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Assault rifle


The new AK-12 is a proposed replacement for the AK-74 and AK-100 series assault rifles

Caliber 5.45 x 39 mm
Weight (empty) 3.3 kg
Length 945 mm
Length (with folded stock) 725 mm
Barrel length 415 mm
Muzzle velocity 900 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 600 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30, 60 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire ~ 500 m


   The new AK-12 assault rifle was revealed in 2012. The AK-12 was developed by IZHMASH factory as a private venture both for domestic use and possible export customers. It is intended to replace the AK-74, which is a standard-issue infantry rifle in service with the Russian military, and AK-100 series, offered for export customers.  Some sources report that it might enter service with the Russian Army in 2016.

   The main goal developing AK-12 was to improve tactical flexibility and ergonomics of the previous weapons. It is worth mentioning, that poor balance and ergonomics were the main drawbacks of the AK-74.

   The AK-12 is a gas operated, selective fire weapon. It is based around the traditional Kalashnikov design. It is expected to be simple, rugged and reliable weapon as its predecessors. This new assault rifle is planned to be available in two versions. The light version is chambered for 5.45x39 Soviet mm or 5.56x45 mm NATO ammunition, while the heavy version is chambered for more powerful 7.62x39 mm Soviet and 7.62x51 mm NATO rounds.

   Barrel of the AK-12 has revised rifling for improved accuracy. Worth noting that the old AK-74 has inferior accuracy to most Western assault rifles of the period. The AK-12 also has redesigned muzzle brake, which now has a NATO-standard diameter. This improvement allows launching rifle grenades. The new muzzle brake also reduces recoil.

   A new ambidextrous safety / fire mode selector lever is now located above the pistol grip, on both sides of the weapon. It has four positions for "safe", "semi-auto", "3-round burst" and "full-auto". It can be operated by a thumb, without releasing the pistol grip. A revised charging handle can be installed on either side of the weapon.

   This new assault rifle, chambered for 5.45x39 mm and 7.62x39 mm ammunition is compatible with the standard 30-round AK-74 and AKM magazines, as well as 40-round drum magazine of the RPK and 45-round box magazine of the RPK-74 light machine guns. This weapon will also be available with new 60-round box magazine.

   The AK-12 comes with new side-folding, adjustable telescopic stock, which folds to the right side.

   The new assault rifle has iron sights as standard. There is also an integral Picatinny-type rail at the top of the cover. It is used to mount various scopes and night vision sights. There are also accessory rails at the forend. Bottom section of the forend is also available without rail. The plain version accepts standard GP-25 or GP-30 40-mm underbarrel grenade launchers.

   However the new AK-12 is strongly criticized by the media as being not as cutting-edge weapon, as some latest designs proposed by other manufacturers.


Video of the AK-12 assault rifle

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