5.56x45 mm NATO
Length (with folded stock)
Cyclic rate of fire
1 000 m
Range of effective fire
series assault rifles evolved from the AK-74M that is widely used by
the Russian Army and many other countries around the world. The
AK-100 series rifles were designed in 1994. Production commenced in
1995. These assault rifles were intended for export, as well as
these assault rifles are similar to the legendary
AK-47, but have some improvements, such
as polymer housing, and use modern manufacturing processes.
AK-101 is basically an export version of the of the AK-74M. It is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm
ammunition, that is more powerful than Russian 5.45x39 mm ammo. The
AK-101 has been exported to Cyprus, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Serbia, Syria
AK-102 is a compact version of the AK-101 with a shorter barrel.
It is also chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition, but
is shorter. This weapon is intended for vehicle and artillery crews
crews, special army and police forces and other troops, that do not
need a full-size assault rifle.
is a full-size assault rifle. It is chambered for 7.62x39 mm
ammunition. It is the original ammunition that is used by the older AK-47
AKM assault riffles.
The 7.62x39 mm ammunition has superior
penetration and stopping power comparing with NATO 5.56x45 mm or
Soviet 5.45x39 mm ammo. So some soldiers prefer this caliber. Some
models of this weapon have a 3-round burst capability. The AK-103 is
compatible with magazines of the older AK-47 and AKM assault rifles. The
AK-103 has been adopted by Russian special law enforcement groups.
This assault rifle has been exported to Iran, Libya, Pakistan and Venezuela. The AK-103 is license-produced in
Ethiopia, Venezuela and Vietnam.
AK-104 is a compact version of the AK-103 with a shorter barrel.
It is also chambered for 7.62x39 mm ammunition. It can be seen as a
replacement for a compact AKMSU assault rifle. It is also compatible
with AK-47 and AKM magazines. The AK-104 has been exported to
Venezuela and is license-produced there.
AK-105 is a compact version of the AK-74M with a shorter barrel.
It is chambered of 5.45x39 mm ammunition. It is a replacement for
AKS-74U. It is compatible with magazines of AK-74 and
AKS-74U. The AK-105 is used by the Russian Army and Ministry of
Internal Affairs. It has been exported to Armenia.
All of the
AK-100 series assault rifles use the same operation mechanism,
developed by Kalashnikov in the mid 1940s. These weapons can
withstand any misuse and abuse that soldiers can throw at them.
These assault rifles are not very accurate, but will operate in
worst conditions possible.
weapons have a remarkable advantage of simplicity. Assault rifles
are simple in design and are easy to maintain. Weapons are made of
common materials and uses readily available machining technology.
The parts can be manufactured with less precision. From an
engineering standpoint it is a low-tech weapon. Production of these
rifles can be established at any factory, that makes steel products.
No wonder the Kalashnikov assault rifles are being produced all over
All of the
AK-100 series assault rifles have a side-folding stock. These
weapons can be fitted with knife-bayonet or GP-30 underbarrel
grenade launcher. A sound suppressor can be also fitted.
are AK-107, AK-108 and AK-109 assault rifles. However these are slightly
different weapons with different internal design. The AK-107 and
assault rifles appeared in the late 1990s. The AK-109 appeared
recently. All of these weapons differ from each other only by the
type of ammunition.
AK-107 is chambered for 5.45x39 mm ammunition. This weapon uses
a so called "balancing action" to counter recoil. Also it has a
3-round burst capability. Otherwise the AK-107 is similar to the
AK-74M. In full-auto mode the AK-107 has superior accuracy to the
AK-101. However it has a more complicated design. Some sources
report that a limited number of these assault rifles are in service
with the Russian armed forces.
AK-108 is similar to the AK-107, but is chambered for standard NATO
5.56x45 mm ammunition and is intended for export. As far as it is
known the AK-108 received no production orders.
AK-109 is similar to the AK-107, but is chambered for 7.62x39 mm
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