Object Title

Centrefire automatic rifle - Kalashnikov AKMSU

Centrefire automatic rifle - Kalashnikov AKMSU

Date

about 1977

Object Number

PR.5434

Physical Description

Ostensibly a 7.62x39 equivalent of the AKS-74U, though examination and communication with Russian specialists makes clear that this is a composite piece that was never adopted by the Russian authorities. The receiver is Chinese, with two rivets per side on the trigger guard interface and thicker gauge stamped steel in the receiver itself. The trunnion block is Russian original and is marked for Tula, dated 1977. This is five years after development began on the 5.45x39 AKS-74U, making this an unlikely development. The flash-hider is well-made, but conforms to no known factory-produced type, and is extremely loose-fitting. Weapon is believed to have originated in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and to be a product of local gunsmiths known to produce fantasy pieces of this nature. Despite this, Royal Ordnance produced a report (RD/PR/49/86 - Evaluation of the Soviet 5.45mm RPK 74, 5.45mm AKS 74, 5.45mm AK SU and 7.62mm AKM SU - see PR archive foreign weapons box files). This gives no provenance for the piece, but assumes it to be a failed forerunner of the AKS-74U. It details firing tests carried out and includes a photograph of the impressive muzzle flash produced by such a short-barrelled 7.62x39 weapon type

Dimensions

dimensions:0.760 weight:3.21

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 483485

Calibre

7.62 x 39 mm

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