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AK-100

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Assault rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Russia

  • NICKNAMES
    ET-97/1 (Ethiopian designation for AK-103)

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1990's

  • DESIGNER
    Izhmash

  • PRODUCTION
    1994 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Russia - Ishmash

    Licensed production:
    Ethiopia - Gafat Armament Engineering Complex
    Venezuela - CAVIM

  • QUANTITY
    Over 30.000 produced, production continues.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged and reliable design
    Limited production costs
    Average accuracy and range
    Difficult to mount accessories

Introduction

The AK-100 series is a modern range of assault rifles of Russian origin. They have been developed for export and are based on the proven design of the AK-74M.

Design

The full size rifles of the AK-100 family are fully similar to the AK-74M, but are chambered in other calibers. The carbine versions are a new development that is not as short barreled as the AKS-74U. This gives the carbines a longer effective range while being more compact than full size rifles. All models have a black polymer forearm and folding shoulder stock.

Firepower

The AK-100 series is available in 5.56x45mm NATO, 7.62x39mm Soviet and 5.45x45mm Soviet. All versions use 30 round magazines. The full size rifle have an effective range of 300 to 400 meters and the carbines of 200 to 300 meters. All models are select fire with a cyclic rate of fire of about 600 rpm.

Users

The AK-100 was not adopted as the standard issue rifle of the Russian forces, which remains the AK-74M. The AK-105 was adopted in limited numbers to complement the AKS-74U. The AK-100 has been exported to a variety of nations of which Venezuela is the most prominent user.

Variants

Full size

The full size rifles of the AK-100 family are rechambered versions of the AK-74M rifle. The AK-101 fires the 5.56x45mm round and the AK-103 the 7.62x39mm round. The AK-103 can be identified by it more curved magazine.

AK-101: Full size rifle in 5.56x45mm NATO.
AK-103: Full size rifle in 7.62x39mm Soviet.

TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire600 rpm
Barrel length415 mm
Rifling178 mm twist
Muzzle velocity910 m/s
StockFoldable
Length943 mm / 704 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.6 kg empty
SightsIron sights, post front and U-notch rear
Remarks-
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber7.62x39mm Soviet
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire600 rpm
Barrel length415 mm
Rifling240 mm twist
Muzzle velocity715 m/s
StockFoldable
Length943 mm / 704 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.6 kg empty
SightsIron sights, post front and U-notch rear
Remarks-

Carbine

The carbine versions of the AK-100 family are shorter barreled versions of the full size rifles. The AK-102 fires the 5.56x45mm round, the AK-104 the 7.62x39mm Soviet round and the AK-105 the 5.45x39mm round. The AK-104 can be identified by it more curved magazine.

AK-102: Carbine in 5.56x45mm NATO.
AK-104: Carbine in 7.62x39mm Soviet.
AK-105: Carbine in 5.45x39mm Soviet.

TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire600 rpm
Barrel length314 mm
Rifling178 mm twist
Muzzle velocity850 m/s
StockFoldable
Length824 mm / 586 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.2 kg empty
SightsIron sights, post front and U-notch rear
Remarks-
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber7.62x39mm Soviet
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire600 rpm
Barrel length314 mm
Rifling240 mm twist
Muzzle velocity670 m/s
StockFoldable
Length824 mm / 586 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.2 kg empty
SightsIron sights, post front and U-notch rear
Remarks-
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.45x39mm Soviet
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire600 rpm
Barrel length314 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity840 m/s
StockFoldable
Length824 mm / 586 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.2 kg empty
SightsIron sights, post front and U-notch rear
Remarks-

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