AO-222 assault rifle, 5.45x39mm. Vaguely seen in museum cabinet.

AO-222 reciever

Close-up of the AO-222 receiver and magazine insert

The AO-222 is an assault rifle of Russian origin designed by Gennady Nikonov. It is chambered in the 5.45 x 39 mm M74 caliber and fed from AK-74 compatible magazines loaded on the right hand side in an attempt to make the magazine release easier. It is basically no more than an AK-74 or an AN-94 which it lead to with the only difference being a right hand side fed weapon.

References Edit

  • Nowa Technika Wojskowa 2002-03/04.