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AG-043 (АГ-043) was a Soviet compact fully automatic assault rifle or carbine chambered for the 5.45×39mm round, developed in 1975.[1] The weapon is a derivative of the earlier and similar AO-31 which also is Simonov's adaption of the AK-47.

The AG-043 had folding stock; a version with fixed stock was given the designation AG-042. Both were designed by Simonov after the GRAU launched Project Modern intended to adopt a carbine capable of automatic fire, inspired by the US experience with XM177 in Vietnam. The Soviet contest for this design was won by Kalashnikov's AKS-74U.[2]

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The AG-043
Type Assault rifle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Production history
Designer Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov
Designed 1974
Weight 2.1 kg
(without rounds)
Barrel length 215 mm

Cartridge 5.45×39mm
Caliber 5.45mm
Action Gas operated
Muzzle velocity 700 m/s
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron sights

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  2. ^ Monetchikov, Sergei (2005). История русского автомата [The History of Russian Assault Rifle] (in Russian). St. Petersburg: Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps. p. 166. ISBN 5-98655-006-4.

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