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Submachine Gun (SMG) / Machine Pistol

Russia | 1995

"Debuting during the First Chechnya War, the AEK-919 submachine gun has proven a highly compact assault system."

Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the KMP AEK-919. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
330 ft
100.6 m | 110.0 yds
1,033 ft/sec
315 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
The physical qualities of the KMP AEK-919. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
325 mm
12.80 in
O/A Length
167 mm
6.57 in
Barrel Length
3.75 lb
1.70 kg
Blowback with Open Bolt; Select-Fire
9x18mm Makarov; 9x19mm (7N21/7N31); 9x19mm Parabellum
20- or 30-round detachable box magazine
Iron Front and Rear; Optional Optics
Notable series variants as part of the KMP AEK-919 Submachine Gun (SMG) / Machine Pistol family line.
AEK-919 ("Kashtan") - Base Series Designation
AEK-918 - Chambered for the specific 9x19mm (7N21/7N31) cartridge.
AEK-918V - Chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge; 30-round magazine.
AEK-919K - Modernized model of the original AEK-919.
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The Russian KMP AEK-919 is a highly compact submachine gun in the mold of the classic Israeli UZI with its pistol grip magazine and balanced hold. The weapon is compact enough to rival the size of some semi-automatic handguns with qualities akin to a machine pistol. Chambered for the Russian 9x18mm Makarov pistol cartridge, the AEK-919 is a stable firing platform with good qualities. Its design was headed by the Kovrov Mechanical Plant (KMP) and the weapon has seen combat service in the First Chechnya War (1994-1996) - its introduction was in 1995. It is in use by Russian special forces, regular army (vehicle/aircraft crews) and special police units requiring the services of a compact, high-volume weapon. The threaded barrel also allows use of a silencer for clandestine operations.

Internally, the AEK-919 utilizes a proven blowback system of operation along with an open bolt arrangement. It has a polygonal barrel and three-position selector switch (the latter near the pistol grip for three-round burst or singe-shot fire). The charging handle is set to the left side of the receiver towards the muzzle. As in the Israeli UZI or a semi-automatic pistol, the magazine (available in 20- or 30-round count) is inserted into the pistol grip which helps the design retain a contained profile. The shoulder stock at the rear of the receiver is collapsible which aids in shooting support when extended and, again, helps the weapon keep its smallish silhouette. The barrel is just 6.5 inches long. All of these qualities make the AEK-919 a valuable close-quarters weapon design. Optics over the receiver are supported for more accurized fire in the field when needed. Sling loops allow for a shoulder strap to be used.

The AEK-919 was used in active operational trials prior to its wide scale adoption and some 100 weapons were in circulation. The AEK-918 is a version chambered for the 9x19mm (7N21/7N31) cartridge while the AEK-918V makes use of the German 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge through a 30-round magazine. The AEK-919K "Kashtan" is a modernized version of the original AEK-919.

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Contractor(s): Kovrov Mechanical Plant (KMP) - Russia
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