AO-38 assault rifle

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Type Assault rifle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Production history
Designer Peter Andreevich Tkachev
Designed 1965
Manufacturer TsNIITochMash
Cartridge 5.45x39mm
Action Gas
Feed system 30 round box magazine
Sights Iron

The AO-38 is a 5.45x39mm assault rifle and AK derivative designed by Peter Andreevich Tkachev and first to use the Balanced Automatic Recoil System (BARS) to improve stability giving better accuracy over AK-74's. Its derivatives are the AK-107 and AEK-971.


  • AO-38
  • "Солдат удачи" номер 9 (72) 2000 Д.Ширяев "Кто изобрел автомат Калашникова"

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