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AK-74 dismissed by the Russian army

RIA Novosti


18:4329/09/2011


RIA Novosti military commentator Konstantin Bogdanov


Russia's Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov has reported that the country's military have stopped buying the Kalashnikov. In the near future, they will do away with their old firearm inventories and wait for a new rifle's adoption. However, it will not be an easy choice.


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Commenting on the purchase of AK-74 rifles, Makarov said they have renounced them. The reason is simple: the Defense Ministry must partially reduce the vast stocks of war reserve weapons and equipment that it inherited from the Soviet era. The amount of weapons in the country's reserve depots is enough to arm almost all the adults in the country.



Now the ministry has decided to get rid of excessive arms. Explaining the decision to give up
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Added: Oct-3-2011 Occurred On: Oct-3-2011
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Tags: AK-74, Russia, replacement, renounced, army
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  • Be nice if some found their way over here.............

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  • The AEK-971 seemed like the obvious choice to me :/ Simple counter-weight mechanism nullifies most of the recoil... Looked relatively cheap and effective.

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  • Hopefully we will see a flood of cheap Russian AK-74 parts kits here in the US.

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    • @magna750 
      i rather pay more for a ak47 parts kit though 800 bucks is getting pathetic.
      i think 500 is the max id pay for a very good shape bulgarian or russian with a chrome lined US barrel

      i refuse to pay more than 350 for any underfolder WITH a us barrel

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  • But will they be as reliable as the ak-74? This gun can shoot after being submerged in mud, water or dirt. Nothing worse than being in combat with a jammed gun.

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    • @sok8888 Well I'm not talking about just plain penetration but also how durable and simple the gun is. Ak-74s can be cleaned with just water and it'll still shoot fine.

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  • No wonder my romanian WASR cost $500. Free bayonet too.
    The new rifle will certainly be 5.45 caliber and will not turn out to be a wonder weapon. I'm guessing optic mounts will be much improved.

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  • Typical politician,We have enough AK-74's to arm every person many times over,but we want something new,so we can spend money on things we do not need. The AK-74's they have will be far more then they will ever need. Also it is a fine weapon,and there is NO need to change.

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  • I will gladly accept one if there is too many

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  • If it's not broke, don't fix it. Arguably the most dependable rifle in the world, simple and easy to maintain with very few moving parts, thus "soldier friendly". Hell, even "kid soldiers" use them. Just like governments to screw up a good thing. If someone can build a better weapon with all the assets of the AK then let them step forward.

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    • @osok1949 

      The AK is a dead solid reliable infantry rifle.

      But it isn't perfect. A rifle with all its advantages plus better characteristics such as lower weight and greater accuracy is virtually certain to be designed.

      Cost is a huge factor though, and the AKs will in that respect be damned hard to beat.

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    • @NotJim 

      Someday it will be, but since the 1940's the AK has ruled. Yes, price has a lot to do with it. To me the trade off of accuracy and weight are null and void when the weapon one is using isn't dependable. I read an article by a Sergeant was given a new rifle to test. He said it was the worse rifle he had ever handled with tendency to jamb a lot and being "complicated" in the fact that for infantry there were too many small parts, etc. He said a few years later he went to Vi More..

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  • Problem is, as the Russians liquidate them they are unlikely to enjoy the same fate as the SKS (Simonov) rifles because they are fully automatic. They can't be sold to the general (law abiding) gun owning public. So, they will likely be sold to underdeveloped countries, facilitating civil war.

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  • what about ak-12?

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    • @TheLessYouWin 
      i really dont know why.
      the ak74 has all the disadvantages of the AK47 and all the disadvantages of the m16 rolled up in one under powered and inaccurate weapon.

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  • I never understood the AK74
    It fired a weaker round and was just as inaccurate.

    While the ar15 fires a .223 as well its much more accurate and has better balistics than the ak74.
    the AK47 fires a large round at a medium speed instead of high speed the power of the round makes up its lack in accuracy.

    I am building an AKM right now and thought about going 74 since the ammo is cheaper and the parts kit are cheaper. I stopped and thought about it and have no desire to own one.

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  • I suppose this means the AK-74 could possibly hit the US market in large numbers, modified for semi-auto-only. Doubtless they're sold already but perhaps a glut will lead to low prices...

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