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    The AK-12 assault rifle, which replaces the previous versions of the Kalashnikov family of assault rifles (the troops still use both the AK-74 and AKM-47), has become one of the most popular types of small arms in the Russian army. They were equipped primarily with special forces units, airborne troops and peacekeeping units, now the AK-12 is massively entering service with the troops of the Southern and Western military districts.

    During combat operation during the special operation, some of its shortcomings were revealed, which do not concern the range and accuracy of fire, but such features as a two-shot cutoff. The fact is that it takes time to switch modes in combat conditions, so the military personnel asked to simplify this mechanism.

    Concern “Kalashnikov” promptly responded to the wishes of the Ministry of Defense regarding the operation of the AK-12 assault rifle. And, as the president of the concern, Alan Lushnikov, said, this nuance in the use of the machine gun was quickly eliminated, and new batches of AK-12s are already being produced taking into account the wishes of the military. The first converted assault rifles of this series are already entering service with the units participating in the special operation in Ukraine.

    .Ru” military expert Alexander Khaev, who visited many hot spots. – This is saving ammunition, and conducting accurate fire during close combat. The infantry needs a machine gun that can fire an entire magazine of thirty rounds in a few seconds, where there is both a factor of accurate hitting with the first bullets and a psychological moment when the enemy simply cannot raise his head. Changed the store, and again you continue the fight. Previously, the AK had a single-fire mode, but it was also used extremely rarely, it was the automatic one that was preferred, where the shooter himself controlled the rate of fire.

    All of them are united by a single brand ” Kalashnikov is the world brand of the most massive and well-known assault rifle. And completely new assault rifles, adopted at the end of January 2018, are called AK-12 (5.45mm) and AK-15 (7.62mm), although their development was already carried out under the guidance of Vladimir Zlobin, chief designer of NPO Izhmash.

    It seems to be nothing new – the barrel, bolt, trigger, percussion mechanism. But the subtleties, as you know, lie in the details. And in order for the AK-12 to be included by the Russian Ministry of Defense in the equipment of the Ratnik military personnel (against the background of a competitor from Kovrov A-545), it needed its own features, which consisted not only in a lower price and lighter weight, but also in combat characteristics.

    The AK-12 eliminated most of the shortcomings of previous AKs. The machine was equipped with a two-way shutter delay button, which significantly accelerated reloading. A two-way four-position fuse-translator of types of fire appeared with three firing modes – single shots, continuous burst, firing with a cut-off of two shots, and the “fuse” position was also preserved. The lever is conveniently placed above the pistol grip of fire control – turning off the fuse and switching firing modes is carried out with one hand. The design also prevents dust and dirt from getting inside the receiver.

    “Any new machine gun in the troops undergoes a temporary run-in and grinding in combat conditions,” military expert Lieutenant General Anatoly Khrulev told Gazeta . – When the AKM caliber 7.62 was replaced by the AK-74 caliber 5.45, it was initially accepted by the troops ambiguously, they say, a small caliber.

    The new AK-12 is also taken into service in doses, which does not detract from its merits. There are many modern “bells and whistles”, additional devices and aiming systems, like the same collimator. And making changes to the design is not just a trend of the times, but the requirements for its perfection. ”

    By the way, in the USA, the military initially perceived the most massive M16 automatic rifle very ambiguously. The Ministry of Defense frankly sabotaged its acceptance into service and, during tests, deliberately created difficult conditions that the new small arms could not withstand. Nevertheless, the arms company Colt, patented by Samuel Colt back in the middle of the 19th century and initially famous for its revolvers, was able to “push” the supply of M16 to the army.

    The new Russian AK-12 assault rifle has no such problems, as well as its analogue AK-15 (7.62 mm), they have already been officially approved by the main combat machine guns of the Russian army. Improvements are carried out precisely in the process of combat use.

    TTX AK-12

    Caliber: 5.45 × 39 mm
    Weapon length, mm : 862-922 / 651 (with stock folded)
    Barrel length, mm: 415
    Weight with empty magazine, kg: 3.5
    Sighting range, m: 1000
    Rate of fire, rds/min.: 700
    Magazine capacity, cartridges: 30 (box) or 95 (drum).

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