Vickers Goes to Russia to Play With AK-12

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Color me insanely jealous. Russia is one of the few countries I did not have the pleasure to travel extensively during my tenure in defense sales. While I got to play with rifles in India, the Middle-East and SE Asia, I was never fortunate enough to play direct with the Russians.

Larry is able to showcase a few of the rifles new features compared to a standard AK-47 and AK-74. Unfortunately, it does not include the slow-motion footage seen in other videos by him ( or another from Jerry Miculek):

  • The safety / selector is now ambidextrous and has four positions:

    SafeTwo shot burstFull autoSemi-automatic (which the user has to run through all the others to get to, like the standard AK

  • Ambidextrous, reversible charging handle placed slightly forward on the left-hand side of the rifle.
  • Sprung magazine catch to kick-out magazines for faster reloads.
  • Fully adjustable and foldable stock.
  • New muzzle brake

The rifle on full-auto looks to be one sweet-shooter. The aggressive brake tames the rifle (and per Larry, is so aggressive it sends some blast back at the shooter).

I, for one, cannot wait for the new rifle to be released here in the United States, even if it cannot be manufactured in Mother Russia. I hope that it will create enough demand to keep 5.45 ammunition in plentiful supply (even though it is still inexpensive).

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Mechamaster Mechamaster on Nov 19, 2015

    I think something like "Pseudo AK-12" with Valmet / Galil-style upper AK ( especially in the gas tube ) or slightly modified the existing AK trunnion, combined with Saiga MK107 full monolithic rail, and some magpul furniture. ( maybe Krebbs can do the job )

  • JCitizen JCitizen on Nov 21, 2015

    But can you hit anything with it at 300 meters? That is my question. The only AK variant I've ever had that could was a Valmet!

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    • JCitizen JCitizen on Nov 22, 2015

      @iksnilol Believe it or not it was 7.62 x 39mm, but all those shots were downhill also, so I did have a slight advantage that way. Where I live in wide open country, you get good at Kentucky windage - but I had a case of the ammo and did a LOT of offhand shooting with it, I enjoyed it so much so, that it became an extension of my arm, in a way. I had it slung over my shoulder every where I went. Probably 75% of the kills were within 175 meters. One thing about wild dogs - when they spot you they don't mess around, they know they are dead meat if they don't run their tails off. Getting a first shot at them while they are unsuspecting is critical or they will simply outrun you. I had a powerful CCW two cylinder two stroke ATV that could out run cars on the highway running in a pasture; but I could not catch up to a wild dog with a head start; they were just too wily and fast. Hunting them is more sport than any regular game animal could ever be! They do a lot of damage to cattle, and that hits my pocket book, so they become enemy number one. I don't even bother hunting coyotes that much. Coyotes are too easy to fool, and set ambush for. Besides they help keep the rabbit and prairie dog population in check