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The AEK-919K Kashtan is a Russian select-fire submachine gun, chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum and 9x18mm Makarov rounds, developed by the Kovrov Mechanical Plant. The AEK-919 is offered as a weapon for certain categories of personnel (crews of aircraft and combat vehicles), as well as special forces of law enforcement agencies.
The weapon uses blowback and fires from a close bolt. The charging handle is on the left side of the receiver. The lower part of the receiver and the frame of the weapon are made of fiberglass-reinforced polyamide, and the top of the receiver is made of stamped steel. The barrel has polygonal rifling. The pistol grip houses the magazine. To increase the stability of the weapon when firing, there is a telescoping stock that can turn around 180 degrees and can be folded into the weapon. The weapon has a front and rear iron sights, but can also mount special optics. A special type of silencer can also be attached to the weapon if needed.
The first combat use of the AEK-919K submachine gun was seen in the spring of 1995 by one of the special forces of the FSB (which received a batch of 100 submachine guns) during the restoration of the constitutional order in Chechnya. In 2002, the AEK-919K was used by crews of the Ka-50 "Black Shark" helicopters that operated in the war zone in Chechnya and Dagestan. In 2003, the AEK-919K submachine guns were officially adopted by the Federal Bailiff Service. As of October 2006, the AEK-919K Kashtan is being used by special units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, FSO, FSB and FSIN.
The original variant.
Variant created in 2000 chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum.
Conventional variant of the AEK-918 created as a prototype.