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АК-101 - Интерполитех-2009 01.jpg
TypeAssault rifle
Place of originRussia
Service history
In service1995–present
Used bySee Users
WarsSyrian Civil War
Production history
DesignerMikhail Kalashnikov
ManufacturerKalashnikov Concern
No. built27,500+[citation needed]
Mass3.6 kg (7.9 lb) without magazine 4 kg (8.8 lb) fully loaded[2]
Length943 mm (37.1 in) with stock extended / 700 mm (28 in) with stock folded
Barrel length415 mm (16.3 in)

Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO
ActionGas-Operated, rotating bolt with two lugs[3]
Rate of fire600 rds/min
Muzzle velocity910 m/s (3,000 ft/s)
Effective firing range500 m (550 yd)
Feed system30-round detachable box magazine
SightsAdjustable iron sights, Equipped with optical plate for attaching various scopes

The AK-101 is an assault rifle of the Kalashnikov series. The AK-101 is designed for the world export market, using 5.56×45mm NATO cartridges, which is the standard of most NATO armies. The AK-101 is marketed at those looking for a weapon that combines the logistical compatibility and familiarity of the 5.56×45mm NATO round with the reliability of a Kalashnikov. It is designed with modern and composite materials, including plastics that reduce weight and improve accuracy. Many of the improvements found in the AK-101 are also present in the AK-103 and the rest of the AK-100 series of rifles.

The AK-74M is still the main assault rifle of the Russian Federation, with the AK-105 being introduced alongside, both chambered for 5.45×39mm. The AKM firing 7.62 mm Soviet rounds is in limited service with selected units in the Russian army, and the AK-103 is in service with some Russian civil police agencies and spec ops units. The advanced AN-94 is entering limited service in the elite forces of the Russian military, some Russian police forces, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


The AK-101 is a selective fire weapon that can be fired in either semi-automatic or fully automatic mode. The disassembly procedure for the AK-101 is identical to that of the AK-74. The AK-101 has an attachment rail installed on the side of the receiver for mounting scopes and other optical sights, which will accept most types of Russian and European AK optics. The rifle accepts most synthetic and metal AK-74-style magazines with 30-round capacity. The AK-101 has a 415 mm (16.3 in) barrel with an AK-74 style muzzle brake attached to the barrel to control muzzle climb.

The AK-102, AK-104 and AK-105 are the designations given to the more compact carbine variants of the AK-10x rifle series, firing the 5.56×45mm NATO, 7.62×39mm M43 and 5.45×39mm M74 rifle rounds respectively. These carbines differ from the normal rifles of the series in that they have much shorter barrels, only 314 mm (12.4 in) in length. These AK-100 series carbines, much like their rifle counterparts, were made primarily for export.

The AK-101 is chambered in 5.56mm NATO and features a black glass-filled polyamide side folding stock. The side folding stock looks similar to a normal fixed stock, but folds and locks securely to the left side of the receiver. It has a cutout to compensate for the side rail.


Map of user countries of the AK-101 rifle.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gordon L. Rottman (2011). The AK-47: Kalashnikov-series assault rifles. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84908-835-0.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://world.guns.ru/assault/rus/ak-101-e.html
  4. ^ "Pasukan Brimobda Kalsel Gunakan Senjata Baru AK101 dan AK102" (in Indonesian). banjarmasin.tribunnews.com. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  5. ^ "Rosyjska broń dla Fidżi" (in Polish). altair.pl. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  6. ^ Group of Tiger forces used AK-101[better source needed]

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