AK-103

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AK-103
AK-103 Assault Rifle.JPG
The AK-103 assault rifle
Type Assault rifle
Place of origin Russian Federation
Service history
In service Since 2001[1]
Used by See Users
Wars First Chechen War
Second Chechen War
2008 South Ossetia war
Libyan Civil War
Syrian Civil War
Production history
Designer Mikhail Kalashnikov
Designed 1994
Manufacturer Izhmash
Produced 1994
Number built 100,000+
Variants AK-104
Specifications
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)

Cartridge 7.62×39mm
Caliber 7.62mm
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 sights optical and of night

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.

Design details[edit]

AK-103 with the stock folded.
AK-103

Protective coatings ensure excellent corrosion resistance of metal parts. Forearm, magazine, butt stock and pistol grip are made of high strength plastic.[2]

The AK-104 is a compact version of the AK-103. It has a muzzle break derived from the older AKS-74U combined with a shorter barrel. It is also chambered for 7.62×39mm ammunition.

Variants[edit]

AK-103-1[edit]

This is a semiautomatic version for the police and civilian market

AK-103-2[edit]

This has a three round burst feature in place of full automatic version for police and civilian market

AK-103N2[edit]

Has a mount for the 1PN58 night scope

AK-103N3[edit]

Has a mount for the 1PN51 night scope

AK-104[edit]

Carbine derivation of the AK-103

Users[edit]

  •  India: The Russian arms company Izhmash is negotiating to issue a license to an Indian private arms manufacturer to produce the AK-103.[3]
  •  Pakistan: Used by SSG & Special Service Group Navy. [4]
  •  Libya: Seen in the hands of anti-Gaddafi forces & loyalists in numerous photos. The rifles in use are the AK-103-2 version.[5][6]
  •  Russia: Used by various special police groups,spec ops groups and civilian.[7] It is also in limited service with the Russian Army.[8]
  •  Venezuela: Standard issue weapon of the Venezuelan Army.[9] 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.[10] CAVIM's AK-103 factories opened officially in 2012.[10][11] CAVIM-made AK-103s were delivered to the Venezuelan Army in 2013.[12]

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