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Kalashnikov Group upgrades AK-103 assault rifle

20 October 2017

The Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has modernised the AK-103 assault rifle chambered for the 7.62×39/M43 round.

Kalashnikov has modernised the AK-103, with the upgraded assault rifle designated the AK-103M. (Kalashnikov Group)Kalashnikov has modernised the AK-103, with the upgraded assault rifle designated the AK-103M. (Kalashnikov Group)

The updated firearm, designated AK-103M, has a reinforced upper receiver, the entire length of which is fitted with a MIL-STD-1913 rail for modern sighting systems. In addition, the handguard carries 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-o'clock Picatinny rails for tactical grips, laser pointers, and weapon flashlights. The rail interface is complemented by iron sights, while the side-mounted ('dovetail') attaching lug for sights has been removed.

The AK-103M is fitted with a 415 mm barrel, weighs 4.1 kg with an empty magazine, and has a combat length variable between 880 mm and 940 mm. The weapon can fire in semi-automatic and automatic modes and its cyclic rate of fire is 600 rounds per minute.

The assault rifle has a folding polymer buttstock with adjustable length and height, and an ergonomic pistol grip with an internal container for batteries. The AK-74 type muzzle brake present on the AK-103 has been replaced with a slotted (cage-type) flash suppressor on the modernised weapon. The cleaning rod that is stored under the barrel on the AK-103 has been removed.

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