BREAKING: Kalashnikov Concern Releases New Micro Assault Rifle to Replace AKS-74U – 21st Century Krinkov!

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The Russian small arms firm Kalashnikov Concern has announced several new weapons during the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY 2016” held by the Russian government in Moscow, the first of which is a new take on a promising 20th Century experimental design. The new Kalashnikov MA (Малогабаритный автомат, loosely translated to “Micro Assault Rifle”) is based on a 1970s-era design by Yevgeny Dragunov, which was also called “MA”. The original MA competed against designs from the Soviet Union’s best small arms engineers and showed substantial promise, but was passed over in favor of the AKS-74U, which shared much of its design with the already-in-service AK-74. Now, the MA is getting a makeover, and another shot – Kalashnikov Concern has adapted the basic design for 21st Century requirements and manufacturing techniques, resulting in a very modern-looking weapon.

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New Dragunov MA. Image source: Imgur.com

 

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The new Dragunov MA. Image captured from a Russian news program.

 

Both MA carbines use similar receiver designs, where the “upper” receiver is extremely reduced in size, acting as a structural spine for the weapon, and providing guide rails for the operating group. In the new MA, the upper receiver is made of aluminum instead of steel steel reinforced polymer (I was corrected, oops!), and features an integrated Picatinny-type optics rail, as well. The rest of the duties of a normal receiver are performed by the much larger (in proportion), polymer lower receiver, which houses the trigger pack, stock mount, magazine well, and which protects the operating group from the elements.

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The MA design uses a reduced upper receiver, more like a “spine” than a true receiver, which allows lighter weight through more extensive use of injection-molded polymer. Image source: tonnel-ufo.ru

 

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In both MA carbines, the bolt rides in rails in the upper “spine”. Image source: survincity.com

This design allows for a very strong, very light weapon, so we can expect the new MA to possess those characteristics as well. However, Kalashnikov has not yet released a press sheet for the new MA, so we do not know any details yet.



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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  • A00A000

    But will it take Glock mags?

    • SerArthurDayne

      Oh bravo good ser bravo.

    • iksnilol

      Are they gonna make it in 10mm?

  • Major Tom

    Can it hit the broad side of a barn at 300 meters?

    • TexianPatriot

      AKs are not inaccurate, it is a myth that is probably helped by the masses of untrained that use them.
      I have a cheap, pap92 with a 10 1/2″ barrel that is a nail driver.

      • Major Tom

        I know the rifle sized versions of the AK have much better accuracy (some of the more recent ones rivaling or exceeding the AR) but the Krinkov is one I’ve only heard is a 200 meter or less gun. You could hit 300 meters if you blew at least half a mag in semi but reliably strike a point target with one that far away, it cannot.

        At least the military versions are that way anyways. Maybe they just use low grade ammunition.

        • Dracon1201

          Maybe relic Suchkas have that problem, but that’s like saying our 70’s M-16s wouldn’t do well in adverse conditions, true, but also duh. Out of the box, krinks perform much better yhan you are led to believe,especially in x39.

        • iksnilol

          That’s usually due to pistol length sight radius. Slap on a red dot and it works well.

          • TM

            Short barrel accuracy issues are more likely because standard issue ammunition is designed to stabilize in full-length barrel systems. Short guns w 8″ barrels don’t even get a full revolution on the projectile before it leaves the barrel (Chamber is included in bbl length). This can be mitigated with projectile weights/lengths but standard issue ammo will exhibit accuracy issues due to projectile instability. Also, the shorter barrel produces lower velocities, which determines when a stable projectile goes subsonic and begins to lose stability. Shorter bbl = shorter distance to subsonic.

          • iksnilol

            Uh, shorter barrels are more precise due to less whip.

            Regarding revolutions needed, by that logic .22s wouldn’t be accurate without 16+ inch barrels. Yet we see both target .22 pistols working just fine and we even see black powder target rifles (which have a twist rate of 1:28 inches)

            Less velocity, true, which means more wind drift and of course a worse trajectory. Again, the accuracy issues of short barrel AKs are overblown (especially since red dots have been reliable and in use for many years)-.

          • TM

            No one is saying the firearm is less accurate for having a shorter barrel length. Just that the ammunition or twist rate needs to be adjusted to compensate for the change in both interior and exterior ballistics. I’ve seen 6.8’s with a 1/10 twist, 8″ barrel shoot 110gr ammo accurate out to 400yds, however switching the same gun to a 115gr load led to keyholing at 10yds. Projectile weight becomes critical.

            Same reason 60gr subsonic .22 LR is not recommended for use in pistols w suppressors – the projectile won’t stabilize and cause baffle strikes. Projectile weight/shape/length becomes critical with shorter barrels. You can’t stuff a load developed for a 20″ bbl into an 8″ gun and expect the same results.

          • Uniform223

            In my personal experience it often comes down to the user 90% of the time.

            Though in terms of inherent accuracy, if you took a top of the line AK and put up against a top of the line AR the differences aren’t night and day but they are noticeable. It often (to me) seems like one is built to be accurate enough (AK) while another is as accurate as it can be (AR).

          • Tritro29

            Recent “testing” with Galil ACE by Alex C. showed that you talk bollocks. And this was further proved by the AK-12 tests…That rifle out shot IPSC AR-15 rigs. The only downside…it doesn’t cost the price of the average AK.

            Basically if you put money in your rifle it will get you the accuracy you want, especially on similar ammo (5.56 vs 5.45). Only unlike the AR’s, the AK’s you see here are military tools first, backyard plinkers next.

          • Uniform223

            I’m sorry if I tugged on your heart strings for all things AK… of the sorts but lets step back for a moment…

            “Recent “testing” with Galil ACE by Alex C. showed that you talk bollocks.”

            (Time index 5:30)

            I would assume Alex C is a good shot (at least better than me)… again that falls on the user not the machine. Another thing to think about is what type of ammo was he using? This was not a side by side comparison to anything just a single platform review. Can you get that type of shot group out of most AKs with good ammo? Again can you get that type of shot group out of most ARs with good ammo? Shooter aside there are many variables to take into consideration. Often times (that I have personally seen) the AR is inherently MORE accurate than an AK. Again the difference isn’t night and day but they are noticeable.

            “And this was further proved by the AK-12 tests…That rifle out shot IPSC AR-15 rigs”

            > Can you please specify or link such tests if they are publicly available? If not than its all hear say on your part. When the AK-12 came onto the seen I remember seeing professional match shooters praising the rifle…

            Take a well known competition and exhibition shooter like Jerry Miculek give him an AR an he’ll make that rifle dance like Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly. Give that same AR to someone who just passed the US Army SF Q course and see what happens. Does this prove that the AR is a superior rifle or is it the shooter that counts?

            “Basically if you put money in your rifle it will get you the accuracy you want, especially on similar ammo (5.56 vs 5.45).”

            > *points to earlier part of comment* I have yet to see a side by side accuracy comparison of two high quality AR and AK with match grade ammo go up against one another. Although (AGAIN from PERSONAL EXPERIENCE) I am more inclined to believe that the AR design is inherently the more accurate rifle.

            “Only unlike the AR’s, the AK’s you see here are military tools first, backyard plinkers next.”

            > I guess this AR is just a backyard plinker

            http://www.americanspecialops.com/images/photos/rangers/army-ranger-photo.jpg

            If I take an AK of any kind and plink some targets in my backyard or on a range somewhere, does it make it less of combat rifle? Is the same true for an AR, SCAR, FN FAL, G3 or a Steyr Aug? If I were to take those same rifles into combat the next day would it automatically make them more worthy or better than the day before?

          • CommonSense23

            I would like to hear you explain how a round is more stabilized by having more barrel length when it leaves the barrel versus a shorter barrel.

          • iksnilol

            Because it spins more, duh

            /s

        • TexianPatriot

          If any firearm is accurate out to 100-200 yards, it will also be accurate out further (until the round ceases to fly). It’s math, bullets fly in a predictable path. If the path is the same every time at 100 yards, it is same past that. Trajectory doesn’t change, knowing where the bullet will be is the responsibility of the shooter, that is where hitting your target comes in.

          • RocketScientist

            Well, that’s not ENTIRELY true… the forces at play on a bullet change dramatically when it is supersonic vs subsonic, and the process of transitioning (the bullet’s own shock wave catching up to it) between the two can cause upset. So its not at all uncommon for a bullets trajectory to go through almost a step-change when its velocity drops below subsonic, and also for the mechanical precision (group size) to open up dramatically.

          • Bill

            True, but the variable there is the cartridge , not the launcher.

          • RocketScientist

            I must be reading your comment wrong, as it makes no sense to me. The original comment this chain is in response to is one positing that the shorter-barreled 74U is inherently less accurate than the carbine-length 74, even when both firing the exact same cartridge. My comment was in direct response to a claim that a firearm that is accurate at 100m will always be accurate at any longer range, which I argued is not true do to the effect of transiting the trans-sonic velocity range, which can have significant impact in precision and trajectory, and often occurs at ranges greater than 100m. Since this transition, and when/where it occurs is directly impacted by a reduction in muzzle velocity (a common result of using very short barrels with rifle cartridges), this indicates that is is very possible, ESPECIALLY when comparing a short-barreled vs carbine-length gun, that the short-barreled one would have significant reduction in accuracy at extended ranges while still maintaining adequate accuracy at 100m. So, in every aspect of this converation and my post in particular, we are discussing using THE SAME CARTRIDGE in DIFFERENT GUNS (what you call launcher). And you are refuting the claims because they compare 2 different cartridges from the same gun, which is not at all what anyone is talking about?

          • Bill

            As I said, true; may I should have said “and” instead of “but.”

          • TexianPatriot

            The “shockwave” caused by the bullet dissipates proportionate to the bullet losing velocity. It doesn’t Catholic up and cause havoc on the round. Yes, group size does open up at longer ranges besides the other forces acting on the round it’s just MOA. If it shoots 1″ at 100 yards. Then if you can do your part as the shooter, you should be able to get 6″ at 600 yards if no wind.
            As I said in my first post, it all stops when the bullet stops flying. By flying I mean acting as a bullet should. Tumbling or anything else and it has lost its mojo.

          • RocketScientist

            Except you are factually incorrect. I can assure you that the trans-sonic range of velocities (whether accelerating or decelerating through it, or holding steady in the trans-sonic range) induce significant loading and turbulence on any object. Whether you’re in a high-performance aircraft or a bullet, you will experience non-consistent buffeting and turbulence. This will have a significant impact on the consistency of a group of ballistic projectile’s trajectory. A gun that shoot 2 MOA at 100 yds will likely shoot 2 MOA at 300 yards, 600 yards, etc. However, if that particular load goes subsonic around the 1000 yard mark, it is very unlikely it will still shoot 2 MOA beyond that.

      • Elvis

        Yes they are. Not to the point of being useless at everything, but to the point of being useless for shooting matches.

        • TexianPatriot

          Not true. A quality AK is just as good as a quality AR. Have you ever used one?

    • LCON

      the Barn yes but it missed the Tractor at 250 yards you were aiming at…:P

    • Kivaari

      This one has sights. The issue with the AK is the crude open sights. The AKSU74 has miserable sights, this thing looks like Magpul, and that will make a huge difference. Sights have always been the weak point on the AK platform. Good as emergency back up, but not great for hitting things you desire to hit.

    • Blake

      Try a premium weapon with premium 7.62×39 ammo sometime…

      Even a milled Soviet SKS with Vympel or Tula HP will group surprisingly well if you clean, polish, & lube everything & install a poly bolt buffer.

      & my Dad’s accurized Mini-30 with Hornady ammo is another equation altogether…

  • USMC2090

    And will they make it in 10mm…

  • Henrik Bergdahl

    Can it hipfire 80s style?

    • M40

      Nobody’s quite sure yet… they’re flying Stallone to Russia to test it.

      • mbrd

        hahahahaha!!!! outf**kingstanding!

  • Giolli Joker

    This looks great.

  • LCON

    the selector is unique… Looks like it might be ambi on the charging handle. I wonder if that mag is compatable with other 5.45 Rifles?

    • It is.

      • LCON

        Yeah I see that now It must Be KC’s new style for 5.45mm

  • CharlesH

    Looks like a rifle caliber Scorpion EVO

  • John Furman

    You can only polish a turd so much.

    • iksnilol

      Uh, it isn’t an AK at all. So how is it polishing a turd if the “turd” in question is a new rifle unrelated to the AK?

    • Y U no like Dragunov!?

      • Riot

        I say we burn the heretic

    • Tritro29

      … OK.

  • iksnilol

    Oh, hot damn. I want one, preferably in 7.62×39.

  • Isaac O. Lees

    They’ll make like 12 and then quietly shove it under the rug because there’s not enough money. Just like every Russian military project of the last decade or so.

    • Tritro29

      This was put on a freezer when money for weapons wasn’t a problem…Now money for weapons isn’t a problem again, and this will probably get more attention.

      It allows CK to bring up a clean design without much hassle and have it on par with some western rifles out there. Helps them also fend off one last time Degtaryov’s A545/AEK this time on merits rather than on backdoor deals.

      • Anonymoose

        I’d like to see the A545 as the standard rifle and this replace the shorter carbines (74U and 105)…

        • Tritro29

          This has the potential to win it all with different lengths. It’s jut the simpler system when all things are considered.

      • Isaac O. Lees

        Oh it’s still a problem. This is a publicity stunt and maybe for a couple special forces units. It’ll go the same way as the AN-94 and the original AK-12 design. The Ruskies are so poor Putin has to steal from the Olympic commission. They’re just doing this to say “look guys we can into modern rifles too!”

        • Tritro29

          Haha…yeah the Nikonov that had still components produced for 40 thousand units. Most of them sitting on armories collecting dust only to be flaunted at 9th of may.

          Frankly…

          We are so poor, the Russian Ministry of Defence signed today 4 contracts among which 100 T-14 tanks, 6 attack subs and about 42 fighter planes.

          Dude…the Russian State has enough cash. Because we’re a “gas station with nukes”, remember?

          Now f*ck off.

          • discopolo

            Well, its good to hear You are eager to spend all those totally real piles of cash on trinkets like prototope of Armata or cool new carbines for cooks and drivers. I was afraid You might actually modernize something, like maybe finally upgrade T-72b or buy new blankets for the conscripts…

          • “Upgrade T-72B”

            *meanwhile, the T-72 is on the T-72B3M variant, and the T-90 (which is a rebadged T-72) is on the T-90AM variant*

            I am not sure how you figure that a new tank design (the T-14) is somehow an inferior choice to upgrading the T-72…

          • Tritro29

            We still haven’t bought a single carbine, nor have we bought “trinkets” like the T-14. The product that was signed is very different from the 2015 parade ‘Armata’. BTW Armata is a whole universal platform…

            Also the T72B’s in active duty are about 50% modernized. Had you said those T-80’s you might have been interesting. Blankets for Conscripts? What the hell you think this is? America? Lol, j/k, etc…

  • BrandonAKsALot

    This is the makeover/redesign the AK has been needing that no one ever seemed to want to do aside from the Swiss. Short-stroke piston, solid optics mouting, good ergos (it appears), and weight reduction. I just wish all these demo’s weren’t in that extra pale FDE. It’s very unappealing.

    • It’s not an AK.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        Missed my point.

        ****Redesign was used in my post quite intentionally. Looks like the same bolt design and in all honesty, they AK needed to be completely redesigned to catch up to modern competitors. While I understand this shares almost nothing mechanically with the AK my point is that this design is what needed to happen for a successful modern successor to the AK. Band-aids will not keep the platform afloat for much longer, as much as I love it.

        Semantics and technicalities aside, you cannot help, but compare these many of the recent designs to the Kalashnikov family.

        • Tritro29

          Jesus. IT. IS. NOT. AN. AK. The Bolt is a Dragunov one, the freaking bolt carrier is a shortened Dragunov one, the damn gas piston is a short stroke Dragunov. You can’t compare these to an AK because you can’t compare a Lada to a BMW even though they have 4 wheels and engine and drive by turning a wheel.

          I repeat, it is not a redesign, this design is an old one made by the man who designed the SVD and that was sidelined by the GRAU because its rifle was (unarguably) ahead of Soviet production means (and intellectual means). Meanwhile the Germans introduced the G36 about 20 years later that used a polymer receiver…

          The story of Dragunov is the story of a whole other design bureaus in the USSR. Great advanced ideas held back by cronyism, lack of production means and ultimately petty rivalries.

          That’s why a boatload of these designs ended up in China, US, Pakistan you name it after the USSR broke down. No cash and no Love…

          • BrandonAKsALot

            Would it make everyone’s sphincter relax if I clarified, this is the kind of direction that it should have been taken? Is that okay? That’s the point I was trying to get across and I get that I shouldn’t have used the word redesign. Since I must reiterate my actual point is, this kind of design is where the service rifle should have gone. My apologies for EVER mentioning the Kalashnikov!

    • iksnilol

      Fur fox sake it isn’t an AK. Not even remotely related to it.

      I need a moment.

  • Ben Loong

    Y’know, I wish companies would do that more often: dust off really promising old designs that might have a better chance of being successful in the present.

    • Colt: bring back the SCAMP.

      Steyr: bring back the ACR.

      Also, would love to see a new version of the Hill Submachine Gun (sort of a 9mm P90 pistol).

    • 11b

      You mean like the Remington R51? 😉

      • Ben Loong

        Well actually now that you mention it, I kind of wish they had tried to bring back the .45 ACP version. It apparently had a number of advantages over the M1911 (less weight, fewer parts, lower bore axis, more accurate).

        I’d love to see how it’d compare to a modernized 1911.

  • mechamaster

    Russian SIG552 / 553 LOL.

    • Not mechanically similar.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Yea, totally… because… the bolt is upside down :

        • Tritro29

          … Holy f*** you guys are dense. It’s a Dragunov system…not a Kalashnikov, that alone cancels any kind of comparison.

          • When most Americans see that shaped bolt design, they automatically think Kalashnikov and have no perspective with regards to just how many different designs use it.

            Plus, seriously, there’s a lot more to weapons design than just what the bolt looks like. Let’s ignore the fact that both these weapons have completely different architecture and gas systems than an AK, naw, their bolts have camming surfaces, see!

          • Tritro29

            That’s the price you pay when you prop up a solid, functional design into a symbol. No one takes anything else seriously.

            The worst thing is what the Russian design bureaus paid when the AK won its first bout.

      • roguetechie

        It made my day when I saw them bringing out a new version of the dragunov MA. It’s one of the few solutions I’ve seen that I truly like to the question of how do we make a rifle caliber firearm mostly out of composites without compromising things around the trunnion area.

        Additionally I really kinda liked the “future soldier” display with the cased telescoped bullpup backpack ammunition source belt fed OICW thing. My buddy and I figured that the under barrel magazine fed thing was either a captive piston Tishina style launcher…. OOOOORRRR a multi shot Burke pulsed (we like this idea better because it’s super SciFi)

        Top that off with the exoskeleton design which appears to be a more minimal first pass approach that we favor over going whole hog for version 1.0… And a really nice hard and soft body armor combination with a form fitting under suit and someone who FINALLY did the damn kneepads right! You know the kneepad design that Rollerblade Pro designed and Boneless had right circa 1993-1996!!!

        Likelihood of it being any sort of producible within the next five years: probably almost zero

        Cool factor over HULC and the SARCOS…. Priceless.

      • roguetechie

        Here’s the “future soldier” thing. I find it pretty interesting although definitely more sci-fi than due out next year interesting.

        • Zebra Dun

          Check out the 1960’s future soldier models.
          See how far that went.

          • roguetechie

            Oh I have… To say that the situation is different now would be a massive understatement. Though any good project even now would have to be exceedingly careful to avoid over reach and mission creep.

            Whether it would be worth it quite yet, I don’t know but I do know it will be soon. My disclaimer on this is it wouldn’t be what some of the planners and generals want, but from a cost benefit perspective alone the money you’d save the VA and tricare would pay for the entire program several times over in the first decade of operational use alone.

      • iksnilol

        But they’re small, and have slightly curved mags.

        + Russians are stupid herpaderp.

  • Malthrak

    It looks like a CZ Scorpion Evo and an FN SCAR had a baby…

    • DW

      But it is Russian and wants to Rush B

  • LazyReader

    Why do they only show one side of the weapon always…..is it a conspiracy or a prank

  • LazyReader

    7.62×39 is a popular round, however very fews guns exist in the market to make use of them anymore, that’s why kalashnikov usa wants (*snicker) to make it’s own, why IWI revived the Galil……………cheap rounds by the millions

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      The American commercial market has a bunch of 7.62×39 weapons.

      • Big Daddy

        Some really bad ones though. I do like my Mutant and KS47 very much and more than any AK47 type semi auto.

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          Not a fan of 7.62×39, but OP’s comment “very fews guns exist in the market” was just wrong. Have you had any of the issues that some are reporting with your Mutant? It looks like a nice gun and I want it to do well.

  • Nicks87

    Almost looks like it has Magpul flip up sights.

    • Anonymoose

      Probably does…

  • Henry Reed

    Looks cool

  • Anonymoose

    Coming soon to a Cowadooty near you (along with the SVK)!

  • Gus Butts

    I like this because it’s small. Just like me.

  • Patriot Gunner

    That actually looks pretty dang good. But with the Russians affinity towards massive full auto dumps I can’t imagine a short stroke system to be better than a long stroke. Which is why I take this with a massive heaping of salt. Also, lets not forget the fact that they have a mind-boggling surplus of AK’s from the cold war era, some estimates go as high as 17 million. I doubt that Russia is taking seriously the adoption of any new infantry rifle.

  • Igniz

    And you guys missed this.
    They sticked stanag mags to balanced automatics saiga.

    • Marvin

      Oh snappidy snapperson!

      • Adam Snell

        Must get.

    • Gus Butts

      I need this.

    • Max Glazer

      Being made for export this is hardly surprising. Would be interesting if US law enforcement procured them, provided that stupid EO by Obama gets lifted. After all they still purchase Russian rocket engines.

  • John

    Fabrique Nationale SCAR, meet Kalashnikov SCAR.

    It will probably be adopted and issued in small batches to elite police and military units.

  • Thanks for sharing, that’s a really cool little blaster.

    Do you know, is it 5.45 or x39?

    • Kivaari

      That is 5.45mm.

    • ostiariusalpha

      LOL! 5.45 is x39, man. But yes, that is a 5.45x39mm mag sticking out of it.

      • 11b

        “Why iz not 7.62x54R? Iz of man’s cartridge, not small womanly 5.45.” -Vladimir, probably.

  • Uniform223

    To me it looks very similar to the ACR

  • Mazryonh

    Is there any reason why the Russians couldn’t just shorten their AK-105 carbines, which are also chambered in 5.45x39mm? I was under the impression they were a bit strapped for cash at the moment.

    And no, I’m not sure this new “Micro Assault Rifle” (what some of us would call an “ultracompact carbine”) would be a “21st Century Krinkov” unless there are plans for it to be able to mount both a suppressor and an underslung grenade launcher, like the AKS-74UB variant of the AKS-74U could. Might as well match or exceed the capabilities of the old platform if you’re going to replace it.

    • Tritro29

      This MA already exceeded the AKs74U back when they were tested…in the 70’s.

  • Tritro29

    What you missed is the 14″ barrel on the back..

    • Igniz

      I missed nothing. Its SVK on the back.

      • Tritro29

        7.62R with an almost halved barrel yet system called SVK while using MA principle…yes you missed the point.

        This is the next big thing for CK, they simply switched a variable sized family, with another. Instead of having an AK-family system, they now have a Dragunov-family system.

  • Squirreltakular

    In an alternate universe, these were made in 16″ versions and were already imported to the U.S.

    Oh, to dream…

    • Tritro29

      This exists in 14 inch version and is still on trial.

  • Igniz

    Got moar. Popenker already know what the stuff is.

    • Tritro29

      Also Max didn’t said anything about the innards. He eluded the question whenever this is a Kalashnikov design. Because it isn’t. Thanks to Dragunov, now we’ll have AK’s that have a straight line of sight and a correct positioned stock. Too bad Evgueni will never see this.

  • Anomanom

    Well given that it appears to be a Magpul Masada with a different safety and a really short barrel. Maybe Magpul finally found someone who wouldn’t wreck it like Remington.

    • Gus Butts

      Bushmaster*

  • Milan Matović

    I dont like the 5.45mm round, it would be better if Russia pushed the AK-103 as an official rifle with its 7.62 x 39mm cartridge!Vastly superior to both 5.56 and 5.45!

    • Max Glazer

      The current 7N22 penetrates as good as old M43. They wanted to replace both with a 6×49 a while back but that didn’t happen due to dissolution of USSR.

      • Milan Matović

        Maybe but there are also newer versions of 7.62×39, even we made one named M67 long ago!
        I am personally disapointed with the Zastava M21 rifle which they chambered in 5.56mm?!If they wanted a change they should have considered the 6.8mm Remington!

        • Max Glazer

          It’s important to remember what the weapon is used for. Weapon of this size with 7.62×39 would have excessive recoil and as a result poor controllability.

          Before choosing a round one considers many things, and most importantly the ballistics of the round. From what I gathered the 6.8SPC didn’t do as well as expected and didn’t beat the existing 5.56mm M855 in what US military wanted at least to the sufficient extent. On top of that the round is heavier then 5.56.

  • disqus_PDmXLtTxJj

    How many Ukrainians do you think they have killed testing their new weapon?

  • SteveK

    Clunky looking! Slim it down!

  • Daniel W

    It looks like a winner in my book.According to the Russian guidlines they follow the old adage keep it simple stupid.Its worked great for them so FAR.Now the field test’s for them begins????

  • Stephen Paraski

    A very interesting design. Love it.

  • Geremy Tibbles

    So when’s the Korobov making a come back?

    • Tritro29

      When Tula will be less busy designing useful stuff and will be the spoiled brat of the Russian government.

  • JohnnyJTav

    Top photo reminds me of CZ-EVO3 sbr…

  • Eric B.

    When better SCARs are made Kalashnikov will make them.” Hee, hee

    Well at least the Russians are getting on board with 21st century ergonomics in terms of sliding cheek rests and folding stocks as standard. BUT… are Russian engineering grade polymers as good as the “plastics” used by the SCAR and Remington Defense? I will assume their plastics are fiberglass reinforced.

    • Max Glazer

      Russians used glass-filled polyamide in AN-94 to make the entire receiver body. In order to pass Russian state trials that weapon had to endure test on physical toughness, among which is being dropped from 1.5-1.8 meters onto concrete, being used as a plank by soldiers to boost their mates over obstacles, being frozen down to -58F, and remain operational with only superficial damage. On AN-94 the sight rail is moulded into the receiver too rather then riveted like on AK. That confirms that designers of AN had complete confidence in their production materials. Which tells me that their polymer is at least as good a material for weapon manufacturing as ones used by FNH and Remington Defense. And certainly better then stuff used to make G-36 😉

  • Eric B.

    Thanks for the info Max. How the heck do you find this stuff on Russian weapons polymers?
    As for wanting one of these rifles I think only the new Russian Designated Marksman sniper rifle would be interesting – IF it’s accurate.
    I already have a Steyr AUG and an FNH PS90 plus a Ruger Precision Rifle so my appetite for cool rifles has been satisfied (for now at least ;o).

  • Rocketman

    That top photo of it reminds me a lot of an FN SCAR.

  • Zebra Dun

    Nice package, what does the short barrel do to terminal ballistics and muzzle blast/flash.