Our good friend Max Popenker sent us this photo from a recent trip to the range with a selection of Kalashnikov manufactured rifles.

On the far left is the AK-105. This is the modern ultra short carbine version of the AK that replaced the AK-74U in Russian service. It has a folding stock and a muzzle booster and is chambered in 5.45×39mm.

Second from the left is the AK-12. It needs no introduction. This gun is at the top of my list of guns-I-want-to-shoot-but-cant.

Third from the left is the brand new not-yet-on-sale Saiga MK-107 aka. AK-15 chambered in .223 Remington. We reviewed the Saiga MK-107 last week. This gun features the famous Russian balanced recoil system that significantly reduces felt recoil by moving a counter weight forward as the piston/bolt move backwards.

On the right is the Vityaz-SN 9×19. This gun, based on the AK platform, was introduced about 12 years ago. It is now the standard Russian military and police submachine gun. As far as I know it is only chambered in 9x19mm Luger/Parabellum.

Thanks Max!



  • KestrelBike

    AK-12 plz спасибо!

  • iksnilol

    Eh, wouldn’t call the ak-105 “ultra short”. I would rather call it a carbine version of the regular AK. It has a barrel length between the full length (40 cm) and the ultra short one (20 cm).

    • Tom

      But then again the regular AK is not exactly a full sized rifle. Maybe we should call it a compact then we could call the really short ones sub compacts it works for handguns.

      • iksnilol

        I… I… I didn’t even think about that.

      • Kivaari

        Or like the Chinese – a sub-machinegun.

        • Anonymoose

          You mean the US Air Force and the precursors to SOCOM? Maybe we should say 18″-29″+ is a rifle, 12″-18″ is a carbine, and below 12″ is a subcarbine, and anything chambered in a pistol cartridge is a carbine or submachinegun, regardless of barrel length.

          • Kivaari

            China advertises the standard type 56 as a SMG. They call them that, and in the west we look at pistol calibers as being SMGs. You can see such ads in Ezell’s, “The AK47 Story”.

  • ostiariusalpha

    I don’t always leer at guns, but when I do it’s an AK-12.
    Stay thirsty, Mikhail.

    • Wolfgar


    • Tritro29

      Well, Mike has left the building since December 2013 man.

      • ostiariusalpha

        And, OMG, he had nothing to do with the AK-12 even when he was alive! Way to miss the point, man.

        • Tritro29

          Err since the initial design is his, and the Damn name on the damn system is his, I’d say you’re pushing this one. But you’re right. I missed the point. My bad.

      • AS-17 Krypton

        It doesn’t matter. They’ll dig him up in a week, knock the dirt off him, and he’ll still work.

  • USMC03Vet

    Max needs to invite me over to play guns.

    • iksnilol

      But you’ll catch commiecooties from him!

  • Aaron

    That AK 12… Jheeze

  • Matty

    What about the new INSAS rifle that’s a modern rifle (wait for laughter)

  • Muri

    Max Popenker for the Win.

  • Evan

    I want an AK12. And since everyone else seems to be making comments in Russian, пошол на хуй, ёбаний в рот хуесос

    • Anon

      ах ты ж ебаный ты нахуй!

      • Evan

        I didn’t realize they made them in .308. Awesome.

    • Anonymoose

      I want an A-762. :

      • Tritro29

        That’s a 6P67(5.45). You want a 6P68(7.62). I also want a 6P68.

  • Lance

    Have a HaVityaz-SN in 9x18mm be bett round for a Bison style SMG

  • RICH

    ….. I WANT ONE OF EACH ! ! !

  • William Stromquist

    AK74U…? Could someone edit this article and correct that, please?

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    That Vityaz/Saiga 9 is such a nice firearm…
    These pistol caliber (sub)carbines are always popular fun guns at the range.
    A little tweeking of the action, some new furniture, and you’ve got yourself an awesome range toy or an easy to shoot, fun AK practice gun.

    Tricked out with a decent grip, ALG trigger, an MLOK handguard and a Survival Corps Tactube this would be such a freaking fun piece to shoot!

    Would be interesting with an 11.5″ barrel.

  • SP mclaughlin

    Am of jelly now, tovarisch

  • BrandonAKsALot

    The Bizon and Vityaz were both available in 9×18 as well, but I have no clue if the Vityaz still is.