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Modernized version with PK-AS sight mounted
Type Carbine
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 1993-present
Used by Russian Police and Federal Security Service
Production history
Designer KBP Instrument Design Bureau
Designed 1991
Manufacturer KBP Instrument Design Bureau
Produced 1994-present
Variants VSK-94
Cartridge 9x39mm
Caliber 9mm
Action Gas actuated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 700-900 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 270 m/s
Effective firing range 200 m
Maximum firing range 400 m (with an optical sight mounted)
Feed system 20-round box magazine
Sights PSO-1, Kobra RDS, PKA-S HOLO

The 9A-91 is a carbine assault rifle currently in use with Russian police forces. It was designed to be a cheaper and more versatile alternative to the SR-3 "Vikhr".[1]

The 9A-91 is a gas operated, rotating bolt weapon, which utilizes a long stroke gas piston, located above the barrel, and a rotating bolt with 4 lugs. The receiver is made from steel stampings; the forend and pistol grip are made from polymer. The steel buttstock folds up and above the receiver when not in use. The charging handle is welded to the right side of bolt carrier on earlier production guns with current production guns having a charging hand that folds up, making the gun more low profile by decreasing the chances of the charging handle snagging onto articles of clothing and equipment. Earlier production models of the 9A-91 featured the safety / fire selector lever at the left side of the receiver, above the trigger guard. Current production models feature the safety / fire selector lever at the right side and a sight mounting rail on the left side of the receiver. This allows the user to attach various scopes and red-dots onto the rail to aid in aiming the weapon.[2] The fire selector allows for semi- and full-automatic fire. The flip-up rear sight has settings for 100 and 200 meters range, but the relatively short sight base and steep trajectory of the subsonic bullet effectively restricts the 9A91 to ranges of about 100 meters.

The VSK-94 is a sniper rifle based on the 9A-91.


Charging handle in the folded up position
9A-91 with stock fully extended


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Modern Firearms- 9A-91 compact assault rifle". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "KBP 9A-91 Carbine Assault Rifle". 
  3. ^ "ImageShack - zql6.jpg". ImageShack. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  4. ^ http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/u/TvyamNb-BivtNwcoxtkc5xGBuGkIMh_nj4UJHQKuq1-DlSWWLXZfhr2a7JejKkR-99FHaQ1s0TDW/
  5. ^ "На смену тяжелому 7,62–миллиметровому автомату АКМС с прибором для бесшумной и беспламенной стрельбы пришел 9–миллиметровый бесшумный малогабаритный автомат 9А–91"
    Александр Макаров. Полк высоких технологий. Силы специальных операций // журнал "Спецназ", июль 2011
  6. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Crisis in Kyrgyzstan". Boston.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014.