Part AK-103, part AK-12 and all 7.62x51mm, the Russian-based Kalashnikov Group has been showing off a new rifle this week.
Classified as the AK308, the new gun in the traditional NATO-standard caliber was displayed at the Russian Army Expo this week in Moscow (where else?) where Kalashnikov was one of 1,200 exhibitors looking to hawk their wares to an international clientele. According to the company, the weapon is in the prototype stage and is preparing for trials.
With an empty weight of 9.4-pounds and overall length of 34.7-inches at its shortest with a collapsed 4-position stock and 16.4-inch barrel, the AK308 is roughly comparable to a stubby AR-10 variant, sans the Stoner lineage. Use of an optional side-folding stock enables the gun to compact down to a handy 27-inch package.
With the current state of affairs between Moscow and Washington on small arms imports (not to mention the whole Hughes Amendment thing), it is unlikely that the select-fire AK308 will make an appearance on this side of the Atlantic any time soon, but hey, it is still interesting to know it is out there.
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