AK-104

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AK-104
Izhmash Rifles - AK-103 with GP-34 Grenade Launcher and AK-104.jpg
AK-104 Bottom, AK-103 Top
TypeCarbine
Place of originRussia
Service history
In service2001–Present[1]
Used bySee Users
WarsSyrian Civil War
Production history
DesignerMikhail Kalashnikov
Designed1994
ManufacturerKalashnikov Concern
Produced1994
VariantsAK-102, AK-105
Specifications
Mass3.0 kg (6.6 lb) empty
3.2 kg (7.1 lb) with empty magazine
Length824 mm (32.4 in) with stock extended / 586 mm (23.1 in) with stock folded
Barrel length314 mm (12.4 in)

Cartridge7.62×39mm
Caliber7.62mm
ActionGas-actuated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity670 m/s (2,200 ft/s)
Effective firing range500 m (550 yd)
Feed system30 round detachable magazine
SightsIron 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.

Design[edit]

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.

Users[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "фициальный сайт группы предприятий "ИЖМАШ"". Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ Modern Firearms - AK-102/104/105. World.guns.ru (2011-01-24). Retrieved on 2011-10-12.
  3. ^ "фициальный сайт группы предприятий "ИЖМАШ"". Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  4. ^ Håland, Walter Christian (30 June 2017). "Russian Forces Assault Rifles Today". Small Arms Defense Journal. Vol. 9 no. 2.
  5. ^ "Cavim inicia entrega de fusiles de asalto Kalashnikov AK-103 a la Fuerza Armada de Venezuela". Infodefensa.com. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Спецназ МВД Сирии опробовал на передовой новые АК-104" [Special Forces Ministry of Internal Affairs of Syria tested on the front lines the new AK-104] (in Russian). 25 February 2016. Archived from the original on 28 February 2016.
  7. ^ Jenzen-Jones, N.R. (September 2012). "The 100-Series Kalashnikovs: A Primer". Small Arms Review. Vol. 16 no. 3.

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