Nothing like a clean AK. The AK-104 “shorty” in 7.62×39, a popular tool of trade among Russian LE Special Forces.

Photo by Kalashnikov Concern


  • 32.4″ OAL stock open/ 23″ folded, with a 12.4″ barrel.

    Specs like those make me want a 23″ OAL/ 13″ barrel MTAR-21 in .300 BLK.

  • Lance

    Prefer a Russian army AK-105 in 5.45mm.

    • Anonymoose

      You’re going the wrong way. lol

      • Xtorin O’hern

        oh sweet jeezus

      • Giolli Joker

        Is that a “letsgetmilsurp7.62X54RbannedasAP” pistol?

        • Stan Darsh

          Immediately had the same thought. Hopefully it is just a custom one-off.

  • Rousso

    Finally, a decent post

  • Vhyrus

    I read something recently that said that Russian military has basically abandoned 7.62×39 in favor of 5.45 x 39. Is this not true?

    • Rob

      Its been a while since I was in Russia but, with my own eyes I’ve seen two groups armed with 7.62 AKs. Probably very easy to understand, they have a lot of them, and front line troops will have the standard 5.45 rifle, while secondary forces, prisons, cops, etc. may still have older 7.62 guns.

      Both groups I saw were not in Moscow or St. Petersburg, but much smaller cities. In Moscow I’d bet their version of SWAT have whatever they want. A smaller city not so much.

      • KestrelBike

        Yup, in 2003 I saw many a couple МВД – MVD (ministry of internal affairs aka the cops) troopers in separate situations, armed with a 7.62 AKM in Krasnodar. Especially after this hullabaloo: http://www.pravdareport . com/hotspots/terror/27-08-2003/3595-krasnodar-0/

        One of the cops had his AK in one hand, and in the other he was hauling a perp (pretty sure just a drunken vagrant who managed to piss him off) along to the paddy wagon, I leered at his AK with a huge grin and the cop saw me and gave me a “WTF” look, but I gave him a thumbs up and looked away and luckily didn’t get a beatin’.

        The other cop was sitting on an island in the middle of a slow traffic intersection, and was practically sleeping on his AK propped on the on the buttstock.

        • Marc

          Since this was in Russia, wouldn’t it be the Ivan wagon?

    • Anonymoose

      OMON and local police forces use 7.62s a lot because they’re actively using them in CQB and they provide better penetration and are harder-hitting out of short-barreled carbines. The Russian military hasn’t seen many real engagements in 10 years, and prefer to have the longer range of the 5.45. Beat cops in Russia are allowed to carry AKS-74Us or AKMs in the same way some European cops are allowed to carry MP5s or MP7s on patrol. Some actual SMGs 9mm like the Vityaz and Kiparis are used too, but AKs are still the dominant long gun in police use.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Officially, 5.45×39 is the standard issue cartridge. Like these other guys mentioned, it’s still very prevalent and in use with many units. Some special forces get to choose their arms and many go with the 7.62. The AK-103/104 are considered export only variations though.

    • Sermon 7.62

      Spetsnaz is going to adopt AK400 soon. It’s going to be in 7.62

    • USMC03Vet

      It’s all about logistics at that level. Both calibers are fine.

    • Foma Klimov

      This has been the case since 1974, when the AK-74 became the standard rifle of the Soviet Army. However, 7.62×39 mm has been widely used in a supplemental role, mostly by the special forces, in both Afghanistan and Chechnya, as it is better suited for certain things, such as cover/armor penetration and sound suppression (using 200 gr sub-sonic bullets with a PBS-1 silencer).

  • Edeco

    Good; elegant combination of action, cartridge and barrel length.

  • KestrelBike

    DDI or someone other than KVAR/Krebs needs to offer something like this in pistol/factory-SBR for less than $3 million. You know, a company that can actually rivet and put sights on straight (IO is disqualified).