The AK-101 is an assault rifle of the Kalashnikov series. The AK-101 is designed for the world export market, using the NATO standard 5.56x45mm cartridge. The AK-101 is marketed at those looking for a weapon that combines the logistical compatibility and familiarity of the 5.56×45mm NATO round with the reliability of a Kalashnikov. The design of this rifle is almost similar to AK-74. It is designed with modern and composite materials, including plastics that reduce weight and improve accuracy. Many of the improvements found in the AK-101 are also present in the AK-103 and the rest of the AK-100 series of rifles.

AK-101
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AK-101
TypeAssault rifle
Place of originRussia
Service history
In service1995–present
Used bySee Users
Wars
Production history
DesignerMikhail Kalashnikov
Designed1994[1]
ManufacturerKalashnikov Concern
Produced1995-present
No. built270,500+[citation needed]
VariantsAK-102
RPK-201
Specifications
Mass3.6 kg (7.9 lb) without magazine 4 kg (8.8 lb) fully loaded[2]
Length943 mm (37.1 in) with stock extended / 700 mm (28 in) with stock folded
Barrel length415 mm (16.3 in)

Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO
Caliber5.56mm
ActionGas-Operated, rotating bolt with two lugs[3]
Rate of fire600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity910 m/s (3,000 ft/s)
Effective firing range500 m (550 yd)
Feed system30-round detachable box magazine
SightsAdjustable iron sights, Equipped with optical plate for attaching various scopes

DesignEdit

The AK-101 is a selective fire weapon that can be fired in either semi-automatic or fully automatic mode. The disassembly procedure for the AK-101 is identical to that of the AK-74. The AK-101 has an attachment rail installed on the side of the receiver for mounting scopes and other optical sights, which will accept most types of Russian and European AK optics. The rifle accepts most synthetic and metal AK-74-style magazines with 30-round capacity. The AK-101 has a 415 mm (16.3 in) barrel with an AK-74 style muzzle brake attached to the barrel to control muzzle climb.

The AK-102, AK-104 and AK-105 are the designations given to the more compact carbine variants of the AK-10x rifle series, firing the 5.56×45mm NATO, 7.62×39mm M43 and 5.45×39mm M74 rifle rounds respectively. These carbines differ from the normal rifles of the series in that they have much shorter barrels, only 314 mm (12.4 in) in length. These AK-100 series carbines, much like their rifle counterparts, were made primarily for export.

The AK-101 is chambered in 5.56mm NATO and features a black glass-filled polyamide side folding stock. The side folding stock looks similar to a normal fixed stock, but folds and locks securely to the left side of the receiver. It has a cutout to compensate for the side rail.

Chinese copyEdit

 
An AK-2000P of the Indonesian Mobile Brigade Corps

Norinco produced a copy of the AK-101 as the AK-2000, with the stock of the Type 56-2. It has been in service with Indonesia Police units.[4]

UsersEdit

 
Map of user countries of the AK-101 rifle.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gordon L. Rottman (2011). The AK-47: Kalashnikov-series assault rifles. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-84908-835-0.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://world.guns.ru/assault/rus/ak-101-e.html
  4. ^ Jenzen-Jones, N.R. (September 2012). "The 100-Series Kalashnikovs: A Primer". Small Arms Review. Vol. 16 no. 3.
  5. ^ "Pasukan Brimobda Kalsel Gunakan Senjata Baru AK101 dan AK102" (in Indonesian). banjarmasin.tribunnews.com. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  6. ^ "Rosyjska broń dla Fidżi" (in Polish). altair.pl. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  7. ^ https://www.pri.org/stories/2013-10-08/rangers-kenya-are-outgunned-new-poaching-arms-race
  8. ^ "EJÉRCITO NACIONAL – Ministerio de Defensa Nacional". www.mdn.gub.uy. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  9. ^ Group of Tiger forces used AK-101[better source needed]

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