New Iranian Assault Rifle Revealed

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Another new rifle from the Islamic Republic of Iran was being shown at the 15th IPAS Exhibition. It is a modern-looking weapon, distinct from the very modern looking Fateh announced in 2014. It was developed by the state-owned Iran Defense Industries Organization, and while its name has not yet been announced, it is chambered in either 5.56mm or 7.62×39. The rifle apparently accepts AK-pattern magazines; steel Galil-type magazines are shown in the 5.56mm variant, while polymer AK-100-series magazines are shown with the 7.62x39mm variant. Very little additional information is available, however, photos of both the new rifle and a KPOS-like chassis for what is apparently a Glock handgun or clone, are available at Defence.pk. Some of the photos are embedded below:

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The new assault rifle. Note the evident dust cover, and that it uses AK pattern magazines. Image source: defence.pk

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The 7.62x39mm variant. Note the waffle-pattern magazine, as well as the somewhat antiquated early-style A1 birdcage flash hider. Image source: defence.pk

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The above images have been grabbed from various regional news agencies, as evidenced by their marks. I made an effort to find the original sources for the images, but was unsuccessful for the latter two. The IRNA.ir page containing the first two images is available here. If any of our readers are fluent in Farsi or Arabic and/or have seen the original sources for the other two images, please let us know in the comments below.

The rifle above is similar in appearance to an earlier Iranian rifle development, called alternately the Siavash-5 or Nabi, but the two are far from identical. Whether the projects are related or not is unknown.

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Image source: defence.pk

 

H/T Broń i Amunicja



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 can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Looks like the Iranians have acquired cutting edge 1980’s communication equipment.
    “Woodchuck to Grey Squirrel! Over!”

    • Tom

      The great Satan is listening radio silence. Out.

  • kyle waters

    Someones over compensating with that shotgun as a side arm.

    • Ethan

      For operators who need to breach while operating (operationally, of course).

      • kyle waters

        Quite right, but I liked mine better.

    • Uniform223

      I don’t think anyone can come close to the “operatorness” of Matthey McConaughey’s character in Reign of Fire…

      Beard… check
      Shemagh… check
      Big visible American flag… check
      Big ass axe… check
      Shotgun in a thigh holster… check
      slaying dragons… check…

    • James McMahon

      It’s for breaking into enemy combatant’s homes. American SOF do this, too, but it seems more popular for Americans to keep the masterkey-style shotgun in a shoulder holster.

  • StylishFever

    I thought Iran used the KH2002. Or am I thinking of Saudi Arabia? Is this a replacement or an alternative?

    • SP mclaughlin

      The KH is Iranian, it just hasn’t been issued as a full replacement for their copied G3s and Norinco CQs.

      • StylishFever

        Ah okay. So is this a competitor?

        • SP mclaughlin

          I guess, although the KH2002 has been around for a while. These seem like new attempts to modernize.

          • Rock or Something

            Maybe they decided they don’t like a bullpup design in the end.

          • TJbrena

            >Converted to bullpup instead of a purpose-built bullpup and
            >Based on a knock-off of a Chinese knock-off

            It might not even have been the bullpup aspect, just that it was a POS.

  • ostiariusalpha

    Looks like these Iranian operators could show the TFB-TV guys a thing or two about trigger discipline also. This is how professional operators optimally operate during operational operations.

  • Cal S.

    Anyone else wonder if this is a mock-up just like their ‘stealth jet’ was? Why did they go with two calibers? Couldn’t decide on just one? It’s not like one’s for <300m and the other is a battle-rifle caliber…

    Also, are those California-inspired bullet buttons or did they just want to ensure it would be impossible to do mag-assisted reloads?

    • Esh325

      They might have large stocks of both ammo? They are looking to export the rifles ?

      • Cal S.

        Yeah, maybe. I’m also trying to imagine the caliber of the black one. If it’s 5.56NATO, then they’re using proprietary mags, which is an interesting move.

        • Esh325

          Quite a few 5.56 rifles have opted for non stanag magazines for what ever reason

          • Cal S.

            Gotta reinvent that wheel! Then again, I suppose it is designed for a straight magwell.

    • Kivaari

      Perhaps they are looking for international sales.

      • Cal S.

        I suppose they may have a few now that some of the sanctions are lifted.

        If they brought them to the civilian market for $300 I’d give the 7.62 one a shot…

    • Dan

      Well cats out of the bag now. California has been arming Iran with Cali compliant weapons, giving us a distinct advantage.

      • Cal S.

        Whew! If only Fast and Furious had thought that far ahead…

        • Dan

          No, do not give them any more ideas

    • James McMahon

      7.62×39 is obviously advantageous for oper8ing in the the Arab world(e.g. for use by Iran’s advisers in Syria), while the 5.56×45 is a superior cartridge overall(for at home), and is advantageous for oper8ing in the Western world/Africa.

      Even Russia still uses 7.62×39 and 5.45×39 for their SOF, since at very short ranges the barrier penetration of 7.62×39 is worth it.

      Note: the two cartridge have the same range in theory, but the smaller and faster bullets have far more range in practice because of lesser recoil and flatter trajectories.

      • Cal S.

        Also both 5.45 and 5.56 remain supersonic until ~600m, indeed. Fair points.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Haji just loves having his finger on that trigger, doesn’t he?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Dude in black looks more like Ted Bundy on his way to wipe out a dorm full of co-eds than an operational operator.

    • Kivaari

      Didn’t Bundy use a piece of wood to kill his last two victims? I remember when his first victims were found on Tiger Mountain near Issaquah, WA. It was in the city so one of the over night cops watching the crime scene was officer Moon. Two of my brothers in law sneaked up on him and made him jump. They were young and dumb, but they went on to be cops and state DOT.

  • Don Ward

    Jabs against the Iranians aside, this was another good TFB article; not surprising given the author. Holy cow. This is like four or more meaty, researched, original articles/videos in the past 24 hours. Good work guys!

  • lowell houser

    There are design choices here that genuinely baffle me. AR buttstock and grip, with Galil mags? Are Gallil mags more available there? Looks like adjustable gas piston, probably long stroke, so that’s good. 5.56 is the single most popular military cartridge worldwide now with 7.62×39 coming in a not so close anymore second. Basically most countries that stil use it do so because there’s nothing to be gained in what would be come an expensive switch.

    • Kivaari

      I owned two AR180s and liked them. But if they are so much better, why are they not on the market? Who adopted them?

      • Joshua

        The brits in the L85…Smeh the AR-16 was never intended to have an op rod.

        Look up AR-12. It morphed into the AR-16, and was then scaled down to the AR-180.

        • Kivaari

          I tried telling that to Ian Hogg, of British gun fame, and he disputed the connection between the AR18 and L85. His argument was silly, in defense of his friend who “designed the L85”. Hogg and I had some back and forth. He had published a small format book with dozens of errors. It wasn’t published again. Another Brit outfit published a 7 volume set on WW1. The editor and I had an exchange where the scores of error would be corrected IF it was ever reprinted. It really pays to let authors and publishers know of the errors. Chuck Taylor has some notorious editing errors where he deceives publishers by using old material presenting as new. Who knew he would stoop so low, when he was once considered a guru in the shadow of Cooper.

          • Joshua

            Interesting he would say that. The BCG, CH placement, upper receiver design, op rod, dust cover, etc are all nearly indistinguishable from each other aside from very minor changes.

            The biggest difference is the lower.

            I can guarantee the AR-12 predated the SA80.

            Supposedly the SA80 morphed out of the EM-2, but neither share any real similarities aside from being bullpup rifles.

      • mig1nc

        L85, G36, HK416, all variations of the AR18 system. I’m sure there are others.

        • James McMahon

          The 416 is a variant of the AR-15, not the AR-18. Being an AR-18 derivative comes from copying the bolt carrier group, not the gas system.

  • Lance

    Not the first time Ive seen possible Iranian weapons online. They made a Bullpup M-16 as well. Seems most regular Iranian forces still use a Type 56 AK and G-3 weapons in there military. Seems these may be more for export as well.

    • iksnilol

      Bullpup M16? How does that work?

      • Joshua

        No idea, but the KH2002 is just that.

        • Raven

          I’d have a hard time naming a firearm that sounds more likely to be absurdly problematic than the KH2002. A bullpup conversion of an Iranian-built copy of a Chinese clone of an M16A1. They’d be better off with G3s.

          • The Iranians also made a bullpup G3.

          • Dan

            When they make a bullpup lever action I’ll be impressed.

        • Cal S.

          Good night, that looks like something SG works would dream up!

        • iksnilol

          I just wonder how they did it? I mean, the AR system sorta has 20 cm of buffer tube sticking out the back.

          • Joshua

            I have no idea how they did it. I’ve seen pictures of it but that’s it.

            They may have done something similar to the Zm-300 or whatever that rifle was called.

  • Don Ward

    Shots fired!

  • MacGyver

    Those things probably don’t even shot and are made of plastic like the fake stealth fighters
    they claim to have created and come to find out were 1/100 plastic scale models.

  • USMC03Vet

    I see Mohammad is already in hot water and is being told to get his booger hook off the trigger…

    • If he ND into a few hundred of his countrymen, would that be a bad thing?

      • A

        Yes it would. Iranians are not monsters. Most of those I know are good people from a country with a nasty regime. To spitefully hope that he kills hundreds of Iranian soldiers would be slightly less appalling than your reference to Iranians in general.

        • There’s a big difference between people living under a nasty regime and people taking up arms and fighting for that nasty regime. Maybe you can’t discern the difference. The only thing better than him ND into a few hundred of his nasty regime supporting soldiers would a few thousands of them being purposely discharged into by a ready and waiting IDF.

        • Evan

          All moozlums are vermin.

    • droog

      re. some of the comments,

      Google “Persian” and guess how much they care what those who comment through their ‘couch crease’ think .

      Mohammed could very well be told, ‘ not hollywood, finger off the trigger’. I’m guessing they would be actor/models, there to be posable mannekins while the suits do the business.

      • Kivaari

        Those were people.

  • SD

    AR charging handle? lol, no thanks.

    • Joshua

      Why not? It’s one of the better charging handle designs when you take into account ancillary item placement of a rifle.

      It’s not ideal one a bare rifle, but when you start adding lasers, lights, grips it become a really good location and design.

      I have seen a ton of modern side charging rifles get completely blocked by lasers and lights, that or they get constantly hung on gear when slung.

      • It’s one of the worst CH designs when you’re using it, but the best when you’re not. 🙂

        • Joshua

          And you shouldn’t need to use it often.

      • SD

        You don’t need to move your head as much and reposition the rifle away from contact to clear malfunctions or perform other charging functions with side chargers. I’ve never had the problems you describe on my SCAR, ACR, or ARX-100. Sounds like you’re not speaking from experience.

        • Joshua

          Yes, my time in the military taught me nothing.

          I always like the whole I don’t have to move my head thing. Do you ever inspect the stoppage to see what is going on if tap/rack doesn’t fix the issue.

          Generally engagements take place in current theaters of war, anywhere from 50M-1,000M. Are you telling me you can keep an eye on the target 500M out while also clearing any stoppage?

          It’s not hard to lock back the bolt on the AR without ever taking the rifle off your shoulder if you have any practice with malfunction drills.

          You sound like you’re not speaking from actual combat experience.

          • SD

            That would depend on the type of engagement. However, when I said contact, I meant points of contact with the rifle, not contact with a bad guy. Not all platforms have reciprocating charging handles.

          • Uniform223

            “That would depend on the type of engagement.”

            type of engagement? please elaborate.

            Either way if you’re complaining about the charging handle on an AR-15 platform either you haven’t had enough training on it or you’re just being nit picky.

          • Nick

            “My time in SOCOM”

            That’s code for Civil Affairs, boys.

          • Joshua

            I kneel to your knowledge of my career.

            I could have been more specific, instead I kept it broad.

          • Rock or Something

            Or PSYOPS, now called MISO, because it’s less scary.

            I love to confuse non-military people when I said I belonged to Special Operations but not Special Forces.

    • Cal S.

      As opposed to an AK’s that’s on the wrong side? 😉

      • Uniform223

        Not if you’re left handed… than again those people are just freaks of nature.

        • Joshua

          Anyone who is less than 10% are def freaks of nature.

          • claymore

            Tell that to the presidents (excuse the last one he doesn’t count)

            James A. Garfield
            Herbert Hoover
            Harry S. Truman
            Gerald Ford
            Ronald Reagan
            Bill clinton
            George H.W. Bush

            Obama

            And many other distinguished Americans

          • Joshua

            Still slightly less than 10% of the population.

          • claymore

            But exceptional none the less

      • Scott P

        M14’s, Mini-14’s, M1 Garand’s, M1 Carbines, the vast majority of bolt guns, semi-auto shotguns, SIG-550 series rifles, most civilian sporting guns of a non-tactical nature, Galil’s, Valmet’s, FNC’s, and others all have right-side reciprocating charging handles so why do they always get a pass but the AK doesn’t?

        • Cal S.

          Wow, you took that WAY too seriously. But, you’ve wrapped up why I don’t own any of those at the same time.

          You forgot the SKS, though.

    • Uniform223

      better than the “charging handle” on the Beretta AR160. Damn thing is so tiny.

  • 11b

    Joke flew right over your head buddy.

    • mosinman

      He’s too low speed high drag

      • Victor Lourenço

        AHHAHAHAHA!!!!!

      • Kivaari

        Soeaking of Mosin rifles, have you done a conversion to .300 Win Mag. ? I read about one in Finland. It shot well. I understand the only real thing needed is to re-chamber, as the bolt face is already sized right.

        • Anonymoose

          The mag would need to be modified, and the barrel could possibly be too wide (you’d have to slug it to be sure). iirc, most Finnish nugget variants already have a .308 diameter, but Russian nuggets and others average closer to .311. There were many .30-06 conversions done post-WWI, mostly in Remington nuggets, but most of those are pretty spotty. A .45-70 nugget or reboring to use 9.3 or 9.5 (.375) bullets in necked-up 7.62x54R cases might be more feasible. 9x53R is a somewhat common hunting cartridge in Russia, and the Finns make a longer-loaded variant known as 9.3x53R, as well as a 9.5x54R, for hunting polar bears and walruses, etc, but you’ll never see any of that on this side of the Atlantic, so you’d be limited to semi-wildcatting.

          • Kivaari

            I tried 300 mag in the magazine and they fit. The bolt face accepts the 300 case rim. I looked at those features. Most Mosin-Nagant rifles have larger bores, they are not .308 diameter bores. Since they were all .311 to .313. Finland was the a part of Imperial Russia until 1917 they were armed with Mosin-Nagant rifles until replaced with RK57 (AKs with .311 bores). All Finn rifles are built on Russian receivers, the Finns never built actions. They bought battlefield pick-ups from Germany and other nations. If any thing the conversion would need sizing the .308 diameter bullets of the ,300 up by using a .311 neck sizing plug. After that article, I almost did it. I had about 15 variants of the 91. Even my Finn M39s had oversized bores. I found it hard to damage even an inexpensive military rifle. I can’t shoot hard kicking rifles, thanks to 5 neck surgeries. If you can lay hands on a M91/30 just try it with .300 WM cases. They fit. Obviously they wont chamber.

          • Anonymoose

            Well then, if you’re going to rechamber it, why not just completely rebarrel it with a .338 Win Mag barrel?

          • Kivaari

            That would cost lots of money. Winchester SHORT magnums may work well. Those cases are 51mm long.

        • mosinman

          no, i’ve never heard of that but it sounds interesting, i’ll be looking in into that

  • john huscio

    I thought they were moving to norinco knockoffs

    • Joshua

      Or the KH2002, or the ACR thingamajig

  • Esh325

    Hard to say how AK the rifle actually is. It could be that the only ak thing about it is the magazines. Certainly an intersting rifle. Thanks for the article

  • Mark

    Thanks for this article. Let’s hope that some of these Iranian developments are imported for further review.

    • James McMahon

      I’d buy an Iranian gun.

  • Grindstone50k

    Everything about the Iranian military is a joke.

    • CommonSense23

      Not their EFPs.

      • Grindstone50k

        From the intel I’ve seen about their training, they probably wouldn’t even be able to deploy those well enough to matter in the bigger picture.

  • ostiariusalpha

    It’s fox tier one by the way, and I’m always serious when playing the wacky doctor game. I haven’t gotten the buzzer from touching the side in years.

  • Victor Lourenço

    What about the KH-2002 Khaybar? That was a neat looking rifle.

  • disqus_PDmXLtTxJj

    Lol wow looks like Iran ripped off the ATI catalogue. Wow real stroke of genius to take already existent ideas and make yet ANOTHER ak variant. Look at the top notch Iranian soilder with his finger inside the trigger guard. These wimps would run and cower and drop their cheap AK garbage just like their Iraqi counterparts in operation Iraqi freedom, just like the Arab cowards they are.

    • Kivaari

      Even so Iran and Iraq killed over a million fighters. Children with AKs to get the other side to waste ammo, and clear mines on their way forward. Both nations have people unworthy of breathing air.

    • Nota Arab

      The majority or Iranians are Persians, not Arabs…

    • Not an Arab and

      …also not a soldier. Just some guy posing with the gun for the arms manufacturer at their booth in the fair.

  • Zang Kang King

    DUDE Shotgun thigh holster BRUH!!!

  • Friend of Tibet

    Fast hemlet…check
    Plate carrier…check
    Fancy tacticool goggle…check

    Yep, they are qualified to join Earth Federation Army where everyone dress the same except the patch

    • TJbrena

      -There’s a bunch of clones of the FAST helmet and its mounting system out there.
      -If you can afford to provide ballistic protection against rifle-caliber threats, why not? I mean, nothing stopping them from taking airsoft stuff and working from that to make an indigenous system. Last I checked, only Iran’s “elite” forces get bullet-protecty stuff anyway.
      -They’re just sunglasses.

      FAST clones are the most notable of those three things. The other two are just based on watching war docs and saying “I think I am understanding why American pigs use eye protection and the vests now.”

      The proliferation of MultiCam and its clones (not even counting derivatives like the UK and Aussies have) is far more indicative of growing homogeneity among the world’s SOF. Germans, Russians, Chileans, Hong Kong police, Iraqis and even Angolans are using it in some capacity. Lots of US SWAT teams too.

      I wish A-TACS and Brookwood had similar popularity. Even if MC is my camofu, those two patterns need more love than they get, especially Brookwood.

  • insertjjs

    Lock and rock 556 mags. Wonder it they got a deal on some Israeli surplus galil mags.

    If these ever make it to mass production and issue to troops. Claiming the mags were Israeli might make for some good psyops material.

    Like the claims of beef based grease on the paper cartridges issued to Indian troops and the sepoy rebellion of 1857.

  • Brian M

    At least it isn’t ANOTHER AR.

    Can anybody else say ‘exploitable images’?

  • Joshua

    I bet those are non functional. Barrel looks to sit in the lower, which would be where the carrier and bolt are, the charging handle and ejection port are in the top and not inline with the bolt or carrier.

    I just don’t see these rifles functioning.

    • James McMahon

      Galil Ace also does that. Kriss Super V also does that. Those aren’t reasons at all to suspect something as simple as a gun to be non-functional.

      • Joshua

        They still look totally non functional. This is Iran, its a very good possibility if you’ve seen their jet.

  • James McMahon

    They probably have a lot of training from Russians, and the practice in Russia for the longest time is/was to leave your finger in the guard, but keep it pressing forward, instead of resting on the trigger, or putting it behind the trigger.

  • FactChecker90803

    The Nabi, reminds me of the KEL TEC SU-16

  • Ching Willy Hung

    Are they using the “Great Satan” made Oakley gloves too?

  • FactChecker90803

    Is it just me or does the Nabi have a passing resembling’s to the Kel Tec SU-16.

  • Tierlieb

    The A1-style flash hider is weird, isn’t it? It does make little sense to re-invent them, as you could simply build them A2-style.
    Afaik only one company builds A1 style flash hiders with M14x1L threading is… Tapco.