The AK-103 assault rifle
|Place of origin||Russian Federation|
|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 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.
Protective coatings ensure excellent corrosion resistance of metal parts. Forearm, magazine, butt stock and pistol grip are made of high strength plastic.
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 derivation 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 civilian. 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.
- Pradeep Thakur (2008-02-18). "Latest Kalashnikovs to be made in India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
- Bryan Chan; Luis Sinco (2011-03-04). "On the revolutionary road in Libya, Photo #4". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
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