Wieger STG 940 rifles

East Germany, in the period before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, was short of foreign currency. In an attempt to generate cash for imports Wieger developed an AK-clone chambered in 5.56mm NATO. It was apparently very reliable. The collapse of the wall saw the demise of the company which found itself in direct competition with West Germany’s H&K.

Inter Ordnance manufactures an AK rifle which looks like the STG, although the resemblance is surface deep. Until Sven emailed me the below photos, I had not seen pics of the real STG 90x series.

Wieger STG 941 (top). AK-74 (bottom)
Wieger STG 941 (top), AMS-72 (bottom)

[ Many thanks to Seven for emailing me the history and photos. ]

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  • Danny

    This gun was the candidate along with M16,SIG,HK for replacement of Indian FN FAL clone in 1985, but the MOD choose to develop the INSAS instead

  • A guy on WeaponsCache owns one. Unfortunately he’s not very active but he was still nice enough to put some pictures up.

    For those interested, it can be found here:

  • Boner Stallone

    I wonder how the 7.62 STG-2000 made by IO performs, and what the differences are between it and the real Wieger STG 940.

    • Boner, the similarities are just the handguard and the stock. But I have read that the IO guns perform well.

  • Lance

    Want one they look awsome to shoot. I wonder if the DDR got the 5.56 AK to work so many east european countries tried but droped getting a AK in 5.56 NATO (except Poland).

  • Matthew S.

    Love it, looks great.

  • Bill Lester


    Poland isn’t alone in using 5.56 chambered AK’s.

    Bulgarian paratroopers use the AR-2MF. I can’t say for sure if it’s the standard issue weapon throughout the Land Forces but it would make sense. Note the USAF Combat Controller in the background, “armed” with an ASP red gun M4 for this exercise.

    Estonia is armed with Vektor R5’s, essentially a mildly tweaked AK.


  • Lance

    If you consider a Gilil a AK yes you can but many consider a Galil a differnt weapon than a AK. As per Bulagaria all infantry units use the AR-M1 which is a AK-103 7.62×39 AK. And many still have AK-74s. Only a hadful of troops use 5.56 AKs they have had issues with the caliber in a AK action. Due to this Bulgaria adopted the AK-103 (AR-M1).

  • me

    I own one of the IO StG2003 carbines in 5.56mm.

    Pros: good reliability, low muzzle rise due to straight-line stock, points much more naturally (at least for me) than the typical AK. Mine has an excellent trigger. It’s you-bet-your-life reliable with mags it likes.

    Cons: it’s a dressed up WASR3. The buttstock is hollow plastic and weighs about an ounce and a half–I’d hate to have to buttstroke someone with it. Fit and finish are what they are. I cut my knuckles repeatedly in fast mag changes due to just about every vertex where two plane surfaces meet having been left razor sharp before it was dunked in the bluing tank. The only mags that work worth a damn in it are the steel Wiegers–which are spendy and damn hard to find. Mine’s optic mount rail is crooked. I also put homemade aluminum foil heat shields inside the cheap thin plastic handguards to keep them from melting during a mag dump.

    All in all I’d like to see a rifle made to this general plan by someone who cared a bit more about the quality of the final product. Something like this built on a Nodak Spud receiver, with an optics mount rail put on straight, and the worst of the razor-sharp edges filed off before final finishing, with heat shields inside the handguards and a solid buttstock, maybe with a trap in it for a cleaning kit, would be something very much worth pursuing. Even if–especially if, come to think of it–it were in 5.45mm, which would make the ammo and mags a lot cheaper.