MANUFACTURER(S): Kalashnikov - Russia
OPERATORS: Russia (probable)
ACTION: Gas-Operated; Selective Fire
SIGHTS: Day or Night Optics; Aimers
Detailing the development and operational history of the Kalashnikov MA Compact Assault Weapon / Micro Assault Rifle.
Entry last updated on 3/30/2017.
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The Kalashnikov MA is a modern compact assault weapon / micro assault rifle put forth by the storied Russian concern and intended to succeed the venerable AKS-74U series of guns (detailed elsewhere on this site) in circulation with Russian armed forces and many other global operators. The design is intended for specialist elements like vehicle and helicopter troops and is also a viable close-quarters weapon for special forces like Alpha Group (SPETSNAZ). The popularity of the AKS-74U series is understandable but Soviet-Russian forces soon found that its design make up limited engagement ranges to the short-to-medium envelopes. The MA promises to offer greater firepower in a lighter and more portable package.
The Kalashnikov MA was debuted at a Russian Army exposition during September 2016.
The MA is chambered for the 5.45mm intermediate cartridge which offers good range and man-stopping capabilities with less recoil force than the traditional Soviet 7.62mm full-power rifle cartridge. A folding stock helps the gun remain compact and run only 20 inches long. Weight of the weapon is 5.5lb. Feeding is by way of a 30-round detachable box magazine inserted ahead of the trigger unit in the usual way. Picatinny rail sections are built into the design with a full-length span running over the receiver and forend. This area accepts many popular optical sets and aimers to suit the mission need. Polymer construction ensures a lightweight product and dimensions are such that the weapon can be easily transported and even concealed. The MA certainly has the look and feel of a Western gun and is a vast departure of the furniture-laden long guns of the Soviet period.
Beyond its obvious military value, the MA will be marketed to slew of potential customers including security firms assigned to protect high-value targets and mercenary companies.