The KGB Operational Briefcase. AKS-74U inside.

    Thanks to this blog I’ve heard of the KGB Rectal gun (the comments are hilarious), but KGB’s “Escort Operational briefcase” is new to me.

    It shares some similarities with the HK MP5K Operational Briefcase which I think all firearms afficionados know of.

    The Operational Briefcase was used by KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti or in English Committee for State Security) and their close-protection agents who could not openly carry assault rifles.

    Operation seems easy as 1…2…3.

    To open the briefcase you have to push the button on the handle. Note that the briefcase has been repaired with duct tape.

    There’s a special safety latch in the handle that prevents accidental opening. Once pushed, the briefcase opens and the case falls to the ground.


    A folded AKS-74U without flash hider appears. Time to run! Or probably too late actually.

    Note the difference between the HK MP5K briefcase and the KGB one. As usual the Western solution is more sophisticated, but not necessarily better.

    The MP5 can be fired from the handle and with the MP5 staying inside the case. Stealthier, but much harder to aim.

    The KGB one just gives you access to the AKS-74U, but you have to fire it in the traditional way. Probably a lot more accurate than trying to aim with a briefcase. Not to mention that that the caliber is a lot more powerful than a 9 mm.

    The KGB briefcase handle is detachable and does not obstruct the iron sights.

    Watch the video and the sequence below:

    ¬† ‘Escort’ operational briefcase is one of the most unusual accessories for AK rifles. It was developed for KGB close-protection agents, who were tasked with guarding high-ranking state officials. Watch the video to see how it works.


    Today the Russians are using more sophisticated firearms and equipment. I wonder what they look like? I mean, my mind spins when I think of the KGB rectal gun and how the product development is carried through from idea to a deadly end-product.


    According to Kalashnikov the public first saw this type of operational briefcase in the Russian miniseries “Brigada“. Below you can see some YouTube clips from the series, but I was not able to spot the briefcase in there.

    However, the more than excellent Internet Movie Firearms Database has some more details and pictures from the movie which is described as:

    “Brigada (English: Brigade), also known as Law of the Lawless is a Russian crime television series that debuted in 2002. The television series follows the story of four best friends from 1989 to 2000.”


    You can see a picture of the KGB Briefcase from the TV series here.

    “Luka’s killer takes out his AKS-74U from special case”

    The handle in the TV series is a bit different, I guess they made a mock-up in lack of the real thing?

    You can see more pictures of the AKS-74U here.

    “Luka’s killer points at Belov and Fil. Note the handle attached on the handguard”


    While we’re on the subject here are a few more Briefcase guns I found.

    M11A1 Briefcase gun, fully automatic and suppressed.

    I know that B&T Switzerland have some soft cases which can be used in a similar way, but I was unable to find any more information or pictures at the moment. I will dig in my personal database and return with some more information. Watch this space in a few days.

    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.