The AK-103 assault rifle
|Place of origin||Russia|
|In service||Since 2001|
|Used by||See Users|
|Wars||First Chechen War
Second Chechen War
2008 South Ossetia war
Libyan Civil War
Syrian Civil War
|Weight||3.6 kg (7.9 lb) with empty magazine|
|Length||943 mm (37.1 in) stock extended / 705 mm (27.8 in) stock folded|
|Barrel length||415 mm (16.3 in)|
|Action||Gas operated, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||600 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||715 m/s (2,346 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||500 m (550 yd)|
|Feed system||30-round detachable box magazine|
|Sights||Iron sights, with a dove tail side rail for mounting optical and night sights|
The AK-103 assault rifle is a derivative of the AK-74M chambered for the 7.62×39mm M43 round, similar to the older AKM. The AK-103 can be fitted with a variety of sights, including night vision and telescopic sights, plus a knife-bayonet or a grenade launcher. It uses plastic components whenever possible instead of wood or metal.
Protective coatings ensure excellent corrosion resistance of metal parts. Forearm, magazine, butt stock and pistol grip are made of high strength plastic.
The early slab-sided steel AK-47 magazines weigh .43 kg (0.95 lb) empty. The later steel AKM magazines had lighter sheet-metal bodies with prominent reinforcing ribs weighing .33 kg (0.73 lb) empty. The current issue steel-reinforced plastic magazines are even lighter, weighing .25 kg (0.55 lb) empty. Early steel AK-47 magazines are 9.75 inches long, and the later ribbed steel AKM and newer plastic magazines are about an inch shorter.
|Rifle||Cartridge||Cartridge weight||Weight of empty magazine||Weight of loaded magazine||Max. 10.12 kg (22.3 lb) ammunition load*|
|AK-47 (1949)||7.62×39mm||16.3 g (252 gr)||slab-sided steel
430 g (0.95 lb)
916 g (2.019 lb)
|11 magazines for 330 rounds
10.12 kg (22.3 lb)
|AKM (1957)||7.62×39mm||16.3 g (252 gr)||ribbed stamped-steel
330 g (0.73 lb)
819 g (1.806 lb)
|12 magazines for 360 rounds
9.84 kg (21.7 lb)
|AK-103 (1994)||7.62×39mm||16.3 g (252 gr)||steel-reinforced plastic
250 g (0.55 lb)
739 g (1.629 lb)
|13 magazines for 390 rounds
9.62 kg (21.2 lb)
Note: All, 7.62×39mm AK magazines are backwards compatible with older AK variants.
Note *: 10.12 kg (22.3 lb) is the maximum amount of ammo that the average soldier can comfortably carry... it also allows for best comparison of the three most common AK-47 magazines and the AK-74 magazine
This is a semiautomatic version for the police and civilian market
This has a three round burst feature in place of full automatic version for police and civilian market
Has a mount for the 1PN58 night scope
Has a mount for the 1PN51 night scope
Carbine version of the AK-103
- India: The Russian arms company Izhmash is negotiating to issue a license to an Indian private arms manufacturer to produce the AK-103.
- Libya: Seen in the hands of anti-Gaddafi forces & loyalists in numerous photos. The rifles in use are the AK-103-2 version.
- Russia: Used by various special police groups, spec ops groups and civilians. It is also in limited service with the Russian Army.
- Venezuela: Standard issue weapon of the Venezuelan Army. Made under license by CAVIM with initial licensing fee payments made in 2006 with the transfer of Russian-made AK-103s to Venezuela in 2008. CAVIM's AK-103 factories opened officially in 2012. CAVIM-made AK-103s were delivered to the Venezuelan Army in 2013.
- Pakistan: Used by Special Service Group Navy. 
- Vietnam: made in country as the STL-1A.
- Ethiopia:The Gafat Armament Engineering Complex produces the AK-103 rifle in Ethiopia. Supplements the AKM and AK-47 in the Ethiopian Armed Forces.
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