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KBP A-91


Bullpup Assault Rifle


Russia | 1991



"The A-91 bullpup assault rifle has seen limited production to date and is believed to be in service with a few select internal Russian units."



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Though born of the same line of KBP-designed A-91-series assault weapons (to include the 9A-91 assault carbine), the A-91 assault rifle is a departure in that it utilizes a "bullpup" configuration for ultimate compactness in-the-field. The action is set aft of the pistol grip/trigger group which allows a full-length barrel to be retained within a shorter overall gun body length. The result is a solid Russian-originated weapon that has seen limited acceptance beginning in 1990 with Russian Army and some select police forces.

Unlike other assault rifles, the A-91 is built with an integrated 40mm grenade launcher. This weapon fires various warhead types of the VOG-25 grenade series already in circulation with Russian forces and Russian military customers of the world. All told, the complete system weighs a manageable 9.5lbs while featuring a length of 26 inches with its 16.3 inch barrel assembly. The carrying handle is integral for facilitating transport. Overall construction is of polymers and usual service-duty metals.

Primarily chambered for the ubiquitous Soviet/Russian 7.62x39mm rifle cartridge, the A-91 is also marketed in a 5.56x45mm NATO form as the 5.56A-91. This version varies slightly in overall dimensions save for barrel length and is obviously marketed towards Western-leaning government armies and special law enforcement. In either form, the weapon is fed via a curved, 30-round detachable box magazine inserted into an awaiting well under the aft portion of the receiver - essentially the area making up the shoulder stock. To protect the firer during shooting, the A-91 features an extraction system that ejects the spent shell casings forward and away from the face (a detrimental quality of most bullpup weapons). Additionally, the feature is customizable for left-handed shooters making the A-91 an ambidextrous weapon.

The weapon is given a tried-and-true gas-operated action that utilizes a rotating bolt function to achieve a rate-of-fire of 600 to 800 rounds per minute at a muzzle velocity of 2,350 feet per second. Effective range is out to 1,000 meters with sighting through an included dioptric device.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the KBP A-91. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
660 mm
25.98 in
O/A Length
415 mm
16.34 in
Barrel Length
9.48 lb
4.30 kg
Weight
Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt
Action
7.62x39mm; 5.56x45mm NATO; VOG-25 grenade
Caliber(s)
30-round detachable box magazine; Single-Shot Grenade Launcher
Feed
Iron Front and Rear; Dioptric Sight
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the KBP A-91. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
3,280 ft
999.7 m | 1,093.3 yds
Max.Eff.Range
700
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
715 ft/sec
218 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the KBP A-91 Bullpup Assault Rifle family line.
A-91 - Base Series Designation
Operators
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Contractor(s): KBP Instrument Design Bureau - Russia
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