[Army 2018] AK-200 series, AK-308, AM-17, AMB-17 and Syrian war trophies

Vladimir Onokoy
by Vladimir Onokoy

In this video, I give a quick rundown of some of the newer small arms presented by Kalashnikov group at ARMY-2018 expo: AK-200 series, AK-308, AM-17 and AMB-17.

For the last three years, “Army” remains to be the biggest and most popular military/small arms exhibition in Russia. With that, you would expect every exhibition to bring a lot of news about new small arms, weapon accessories and other interesting developments.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Russian firearms industry is quite weird – with barely existing civilian market all real research and development is concentrated in the defense sector. Consequently, all the new weapon designs which development was financed by Ministry of Defense or LE agencies are inevitably classified.

That is why you seldom see anything really new at those exhibitions. This year was not an exception – there was nothing new, and AK-308 stole the spotlight.

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The face you make when you’ve been talking about the same weapon for 5 days straight. Photo source: https://www.rbth.com/science-and-tech/329049-top-3-new-assault-rifles-from-kalashnikov

Other weapons can hardly be considered “new”. AK-200 series is demonstrated under its name for the first time, but last year the same weapons were showcased as “modernised 100 series”. You can read about it in this post by Eric B: https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/10/27/closer-look-kalashnikov-ak-100m-series-tfb-unique-pictures/

And even before that, you could see them at IDEX 2017 in Abu-Dhabi. The only difference was the name – in UAE those rifles were presented as “civilian carbines”.

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Photo source: https://strategie-technik.blogspot.com/2017/03/zu-gast-in-little-sparta-idex-2017-in.html

AM-17 and AMB-17 were also presented at the same exhibition in 2017. If you want to know more about the history of those to weapons, you can check out this article.

But after all, there was something interesting for small arms enthusiasts at the exhibition – “The Syrian war trophies display”. Boxes of FN FALs, Sterling SMGs, UZIs, and M16s

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French MAS-49 rifles and some bolt-actions.

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And something even more unexpected – a crate of German STG-44s in mint condition.

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Photo source https://podpolkovnikvvs.livejournal.com/400025.html

Looking at that display I couldn’t stop thinking that in my ideal world there would be shelters for guns like that so every well-meaning gun owner could go to that shelter and “rescue” a few guns to give them a new loving home.

Vladimir Onokoy
Vladimir Onokoy

Vladimir Onokoy is a small arms subject matter expert and firearms instructor. Over the years he worked in 20 different countries as a security contractor, armorer, firearms industry sales representative, product manager, and consultant. His articles were published in the Recoil magazine, Small Arms Review, Small Arms Defence Journal, and Silah Report. He also contributed chapters to books from the "Vickers Guide: Kalashnikov" series. Email: machaksilver at gmail dot com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vladimir-Onokoy-articles-and-videos-about-guns-and-other-unpopular-stuff-107273143980300/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vladonokoy/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/machaksilver

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  • Henry C Henry C on Oct 03, 2018

    What is the rifle in the front at 0:22 in the video?

  • Adam D. Adam D. on Oct 05, 2018

    Thank you for the video, Vladimir! Very interesting stuff!
    That short barrel 200 series is really nice!
    I still miss the adjustable gas block (like what Definitive Arms does),
    and don't care for that rear trunnion/stock assembly, but with an adjustable gas block
    and a Zhukov stock slapped on, this could be a very nice rig!
    The top cover lever reminds me a bit to the SVD's solution, which is nice,
    and it has a modernised safety as well.