New Russian 6.02×41 Cartridge and Prototype Rifles (AK-22 and Mini SVCh)

Kalashnikov Concern and Tula Cartridge Plant have developed a new intermediate cartridge called 6.02×41 and two rifles chambered in it – Mini SVCh and AK-22. The 6.02×41 is designed to replace both the 7.62×39 and 5.45×39 cartridges in the Russian military service. This joint project started in 2020 and apparently was just unclassified with the publishing of the Russian patent (RU2809501C1) protecting the design of the cartridge.  Kalashnikov Gun Magazine were the first to report about this program.

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Kalashnikov Completes Delivery of Tools to India for AK-203 Production

Back in January 2023, Russia’s Rosoboronexport announced that the first batch of India’s AK-203s had been completed. The rifles are being procured under India’s Make in India scheme with a joint venture, named Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL), which is a partnership between India’s Advanced Weapons & Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) and Munitions India Limited (MIL) and Rostec subsidiaries Kalashnikov and Rosoboronexport of Russia. This will see production of the rifles shift from Russia to India and Kalashnikov Concern have announced the shipment of machinery and tools to allow India to establish production in Korwa.

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The AK-12 Model of 2023

Adopted by the Russian military in 2018, the AK-12 rifle has since gone through several revisions that resulted in some design changes such as the replacement of the AR15-style stock and the introduction of the one-piece polymer pistol grip/trigger guard. Kalashnikov Concern recently published information about the latest 2023 upgrades of the AK-12 rifle that were requested by the Russian military based on the feedback from the Russo-Ukrainian War. These design changes are apparently not significant enough to give the rifle a new model name, so it’s referred to as the AK-12 model of 2023.

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Russian ORSIS 12.7 Bolt Action Rifle

Russian Promtechnologies Group (ORSIS) have released their first .50 caliber bolt action rifle called ORSIS 12.7. The new rifle is offered chambered in either 12.7x108mm or 12.7x99mm (.50 BMG) and is marketed as a precision firearm capable of sub-MOA accuracy with an effective range of up to two kilometers. This rifle was first introduced during the ARMY 2022 exhibition held in August of the current year in Russia.

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POTD: Russian Battle Tank Ninjas!

TFB has been running our very special Photo Of The Day for years, sharing great photos from around the world and the world of firearms. Sometimes there is a special story behind the pictures, and sometimes – like today – we just run a bunch of super cool images for no special reason. This is like a stock car race with Russian main battle tanks and other military vehicles.

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POTD: Suppressed AS Val in India

Welcome back for another run of our Photo Of The Day. We’re always on the lookout for the best firearms-related images out there, with the goal to give your eyes something worth watching every day. Today we have a suppressed AS Val and some other photos from the Indra 2018 exercise between India and Russia. The sight on the AS Val seems to be mounted extremely high.

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ATN Corp Shows Support For Ukrainian Efforts Against Russia

With the events in Ukraine still unfolding, some companies have kept quiet while others have spoken out. ATN Corp is one of the latter. ATN Corp shows no intention of keeping its voice muffled, and has announced its support for Ukraine against Russia’s invading forces.

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POTD: Custom Saiga 9×19 PCC

Our daily article Photo Of The Day will take you to some very exciting and unusual places. Today we take a look at a very custom Saiga 9mm PCC. Jelena from Russia is the owner and the brain behind the paintwork. She’s an avid competitor in IPSC and dynamic shooting. The question is why does your own 9mm PCC Carbine look so boring compared to this one?

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POTD: Armenian Snipers Preparing for Sniper Frontier 2022

For today’s Photo Of The Day, we have Armenian snipers preparing for the Sniper Frontier 2022 competition. These pictures are from the military base of the Southern Military District (SMD), and there are more Dragunov sniper rifles than sunshine.

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POTD: Dragunov Sniper Rifles in Sniper Frontier Belarus

Photo Of The Day and we’re reporting from the Republic of Belarus, the Brestsky training ground in fact. The first stage of the international competition Sniper Frontier has started, a competition where teams from 21 countries take part. In the individual standings, the Russian team was the first with the teams of Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka following.

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POTD: RPG-7s in Murmansk

Flying rockets, fire and Kalashnikovs – we must be in Russia! TFB has been running the Photo Of The Day for years, sharing great photos from around the world and the world of firearms onto the doorstep of the screen you’re looking at right now, and we hope you enjoy it.

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POTD: Special Forces Exercise Near Novosibirsk

Each day a different image from the world of firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, and it is our daily article series where we go to great lengths trying to find the most interesting pictures for you out there. Above you have a VSS Vintorez used by Special Forces of the Central Military District, at the Ironiya complex during an exercise near Novosibirsk (Russia).

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POTD: RPG-7 Rocket Launcher in Action

In each of our Photo Of The Day articles, we bring you work from photographers from around the globe. Today we have pictures from the Russian Ministry of Defence and the RPG-7, which is actually a recoilless grenade launcher rather than a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. It’s portable and reuseable (not the grenade itself obviously) but also unguided, so aiming is entirely up to the shooter. Designed in 1958, it is still going strong.

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POTD: The Russian Udav Pistol

Photo Of The Day and we have a look at the Udav pistol. The Russian Army has chosen the Udav pistols with deliveries beginning at the end of 2023. It’s going to be available in two versions: the 6P72 for combined-arms formations and 6P72-1 for the special forces. The deal is worth about 400 million rubles (USD 5,400.000) and “up to several tens of thousands” of pistols will be purchased.

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The Most Expensive "Glock" In The World – Russian Glock-T Pistol

While in the US and Europe, Glocks are often considered to be reasonably priced workhorses, in some other countries, having a Glock is a luxury and a sign of wealth and opulence. For example, in certain parts of Iraq, a Gen 5 Glock 19 retails for around $4000, but even that is not the most expensive offering in the world. Meet Glock-T, a Russian-made Glock derivative that currently retails for $5000.

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