A Russian soldier during military drills with an AK-74Global Look Press
As of today, there are around 60 million AK-47 and AK-74 assault rifles worldwide that are the weapon of choice for soldiers in 50 countries. To make an even better rifle, engineers created a number of upgraded versions, and in the
Upgrades were possible thanks to new technologies and modern materials. To improve important elements such as the gas tube, receiver ring
The AK-100 series has no wooden parts, unlike the old AKs. Designers now use composite materials such as reinforced polyamides that increase the rifle’s service lifetime. Thanks to these new materials the rifles are lighter than their predecessors. In addition, the new materials are black, and so the new series has been dubbed, “Black Kalashnikov.”
Innovations also improved gun ergonomics and battle capabilities. For example, the weapons have rails on top to fit scopes and optics, as well as rails for grenade launchers underneath. The new rifles can also be outfitted with bayonets accompanied by a powerful muzzle break that drastically increases stability and reduces recoil.
The rifle features a folding stock that folds the same way as with the modified AK-74M, to the left. In contrast to the riveted metal butts, plastic parts are less susceptible to deformation and damage.
The rifle still uses AK-47 and AK-74 ammo that includes 7.62x39 and 5.45x39 rounds. Also, a number of modifications were made to match NATO standard cartridges.
Technology has advanced significantly since the first AK-47 and AK-74 models were made, and in the
Yet, there is also a need for a compact rifle for close urban combat and KC made another version of an AK-101 with a shorter barrel, dubbed AK-102. Law enforcement agencies use these weapons because they’re convenient in urban work.
The new generation AK-74, which includes all the capabilities described above, was code-named AK-105. With a short barrel, and chambered with 5.45x39 mm ammo, it replaces the AKS-74U model and is used by Russian National Guard forces.
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