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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)
Length 680 mm
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

AG-043 (АГ-043) was a Soviet compact fully automatic assault rifle 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 platform.

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 carabine 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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  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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