AO-38 assault rifle

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Type Assault rifle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Production history
Designer Peter Andreevich Tkachev
Designed 1965
Manufacturer TsNIITochMash[citation needed]
Cartridge 5.45×39mm
Caliber 5.45mm
Action Gas operated
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron sights

The AO-38 is a 5.45×39mm assault rifle and AK derivative designed by Peter Andreevich Tkachev and first to use the Balanced Automatic Recoil System (BARS) to improve stability giving better accuracy over AK-74's. Its derivatives are the AK-107 and AEK-971.


  • AO-38
  • "Солдат удачи" номер 9 (72) 2000 Д.Ширяев "Кто изобрел автомат Калашникова"

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