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PM md. 86


Export: AIMS-74


Overview


PM md. 86

Right side view of PM md. 86.
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Origin
Romania
Type
Assault rifle
Entered service
1986
Status
In service
Development
Mid 1980's
Developer
Romania - Cugir arsenal
Production
1986 - present?
Producer
Romania - Cugir arsenal (RATMIL / ROMARM)
Designations
Pistol Mitraliera model 1986 (Romanian service)
AIMS-74 (export designation)
Notable users
Romania

Description


Introduction

The PM md. 86 is a late Cold War era assault rifle of Romanian origin. It is the Romanian equivalent to the Soviet AK-74. The design is based on the PM md. 63, which is the Romanian production model of the well known Soviet AKM.

Design

In essence the PM md. 86 is nothing more than a PM md. 63 chambered in 5.45x39mm that is fitted with a metal wire folding stock and a flash hider. The PM md. 86 retains the AK-47 style 45 degree gas block design and only comes with wooden furniture. A light machine gun variant and carbine variant have been developed as well.

Firepower


The PM md. 86 fires the 5.45x39mm round from a 30 round magazine. The cyclic rate of fire is about 600 rpm and a three round burst option has been added. The maximum effective range is about 400 meters for the rifle variant and 600 meters for the light machine gun.

Users

The PM md. 86 assault rifle and PM md. 89 light machine gun are used by Romania. They are available for export in 5.45x39mm Soviet and 5.56x45mm NATO. Foreign use is limited since the original 7.62x39mm round remains more common in most parts of the world.

Details


Facts PM md. 86
General
Origin
Romania
Type
Assault rifle
Caliber
Caliber
5.45x39mm Soviet
Feed system
30 round detachable box magazine
Barrel length
415 mm
Rifling
4 grooves, 195 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
880 m/s
Operation
Action
Gas operated, long stroke gas piston
Locking
Rotating bolt
Fire selector
0 - 1 - 3 - F
Rate of fire
600 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Side folding metal strut
Length
940 mm stock extended
735 mm stock folded
Weight
3.15 kg empty
Sights
Mechanical
Iron sights, post front and U-notch rear
Range adjustment
100 to 1.000 meters, per 100 m
Optics
Optional, scope bracket on left side of receiver
Accessories
Bayonet
Yes, optional
Grenade launching
Optional, can be fitted with AG-40 underbarrel grenade launcher

Media


Related articles


PM md. 63

The design of the PM md. 86 has been derived from the PM md. 63 assault rifle.

Kalashnikov AK-74

The PM md. 86 can be considered the Romanian counterpart of the Soviet AK-74. Both assault rifles are chambered for 5.45x39mm Soviet.