Venezuelan AK-103 Factory Will Start Working in 2019

According to Russian news agency TASS, Venezuela will finish the building of the AK-103 factories in 2019. Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said that the problems with the building process of the plants are solved and they will run at full scale in 2019. He also said that all the Russian equipment and machinery are already delivered to Venezuela. So all they need to do now is to finish the construction of factory buildings, which are 70% completed.

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The process of arranging licensed manufacturing of AK-103 rifles and ammunition in Venezuela started back in 2006. Two plants were supposed to be built in premises of Venezuelan state arms manufacturing company – CAVIM (Compania Anonima Venezolana de Industrias Militares). However, the Russian contractor company, which was granted the contract to build the plants, failed to meet the deadlines. Further investigation showed that a financial fraud took place. Right now the key people of that Russian company are arrested and being tried. Now, after a two-year pause, a domestic Venezuelan company will continue the construction of the buildings.

Reportedly, they will also manufacture Catatumbo sniper rifles in the same factories. Catatumbo is a Venezuelan bolt action rifle chambered in 7.62×51, 7.62×39 or 7.62x54R.

So from the decision to the working factory it will take 13 years! Although, judging from what already happened, I am not sure if they’ll manage to meet the deadline this time.

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  • Red McCloud

    The regime won’t make it to 2018 with how things are going. The people are restless.

  • Tim

    No disrespect intended, but any article including the word “Venezuela” should include the qualifier “failed state”.

    • Marco Antonio Gonzalez

      Nevertheless I do NOT like you 🙁

  • Major Tom

    There will be a popular (violent?) uprising in Venezuela or invasion on humanitarian grounds long before that finishes. With triple digit hyperinflation, a currency that makes the old joke Zimbabwe dollar look stable and a complete lack of anything economic, the idea of stability there is a false one.

    • John

      Which is why I suspect the factory will be put on a “rush order” and they’ll just get the roof overhead before starting the machines up.

      It’s not just for their own security; it’s to start earning some money at least.

      • Major Tom

        By selling to whom? Nobody in Latin America (save them) uses the AK-103. Everybody’s still either clinging to FAL’s or their updates or going to stuff like the Galil ACE.

        Cuba uses AK’s but they have a cozy enough relationship with Moscow (and enough cash) that they can get new AK’s straight from Kalashnikov Concern, no need for licensed production knockoffs from Caracas.

        • John

          A lot is riding on being able to get up and running right now, and what kind of product they can offer.

          If it’s a regular 103, forget it. If it’s a 103 with the Russian Ratnik upgrades, they’ll be outfitting their troops very well AND they might get a few customers around them. It’ll be interesting to see.

          • Major Tom

            Somehow I highly doubt they’re getting the Ratnik stuff. Venezuela doesn’t have the money or kind of relationship with Moscow that would make them worth giving/selling it to.

    • oil prices are headed back up, maduro may yet survive this one

      • Major Tom

        Venezuelan heavy crude is like the most expensive stuff on the planet requiring at least 70-80 dollars per barrel trading price just to break even. Today’s markets have oil at $52.54 for NYMEX light sweet crude and $55.69 for London Brent. (Source: Bloomberg)

        Which means US and Russian oil is breaking even but Venezuelan heavy crude is still at a massive loss.

        And considering the increasing international pressure on Maduro, I wouldn’t count on him being in power much longer either way. The increasing instability out of Caracas and the massive shortages of everything mean nobody wants Venezuelan crude to begin with, so even if oil is rising in price, they aren’t selling enough of it to help.

  • iksnilol

    Should’a went with the 104 instead IMO.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Should’ve went with food and medicine
      Oh wait this is Venezuela we are talking about.

  • Bucky Barkingham

    The picture in the article shows a long groove in the AK stock. It is my understanding that the grooved stock is to differentiate AK’s chambered in 5.45×39 from those chambered in 7.62×39.

    • Ευστάθιος Παλαιολόγος

      Νο. Actually, as far as I know, that groove is on all “AK-100” series weapons and it comes from the stock of the AK-74M which is sort-off the start rifle of the series.
      So, they all use the same stock, either in 7,62×39, or 5,45×39 or 5,56×45

    • iksnilol

      All 100 series AKs have a groove in the stock. Just google AK-105 or so.

  • Ronaldo Olive

    Thanks God, the Bolivarian troops don’t use magazines in their AKs…

    • Dougscamo

      Guess they were doing a review….and they didn’t want the revolution starting right then….

    • maodeedee

      Those are Venezuelan troops. Issuing guns without magazines or ammo saves money. They can afford either guns OR ammo, but not both.

  • Richard

    They ran out of toilet paper and beer but they can afford to build a factory.

    • Mazryonh

      I don’t know how they are going to keep that factory running with all the hyperinflation in Venezuela. Or maybe the Russians are going to run the factory and sales, and pay the Venezuelans only for the usage of their land.

      • Richard

        By paying everyone in commodities instead of cash perhaps. Or just some not so good old fashioned socialist zeal.

  • Dougscamo

    Someone help me out…..the guy in the front middle….what emoji is he using for face paint?….

    • Jim Slade

      You don’t have the “Well-fed Death Squad trooper” emoji on your phone?

      • Dougscamo

        No….but I still have a pistol….

      • Dougscamo

        Remember it now….BeatBot……

  • Jeff

    Do they plan to go to war wearing headlamps? If so, they’ll make some nice, sparkly targets.

    • iksnilol

      Reminds me of Metro 2033 now that you mention it.

      • UCSPanther

        That’s a cool game. The setting reminds me of a mix of Mad Max and Ultima Underworld.

  • Rusty S.

    They’ll be too busy confiscating toys to ever finish this factory.

  • USMC03Vet

    Thankfully starving kids in Venezuela can eat those rifles!

  • Jim Slade

    My math is weak, so help me out…. at the current exchange rate where a 100-Bolivar bank note is now worth .02 US Dollars, how much would one of these rifles cost?
    Answer in metric tons, please.

    • Major Tom


  • 22winmag

    Employees to be fed with leftovers from the Caracas zoo.

    Oh wait, the zoo ran out of tasty animals months ago.

  • TonysTake ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

    People want water and something to eat! WTF are the globalists thinking??? How to make a buck? George Soros would be proud.

  • Marco Antonio Gonzalez

    “So from the decision to the working factory it will take 13
    years! Although, judging from what already happened, I am not sure if
    they’ll manage to meet the deadline this time”
    In Venezuela deadlines not fulfilled is a given.
    People wondering who is going to use those rifles, please consider that when the decision was taken to build this rifle factory it was supposed to produce enough material not only for the armed forces but everybody able to fire one a la Saddam Hussein. Chavez was promoting the fourth generation war, one where the people, not just the army would be fighting the invaders (You know, the USuAl suspects) in a guerrilla or resistance war.

    If you are into conspiracy theories it was also supposed to produce material for Chavez allies, namely other countries or the FARC guerrilla in Colombia. (I remove my tinfoil hat now)

  • John Daniels

    They don’t even have food or toilet paper. How are they going to run a weapon factory? This is lunacy.

  • carlcasino

    Not to worry, word on the street is Obama and Kerry are forming a cartel using Clinton Cash to finish the project on time and under budget- is that plagiarism?

  • Rocketman

    They’ll probably start mass production of the AK-103 about the same time that the U.S. military is switching over to phasers and photon torpedoes.

  • maodeedee

    Venezuela is about to collapse. The 100 Bolivar bill is worth 4 cents US and they are replacing them with 500 Bolivar bills and Venezuela can’t even afford to print them.
    In 2019 there’s no telling what kind of a mess Venezuela will be in. Hopefully, this poor country will get out from under the yoke of the current corrupt government of Nicolas Maduro.

  • J.E.Walker

    The way I see it, if the Commies can’t supply basic food, meds and toilet paper to the people, they better have lots and lots of these rifles.