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Vietnam modernising its AK-47 assault rifles

11 November 2019
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Vietnam’s Z111 factory has launched a modernisation of the armed forces’ inventory of AK-47 assault rifles in a move aimed at making the weapons more accurate and user friendly, according to a 5 November report published by the Vietnamese Soha news website.

The upgrade includes the addition of locally made synthetic stocks, pistol grips, and handguards in place of the original wooden furniture, the report stated based on images provided by the Vietnam National Defence television channel (QPVN), adding that the new furniture is meant to reduce the weight of the original 4.3 kg weapon.

The assault rifles are also being fitted with a rail on the left of the receiver to enable the weapon to be fitted with an optical day or night sight, such as those provided by the country’s Z199 factory, added the report.

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