Russia to Launch Government Tests of AM-17 and AMB-17 Rifles in 2018

In one of its recent news releases, Kalashnikov Concern has announced that the Russian government will start testing the new AM-17 and AMB-17 compact assault rifles in 2018. Several Russian special service agencies including the Federal Protective Service (FSO) and Federal Security Service (FSB) as well as the Russian National Guard have expressed a high interest in these two firearms.


Once the tests are finished, the Kalashnikov Concern will start mass production of both rifles. The AM-17 will most likely replace the AKS-74U (a.k.a Krinkov). Dimensions wise the AM-17 is comparable to the AKS-74U. It has an advantage of being slightly lighter weight – 2.5 kg compared to 2.7 kg of Krinkov. BCGs of these rifles ride on a top chassis allowing them to have most of the receiver parts made of polymer material thus making them lighter. This layout was pioneered by Yevgeny Dragunov in his MA compact rifle design which ironically was AKS-74U’s competitor in the trials. The suppressed version (AMB-17) will probably be considered for replacing firearms like AS VAL or VSS Vintorez.

Below is a video recently released by the Kalashnikov Media demonstrating the two rifles:

Although the AKS-74U, VSS and AS VAL are great firearms with many years of service and proven to be extremely reliable, I think replacing them with these two rifles could probably be a good decision. AM-17 and AMB-17 will be able to fulfill the roles of a number of mentioned older firearms at the same time having a high level of parts compatibility between each other.

Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Martin Grønsdal

    if it shoots the way it looks, they may be onto something

  • Giolli Joker

    Unlike many modern, polymer encased, assault rifles, these really look sleek.
    5.45x39mm and 9x39mm?

    P.S.: did Chris Costa visit Russia? 🙂

    • Hrachya H

      Yes, AM-17 is in 5.45×39 and AMB-17 is in 9x39mm.

  • Brett baker

    The weapons our people will acquire to replace their ISCRs in a conflict with Russian.

  • Height

    The sight to bore height is really crappy…

    • Giolli Joker

      How? Because it’s the lowest in its class?

      • Height

        The stock is really high over the bore, this picture doesnt show it that well, so sight height increases, for normal sight height your cheekbone is in the way quite a bit.

        • Giolli Joker

          Not sure if I get what you’re saying, the video shows a guy shooting and he seems to have a good cheek-weld with a standard height red dot.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Let this meme die.

      • Height

        Its not a meme, look at how high the stock is over the bore, even tough these picture not shot it that well.

  • ostiariusalpha

    So, while I was disappointed that the AK-12 gradually turned into just an updated AK-74M, this AM-17 rekindles my interest with all the features that I was attracted to on the original prototypes, and a few extra. Very nice.

  • Giolli Joker

    It happened to me as well, I forwarded it to Steve (TFB Editor) straight-away.
    Btw, I googled Mr. David Unaipon: he died 94 years old, my guess is that mother nature murdered him.

    • Corey


  • iksnilol

    Any micro version? Like the Vikhr.

  • Vhyrus

    The thing that is most interesting is that they appear to have ripped off Magpul’s Zhukov AK stock line for line. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  • Corey

    I also received the email. Id like to see this mans research for the ion drive I’m working on.

  • I messaged the editor too. That’s a spam post if I ever seen one.

  • Salty

    That looks awesome!!! Innnnnoooooovvvaaation!

    • RealityCheck

      “innovation” …… A good shaped Rifle with mediocre ammo for its time, much wow.

  • Stephen Paraski

    I got 4 of them, all from TFB yesterday. I thought it might be aimed at Ad Blocker users.