Video: Kalashnikov AR. KAR-16 from Finland

    This is the first prototype of the Kalashnikov-AR, KAR-16, in 7,62×39 mm from Finland.

    Forget the large corporations, this KAR-16 has been designed and built by an enthusiastic gunsmith.

    I presume the “-16” stands for 2016.

    KAR-7

    Below: Left hand charging handle.

    KAR-6

    Burris AR-536 5×36 prism sight.

    KAR-1

    Nord Arms AR-15 trigger group

    KAR-5

    The upper receiver is made from steel and the lower receiver is out of aluminum.

    KAR-4

    The rifle seems to function just fine. Ejected brass seems to go in two directions, mostly about 45 degrees front/right or almost 90 degrees right.

    KAR-3

    Rifle Specifications below. Taking the best from the AK and the AR and put it together?

    – Length: 850 mm
    – Weight: 3,6 kg
    – Operation: Semi-automatic, short-stroke gas piston
    – Barrel: 17,7″ (450 mm) Lothar Walther 7,62x39mm, twist rate 10″
    – Optic: Burris AR-536 5×36 prism sight
    – Nord Arms AR-15 trigger group

    Manually machined:
    – Steel upper receiver
    – 7075 aluminum lower receiver
    – Steel bolt and bolt carrier
    – Gas piston
    – POM buffer

    The weight can be lowered even more by using aluminum for the upper receiver instead of steel.

    KAR-9

    The five shot group at 75 meters, using a sandbag under the handguard as support, is really impressive but then again, the Lothar Walther barrels are usually really good. And most Finns know how to shoot.

    KAR-8

    The ammunition is 8,0g / 126 gr bullets, 7,62×39 mm, Sako FMJ.

     

    Finally, see the KAR-16 shoot here in this video:

    KAR-2

    The length of the rifle is 850mm is due to the legislation that a rifle must be minimum 840 mm.

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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