AK-101 Assault Rifle
New for the early 1990s is the so-called "100 series" of assault rifles derived from the AKM-74 and chambered for the most widely used cartridges, including 5.56x45 NATO. A series of the "Saiga" hunting guns and carbines were converted from the AK assault rifle.
- AK-101 - Kalashnikov assault rifle, caliber 5.56 mm. This model became the first assault rifle of the "100" series, based on the AK-74? for the most commonly used cartridges and with the use several new design and technological solutions. All assault rifles of the "100" series feature a mount for night and optical sights, and a more durable folding plastic stock. They are more convenient for carrying and firing. Like the AK-74?, these assault rifles distinguished by their faultless performance in more difficult operation conditions (lower or higher temperatures, in muddy environment, etc.); optimum technical dispersion when using salvo fire in unstable stances; long service life; easy maintenance and repair (disassembly, assembly, cleaning, lubrication, etc.). These assault rifles have several firing mechanism modifications for fixed three-shot bursts. The AK-101 model is designed for the 5.56-mm cartridge used by NATO states in order to enhance its export potential. One can use both foreign cartridges (M193 and SS109) and the domestic RS101 cartridge which has an improved penetration capacity.
- AK-102 - Kalashnikov assault rifle, caliber 5.56 mm. This model is a compact version of the AK-101.
- AK-103 - Kalashnikov assault rifle, caliber 7.62 mm. It is designed for the 7.62-mm cartridge of the 1943 model. This model was included in the inventory in 2001.
- AK-104 - Kalashnikov assault rifle, caliber 7.62 mm. This model is a compact version of the AK-103. It was included in the inventory in 2001.
- AK-105 - Kalashnikov assault rifle, caliber 5.45 mm. This model is a compact version of the AK-74?. It was included in the inventory in 2001.
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