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    Default AK-12: new AK universal platform

    AK-12 is positioned to become new "universal platform" for next-gen AK rifles.

    http://world.guns.ru/assault/rus/kal...v-ak-12-e.html

    Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle is a newest creation of the IZMASH factory. It is intended to replace in production older Kalashnikov AK-74M and AK-100-series rifles for domestic use (by Russian army and LE), as well as for export. It was first displayed to press in January, 2012, and is believed to be still in development. AK-12 apparently stands for “Avtomat Kalashnikova, 2012”. Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle is planned to be available in two versions – “light” and “heavy”, with former adapted for cartridges like 5.45x39, 5.56x45, 6.5 Grendel and 7,62x39, and the latter for more powerful cartridges like 7,62x51 NATO. The main goal in development of the Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle appears to be to improve ergonomics and tactical flexibility of the weapon, while maintaining traditional high reliability and simplicity of the parent weapon. It is yet to be seen if Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle will live up to these expectations.

    Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle is gas operated, selective fire weapon using traditional “Kalashnikov type” action with long stroke gas piston and rotary bolt locking. Barrel has improved rifling for better accuracy, and a revised muzzle brake with NATO-standard external diameter of 22mm, allowing launching of rifle grenades of foreign manufacture. The receiver is redesigned, key modification being new top cover of more rigid design. It is hinged at the front and opens up and forward for disassembly and maintenance. Top cover latch release lever is located at the rear of receiver, right side, behind the safety. Safety / fire selector unit is also revised, to provide more ergonomic ambidextrous switch with 4 positions (Safe, Semi-auto, 3-rd bursts, Automatic). Safety / selector levers are located above the pistol grip, at both sides of the gun. Charging handle is moved forward to be removably attached to the gas piston, and can be installed on either side of the gun. New side-folding, telescoping adjustable stock is provided for AK-12. Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle features integral Picatinny rail at the top cover, and additional accessory rails at the top and both sides of the forend. Bottom section of the forend is available in two versions – with rail (to accept various ‘tactical’ accessories like lights and foregrips) or plain one (to accept standard 40mm grenade launchers like GP-25 or GP-30). In “light” version Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle will accept all ‘legacy’ magazines in its respective caliber, such as 30-round AKM or AK-74 and 40-round RPK / 45-round RPK-74 magazines. Additionally, new, 4-stack, 60-round box magazine is planned to be issued for AK-12.

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    Default Re: AK-12: new AK universal platform

    Never really thought about an AK until I came to APO and looked through your picks Raven. I kinda like this AK-12. I'm assuming that was the 5.45 with the really low recoil?? Definitely piqued my interest. Having cut my teeth on and used and AR for 20 years, it can be kinda hard to look open mindedly at a different platform but you gotta give the AK props for ruggedness. I would like to get a black gun but it seems the low end Windham at a WalMart is about what I can afford, the AK (and I'm thinking they are all made at the Kalashnikov factory so there aren't 30 manufacturers for it like here for the AR) looks to be heads up alternative. Especially since there was mention of 5.56 / 7.62 NATO. Wonder what it would be like with the Grendel? Oh well, guess I'll have to wait for next years tax return; this one went for a washer/dryer.
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    Getting Saiga Sporter and converting it one step at a time (as paycheck allows) is the easiest way to enter AK market.
    Not pimping out, but check my "AKAR" thread: you can start with basic pistol grip conversion for about a half of new AR cost.
    http://www.armyparatrooper.org/dropz...highlight=akar
    Or check Draco AK pistols: 7.62x39 widowmaker and Zombies' nightmare (ask Rocket1972).

    Speaking of 5.45 recoil: it's like a half-way between .22LR and .223, primarily due to highly effective AK-74 and -74M' compensator.

    I expect Saiga prices to level up or even go softer, since Izhmash bounced back from the bankruptcy and looking for greater US export sales.
    Expect to see 6.5 Grendel version soon; check RAAC for updates on Saiga products:
    http://www.raacfirearms.com/index.ph...gaProducts.htm

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    Default Re: AK-12: new AK universal platform

    Even if this weapon replaced the current arms of most armies (and militias) of the world in the future, jackass TV news reporters would still report that people were carrying AK-47s... they just can't understand that a Kalshnikov design doesn't mean every one of them is the same model.
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    I was born, raised and served in the USSR, and never seen AK-47 until putting hands on Afghan war trophies.
    Even de-mil'd AK's in High School's Civilian Defense program were decent-shape AKM (and SKS).

    That's why I loughed so hard, hearing about "AK-47" factory being build in Venezuela.
    The only truth to it is "AK". The build model number will be "103".

    Under the contract, Russia is building an assembly line for AK-103 assault rifles and an ammunition plant to produce 7.62-mm ammunition for the rifle.
    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20100525/159152586.html



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    Default Re: AK-12: new AK universal platform

    It's been a while, but Russians finally made their mind:

    Russia selects new assault rifles

    http://www.janes.com/article/48463/r...assault-rifles



    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern as new standard issue firearms for the Russian Ratnik soldier modernisation programme."We have already made a deal and selected assault rifles from Izhmash. It won in cost to effectiveness terms. The quality is also acceptable for us," Deputy Minister of Defence Yuriy Borisov stated on Russian radio on 24 January.
    Borisov stated that two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern were selected by the Armed Forces: the AK-12, chambered in 5.45x39 mm, and the 7.62x39 mm AK-103-4.
    "We also increase the number of ordered Ratnik systems from 50,000 to 70,000", Borisov added.
    According to Borisov, the AK-12 is quite similar to its predecessor, the AK-74M, and has some common parts. The Russian army is expecting the price of the AK-12 will be 25% more than the AK-74M.
    The AK-12 is a fifth generation AK-pattern rifle, featuring several ergonomic improvements, a bolt catch, accessory rails, and a telescopic buttstock. The AK-12 is also has a lower recoil impulse than the AK-74M. Design work on the AK-12 began in August 2011 with the first prototype unveiled on 24 January 2012. The rifle is fed from 30 round AK-74 box magazines, but 60 and 95 rounds magazines are also available.
    The 7.62 mm chambered AK-103-4 is the newest revision of the AK-47. It is also equipped with a Picatinny rail, telescopic folding buttstock and effective muzzle device.
    The AK-12 is set to be used by only the elite Russian units equipped with Ratnik system. The remainder of the Army is expected to use an upgraded AK-74M, developed by Kalashnikov under military requirements and was shown for the first time at the Oboronexpo fair in August 2014.
    Meanwhile, a carbine variant of the AK-12, chambered in 7.62 mm, was selected by the Russian Federal Protective Service (FSO) to replace its current AKS-74U and AK-104 carbines and AK-103 rifles.
    The Ratnik soldier modernisation programme is designed to provide the effectiveness soldiers on the battlefield. The system consists of 50 components, including small arms, sights, ballistic protection, as well as communication and navigation devices.
    The Russian Army tested four assault rifles to be part of the Ratnik system, two chambered in 5.45x39 mm and two in the 7.62x39 mm cartridge: the AK-12 and AK-103-4 rifles designed by the Kalashnikov Concern (formerly Izmash), and the A-545 and A-762 rifles from the Degtyarev Plant. The latter are updated variants of the AEK-971/973 rifles designed in early 1980s for the AK-74M replacement programme, but which lost to the Nikonov AN-94 rifle (which was never adopted in large numbers).
    In December 2014, the Russian MoD announced that all the rifles had passed the trial programme.
    COMMENT

    The selection of the Kalashnikov Concern rifles is surprising as previous information suggested that the Russian Army preferred the A-545 over the AK-12. The A-545 was recognised as a truly modern rifle design, which as a result of its counter-balanced recoil system was said to offer a 10-15% reduction in recoil compared to the AK-12.
    Indeed, the AK-12 was not originally accepted for the state trials in 2012. The army subsequently allowed the rifle to be tested under political pressure, albeit at the expense of the manufacturer - the testing of the A-545 and A-762 were funded by the military.


    One reason cited for the selection of the AK-12 was the existing manufacturing capability of Kalashnikov Concern, while the Degtyarev Plant would have had to build a new production line from scratch. As a result Izhevsk won the programme on the basis of a lower production cost.
    Winning the prize of this large-scale contract, the Kalashnikov Concern should help the firm to survive any US and EU sanctions, as well as assist the firm in exporting its new generation AK-pattern rifles.
    FYI: A-545 G2 below.



    latest version of the AEK-971 rifle, known as A545 or 6P67. This version is undergoing Russian army "Ratnik" trials in 2014.
    Caliber: 5.45x39mm (AEK-971), 5.56x45 (AEK-972) and 7.62x39mm (AEK-973)
    Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt, balanced
    Overall length: 720 / 960 mm
    Barrel length: 420 mm
    Weigth: 3.3 kg without magazine
    Rate of fire: 900 rounds/minute

    Magazine capacity: 30 rds, all standart AK-47 or AK-74 magazines depending on caliber
    The AEK-971 assault rifle was developed at Kovrov Machinebuilding Plant (formerly known as Kovrov Machineguns Plant) by chief designer S.I. Koksharov. Originally designed and tested during 'Abakan' trials of late 1980s, it failed in trials, but its development was continued in hopes to sell the gun to police forces and for export. During early 2000s small batches of AEK-971 rifles in 5.45x39 caliber were manufactured for Russian MVD (internal affairs ministry) troops, but its production has ceased in 2006, as Kovrov Machinebuilding Plant got rid of all military production and switched to civilain products only. All plans, tools and technological packages for AEK weapons were transferred to the ZID plant in the same city, but production of the AEK-971 was suspended for several years due to the lack of orders.

    However, circa 2010 ZiD plant resumed limited production of the modified AEK-971 assault rifle, for Russian Internal Affairs ministry (MVD) and other Russian law enforcement agencies. Since 2013, heavily modified versions of the 5.45mm AEK-971 and 7.62mm AEK-973 rifles are undegoing official Russian army "Ratnik" trials. These new rifles are known as A545 (GRAU index 6P67) and A762 (6P68), respectively.
    In December 2014 Russian army officials announced that A545 (6P67) and A762 (6P68) assault rifles sucessfully passed Ratnik trials, along with their main rival, AK-12. Both systems were recommended for initial batch production and issue for trials in the field. It is possible that in the end both rifles will be adopted by Russian military and other agencies, with AEK series being oriented towards Special Operations forces (Spetsnaz) and AK-12 towards infantry and other units.The AEK-971 assault rifle has a gas driven, balanced action with rotating bolt locking. Balancing mean that AEK971 gas drive has two gas chambers and two gas pistons. The first gas piston is linked via a gas rod to the bolt carrier and operates as usual. The second gas piston is linked to a balancing steel weight and moves in the opposite direction to the main gas piston. Both pistons are synchronized through a simple gear. This design is intended to eliminate three of the four elements of action impulses, which cause a rifle to move during full-auto fire. The first impulse is received when the bullet moves along the barrel - this is the basic recoil itself. The second impulse is received when the heavy bolt carrier/bolt group moves along the receiver back and forth. The third impulse is received when bolt carrier/bolt group slams against the receiver in the rear position, and the fourth when this group is stopped in the forward position after a new cartridge is chambered. The synchronous and opposite movement of the balancing weight eliminates all except the recoil impulse, so the rifle becomes far more stable during full-auto fire.

    The gain in accuracy in full auto is about 15-20%, when compared to the AK-74 assault rifle in the same caliber. The AN-94 assault rifle, which was officially adopted by Russian army, has a slight edge over the AEK-971 only in short burst (2 rounds only) mode. In full-auto medium or long burst fire mode (3-5 or 7-10 rounds per burst) AEK-971 wins hands down, being also some 0.5kg lighter than the AN-94, and much simpler and cheaper to manufacture.
    Production AEK-971 rifles have a side-folding plastic buttstocks, plastic forearm and fire control grip, and use standard AK/AKMor AK-74 30-round magazines (depending on the chambering). They also feature safety switch/fire mode selectors of various designs, depending on the year of manufacture and factory. The fire selector allows 3 modes of fire - single shots, 3-round bursts and full auto.

    A545 (6P67) rifle features numerous internal and external improvements over earlier AEK-971. These include, among other things, redesigned receiver with integrated Picatinny rail on the top, ambidextrous fire mode selector / safety levers, retractable and adjustable shoulder stock and aperture rear sight, ambidextrous safety/fire mode selectors.
    http://world.guns.ru/assault/rus/aek-971-e.html

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