TKB-517

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TKB-517
KorobowTKB-517.svg
TKB-517
TypeAssault rifle
Place of originSoviet Union
Production history
DesignerGerman Aleksandrovich Korobov
Designedc. 1952
ManufacturerTula Arms Plant
VariantsTKB-317
TKB-454
TKB-516
TKB-523
Specifications
Mass3.5 kg (7.7 lb) (unloaded)
3.8 kg (8.4 lb) (loaded with 30-round magazine)

Cartridge7.62×39mm
ActionLever-delayed blowback
Rate of fire600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity700 m/s (2,300 ft/s)
Effective firing range350–400 m (1,150–1,310 ft)
Maximum firing range1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Feed system30-round detachable box magazine
Belt (TKB-516)
SightsAdjustable iron sights

The TKB-517 (Russian: ТКБ-517) is an assault rifle designed by German Aleksandrovich Korobov. This rifle was externally similar to the AK-47, but based on the lever-delayed blowback mechanism invented by John Pedersen and refined by Pál Király. It turned out to be more reliable and accurate, and easier to produce and maintain.[1] Like the AK series, it was also manufactured with folding stocks, longer, heavier barrels with bipods (forming light support weapons) and even a belt-fed variant. Its rejection was because of a greater proficiency with the AK-47 among the Russian military.

Design and features[edit]

The TKB-517 is externally similar to the AK-47 and field-strips similarly, but instead it uses lever-delayed blowback for its operation, slightly reducing recoil and making it more controllable. The receiver is made from pressed steel with laminated wood stock, grip and handguards.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Popenker, Maxim. "Korobov TKB-517". Modern Firearms. Retrieved April 4, 2007.
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  • Игорь Боечин, "Неизвестный Коробов", Оружие, 1998/5, pp. 2–10 (this gun on pp. 7–8)