A design out of Serbia, from a company named NB International New Arms Technologies, is incorporating a number of features from around the market onto the Kalashnikov platform, in what they call the “Assault Rifle, B 15”. The rifle takes inspiration from the folding stock of the G36, what looks to be a CAA AK grip, possibly the selector switch from a Czech Vz 58, and Diamond Head BUIS sights mounted on a full length picatinny rail. In fact I think the only feature that seems to be original on the rifle is the design of the receiver, which is very clean sided compared to your traditional Kalashnikov rivet and dimple sides. However I might even be wrong with this as it may just be some sort of tight fitting sheath on top of it.
Assault Rifle BАК47, in calibre 7.62 x 39 mm I 7.62 x 51mm, was modernized gun on the basis of Kalashnikov system.
It is a gas operated rifle, and locking system is rotating bolt.
Reliability of its functioning in various climates and terrains was confirmed by strict testing methods, in accordance with military standards. Due to this, the rifle was included in the armament of the Serbian Military.
The barrel is cold forged with chrome plated interior. This provides durability and exquisite precision of the asault rifle.
Good solutions for ergonomy and excellently balanced weight provide mild recoil and easy control of fire.
Flash hider covers the position of the shooter.
Applied materials, handguards and folding stock made of polymer, and finish on the metal parts provide simple maintenance.
Type of fire is selected by an lever, which has three positions: single shot, burst, safety on.
The caliber of this rifle is listed as 7.62x39mm but interestingly also 7.62x51mm NATO. Which apart from the early Galils and today’s commercial VEPRs and Saigas, there are very few chamberings for the 7.62x51mm NATO round in the Kalashnikov platform. The specifications list the magazine capacity at 20 rounds for the NATO chambering and 30 for the M43 chambering, in addition to the barrel being longer with the NATO. If the company is making this rifle from their own machinery and tools, then this shouldn’t be a problem. However if they are relaying on imported or bought Kalashnikov parts kits or receivers, then I assume supply will become an issue, and with that questions of quality.
I do like how the receiver cover seems to seamlessly fit into place, where you almost can’t tell where it comes off the rifle. It looks like the rifle borrows an H&K sort of disassembly, wherein a user pokes out the two side pins that hold the stock in place, while also holding the operating components within the receiver in place as well. Judging from the selector switch between Semi and Burst, it looks like this is rifle destined for the military contract market as opposed to the civilian one. The majority of the companies products are made for the civilian one, with Sig 226 copies, hunting rifles, and traditional AK versions.
Much Thanks to Hrachya H. for the tip!