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"A student of the Scorpion Youth Military Club levels a Kalashnikov assault rifle as he takes an exam on the Defender of the Fatherland Day, some 40 km (25 miles) south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk" (text and photo courtesy

“The AK-400 is superior to the tried and true AK-74 and state-of-the-art AK-12 in terms of both precision and fire dispersion,” a source within the Russian military industry tells Izvestia newspaper. The source went on to say that the “AK-12 is a weapon for the infantry, paratroopers, and reconnoiters. And the troops in the Special Forces need a more compact rifle, which – on the one hand – isn’t inferior to Ak-12 in precision and fire dispersion, but – on the other hand – is compact enough to storm buildings, planes, trains, and buses, as well as jump with a parachute and walk in the forest.” has a few details  . . .

It has a length of approximately 940 millimeters and weighs slightly over 3 kilograms.

The new Kalashnikov will have a special “cutoff” fire mode that releases bullets only when the trigger is pulled.

It also has a retractable telescopic butt-stock that allows it to be shortened in a matter of seconds, allowing the rifle to be used inside of a car or even hidden under clothing.

The AK-400 is equipped with a Picatinny Rail, a mounting platform for various sights, pens, flashlights, and laser target designators.


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  1. It “…releases bullets only when the trigger is pulled.” All my guns do that. But I must admit I haven’t gotten on board with attaching pens to my rifles. Hmmmm pen mightier than the sword? So why not both together?

    • Might be a word missing there.

      What the AK-400 actually has is a 3-round burstfire mode.

      From a different article, that gets the weight TOTALLY DEFINITELY CORRECT.

      The machine has a length of 940 mm and weighs just over three pounds. A mode of “cut-off” that allows you to shoot bursts of three shots. The machine is equipped with a telescopic butt.

        • It’s just an overly literal translation from Russian. In Russian firearm speak, the word “burst” (actually literally “queue”, but meaning is the same as “burst” in this case) is used for full auto fire in general. When you want to say something like “N-round burst firing mode”, in Russian, you say “a burst firing mode with a N-round cut-off”. This actually has a nice side effect in that you can just say “burst with cut-off” without specifying the number of rounds, to distinguish any mode that has a limit from the one that does not.

  2. Being a huge fan of .30cal, I find it interesting (per Larry Vickers) that it is a 7.62×39 rifle.

    Everything old is new again.

    • Since we can’t import the Russian 7.62×39 into the US any longer, they probably have a surplus now.

    • The 7.62 is one of versions being studied by SBP. Not necessarily even a leading contender.

    • 7.62×39 is generally favored for internal troops, police, SWAT etc due to its better stopping power and barrier penetration. 5.45 is superior at range, but it doesn’t matter for urban ops; and they also don’t particularly care about ammo being heavier, since they’re not doing extended marches with it.

      • Stopping power with 7.62×39… maybe with some polymer tipped bullets. Otherwise they leave very little wound cavity, not much unlike 9mm NATO loads, only with a smaller diameter and not enough velocity for reliable hydrostatic shock effect in military loadings. There is a huge reason they developed 5.45 afterall, namely the whoe lack of actually causing quick incapacitation. Furthermore, the rifles are not anywhere near what most would consider an accurate platform, in 5.45 or 7.62, especially with military loadings. Military loaded 7.62×39 doesn’t fragment and break up like 5.45 upon impacting tissue. As far as barrier defeating, is a moot issue, unless shooting vehicles, from a military standpoint. It can just as quickly become a liability as much as a benefit.

        They have been working on a 6. Something caliber, likely 6.5.

  3. I feel like the “cutoff fire mode” was lost in translation… However I wouldn’t mind a well made AK variant at all.

  4. I think RT is a Russian source, which explains the ostentatious writing. They write as if they have just invented the concept of attaching Picatinny rails to weapons.

  5. “special “cutoff” fire mode that releases bullets only when the trigger is pulled”… ummm… ok…

    • Well the thing with the whole cutoff fire mode is important. That is especially true if the rifle is black and has a rail system on it. That makes it an assault rifle. If left to its own devices it may choose to self animate and attack other rifles and people around it. Those darn assault rifles…….you know how they are.

  6. Please meet Russia Today, our premiere source of pro-gov bullshit, and its elegant and finely crafted English texts.

    From bits and pieces of news in Russian media, what they call “AK-400” is either AK-12 or AK-10x variant with rails all over, plus folding AND collapsing stock. I.e. pretty generic.

    Do not ask me why this “compact operating operator’s entry gun” is 940mm long (army-issue AK74 is same length).

  7. Is needing of cutoff mode when there is sharing of vodka and viking spirit and more sharing of vodka with Kalashnikov.

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