The AK-103 assault rifle
AK-103 with the stock folded.
|The AK-103assault rifle is a derivative of the AK-74M chambered for the 7.62×39mm M43 round, similar to the older AKM. The AK-103 can be fitted with a variety of sights, including laser, night vision, and telescopic sights, plus a suppressor and the GP-25 grenade launcher. It uses plastic components whenever possible instead of wood or metal in order to reduce weight.
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Differences from the AKM series include redesigned rear and front trunnions, as well as a 90 degree gas block, AK-74 style front sight block, the use of a black ribbed 30-round magazine constructed of phenolic resin (which is AKM-compatible as well), an AK-74-type muzzle brake, and black synthetic furniture with a heat shield. These improvements allow the AK-103 to have less recoil, lower weight, better accuracy and enhanced durability than the AKM assault rifles that preceded the AK-103.
The AK-104 is a compact version of the AK-103. It combines features from the older AKS-74U carbine with features from the AK-103, giving a more accurate carbine. It is also chambered for 7.62×39mm ammunition.
- Ethiopia: The Gafat Armament Engineering Complex produces the AK-103 rifle in Ethiopia. Supplements the AKM in the Ethiopian Armed Forces.
- India: The Russian arms company Izhmash has issued a license to an Indian private arms manufacturer to produce the AK-103.
- Pakistan: Used by SSG & Special Service Group Navy.
- Iran: Used by the Iranian Army.
- Libya: Seen in the hands of anti-Gaddafi forces & loyalists in numerous photos.
- Russia: Used by various special police groups and spec ops groups.
- Saudi Arabia: Seen in use by Saudi Commandos training in France.
- Syria: Used by Syrian commandos.
- Venezuela: Standard issue weapon of the Venezuelan Army. A manufacturing plant to produce the AK-103 in Maracay is operational, and it produces up to 50,000 units per year.
- First Chechen War
- Second Chechen War
- 2008 South Ossetia war
- Libyan civil war
Gas operated, rotating bolt
3.4 kg (7.5 lb) without magazine
43 mm (37.1 in) stock extended / 700 mm (27.6 in) stock folded
415 mm (16.3 in)
detachable box magazine
Notch rear on sight scale and half-globe post on front
500 m (550 yd)
715 m/s (2,346 ft/s)