10 Facts About AK-12


AK-12 project began in 2011 by the IZHMASH factory, which became part of the Kalashnikov Concern as a private venture, in an attempt to participate in the "Ratnik" trials which were held by the Russian army.

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AK-12 announced that they had the capacity to produce 1 million rifles per year for buyers.

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The AK-12 was to replace three previous of AK models and standardise assault rifles in the Russian military.

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The government's rejection of the AK-12 was because senior commanders said they had millions of stockpiled AK-74 models and did not need a new rifle.

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On 6 September 2016, it was reported that Kalashnikov Concern introduced the final production model of the AK-12, which is derived from the well proven AK-400 and has replaced the earlier prototype models.

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The AK-12 completed its operational testing and passed military field tests in June 2017.

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Testing of the AK-12 concluded in December 2017, with the weapon being adopted by the Russian Army in January 2018.

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The magazines specifically for the cancelled prototype model of the AK-12 includes a 30-round magazine with a bolt-catch actuator, a 60-round quad-stack magazine and a 95-round drum.

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An updated AK-12 featuring a redesigned lightweight polymer L-shaped shoulder stock and a polymer pistol grip and trigger guard unit.

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An updated AK-12 featuring a redesigned lightweight polymer L-shaped shoulder and additional cheek riser.

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