Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle

Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle


On 20 August, Kalashnikov Concern (the russian maker of the AK-47 ) website showed a promotional video accompanied by an article on the AK-308. The AK-308 rifle featured in the video was of the AK-200 series pattern which was most likely an earlier prototype. The AK-200 series was originally designated as the AK-100M series until earlier in 2018, when it was rebranded. The rifle is based on the AK103 submachine gun for the cartridge 7.62×51 mm NATO round with elements and components of the AK-12 automatic machine.

Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle

Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle


The AK-308 weighs about 4,3kg with an empty 20-round magazine and has a dioptric sight and foldable stock. At the moment, preparations are under way for preliminary testing of weapon. Unlike the AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles, chambered for 5.45×39 mm and 7.62×39 mm rounds, respectively, the front portion of the AK-308’s receiver was modified to accommodate the heavier front barrel trunnion as per Kalashnikov’s RPK, RPK-74, and RPK-16 light machine gun series. Furthermore, the exhibited AK-308 prototype had a distinctive combined compensator and flash-hider attached to its muzzle.
Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle

Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle


The military 7.62×51 mm round has been derived from the commercial .308 cartridge for .308 Winchester chambered AK-pattern semi-automatic rifles of the Saiga series, designated as the Saiga-308, which have been available on the civilian market for over a decade. The Saiga semi-automatic riflesare a family of Russian semi-automatic rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern (formerly Izhmash), which also manufactures the original AK-47 and its variants, Saiga-12 shotguns and Dragunov sniper rifle. Saiga rifles are a sport version of the Kalashnikov rifle, and are marketed for hunting and civilian use.
Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle

Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle


On 21 August, the first day of the Army 2018 defence show being held in Kubinka near Moscow until 26 August, a new Kalashnikov assault rifle chambered for the 7.62×51 mm NATO round was unveiled to the public. This most recent addition to the latest generation of the Kalashnikov family of rifles has been designated as the AK-308. The latest, modified iteration of the 1P87 reflex sight can be seen mounted on the AK-308 on display at Army 2018.
Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle

Kalashnikov AK-308 Assault Rifle

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