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Kalashnikov Concern's Replacement Of The Aks-74U?


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#1 Gavin-Phillips

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 1600 PM

Well I thought this was a straight-forward thing, one product taking over from where another left off.  But apparently not.

 

One pretty knowledgeable website is http://modernfirearms.net/index-e.html.  Although small arms are not something I typically read up much about, sometimes the development or history of a particular weapon (AK-series for example) makes for some really interesting reading.  And the bonus is that this website is also updated when new information has been verified.

 

Getting back to the subject, I figured that this "MA" weapon was some kind of prototype/pre-production designation for the replacement to the AKS-74 compact assault rifle/carbine which has been in service since the 1970's as both a personal defence weapon for vehicle crews and supposedly for the airborne units/spetznaz as well.

 

The AKS-74U entry on that website however, now disputes this, saying that some AK-105 is now replacing the former weapon since no AKS-74U's have been produced in Russia since 1997.

 

So is the AK-105 an interim solution until the "MA" or whatever it is likely to be called - is available in numbers?  Will the "MA" ever see actual service?  Or will this be another weapon like the AN-94 which is supposedly in limited service with some law enforcement agencies but the military at large never seems to take any delivery of?



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 1035 AM

Kalashnikov Concern delivers what the russian MoD wishes. At the moment they seem happy enough with folding stock  AKS-74 and their variations. The AKSU has never been a good rifle in the first place except for making noise and muzzle blast.

 

The MA is just a proposal as so many rifles presented in the past. I doubt it will change much. Similar to most other armies the current issue is good enough.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 1650 PM

AKS-74U was carried by people whose primary weapon was not AKS-74U - RPG gunners, RCL and ATGM crews etc. Interesting bit - helicopter crews had huge thigh holster for it:

 

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Edited by bojan, 21 July 2017 - 1657 PM.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 0945 AM

:blink: Huge holster is something of an understatement.  That looks like its almost like you've got a briefcase strapped to the top of your leg! 

Never seen or heard of the holster before - so that's a new one to me.

 

Indeed the "MA" seems more of an ergonomic upgrade than much else.  Still uses the same ammunition and magazines as more regular AK-74 series weapons.  The inclusion of a top rail for sights is something that was not on the original AKS-74U, although the later AKS-74UN model apparently had capability of using sights; it would appear this "N" designation is almost a common one in Russian firearms, designating a "night" version that is often fitted with IR sights?

 

 



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Posted 22 July 2017 - 1903 PM

AKS-74U was carried by people whose primary weapon was not AKS-74U - RPG gunners, RCL and ATGM crews etc. Interesting bit - helicopter crews had huge thigh holster for it:

 

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That is great, thanks for sharing. 






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