Country of origin
5.45 x 39 mm
Length (with folded stock)
Cyclic rate of fire
Practical rate of fire
40 - 100 rpm
30, 60 rounds
Range of effective fire
~ 500 m
of the new
AK-12 assault rifle was first revealed in 2012. Though since its
introduction the prototype was heavily modified. 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
which is a standard-issue infantry rifle in service with the Russian
AK-100 series, offered for export customers.
Some sources report that it might enter service with the Russian
Army in the near future.
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
is heavy version, chambered for more powerful 7.62x39 mm Soviet
and 7.62x51 mm NATO rounds.
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.
prototype had a new
ambidextrous safety / fire mode selector lever. It was located above
the pistol grip, on both sides of the weapon. It had four positions
for "safe", "semi-auto", "3-round burst" and "full-auto". It
operated by a thumb, without releasing the pistol grip. A revised
charging handle could be installed on either side of the weapon. It
was a huge improvement over the traditional AK-style fire mode
selector, which is awkward to use. However for some reason on later
prototypes this arrangement was dropped in favor to traditional fire
assault rifle is compatible with the standard 30-round AK-74
magazines, as well as 45-round magazine of the
machine gun. This weapon will also be available with new 60-round
Originally the AK-12
had a side-folding, adjustable telescopic stock, which
folded to the right side. However improved models of this assault
rifle have a telescopic stock, which resembles that of the US
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.
new AK-12 is strongly criticized by the media as being not as cutting-edge
weapon, as some latest designs proposed by other manufacturers.
is a version of the AK-12, chambered for a heavier 7.62x39 mm round.
It is compatible with 30-round magazines of the
assault rifle, and 40-round box magazines and 75-round drum
magazines of the
light machine gun.
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