to push a piston and operate the bolt. The long-stroke gas piston system is known for its reliability and durability, making it a popular choice for rifles like the Sporter.


Overall, the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39’s action is designed for reliability and ease of use, with a simple gas-operated, rotating bolt system that is easy to understand and maintain.


The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 has a barrel that is 16.25 inches long, it is longer than the standard AK-47 barrel. The barrel is made of chrome-moly steel, a durable and corrosion-resistant material.

Sporter 7.62x39 barrel

The barrel has a black finish, which gives the rifle a modern and tactical appearance. The bore of the barrel has a rifled pattern, which means that it has a series of grooves that help to stabilize the bullet as it exits the barrel. This helps to improve accuracy and range.

At the end of the barrel is a slant-cut muzzle brake to reduce felt recoil and muzzle rise. The muzzle brake is threaded, allowing for easy access to accessories such as suppressors or flash hiders.

Capacity, Magazines, and Caliber

The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 has a magazine capacity of 30 rounds. The rifle uses a detachable box magazine. The magazine release is in front of the trigger guard behind the magazine.

sporter ak-47 magazines

The rifle is chambered for the 7.62x39mm cartridge, a widely-used intermediate rifle cartridge originally designed in the Soviet Union. The 7.62x39mm cartridge is known for its reliability, affordability, and effectiveness against targets at short to medium ranges. It is commonly used in AK-style rifles and other firearms designed for military and sporting purposes.


The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 has several controls that provide quick access during shooting. Here are the main controls on the rifle:

  1. Safety: The safety selector lever is located on the right side of the receiver, just above the trigger. The safety can be set to either “safe” or “fire” mode. When set to “safe” mode, the trigger is locked and cannot be pulled. When set to “fire” mode, the trigger is ready to fire.
  2. Magazine release: The magazine release lever is located on the right side of the receiver, just behind the magazine well. To remove the magazine, the shooter simply presses the magazine release lever, which allows the magazine to drop free from the rifle.
  3. Charging handle: The charging handle is located on the right side of the receiver, just above the magazine well. The shooter can pull the charging handle backward to manually cycle the action, which can be useful for clearing malfunctions or loading the first round into the chamber.
  4. Trigger: The trigger is located in the trigger guard and is designed to be smooth and consistent. The trigger pull weight may vary depending on the individual rifle but is typically around 5-7 pounds.

Overall, the controls on the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 are intuitive and easy to use while being familiar to many of you. The safety, magazine release, charging handle, and trigger are all located in convenient and easily-accessible positions, allowing for quick and efficient operation.


The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 rifle features a durable and corrosion-resistant black oxide finish on most of its metal parts. It has a d uniform tactical appearance.

Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62x39

The whole look of the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 is excellent, and the finish plays a big part.


The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 rifle has a frame based on the original AK-47. The frame is made of stamped steel, a manufacturing process that involves pressing and cutting metal sheets into shape. This process is used to create the receiver, the part of the rifle that houses the trigger assembly and other internal parts.

The stamped steel receiver of the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 is durable and rugged, and the fit feels solid and to tight tolerances.


The handguard of the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 rifle is a polymer accessory to protect the hand from the heat generated by the rifle during extended shooting sessions. The handguard is ribbed and textured, which provides a non-slip grip for the shooter’s hand and helps to dissipate heat.

Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62x39

Overall, the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 handguard is straightforward and functional.


The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 rifle comes equipped with an adjustable rear sight and a fixed front sight post. The rear sight is a leaf sight with a range of 100 to 800 meters and can be adjusted for windage and elevation by drifting the sight left or right or by using a sight adjustment tool to raise or lower the sight. The front sight post is a standard AK-47 style post, which is fixed and cannot be adjusted for elevation or windage.

Overall, the standard iron sights on the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 rifle are reliable and easy to use. The adjustable rear sight allows for precise adjustments for windage and elevation.


The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 rifle typically comes equipped with a fixed polymer stock that is based on the design of the original AK-47 stock. The stock is molded from high-quality polymer and is both durable and comfortable. It features a ribbed texture on the pistol grip and a slight curve to the buttstock, which helps to provide a comfortable and secure grip for the shooter’s hand.

Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62x39 buttstock

The stock also includes a sling swivel on the left side, which allows the shooter to attach a sling for easier transport and maneuverability. Additionally, the stock includes a trapdoor in the buttplate that can store small accessories or cleaning equipment.


The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 rifle has a standard AK-47-style trigger system. A single-stage trigger that breaks at around 5.5-7 pounds of trigger pull weight.


The trigger is made of stamped metal and is durable and reliable, with a smooth and consistent trigger pull.

The trigger system also includes a standard safety selector lever on the receiver’s right side. The safety selector lever has two positions: “safe” and “fire”, and is easy to operate with the shooter’s thumb.

Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 Review Final Thoughts

My final thought, having not shot the Sporter yet, is that it’s an excellent-looking and well-put-together AK-47-style rifle. I like the classic design with the modern touches

At an MSRP of $819.99 and available in many places much cheaper, I see value in this rifle. It’s not a top-of-the-line AK-47, but also far from the bottom.

Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62x39 REVIEW

Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 FAQs

Is the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 reliable?

The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 is generally considered to be a reliable firearm. However, as with any firearm, regular maintenance and proper use is important to ensure continued reliability.

What type of magazines does the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 use?

The Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 uses standard AK-47 magazines.

Can the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 be customized?

While the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 is based on the AK-47 platform, its components may not be as customizable as other modern firearms. However, a variety of aftermarket parts and accessories are still available for the rifle.

What is the accuracy of the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39?

The accuracy of the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 can vary depending on factors such as ammunition, shooter skill, and range conditions. However, many users have reported satisfactory accuracy for a rifle in its price range.

Is the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 legal in my state/country?

It is important to check with your local laws and regulations to determine if the Pioneer Arms Sporter 7.62×39 is legal in your state or country. The rifle may be restricted or prohibited in some areas.


  • Michael Hodgdon

    A firearm, shooting, outdoor, and hunting enthusiast for over 35 years. Thank you all for the suggestions on topics you would like to see; we'll keep posting as you keep sending them in. Please comment; we will try to answer all comments quickly.

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