Malyuk bullpup out of the Ukraine

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An older design for an AK bullpup has surfaced from a trade show in the Ukraine, named the “Malyuk” and coming from a company called Interproinvest. Work was started on it in 2005. Essentially it appears to be an AK bullpupized, with the addition of a smoother magazine retention system, charging handle to the front, full length top picatinny rail, magazine release more of an AR type quick release than an AK one, and trigger group moved forward of the magazine. Other than that, the internals are all Kalashnikov. An article came out in the Ukrainian english version of a Defense Review, skip to page 48 here, or if you just want to read the article directly. Currently it is in 5.45x39mm and 7.62x39mm, the company is interested in contracts with the Ukrainian Army. A good summary of the rifle comes from a Reddit post about it

The rifle is essentially a bullpup AK, though with some obvious modification. It was a private endeavor, with interest from the Ukrainian government but no direct involvement. The rifle is intended to replace soviet AK-variant 5.45 and 7.62 rifles in Ukraine. The company’s main benefit, as they say, is the rifle modifies an existing platform as opposed to the Fort 221(another Ukrainian company manufacturing a Tavor-clone) which relies on foreign-made parts.

  • Weight – 7.04lbs
  • Overall Length – 27.95″
  • Barrel Length – 16.33″

 

 

Another description of the rifle comes from Army Recognition

A quick detachable suppressor is also available. The magazine is mounted within a dedicated shaft, which not only facilitates better fixation, but is designed so that to allow the magazine to fall down under its own weight with a press of the release button located next to the trigger, and it is easy to load into the receiver from whatever position the shooter chooses to take.

The weapon’s design makes an optimal use of the energy of the combustion gases. The barrel is cooled by air convection, resulting in a longer barrel life, which is twice that of Kalashnikov rifle.

The Malyuk automatic rifle is designed to be ambidextrous for both right-hand and left-hand shooters. The ergonomic bolt handle doesn’t move when firing to preclude finger or chin injuries.

The Malyuk has had its recoil reduced by almost 50 percent as compared to that in the Kalashnikov rifle, and its design to allow the key operations – unlocking firing, removing and replacing the magazine and reloading – to be done with a single hand.

The Malyuk has a total weight of 3,2 kg without the magazine, it has a maximum range of 500 m and can be adapted for different types of caliber as 5.45, 7.62 x 39mm or 5.56 x 45 mm.

 



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • Bradley Chapman

    It reminds me of a Dodge Stratus. Attractive but not anything you’d brag to your friends about.

  • ostiariusalpha

    Ha ha! And here I was expecting an article about the Stubborn Mule SM-15. Oh well.

  • Hrachya H.

    !?!

  • guest

    – Not ambidextrious
    – Essentially an AK in new furniture
    – look at where the safety is. lol

    Glory ukraine!

    • USMC03Vet

      Yeah you would have thought somebody would have learned from the mistakes of the Vektor CR-21, but nope.

    • iksnilol

      Well, the Tavor isn’t technically ambidextrous either.

    • Sledgecrowbar

      I can’t figure out which is the safety. Is it a shotgun-style crossbolt above the trigger?

      • M

        The rifle is essentially a dressed up AK barreled action made into a bullpup. The safety is near the shooter’s face, on the right side of the weapon. In the first picture, it’s marked with a red dot (the one above and to the left of the magazine)

        • Blake

          According to that picture the safety is directly above the trigger, just like a cross bolt.

    • Southpaw89

      Keep reading, they say that it is designed to be ambidextrous, not sure how they accomplish this, but it is stated.

    • Mr.Volt

      I can agree with all of your statements including the safety (while it is not much of a surprise).
      But above all I wanted to notice the magazine release button.
      That what I really don’t like – just behind the trigger.

  • Paul Epstein

    The one they show in the video seems a bit different, most notably the integrated sights. Unfortunately, while I would really like one, especially if it came in under $900 or so, not going to be seeing them in the US any time soon due to that blasted 922(r). Sorry, Ukraine, I cannot give monies for rifle at this time.

  • Lance

    Ukraine has nor did much with this and there Veper Bullpup AK they got alot of AKMs and AK-74s in storage still. Since they fight Russia be better to have Russian calibers so solder can used captured mags and ammo. Even parts you cant get with a new rifle or a NATO weapon.

  • kregano

    I would’ve been more excited if the safety was placed somewhere sane and comfortable.

  • rcooper81

    One note, not gun related. It is not THE Ukraine. It is simply Ukraine. Thank you.

    • nanoc

      Never knew where people get “the” Ukraine from. It’s like saying the France, or the Mexico. Just doesn’t make any sense and sound so strange when you say it out loud.

      • rcooper81

        It’s a hold over from The Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Also, from Imperial Russia, when Ukraine was considered simply a part of Russia, or a region withing greater Russia.

        • nanoc

          Yea but you never hear the Belarus or the Lithuania. Only Ukraine seems to get the “the” treatment.

          • lapkonium

            For all the people form the UK and the US wondering why the Ukraine has the “the” – in Slavic languages “the Ukraine” means “the edge”. That’s where the territory got its name from, unlike most of the other regions – commonly named after cities or populations.

    • toms

      Of interesting note official Soviet government correspondence referred to Ukraine in possessive form as it was part of Russia. After the fall of USSR the Russians reverted to Ukraina indicating non possessive. In 2008 or so official government documents referred to the country again in possessive form. Anyway The Ukraine is not correct although I sometimes catch myself out of habit.

    • john huscio

      “The Ohio state….the Ukraine…”

  • tazman66gt

    mag release behind the trigger, that might be a little hard to get to

  • Esh325

    How would it be more reliable than standard akm?

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Reducing the felt recoil of most standard AKs with a simple slant cut muzzle brake is simple. This clearly has a single port muzzle brake and that alone will do most of the job. It also says it is ready for a QD suppressor onto the same brake.

      • Kulibin762

        It can’t. You have to remove the brake to put the suppressor on. And it’s not exactly QD. And you have to use a tool to take it off. And there’s no provisions to keep said tool with the gun that I can see. Or a cleaning kit for that matter. Also it seems like you have to remove the fatter of the suppressors in order to take the gun apart. The upper shell slides forward to disengage from the receiver, the brake wouldn’t block it but the suppressor would.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Take mah mon-ay….

  • TJbrena

    The lineage of Ukraine’s bullpup AKs goes

    Vepr – A few prototypes

    Vulcan – Another series of prototypes, presumably based on but separate from the Vepr, but there’s not a lot of info.

    Malyuk – What we see here.

    As for the claims of recoil reduction, Ukraine’s made some strange prototypes over the years since the USSR fell.

    I’m curious about the multiple calibers, and whether they’re entirely different models, or if they can be converted between 5.45mm and 7.62mm.

  • andrey kireev

    Looks like pistol grip would get on the way of reloading, since mags have to be rocked in….

    • mosinman

      it said that the mag will drop free which i think means that they reworked the mag catch so you can insert the mag like a AR-15

    • TJbrena

      The Groza has the same problem. I’d say it’s an issue common to making bullpup conversions of the AK.

    • Nicole Woodruff

      Watch the videos, I don’t know how they did it but it looks like the mags are going in without rocking?? It’s pretty neat

      • andrey kireev

        Still little too close to my liking… I think the distance tavor has things set up is minimum distance between Mag and the grip. Maybe It’s just the magazine curvature, could look better in 5.45×39 (?)

        • Nicole Woodruff

          5.45 looks a little better but it’s still pretty close, if you look at the top diagram pic it shows a small right side view of a gun in 5.45

  • That’s how you pronounce Jerry Miculek in Ukraine.

  • Squirreltakular

    If they came up with a reworked and more ergonomic safety, this would be aces.

    • Nicole Woodruff

      I’m not sure if you noticed that it has a cross bolt safety, the old safety basically appears to just select between semi and full auto.

      • Squirreltakular

        I see that now. I’m not a fan of cross bolts, but it’s something.

  • May

    Looks like that old “Vepr” prototype series isn’t all that dead after all.

  • The most interesting part of this video is how they solve the “rock-and-lock mags in a compact bullpup” problem. Looking at it, it appears they do a reverse rock-and-lock, where you latch first on the back, and then rock forward. Clever, and it does not seem overly hard to engineer. It’s clearly not just an AK in a shell.

  • This looks like a less janky version of the sg works sks bullpup conversion

  • noob

    Nice work on the drop free mags. They should import that feature into regular AKs.

  • DW

    Designers must be hardcore Metro fans.

    • Nomar Abdiel Vazquez Vazquez

      Indeed. But the bullpup AKs had magazines like the FNH P90.

      • DW

        I don’t think that’s going to be viable IRL, unless they use a cartridge with no taper

  • roguetechie

    A year or two from now being based on the AK will no longer preclude an AMBI option. You’re still going to need a port closing and opening option, but it’ll be doable

  • Max Popenker

    Have not much time at hand, but does this video show anything about Volyn massacre?
    also, you completely forgot to mention that ancient Ukropitecs dug out the Black sea and founded Rome.

    • Toms

      Ukrainian gun laws have improved dramatically and you can get a permit to carry a pistol, and have various weapons unavailable here to include Tavors, Aks, ect if you are a reliable patriot. The poster did however mention that the current Russian narrative of Russia more or less owning Ukraine as it was never a state ect, goes against well documented history. What became Russia was founded by settelers from the kingdom of Kiev Ska Rus. Trying to label Ukrainians as Nazis is really terrible considering how many died fighting them in the soviet army. In fact seeing people proudly wearing medals from their soviet service was quiet coomon. What the Russians have done in Ukraine is truely evil. Invading and mudering your sole remaining Ally and friend in Europe of any consequence is a stategic blunder of the worse type. Before the ill fated intervention in the donbass, Ukrainians would have always supported Russia if the going got tough. Sure you bickered like two brothers, brothers you were. Now you have made another enemy in a world where you have very few friends.

      • Max Popenker

        >Ukrainian gun laws have improved dramatically
        They still have no formal LAW; just a set of badly set regulations.

        >you can get a permit to carry a pistol
        No, you can’t, unless you a very well connected and wealthy; ordinary people can only get permit for less-lethal pistols firing rubber bullets.

        >unavailable here to include Tavors
        As far as I know Tavors are sold only to Nazi guard, not to ordinary citizens

        >Ukrainians as Nazis is really terrible considering how many died fighting them in the soviet army
        Check out their latest Hero stuff,including the Azov Nazi Guard batallion, and see for yourself who is Nazi and who isn’t

        >Ukrainians would have always supported Russia if the going got tough
        But not over last 20+ years; One of most popular slogans of the Maidan was “Mocsals to the gallows”, and it was well before Yanukovich fled from Kiev

        • John Smith

          All said above are the typical sympthoms of the victim of Russian brain-washing propaganda.

          • Max Popenker

            so, can you please enlighten me by pointing to a link that contains actual Ukrainian legislation which permits ordinary citizens to carry real handguns?
            also, can you please check with US house of representatives about them being “brain-washed by Russian propaganda” for following: “the U.S. House of Representatives considered H.R. 2685, the “Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015.. During consideration of the legislation, Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
            (D-Mich.) and Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) offered bipartisan
            amendments to block the training of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary militia “Azov Battalion,””

          • Kulibin762

            I can point you to the subject of this article. Weapon this
            revolutionary can only be created in a state that is
            gun-friendly and corruption-free. It took them only ten years to bring an obsolete AK design into the 21st century by upgrading it with a fully (!) ambidextrous trigger.

          • Max Popenker

            Oh, man. Can you please point me a single “this revolutionary” feature of this yet another dead-born AK conversion? And what is this “fully (!) ambidextrous trigger”?
            Or, wait… Maybe you’re joking? at least I hope so.

          • Kulibin762

            Where do I start? This thing bristles with innovations. Let me explained the ambi trigger first. They redesigned the trigger for modern urban combat so now it can be activated by either right or left index finger. It’s a very important tactical advantage. They addressed eating the brass when firing from the left shoulder by making the gun easily reconfigurable to eject to the left: you justneed to replace the bolt, the bolt carrier, the gas tube, the charging handleand the upper shell/spring guide assembly. Then you take the optic from the oldupper put it on the new upper, re-zero and you’re ready to go.
            Now the new safety. Remy 870 uses cross bolt safety and everyone knows how reliable pumpsare. So putting the same safety here increases the reliability by I’d say 50% at least. The safety is fully ambidextrous in a sense that now neither right-nor left- handed shooter can operate it with firing hand without breaking thegrip. Also, they achieved this by situating it so that the manipulation is discouraged: so it always remains in the off position, ready to fire. It’s a very importanttactical advantage. Or it remains in the on position so that if the weapon istaken by an enemy it will be impossible to fire. It also doesn’t block the hammer now which is another 25% increase in reliability.
            Next. If you bothered to read interview with the rep he says (I’m paraphrasing): “It’s a known factthat AK is over gassed to aid the reliability. We reduced gas therefore it’s more reliable now”. The system runs with minimal stress now. It doesn’t need to allow for running under less than optimal conditions because it is intended fora professional soldier who knows how to maintain it. Therefore it will never malfunction (that is another 100% increase in reliability), therefore it doesn’t need forward assist.
            They also invented (and patented in Ukraine) cooling the
            barrel by air. Thus doubling the barrel life. It’s a very important tactical advantage. They doubled the number of triggers to avoid the confusion- oneis for firing, another to release the mag. They say you can disassemble and reassemble the mock-up without losing the zero as confirmed by their marksmen.
            To recap: It’s lighter and more powerful with 50% less
            recoil, more accurate with the crappier trigger, more durable and if my math iscorrect 275% more reliable than AK it is built from. It is also more ergonomic. It is fully ambidextrous but also is easily convertible into left handed configuration thus making it evenmore extra fully ambidextrous. And it floats- another very important tactical advantage.

          • Max Popenker

            Oh man, what you were smoking?

            >he trigger for modern urban combat so now it can be activated by either right or left index finger.
            Well, is there a gun that you CAN’T pull the trigger with either hand with similar ease?

            >They addressed eating the brass when firing from the left shoulder by making the gun easily reconfigurable to eject to the left
            Can you show any proof to that, i.e. a screenshot or exact quote from videos or documents above?

            >We reduced gas therefore it’s more reliable now
            LOL. Just LOL.

            >Therefore it will never malfunction (that is another 100% increase in reliability),
            Sorry, but I can’t read any further because I’m bursting from laugh.
            Thanks, man, you really made my day.

    • Tritro29

      Max please don’t waste your time. It will only attract more special cases.

  • plingr2

    If you are left handed, you catch all shotshell in the face.

  • Vasily

    Ahem, maybe I missed something, but when did “Firearms not Politics” stop to metter here?