AK-12 Not Allowed In State Tests

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The AK-12 and the Russian Military are in Ross/Rachel will-they-or-won’t-they relationship. The Kalashnikov Group claimed the gun will be adopted by the Russian military in 2014, but the Russian government has denied this, saying it would not even be tested by the state until certain problems are fixed. Izh.kp.ru reports (Google translated from Russian) …

A new modification of the Izhevsk AK-12 is not allowed to state tests. It became known yesterday, September 23.

In a preliminary test specialists revealed shortcomings weapons. At the same time allowed for testing the main competitor of the AK-12 – Machine AEK korovskogo plant named Dyagtereva.According to preliminary information, their weapons showed high precision and accuracy.

Last week, in celebration of the Day of the gunsmith, CEO of Concern “Kalashnikov” assured that the company is no doubt that the AK-12 will be able to pass the test.

According to him, our machine has shown high reliability, no locking bolt after a few shots.And with the weight of the designer tried – he is 200 grams lighter than required by the Ministry.

 Thanks to everyone who sent this in.




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  • Axel

    That entire last paragraph is batsh!t cr4zy.

    But thanks for the heads up. I wonder how this ends. I really like bolt hold open devices, and I don’t think the AEK has one.

    • Charlie Taylor

      I think it’s saying that the gun is 200 grams lighter than the max weight the Russian government wants.

  • Nicholas Mew

    Will not comment until more information comes out.

  • Sergei

    The thing is, all the talk about AK-12 entering service with Russian armed forces is just Izhmash (Kalashnikov) wishful thinking. After all, AK-12 platform was planned from the start for commercial purposes, with slight chances for adoption from Russia’s less scrupulous services, such as MVD or FSB.

    As for the army – they are currently running a competition between three assault rifles (AEK-971 from Kovrov, AK-107 from Izhevsk and A-5,45 from Tula) and the “winner” of that competiton may get some purchase orders from the miltary. As it seems, AEK-971 is currently the likely winner, while Izhmash might be attempting to replace their bid (AK-107) with AK-12. The problem is, that according to some rumors, AK-12 does not meet the entrance criteria and so it was formally rejected from the competition (it is unknown what exacly was the problem). Izhmash still wants AK-12 to participate, they are even ready to pay the expenses.
    It’s hard to say what will come out of this – likely, it will be nothing at all.

    • dp

      Since the AEK (Kovrovsk) presents technical innovation at all, one would expect it to be the winner. But like you say, politics abound, no society can avoid it. It’s good to have Russian speaker on board to clean it up. So called translations are useless.

    • Esh325

      I wonder what happened to the upgraded AK-74M with rails?

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  • Lance

    I think the AK-12 will be used for Spetz Naz units but regular Russian grunts will use the AK-74M for a LONG time to come. Like we will use the M-4 and M-16 for a LONG time.

  • Ben

    “no locking bolt after a few shots” is what threw me off, does it become a blowback operated rifle after a few shots? or is that just the crappy translation?

    • Kyle

      I think they mean the bolt locking up as in jamming. These are likely direct translations that have not been really well translated into English. Think Chinglish, where it says exactly what they meant it to say, but doesn’t really sit well in the english palette.

      • Ben

        that makes a whole lot more sense now, thank you

  • vitor roma

    The AEK is quite pretty and seems very refined. Im pulling for it.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    The contentiousness and rivalry among the various parties involved are hardly surprising. I have pointed out before that Western observers, or any other observers for that matter, would be well-advised to discard long-cherished misconceptions of how the Soviet ( and now Russian ) system works to foster competition. If one looks closely and critically at the Soviet / Russian system of weapons system design, acquisition and manufacture, it is every bit as competitive as any Western-style, free-market government-contract model, and therefore subject to the same general range of advantages and limitations. For example, the intense rivalries among design bureaus in the fields of small arms and aviation assets in the former Soviet Union as well as today’s Russian Federation have always been well-documented, and the end users, i.e., the Soviet / Russian Armed Forces, have nearly always been astute enough to manage this to maximum advantage within the limitations of their political, military and socio-economic system. Sound familiar?

  • Andrew Gault

    for a second i thought this meant that it wouldn’t be headed to the states

    now i feel silly