Kalashnikov AK-12 Unveiled

    Izhmash has officially unveiled the first working prototype of the AK-12 Assault Rifle. According to Max Popenker there will be two models, a Light model (5.45x39mm, 5.56x45mm and 7.62x39mm) that accepts all magazines that work with existing AK rifles, as well as a new 60 round quad stack magazine, and a Heavy (7.62x51mm) model that will use a new magazine.

    The rifle’s major new features are …

    • Ambidextrous forward charging handle.
    • Smaller ejection port.
    • New safety switch.
    • New fire control switch with three modes of fire (single shot, 3 round burst and full auto).
    • New hinged top cover. The cover is a lot more rigid that the previous AK rifles.
    • Quad picatinny rails.
    • Folding and length adjustable stock.
    • Ergonomic pistol grip (with a decent radius between trigger guard and grip).
    • New muzzle brake that attaches to standard NATO 22mm threading.
    • Improved barrel rifling.

    Whilst it is not pretty, in fact it is downright ugly, it possess all the features of the latest western assault rifles.

    [ Many thanks to Russian Surt & Max Popenker for providing information. ]

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!