AK-12 Rifle: Is It All That?

AK-12 Rifle: Is It All That?

Marco Vorobiev was a member of the elite Soviet Spetsnaz in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He's a U.S. citizen now and conducts training courses that draw on his special forces training. He'll have a new installment every Wednesday.

By now everyone has heard about and seen pictures of the new rifle that Russian arsenal "Izhmash" calls a fifth-generation AK - the AK-12. The reaction to the release of this rifle was not unanimously positive in Russia itself and here in the USA. Some critics say: It is still an AK. Traditionalists cry: It is no longer the legendary rifle. The truth of the matter is: It is both a legendary AK, only different.

What makes this gun different from the previous AK modifications, especially the ill-fated AK-200? Though by the admission of the designers themselves it is still essentially a Kalashnikov, the gun was actually redesigned to address several "deficiencies" that some AK critics constantly voiced, especially in relation to never ending AK vs. AR argument.

Staunch AK critics usually cite three main points which they base their AK inferiority argument: the ergonomics, modularity and sight radius, according to some negatively affecting the AK's accuracy.


Well, the ergonomics were greatly improved on the new gun by the introduction of one-handed controls, ambidextrous thumb safety, mag release and bolt hold-open release, as well as an ingeniously designed swappable charging handle. These features are accompanied by a new pistol grip and telescopic folding stock with adjustable cheekpiece.


The modularity was addressed by the introduction of Picatinny rails on the top of a redesigned locking top cover and quad rail handguards with additional mini rails on the gas block. Now you will run out of accessories before running out of rails.


The sighting radius is now not only longer than that of an M4, but also of the full-length AR.

There are other well-thought-out improvements such as an elongated muzzle brake that now permits the use of Western grenade launchers.

I already was an AK-74 fan, but now the good ole reliable 74 would gain all the features that M4 has. Best of both worlds I say.


But I know no matter what the new AK has become, no matter how many well-designed features it gained there always will be those who just do not like AKs. But I am sure their numbers are shrinking.

This rifle has not been adopted by any military. Its development was initiated not by Russia's armed forces, but purely on Izhmash's initiative. It has undergone field testing and is being evaluated by the military brass as we speak.

Even if the Russian military does not find the AK-12 to their liking, Izhmash management has already announced that the new rifle will also be offered on the commercial market. Well, if Russian Armed Forces don't want it, then send a few our way. We'll find a good home for the AK-12.


[imagebrowser id=15]

Recommended for You

Please sign and share the petition to get the required 100,000 signatures by July 27. 2nd Amendment

Tell the White House that the 2nd Amendment Was Not Given to the People by Government

Firearms News - July 02, 2019

Please sign and share the petition to get the required 100,000 signatures by July 27.

No one can restore receptivity to another Trump term with these disaffected gun owners but the president himself. 2nd Amendment

2020 is Trump's to Blow with Gun Owners

David Codrea - July 09, 2019

No one can restore receptivity to another Trump term with these disaffected gun owners but the...

Customers who purchase any new Mauser or J.P. Sauer and Sohn rifle from an authorized dealer's in-store inventory will receive a coupon code for 50% off the online purchase of one Minox optic. Industry

Blaser USA Announces Special Promotion in Partnership with Minox Optics

Blaser USA - July 19, 2019

Customers who purchase any new Mauser or J.P. Sauer and Sohn rifle from an authorized dealer's...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Hornady

Hornady's New A-Tip Line of Match Bullets

Hornady Manufacturing, has developed a new line of match bullets. The A-Tip is designed for precision and long-range shooting.

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

G&A Editor Eric Poole and Viking Tacticals's Kyle Lamb talks about 2 new pistols from SIG Sauer and a Lipsey's Special of the P365.

Performance Center M&P Shield M2.0

Performance Center M&P Shield M2.0

From Smith & Wesson, the M&P Shield M2.0 is a great option for a carry gun with optics option.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Please sign and share the petition to get the required 100,000 signatures by July 27. 2nd Amendment

Tell the White House that the 2nd Amendment Was Not Given to the People by Government

Firearms News - July 02, 2019

Please sign and share the petition to get the required 100,000 signatures by July 27.

CRKT makes 17 different knife models exclusively for Ruger, from fixed hunting knives to tactical folders, and many of their models are offered in several different styles. Accessories

Ruger CRKT Knives Review

James Tarr - July 08, 2019

CRKT makes 17 different knife models exclusively for Ruger, from fixed hunting knives to...

A $50 Ring Loc-Kit gives AirForce Condor airgunners unparalleled power and accuracy. Air Guns

AirForce Airguns Condor Ring-Loc Kit Review

Tom Gaylord - May 29, 2019

A $50 Ring Loc-Kit gives AirForce Condor airgunners unparalleled power and accuracy.

See More Stories

More Rifles

The M21 sniper rifle was developed during Vietnam and remained the standard issue US Army sniper rifle until 1988. It was based upon the M14 National Match. Rifles

US Army M21 Sniper Rifle

David M. Fortier - September 12, 2019

The M21 sniper rifle was developed during Vietnam and remained the standard issue US Army...

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. introduced three configurations of its new Pistol Caliber Carbine (PC Carbine) Chassis model. Rifles

Ruger Announces PC Carbine Chassis Models

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. - October 08, 2019

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. introduced three configurations of its new Pistol Caliber Carbine...

Since the 2 bore is the most powerful sporting rifle ever made, it is only fitting that it would honor the most powerful predator of all time, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Rifles

Tyrannosaurus 2 Bore Rifle

Jim Dickson - August 14, 2019

Since the 2 bore is the most powerful sporting rifle ever made, it is only fitting that it...

See More Rifles

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×