POTD: Feast your eyes on these modern Kalashnikov Rifles

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Our good friend Max Popenker sent us this photo from a recent trip to the range with a selection of Kalashnikov manufactured rifles.

On the far left is the AK-105. This is the modern ultra short carbine version of the AK that replaced the AK-74U in Russian service. It has a folding stock and a muzzle booster and is chambered in 5.45×39mm.

Second from the left is the AK-12. It needs no introduction. This gun is at the top of my list of guns-I-want-to-shoot-but-cant.

Third from the left is the brand new not-yet-on-sale Saiga MK-107 aka. AK-15 chambered in .223 Remington. We reviewed the Saiga MK-107 last week. This gun features the famous Russian balanced recoil system that significantly reduces felt recoil by moving a counter weight forward as the piston/bolt move backwards.

On the right is the Vityaz-SN 9×19. This gun, based on the AK platform, was introduced about 12 years ago. It is now the standard Russian military and police submachine gun. As far as I know it is only chambered in 9x19mm Luger/Parabellum.

Thanks Max!

Steve Johnson
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!

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