Improved AK-107, 60 round Magazine & Holo Sight

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The Russian Military have been testing a new version of the AK-107 which features an enhanced stock along with top and side rails. The 2011 model had the old-style stock and no side rails.

The new AK-107. combined with the Izhmash 60 round quad-stack magazine and the unidentified Russian holosight, make a badass looking combination that has plenty of firepower. The reason the gas tube extends all the way to the front sight is because it houses the AK-107 balanced recoil mechanism.

I cannot identify the rifle in the above photo. I am sure within 5 minutes of blogging this someone will identify it for us.

UPDATE: It is a SR-3 / SR-3M “Vikhr” compact assault rifle. Thanks Dansquadwrote.

[Hat Tip: therusskibear @ arfcom]

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for the tip. ]


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  • AntiCitizenOne

    It’s either an AS-VAL or a SR-3 Vikhr.

  • Higgs

    Holy heavy looking weapon, batman!

    Bottom rifle looks like a SR-3 Vikhr.

    • Scubs

      you are correct sir – SR-3M

  • Reverend Clint

    i like the stock… looks comfy

  • RDW

    Orsis T-5000 ;-)

    • RDW

      Sorry….I was talking about the middle photo rearmost rifle.

    • tempest

      Yeah, that Orsis T-5000 is much more impressive than a relatively run-of-the-mill AK with some nifty accessories.

  • ct11b

    I like his alternating color ear pro, looks like sordins. Cheetah jungle print and jungle.

  • Esh325

    Nice pics. A cheek riser would help on that AK-107. The Russian military is planning to retrofit current AK-74’s with modernization kits before the end of this year according to Russian news sources. So I would say it’s highly unlikely the AK-107,AK-12, or any new rifle will be issued for general troop use.

  • Ivan

    Izhmash is really stepping up their game, first the new tactical Veprs and now an improved AK-107.

    • Lemming

      Not to mention the new AK-12 and the sniper rifle they say they’re working on.

      They actually come up with some pretty high quality, innovative weapons when they’re forced to, you know, innovate :)

  • Nick

    I am really liking the Stock and the Rear Aperture Sights on the receiver cover.

  • darrel

    In other news: Russia! Are they just tacking shit onto more shit and calling it gold?

    All of these things they put on the AK just shoot the issue right over their (and our) heads. There are no actually significant advances in firearms worth bothering with, so they bring out all these neat toys and fancy rails and other mallninja gimicky pieces of crap and throw it on a 65 year old rifle, and call it something new.

    It’s like the HK416. It’s still essentially just an M4, with a piston. That’s it. But somehow, they’ve managed to sell the idea to just about everyone that it’s some god-given rifle that needs to be adopted ASAP, because it’s much more reliable or whatever. Boloney. A no nonsense Colt M4 is reliable enough that you probably won’t even be bothered if it did jam up.

    • Nick

      The DI system the M4 has is a source of problems, although the HK-416 is reliable the M4 can easily be adapted to use that system. No need to adopt a whole new rifle. As for this new AK-107, this is the max that it should modernized, anything more will just be unnecessary weight and bulk.

    • elleerre

      “a 65 year old rifle”

      That works.

    • Karina

      Meanwhile, a 100-year-old design made by a certain John Browning is still winning racegun competitions, despite the comparable amount of “mallninja toys” mounted on them as well…

  • Mictlantecuhtli

    The photo you didn’t post was one of the most interesting. Modernized SVD with, I quote:

    “shortened heavier barrel
    free floated barel with float tube under handguards
    bipod spigot on float tube
    rail along top cover
    rear sight moved to back of top cover

    with thermal sight on it…..”

    http://img13.imageshost.ru/img/2012/09/26/image_50633e5721689.jpg

  • NI Shooter

    Anyone else think this would be a great improvment over the RPK-74M? I mean it has similar if not greater accuracy, compatable with most of the same accessories and the BARS would make the recoil a lot lower, so a lot of suppressing fire could be put down with one and a few casket mags as well as being able to be used with 5.45 legacy mags like the RPK-74M and AK-74M’s as well

    • Jeff

      The RPK-74M is generally no longer used.

  • William C.

    Sure looks like a better upgrade than the AK-12.

  • Majo

    Finger off the trigger!

    • bbmg

      Fact: The Russians have no phrase equivalent to “Health and Safety”.

    • Demize99

      Does it still matter if there’s not actually a bolt in the weapon?

      (And yes, it still matters. Rule #1)

      • Killian

        lol. Saw that, huge training fail (or, given Russian safety standards, win?)

  • Vintorez

    The rifle in the last picture must be a AS VAL, the receiver is too short to be an SVD.

    http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/3396/3879192502vssvintorez.jpg

    • Higgs

      True it isnt a SVD, but that doesnt make it a VAL.

  • gunslinger

    all kinds of fun….when will we get an AR-47?

  • tempest

    Is that really a holographic sight? The only sights that use holographic technology, that I know of, are the EOTechs. There are other red dot sights (reflex sights, call them whatever you like) that resemble the EOTechs but that don’t use holographic technology. Some examples of such sights (and I suppose there are others as well) are:

    Fraser-Volpe MARS – http://www.fraser-volpe.com/cat-military.php
    Meprolight MPEPRO MOR – http://www.meprolight.com/default.asp?catid={2D1A5EA0-9AE1-4487-8E2B-CBBF5641658B}&details_type=1&itemid={9A01504E-248A-4E6A-A249-E0E47A9B343A}

    Is there any proof that this is really a holo sight or is it (more likely IMHO) a Russian home-grown reflex sight that looks like the EOTech sights?

  • Dansquad

    This is exactly the gun of the photo:
    http://world.guns.ru/assault/rus/cp-3-cp-3m-vortex-e.html

    • Devon

      I disagree…I see absolutely no resemblance

    • Devon

      Oh, but I guess you are talking about the bottom photo…duh…

      It looks like it could be

  • John Wheatley

    Now this is a better looking butt-stock than the one fitted on the AK-12. If Izhmash has expended all options on improving the ‘AK’ series, then they should just obtain a license from Beretta and make the ARX-160 for the Russian Armed Forces. Can even call it the ‘AK-160′.

  • fred

    huge magazine.
    Seems like it would be a good idea to use the tech to make a shorter mag with good cap.

    Balanced recoil system is cool.. wonder how it holds up and if it is as reliable as the regular ak.

  • Lance

    This is not new news Steve the AK-107 has been around for over 7 years and has been tested and tested by the Russian army. I do not see the AK-74 going away despite some of the hype that commentators say here. Overall like the AK-12 its still a AK-74 in a new rapper. Overall out side of Russian spec Ops no one in Russian infantry feels a need to replace the AK-74M and has even stopped production of all AKs to say no new rifles till 2017. The rifle above is a AN-94 which also is tested by Russian tester all the time was adopted for a short time. Also the AK-107 in the pic maybe a AK-74 since it sill has a normal gas block under the tube in your pic.

    Overall old news.

    • W

      oh cmon. its nevertheless interesting…

      I am very convinced that the weapon in the bottom photo is a SR-3 Vikhr. You can tell by the location of the front sight, the handguard, and the angle of the magazine well.

      Im not sure about the merits of the 60 round magazine in a assault rifle, but if it is rugged and reliable enough, it can be a very practical solution for the RPK series.

      • Lance

        I agree on the mag. A 30 can suit a rifleman just fine. a 60 is a bit heavy and bulky. Sure on the bottom photo looks like a AN-94 to me.

    • Esh325

      I’ve heard it’s actually less cumbersome than having two magazines tapped together. They also have a newer 50 round quad stack in the making also. In Vietnam, they thought 20 rounds was fine until they came up against soldiers armed with 30 round AK’s. So increasing the amount of rounds in the magazine is logical and natural step.

      • Lance

        It does weighs more and most solder carry there spare mag in a ready pouch not taped onto each other.

    • Partizan 1942

      What are you on about? The weapon is clearly an AK-107. If someone has eyes they have to see the counterbalance system’s cover above the gas piston.
      The AK-12 (as it was presented so far) does not have a counterbalance system.
      And an Abakan? The AN-94 has different sights, gas sytem, handle, receiver, even the mag is at a side angle. These features are all visable from the outside.
      The weapon on the picture with the 60 round mag and the new sights is clearly an AK-107.
      By the way there are designs that can last decades and can still perform and compete in service because they are awsome designs. And yes, with updating them some of these platforms can still perform at the top of their class.We could all name such designs like the 1911, the AK, etc.
      Oh and one more thing. Russia is not at war. They have the design, they will adopt it when it is necessary. Untill that time the americans buying Saigas will keep Izhmash in business. Lovely ha? :)

  • Doug

    Why don’t other countries believe in cheek weld when they mount/choose optics?

    • Nick

      The Russians and their optics are meant to increase hit probability not pinpoint accuracy. It is not like the SVD or SV-98, these weapons are meant to be fired quickly and be people like Spetznaz with their helmeted heads.

  • Denny

    i’d like to bring attention to couple of details. First of all “ballanced recoil mechanism” can not substantially bring down recoil force from firing. There is (and must be) ample of time between bullet passing thru muzzle and when action commences to unlock. Yes, I have seen video with AEK and it looks impressive. It looks quite a bit more stable on shoulder than traditional AK.

    The majority of (recoil) impulse is created in instant of cartridge combustion; impact on buffer creates just small part of it. At that moment the action is locked into receiver of which the stock is integral part. So, any equal&opposite (proportional to masses of recoiling parts vs. bullet) force will be felt by operator’s shoulder. But, as mentioned earlier, there is obviously some steadying effect there too. So, I would not discount this innovation as useless; it definitelly helps to quell the ‘aftershock’. And yes, it adds to complexity and inceases chances of something going wrong. In short, it’s just to say that this mechanism leaves essence of gun as we know it pretty well intact.

    A substantial improvement in area of felt recoil mitigation would be possible IF the locked chamber was somehow, at time if cartridge power peak, ‘detached’ from frame of the gun. Does anyone know of enything of this kind in existence?

    • bbmg

      “The majority of (recoil) impulse is created in instant of cartridge combustion”

      True… though it takes longer for the mass of the rifle to accelerate into the shooter’s shoulder, meaning the buttstock has only travelled a tiny fraction of what the bullet has by the time the counter recoil mechanism kicks in.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiY1phT-nEQ

      The HK G11 manages to fire off three rounds per burst, but to the shooter it feels like one.

      • Denny

        What you mention is part of equation too. However, major part plays the body response to impact on its perifery. This is apparently overlooked and yet most important part of mechanism. Engineering may be little bit helples here unless medical science lends some help.

    • tempest

      The HK G11 had its internal parts floating within the outer casing of the gun ( http://world.guns.ru/assault/de/hk-g11-e.html ). That is how it was able to fire a three-round burst before the recoil was felt by its operator.

      • bbmg

        Fair enough, perhaps the G11 wasn’t the best analogy to use – but the point stands that the rate of acceleration of the rifle which literally weighs 1000 times more than the bullet is low enough to allow for the counter recoil mechanism to kick in before it significantly impacts the shooter.

      • Denny

        Yes, the operator will ‘get’ it eventually as you see in videos. I recall also something which can be called an “aggregate” (compounded) recoil and that is something of net difference of incoming impulse and internally attenuated one during short burst. There is always some (and it must be should weapon be reliable) surplus of it. It indeed apears that body can somehow delay the action of input within its structure and to manage its effect.

        In any case, even the microcaliber G11’s round can cause substantial disturbance at the end of free recoil.

  • Lemming

    Guys, I’m pretty sure the poor trigger safety demonstrated in these photos is due to the fact that these photos are staged more than anything else. When I see footage of Russian military exercises, trigger safety never seems to be a problem. Pretty much the only time I see their fingers on the trigger when it shouldn’t be is when they’re trying to look cool for the cameras.

    It’s fairly obvious from the fact that the guy with the sniper is missing his bolt catch that these are staged photos. The soldiers are probably just doing whatever the photographer thought would make them look cool for the internet.

    • tempest

      The sniper may have a lefty bolt handle on his rifle.

  • jdun1911

    Russian news video.

    • Mike Knox

      I’m wondering, is all your firearms involvement just internet based?

  • Johannes

    The pictures are from the huge military exercise Kavkaz-2012. The scope on the Orsis is supposedly a Daedalus DH-3 12×50 and the red dot on the AK-107 is called Merlin-M. The ear protection is called GSSH-01.

  • max

    keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire!!!! band of amateurs!!!