|Place of origin||Russian Federation|
|Wars||Syrian civil war|
|Weight||3.8 kg (8.38 lb)
|Length||881 mm (34.7 in)
|Barrel length||200 mm (7.9 in)|
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt|
|Effective firing range||about 400 meters|
|Feed system||20-round detachable box magazine|
|Sights||Iron sights or telescopic sight|
AK-9 is a Russian fully automatic assault rifle chambered for the 9 x 39 mm subsonic cartridge. It is one of the latest models of the popular Kalashnikov rifle series. It is based on the "100" series Kalashnikov assault rifles.
In 2006, Russian authorities wanted the Izhmash factory to design a rifle with Kalashnikov properties, but suitable to be used in special operations. Factory manager Vladimir Grodetsky stated that the rifle was for special forces for anti-terrorist operations. Alexei Dragunov, one of the designers of AK-9, says "It shoots virtually without a sound and it can go through a bullet-proof vest". AK-9 is also lighter than earlier Kalashnikov models.
The AK-9 is based on the so-called "hundred series" of Kalashnikov assault rifles, such as AK-104, but with certain improvements. It features same tried and proven gas operated, rotary bolt action and same "Kalashnikov-style" controls including reciprocating bolt handle, safety/fire selector lever and overall layout with side-folding polymer buttstock. Polymer furniture is improved with addition of the accessory Picatinny rails on the bottom of the forend, and the left side of receiver is fitted with Russian-standard scope rail. Barrel can be fitted with specially designed quick-detach silencer (sound moderator), which is especially effective with 9x39 subsonic ammunition. Magazine is made of black polymer, holds 20 rounds of ammunition and appears to be of proprietary design, not compatible with other (competing) weapons of the same caliber, which are already in service with Russian military and law enforcement.
From the Vladimir Zlobin interview in February 2013:
We are working on an entire line of various small arms based on the AK-12. These would be submachine guns and compact assault rifles, automatic carbines and hand-held machine guns. On the basic AK-12 platform a series of special-purpose weapons is being developed. For example, the AK-9 was transferred to this platform. The weapons are going to be tested this spring.
- Zlobin, Vladimir (15 February 2013). "«Калашниковы» для XXI века" ["Kalashnikovs" for the XXI century]. Krasnaya Zvezda (in Russian) (28 (26247)). Interview with Andrei Bondarenko: 10–11. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Russian gunmaker develops 'anti-terrorist' Kalashnikov.Brisbane Times.10 August 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- Article at Weapon.at.ua