The AN-94 Assault Rifle

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The Izhevsk Shooting Club has produced a high quality seven part video series on the disassembly and reassembly of the AN-94 rifle. Unfortunately it is all in Russian, but most TFB readers will be able to follow what is being explained the first four parts of the series. Part five and onwards could really use a translation.

Part 1: How the fire controls, stock, sights are used and adjusted.

Part 2: Field stripping the AN-94, how the gas system and flash hider work.

Part 3: How the bolt, carrier, piston and balanced recoil works.

Part 4: Further disassembly of the rifle. How the trigger mechanism functions.

Part 5: Disassembly of trigger mechanism. Cleaning.

Part 6: How the safety and selector function (?).

Part 7: Reassembly.

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]


Steve Johnson

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  • CEOofEVIL

    This has to be the closest I’m going to get at this examining this rifle… THANK YOU STEVE!

  • Cameron

    Great find, thanks for posting this. It might not be the most practical rifle, but the design is fascinating and I appreciate the chance to see it close up.

  • Nick

    I wonder how American’s would treat this rifle if they get their hands on them?

    • ryan

      Knowing us we’ll stop a nothing to get one and nothing will stop us from shooting it.

  • Tim V

    Well if i could get my hands on two i would shoot the shit out of one of them. If i could only get one i would probably just sit around all day and stare at it maybe give it a hug ever few minutes.

    • Nick

      Just imagine how they would try and trick them out.

      • Anonymoose

        Hopefully in the same way they modified the AK-100-series into the AK-12 (new stock and grip design, ambidextrous charging handle, railed receiver and handguard, etc.). The AN-94 was actually designed almost 30 years ago, so it could use a facelift, especially if Izhmash wants to sell any of them in the Tacticool Age we currently live in.

    • Chairman Mow

      You’d probably need two to have spare parts when that cam-and-pully-dohicky breaks.

  • Nater

    This is great, I’ve always wanted to see the guts of the AN-94. I just wish there was an English translation/subtitles.

    • bruce

      if you read the review mentioned at roman-forums.com you would understand the video a lot better.

  • nikonmikon

    the end of part 7 is abrupt cliffhanging with the rifle not working, you didnt post #8 which shows what he did wrong…

  • Josh

    It is surprisingly complex for coming out of Russia. Wonder how rugged it is compared to a traditional AK design? Personally I’d just take a 74 and be done with it. This is overly complex IMHO for minimal gain. Larger advances than just recoil management and “hyper burst” are needed. Gimme a good,reliable caseless ammunition firing rifle and I’ll be ecstatic! Still,thanks for posting this cause it was fascinating from an engineering standpoint.

  • mechamaster

    Finally ! the good video about AN-94. It’s a good rifle in the right hand. Specially in trained hand who are know how to utilize the 2-round burst function. Yes, it’s a little ugly look ( the canted magazine ), expensive to produce, have an uncomfortable sides (when stock folded to right, it’s hard to shoot ) and sometimes it’s jammed (from the testimony of the shooter), but it’s still awesome ! A unique Russian ‘speciality-design’ assault rifle, and the pinnacle of high Round-per-Minute 2-round burst in the service rifle.

  • hikerguy

    The videos are fascinating and reveal the complexity of the design. This of course kept it from being adopted into general service, but it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the rifle. Thanks for posting the videos.

  • Chairman Mow

    Comrade Kalashnikov, you know that rifle you designed ? The one that has only 8 moving parts ? The one that could be repaired with a ball peen hammer and a blow torch ? The one that even a retarded quahog could be taught to use and maintain in 5 minutes ?

    Remember that ? Yeah ? Well, we have decided to go in the opposite direction.

    • Mike Knox

      Comrade kalashnikov just had a heartburn..

    • lex

      A retarded clam?

      • JMD

        Precisely. A retarded clam.

  • JonathanF

    This is not a real AN-94 – it’s an ‘MMG’ or dummy gun made on the same production lines as the real thing but with non-firing components (usually barrel plugged and ported, breech face and feed ramp destroyed). The receiver marking ‘MMГ AН-94′ is just visible in 1080p, for example at 4:27 in Sgmnt 7;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH1U2-0hnjU&feature=player_embedded

    If there’s any doubt, look at this example from a Russian magazine reproduced online here;

    http://roman-forums.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=77

    Same marking. Also note the ported barrel on the example in the video.

    For once the UK has the advantage. You can buy one of these MMGs here;

    http://www.rusmilitary.com/html/an94_deact.htm

    Makes you wonder just how many real ones are out there, doesn’t it?

    • buschmaster

      it was not a reproduction of a russian magazine article. I wrote it myself.

  • PCP

    The only reason why this rifle is not the very picture of over engineering is because the Germans came up with the G11. Still it’s far less complex than what I was expecting and much cleaver.

    I would love to use this rifle and to have it in a collection, but I would hate to depend on it; the AK-107/108 is a far more viable and sane option.

  • http://suburbansdomain.blogspot.com/ Suburban

    Brings back bad memories of the first time I tried to take apart an M1 Garand and put it back together again. That was bad, but I have to imagine that the AN-94 would be worse even if I had a manual and videos in English.

    It’s a neat rifle, but I think I’d rather stick with an AK-74 than to have to deal with all that.

    • charles222

      Amen to the M1. My first time was borderline panicky :p

  • John Doe

    Hide this beauty before Red Jacket molests it for ‘zombie duty’!

    • Chairman Mow

      Red Jacket would Dremel it full of holes then give it a nice coat of Krylon.

  • Lance

    tHE POOR an-94 GOT THE SHORT END OF THE STICK . iT FAILED TO REPLACE THE ak-74m WHICH IS NO BEING UPDATED VIA ak-12 AND IS OO COMPLEX FOR PRACTICAL USE. ITS BURST FIRE MAKES IT A PLACE IN THE THE HISTORY BOOKS.

    • Mike Knox

      @Lance
      yOUR CAPS-LOCK SEEM TO HAVE MALFUNCTIONED. pLEASE CONTACT YOUR MANUFACTURER AND PRODUCT VENDOR FOR SERVICES..

  • Alex-mac

    Hyperburst is the future, and I predict Australia will be the first to adopt a bullpup version of the AN-94 as their standard rifle.