The first Soviet 'true' intermediate cartridge (7.62x41 M43) assault rifle,Sudaev AS-44, as tested in 1944. Unfortunately, Sudaev fell severely ill in 1945 and died next year before finalizing his design.
Tokarev 7.62x41 experimental assault rifle, as tested in late 1945
The first Kalashnikov assault rifle prototype of 1946, also known as AK-46.Note that it had numerous internal and external differences from the later models, including separate safety and fire mode selector switches, as well as non-reciprocating charging handle, all located on the left side of the weapon
AK-46 prototype disassembled
The Bulkin AB-46 experimental assault rifle,which greatly influenced the AK-47
The experimental Kalashnikov assault rifle of 1947, also known as AK-47, first model
Bulkin AB-46 experimental assault rifle, partially disassembled.
The experimental Kalashnikov assault rifle of 1947, also known as AK-47, first model, disassembled
The experimental Kalashnikov assault rifle of 1947, also known as AK-47,second model (note that it has a small muzzle brake / compensator)
Early production / issue Kalashnikov AK rifle, as manufactured between 1949 and 1951, with stamped receiver and early type slab-sided magazine
Post-1951 production Kalashnikov AK rifle with milled receiver and bayonet attached, right side
Post-1951 production Kalashnikov AK rifle with milled receiver andbayonet, left side
Kalashnikov AK rifle with PBS silencer, as used by Soviet Spetsnaz
Kalashnikov AKM (modernized) rifle, with stamped receiver and new type of knife / bayonet
Kalashnikov AKMS - AKM with folding buttstock
Kalashnikov AKMN rifle (Modernized, with Night sight mounting bracket on the left side of receiver), with muzzle compensator installed
AKM with GP-25 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher
Kalashnikov AK-74, AKS-74 and AK-74M assault rifles (USSR /Russia)
Experimental Kalashnikov 5.45mm assault rifle, ca. 1970
Experimental Konstantinov SA-006 assault rifle, ca. 1970
AK-74 5.45mm assault rifle
AK-74 rifle of the late production, with black plastic furniture andthe newpattern bayonet
AKS-74. Folding butt version for the airborne troops
AK-74M. The latest variant, issued to the Russian troops since early1990s. Key differences from the earlier AK-74 rifles are the side-folding plastic buttstock and the scope mounting rail on the left side of the receiver.
AK-74M with GP-30 40mm grenade launcher installed
AK-74M with buttstock folded
The standard issue '7N6' 5.45x39mm ammo (note lacquered steel case and slim,long bullet)
Kalashnikov AKS-74U (Krinkov)short assault rifle (Russia - USSR)
AKS-74U short assault rifle
AKS-74U-UBN with the BS-1 "Tishina" 30mm suppressed grenade launcher(shown detached, along with special blank launcher cartridge and 30mmHE-DPgrenade)
Kalashnikov AK-101 assault rifle (Russia)
Kalashnikov AK-101 assault rifle with 40mm GP-30 underbarrel grenade launcher
Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifle (Russia)
Kalashnikov AK-102, AK-104, AK-105 assault rifles (Russia)
5.56mm Kalashnikov AK-102 assault rifle (AK-105 looks exactly the same)
7.62mm Kalashnikov AK-104 assault rifle
Kalashnikov AK-107 and AK-108 assault rifle (Russia)
AK-107 assault rifle
AK-107 assault rifle, disassembled
Illustration of the balanced action, with dual, counter-moving gas pistons above the barrel.
Modified AK-107 assault rifle, as displayed in 2011. Note new top cover with integral Picatinny rail. Night sight is installed.
Close-up view on the receiver and controls of the modified AK-107 rifle. Note four-position safety / selector lever.
New diopter-type rear sight of the improved AK-107 rifle
Kalashnikov AK-9 compact assault rifle (Russia)
Kalashnikov AK-9 compact assault rifle
Kalashnikov AK-9 compact assault
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