Ukraine uses AK74-based MALYUK assault rifle against Russian troops

PANAGYURISHTE, ($1=1.77 Bulgarian Levs) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought to the fore the weapons and weapons technologies that we have heard about but perhaps paid very little attention to. Some weapons would be difficult to identify by a classified weapons observer.

Ukraine uses AK74-based MALYUK assault rifle against Russian troops
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To this category belong the various bullpup rifles of Ukrainian production, which are increasingly documented in the hands of mainly special units. While some weapons can be traced back decades of development, other types represent little or no modified licensed production.

A specific so-colled “bullpup” design assault rifle can be seen in one part of the huge multimedia stream of Ukrainian defenses against Russian troops. consulted experts and it was identified as the Ukrainian assault rifle Malyuk.

Ukraine uses AK74-based MALYUK assault rifle against Russian troops
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Malyuk [Ukrainian for “baby” or “youth”] is one of the last Ukrainian assault rifles developed at UkrOboronProm. The assault rifle is produced in very small quantities and is intended primarily for the special forces of Ukraine.

What distinguishes Malyuk from AKM and AK74?

Ukrainian experts say Malyuk is the result of a decade of work on existing Soviet-era assault rifles, most notably the AKM and AK74. In recent years, quite bold statements have come from the manufacturer of this assault rifle, who claims that the life of the barrel is increased by 100% more than the original AK74, which is hard to believe, given that UkrOboronProm does not change or modify the barrel, and use the original AK74 barrel. There is no way to know whether the second statement that in Ukraine they managed to reduce the recoil in shooting compared to the AK74 is true.

But there are significant differences. Malyuk has a new trigger that is forward-located compared to the AK74 / AKM. Safety when using the fuse is provided by cross bolts, and the fuse itself has only two possible positions – automatic and semi-automatic firing. Unlike the AKM / AK74 and their various variants, the Malyuk is produced only for a shooter with a leading right hand.

Ukraine uses AK74-based MALYUK assault rifle against Russian troops
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Malyuk has a brand new designer charging handle connected to the gas rod. Unlike AKM / AK74, the so-called Tactical loading of the magazine during firing can be dangerous, as the release of the magazine is located just behind the trigger, forcing the soldier to pull it back. However, Malyuk has a new removable top cover, which allows the attachment of the Picatinny rail system, which in turn allows easy and quick installation of optical and sighting devices.

Main features of Malyuk

As already mentioned Malyuk has only two types of shooting – automatic and semi-automatic. This leads us to the choice of cartridges with which to shoot this assault rifle. The Ukrainians have made sure that there are no restrictions here, so Malyuk can shoot with 5.45×39 7N6 7N10 7N22 7N24, 5.56×45 NATO, .223 Remington 7.62x39mm M43 Soviet Intermediate Cartridge.

The rifle is 710 mm long, while the length of the barrel is 415 mm. The total weight of this Ukrainian assault rifle is just over 3 kilograms. Malyuk’s cycle rate of fire or shots/min is 650 and the magazine capacity is 30 rounds.


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