BREAKING: Kalashnikov Concern Has Launched The AK-12

Russian news media today reports that, one year after Mikhail Kalashnikov’s death, the company that bears his name has officially launched the AK-12 rifle on the open market. Russia Today reports:

Концерн «Калашников» планирует в первом квартале 2015 года начать продажу новой модели автомата. Первый этап испытаний АК-12 подходит к концу. Стоить изделие будет примерно $1 тыс. Кроме того, на заводе в Ижевске освоен выпуск четвёртого поколения автоматов «сотой серии».

Machine translated, it reads:

Concern “Kalashnikov” plans in the first quarter of 2015 to begin selling a new model of the machine. The first phase of tests AK-12 comes to an end. Product cost will be about $ 1 thousand. In addition, the factory in Izhevsk mastered the production of the fourth generation machines “hundredth series.”

Not much more information on the offering is yet available. Just a couple of days ago Russia Today also covered the Kalashnikov Concern factory floor where the weapons are made. According to the site, the factory is gearing up to mass produce the AK-12; though little of that rifle is shown in the video.

When I heard the news a year ago that the firearms designer I had most admired had died, I immediately gathered my family together and poured a libation of vodka in his honor. It is good to see that Kalashnikov’s legacy at Izhevsk will continue with a new generation of weapons.

The AK-12, along with the competing A545 (an advanced version of he AEK-971) have both been accepted for operational trials, beginning in earnest in 2015.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Esh325

    Love the AK and the Russians, but they do have a lot bureaucratic problems and mismanagement, so I kind of doubt it will actually go into production when they said it will.

  • Squirreltakular

    So… now would be a nice time to end these import restrictions. I’ll take two rifles and ten cases of 5.45, please.

    • bucherm

      “now would be a nice time to end these import restrictions.”

      Not until they exit Crimea and stop supporting rebels in Eastern Ukraine. It’s the 21st Century, annexing chunks of other countries should no longer be tolerated.

      • Zugunder

        Exit Crimea? That’s not gonna happen.

        • bucherm

          I know they aren’t, which is why I’ve accepted that the sanctions are going to remain in place for a long time.

          We can’t go to war with them and we can’t keep carrying business on as before, this leaves sanctions.

      • Riot

        Crimea is a part of russia that was transferred to kiev based administration in soviet times. The overthrow of the last government threatened the ports and the guarantees surrounding them so russia took it back from kiev administration.

  • Wow, that is a coincidence. I just submitted an article talking about that video. It’ll go up tomorrow.

    Thanks for posting it, anyway!

  • Semper Fi

    I hope we can one day see it here in the State.