POTD: Dummy 7.62×39 AN-94

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

Retiv sends us this follow up image of an AN-94 mockup/demilled gun in 7.62×39, at an expo. He writes:

Mr. Nathaniel, here is additional photo for you from Russian forum where i got first photo of that thing. Did they just attach 7.62×39 mag to it? It does look like 7.62×39 mag. Picture shows just mock-ups of guns, as i understand. ММГ markings are for mock ups, which are made as non-functioning real weapon, or made straight from real gun after some modifications to make it incapable to fire even after some work put into it.

Retiv sent us another photo of the elusive 7.62×39 AN-94 in the hands of a Russian special forces soldier earlier this week.

Nathaniel F
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. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Giolli Joker Giolli Joker on Jul 11, 2015

    Why should it be chambered in 7.62x39? That to me seems the magazine that I've always seen on the AN-94, including the live fire video of LVA.

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    • Jonathan Ferguson Jonathan Ferguson on Jul 13, 2015

      @Nathaniel F. For a start - and a finish. That's all there is that I know of (and we only have that because I went looking for it). Would you trust a western media report about an upcoming rifle? We literally have this one photo - which I freely admit is a complete mystery. It's definitely an AN94, and definitely a 7.62 mag; I've recreated the photo angle with a real AN-94 and every mag I can think of and only a 30rd 7.62x39 mag matches the image.

      The MMG photo is a red herring; anyone can shave a polymer 7.62 mag to fit that magwell. As indeed could the Russian army to pose the other photo (but why would they?).

  • Green Hell Green Hell on Jul 11, 2015

    Okay, now serious question. If someone brings one of those ММГ guns in the U.S., such as this one, and gives it to a good gunsmith with the right tools and skills, would it be possible to recreate the missing/disabled parts and reverse-engineer it into a working weapon? I think a lot of American shooters other than Vickers would love to try out the innovative stuff like AN-94, AEK-971 or Vintorez/Val. Those ММГ cost around 1000$ by current exchange rate and must be perfectly legal to ship as toys.

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    • Guest Guest on Jul 12, 2015

      @Nathaniel F. ММГ stands for макет массо-габаритный, which roughly means size-weight clone, they are "made" out of the real guns by the factories that produce them(never heard of one made otherwise), and usually cost more than the real guns. They butcher them up pretty good there, ATF even might get jealous of how good...