Russia: Rosgvardiya to acquire Kalashnikov AK-204 carbines


Russia`s National Guard (Rosgvardiya) is planning to acquire a batch of Kalashnikov AK-204 carbines developed by the Kalashnikov Group (a subsidiary of Rostec state corporation), according to Russian media outlets. A source from the service said the Rosgvardiya would buy the AK-204 carbines "at an early date". He did not specify neither terms nor number of the firearms set to be acquired.


Russia Rosgvardiya to acquire Kalashnikov AK 204 carbines
The AK-204 carbine is a shortened variant of the AK-203 and has the same empty weight. Like the AK-203 assault rifle, the AK-204 carbine has non-detachable iron sights. (Picture source: Kalashnikov)


Compared to the renowned AK-100-family firearms, the AK-200 assault rifles have received a more convenient folding telescopic buttstock and reinforced upper receiver with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails. The handguard of the new weapons has also been fitted with Picatinny rails, which allow using of red-dot/reflex sights, weapon flashlights, laser pointers, and tactical grips. The AK-200 family comprises several firearms, including the AK-200 baseline assault rifle chambered for M1974 (5.45x39) cartridge, the AK-201 assault rifle chambered for STANAG 4172 (5.56x45), the AK-203 assault rifle chambered for M43 (7,62x39), and the AK-204 carbine chambered for M43.

The AK-204 carbine is a shortened variant of the AK-203 and has the same empty weight. The firearm features a length varying between 775 mm and 835 mm (depending on the position of the telescopic buttstock) and a barrel length of 314 mm. Like the AK-203 assault rifle, the AK-204 carbine has non-detachable iron sights. The AK-204 carbine was unveiled at the Army 2018 international military-technical forum held in Kubinka near Moscow in late August.


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