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Izhmash Rifles - AK-103 with GP-34 Grenade Launcher and AK-104.jpg
AK-104 Bottom, AK-103 Top
Type Carbine
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2001–Present[1]
Used by See Users
Wars Syrian Civil War
Production history
Designer Mikhail Kalashnikov
Designed 1994
Manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern
Produced 1994
Variants AK-102, AK-105
Weight 3.0 kg (6.6 lb) empty
3.2 kg (7.1 lb) with empty magazine
Length 824 mm (32.4 in) with stock extended / 586 mm (23.1 in) with stock folded
Barrel length 314 mm (12.4 in)

Cartridge 7.62×39mm
Caliber 7.62mm
Action Gas-actuated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 670 m/s (2,200 ft/s)
Effective firing range 500 m (550 yd)
Feed system 30 round detachable magazine
Sights Iron sights, there is a dove-tail side rail for optical and night sights

The AK-104 is a shortened carbine version of the AK-103 rifle. The AK-102, AK-105, and AK-104 are very similar in design, the only difference being the caliber and corresponding magazine type. The AK-104 is chambered to fire 7.62×39mm ammunition.


Compared to the AK-74M, AK-101, and AK-103, which are full-size rifles of similar design, the AK-102, 104, and 105 feature shortened barrels that make them a middle ground between a full rifle and the more compact AKS-74U. However, the AK-104 also features a solid, side-folding polymer stock, unlike the shorter, skeleton-stocked AKS-74U.[2] The AK-104 uses an adjustable notched rear tangent iron sight calibrated in 100 m (109 yd) increments from 100 to 500 m (109 to 547 yd). The front sight is a post adjustable for elevation in the field. Horizontal adjustment is done by the armory before issue. The AK-104 has a muzzle booster derived from the AKS-74U.

Protective coatings ensure excellent corrosion resistance of metal parts. Forearm, magazine, butt stock and pistol grip are made of high strength plastic.[3]

The 100-series AKs are produced by the Izhmash factories in Izhevsk, Russia.


  •  Russia[4]
  •  Venezuela: Produced under license by CAVIM alongside the AK-103.[5]
  •  Syria: A batch of AK-104's have been delivered to Syria's Interior Ministry "Anti-Terrorism" Police in the Eastern Ghouta front in Rif Dimashq.[6]


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