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The Small Arms Thread, Part 8: 2018; ICSR to be replaced by US Army with interim 15mm Revolver Cannon.

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Let's all take a trip back to the late 1970s and early 1980s.  This was the time of punk.  This was the time of despair.   Punk was all about minimalism; strip everything down to a few chords, wear

Stechkin's Abakan (TKB-0146). https://www.kalashnikov.ru/abakan-stechkina-avtomat-stechkina-tkb-0146/        Bullpup, system of "recoil impulse shifted in time", 2-stage

So what, my 5.56 rounds are groundbreaking too if I shoot the dirt.


   MOSCOW, July 1 - RIA Novosti. The production of the 5.45-mm avtomat A-545 (index 6P67), created for Ratnik along with the AK-12, started at the Degtyarev plant, a source in the military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti.
   "The contract with the Ministry of Defense has been signed, production is underway," the source said. However, he did not specify how many guns the military department ordered.

   Well, we should start to get pics of those things in units in near future. Interesting to see "final form" of A-545.

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   MOSCOW, July 2 - RIA News. In Russia this year they will begin to develop a new light machine gun based on RPK-16, a source in the military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti.
   He recalled that RPK-16 was created several years ago, it went through a full cycle of preliminary tests, entered the army and was used in all climatic zones.

   "Based on the results of this operation, a number of comments and proposals were highlighted, which, according to the military, should be implemented. This information has been compiled, and development of a new machine gun will begin this year," the source said.

   According to him, now RPK-16 does not allow to implement some decisions that are important for the military.
   “This, in essence, will be a new, different machine gun,” the source emphasized.


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16 hours ago, Vicious_CB said:


Maybe a belt fed version? 

   Uknown. It is possible that military found barrel change feature useless for them, so they want to delete it and save weight (like ~0.5-1kg). Maybe there is something else, hard to say for sure.

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4 hours ago, Hisname said:

The bipod is not included in the standard equipment of the SVD rifle.  Where did ordinary soldiers get these bipods?

Did they install bipods on a rifle on their own?


   Yes, it is very likely that they bought those and put them on rifle on their own.

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   New Vietnamese rifles


   The Z111 arms company of the SRV Ministry of Defense in Thanh Hoa has presented a new line of "nationally developed" small arms. The Z111 plant is known for the fact that in 2014 it launched a modern production line for the production of Israeli automatic rifles Galil ACE 31 (shortened model) and Galil ACE 32 under the license of the Israeli private company Israel Weapon Industries (IWI). Both samples are produced for the Soviet cartridge 7.62x39 mm. In 2018, the enterprise began licensed production of the Russian large-caliber sniper rifle OSV-96 "Cracker", and in 2019 there began a massive modernization of the Kalashnikov assault rifles in service with the Vietnamese People's Army.

   Now, the largest arms company in Vietnam has presented new automatic rifles STV-410 and STV-416 of 7.62x39 mm caliber based on the Kalashnikov assault rifle and its Israeli clone.









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   Updated Vityaz 9x19 caliber SMG for MoD, named PPK-20





   The state tests of the submachine gun developed as part of the Vityaz-MO R&D have been completed. The interdepartmental commission recognized the product as suitable for mass production and recommended that it be named “9 mm Kalashnikov PPK-20 submachine gun” to perpetuate the memory of Viktor Mikhailovich Kalashnikov.

   When performing the development work, the serially produced Vityaz-SN submachine gun was adopted as the base. At the development stage, the feedback given during the serial production of the product were taken into account and the design and composition of the product were brought in accordance with the requirements of the tactical and technical task. In the Kalashnikov submachine gun, the ergonomics of the weapon and the equipment attached to it have been significantly improved, the reliability of the product has been increased, and a low-noise firing device has been introduced into its kit.





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On 7/26/2020 at 8:19 PM, Stimpy75 said:

@Sturgeon  your collection?



By going to the article from where the photo is there's a Mathew Moss under each picture, guess that collection is of Mathew Moss, but surely there will be a direct reply any second.



Please do not reproduce photographs taken by Matthew Moss without permission or credit. ©The Armourer’s Bench 2018


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