Russian Kalashnikov manufacturer released a new AK-19 assault rifle
MOSCOW, (BM) – Russian Kalashnikov manufacturer continue to delight military and civilian shooters with new types of weapons, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing local Russian sources. This time the novelty was presented by the Kalashnikov concern, which very soon everyone will be able to see personally.
Just the other day, a new Kalashnikov AK-19 assault rifle was presented, which is the next step after the sensational Russian AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles.
Recall that the assault rifles were developed for Russian calibers 5.45 and 7.62, and began to be supplied to the army and Russian special forces in order to replace the main AK-74M assault rifle.
The AK-19 assault rifle has a new adjustable side-folding stock. Unlike the AK-12 and AK-15, it is made not on the basis of the Western “Milspec” pipe as on the American M-4 / M-16 rifles, but according to the original format.
A similar stock is used in the “Magpul Zhukov” tuning kit and in the FN “SCAR” carbines. Also, you can notice changes in the rear sight. It has become more convenient, takes up less space on the bar. Moreover, a new slotted flame arrester was developed for the AK-19.
It is very similar in format to the standard “Birdcage” expansion joints used on the US Army’s M-4 rifles.
However, it has a significant difference: as in previous models of machines, it is equipped with a quick-release mount for installing silencers.
The main difference was the used caliber of the AK-19 assault rifle – this is the famous American .223 Rem or 5.56×45. The choice of caliber is not surprising, remember at least the “Hundredth” and “Two hundredth” series of Kalashnikov assault rifles, which also have AKs chambered for the western cartridge.
What is it for? First, it will expand the volume of exports. Today, all over the world, two calibers are most often used: NATO 5.56 and Soviet 7.62.
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Moreover, a number of weapons experts believe that the 5.56×45 cartridge has higher ballistic characteristics. It is believed that due to the shape of the cartridge, it is more reliable when fed from the magazine, and causes less malfunction.
To recall at least the history of the appearance of Russian 5.45 cartridge, which was developed as a reaction to the western 5.56, but due to political views, could not be accepted by the Soviet leadership.
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