Russian special forces were spotted recently in the Russian republic of Dagestan, which has been experiencing an insurgency recently. The commandos were equipped with at least two foreign weapons, an HK417 7.62x51mm rifle with an impressively large suppressor, and an [Read More…]
The pictures are a couple of years old (prior 2009), but interesting nonetheless. Apparently it is a picture from a seized weapons cache in Iraq, later in the war due to the ACU helmet cover on the kevlar laying on the floor. The gas tube is completely removed so [Read More…]
Today’s POTD is a photo taken by Russian shooter Irina Mareeva of the new Kalashnikov Concern PL-14 Pistol. This photo shows the ergonomics of the new pistol with its Glock-like grip angle. Here is a comparison with the Glock that I put together. The Glock is [Read More…]
A good friend of TFB, Val, who is also one of our Russian translators, sent us photos of his new Mosin. He wrote … Though i could share the project which i’ve finished for myself, a totally rebuilt 1944 Mosin-Nagant Rifle. I did all the work myself. The [Read More…]
A prominent Russian blogger has published an extensive photo essay of the stages of production in Izhevsk on her blog. The article gives a full description of the various process’s the AKs go through in their production, but it is all in Russian and Google [Read More…]
An article that came out on Fox News has a picture of an odd SVD contraption captured by the Peshmerga in action against Daesh in northern Syria. The article had this to say- In a dusty outpost near the Kurdish-held northern city of Kirkuk, a Peshmerga commander [Read More…]
Kalashnikov Concern has made an effort to rebrand itself following its consolidation, and spurred by the US sanctions of 2014, that prevent the importation of the Concern’s products to the lucrative American civilian market. VICE News, online offshoot of VICE [Read More…]
Check out this new video of Russian Special Forces training underwater in Crimea posted by the state funded news agency Russia Today. It looks like they’re using an underwater SPP-1 pistol and APS underwater rifle. The SPP-1 pistol has a max of range of just 56 [Read More…]
This photo of Belorussian Soviet Snipers was taken in Germany on May 4, 1945. These woman had 775 confirmed kills between themselves, out of the 12,000 confirmed kills credited to female snipers in the Soviet Army. Female snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian [Read More…]
Andrew at GY6 did an excellent review of the Russian/Italian STRIKE ONE pistol. He liked the pistol a lot and compared the Strike to a Glock with an aftermarket trigger. As far as I know this pistol is legal to import into the USA (its not affected by sanctions).
Six weeks ago I announced that Alexey Krivoruchko, the CEO of the Kalashnikov Group, would be interviewed by me and he was willing to answer question submitted by TFB readers. As promised, I chose the highest up-voted questions and sent them to the Kalashnikov Group, [Read More…]
There is something strangely beautiful about ultra high-speed videos of firearms. In this video Larry Vickers shoots a Russian PSM (Pistolet Samozaryadny Malogabaritny) while being filmed by a high speed camera. It is well worth watching.
The AN-94 was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s to replace the AK-74M. Like all contenders for Russia’s next-generation assault rifle it has faded into obscurity. It features a novel delayed recoil mechanism called “blowback shifted pulse.”. [Read More…]
I am excited to announce that TFB will be interviewing Mr. Alexey Krivoruchko, the CEO of Kalashnikov Concern. This interview was made possible by the excellent public relations team at Rostec, the massive Russian State Corporation that either fully or partly owns [Read More…]
Lindy, who blogs at Vodka and Espresso wrote … RPK-74m w/ PO4x24P2 optic, conversion build off of a 5.45 VEPR. Comes in at a svelte 14 pounds. A very nice build indeed. The RPK-74M was basically a AK-74M’ed RPK. Plastic furniture replaced the wood and a [Read More…]
TacTV was able to head over to Russia and has a short profile on Andrey Kirisenko, a Russian 3-gun IPSC Champion. In it, we get a glimpse of one of Russia’s premier training facilities and Andrey’s custom Saiga-12 shotgun. The shotgun showcases custom [Read More…]