The Kalashnikov assault rifle will conquer America, and not by military, but by commercial means, the creators of the AK-19 are sure. The novelty of weapons has many advantages that make the 19th weapon modern and practical, flexibly combining the "hereditary" reliability and efficiency of the Kalashnikov with the most popular caliber in the West. What should a domestic weapon lover with AK-19 know?
The first official display of the new AK-19 is to take place on February 21-25 at the IDEX-2021 exhibition in Abu Dhabi. According to official data, applications from foreign customers have already begun to arrive for the Russian machine. The main innovation of the described model is that it shoots a "non-patriotic" cartridge 5.56x45 mm NATO. Thus, from the very beginning, the new model was created by the Kalashnikov concern for better development of the Western market, in particular, the countries that are members of the NATO bloc or are its allies.
Actually, the American caliber used is the first and main difference between the AK-19 and the AK-12 assault rifle, on the basis of which the novelty is made. Recall that the 12th Kalashnikov model was developed in Russia within the framework of the Ratnik program. The AK-12 was adopted at the end of 2018. The AK-19 has some other differences from the model for domestic consumption. Although there is still no full official information about the new product.
It is reliably known that the AK-19 is significantly lighter than its relative AK-12. First of all, due to the use of a lightweight telescopic butt (just like the Americans love!). The assault rifle also received a new improved diopter sight and a quick-release silencer. The creators of weapons in several interviews drew attention to the fact that the 19th is much lighter and more ergonomic. Unlike the AK-12, you never get tired with a NATO model in your hands. Even when using an impressive body kit from all kinds of tactical accessories.
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