Country of origin






Production began


Weapon type

Battle rifle





Overall length

40 in (102 cm)


13 lbs. (6 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

10- or 20-round detachable box magazine

Maximum effective range

100 m

Used by

Russian Federal Security Service

The ASh-12.7 (Avtomat Shturmovoy, Автомат штурмовой in Cyrillic, meaning "Automatic rifle" in English), also known as the ASh-12, is a large-caliber Russian battle rifle.


The weapon is designed by TsKIB SOO, and is manufactured by Izhmash.

Design DetailsEdit

The weapon is meant to be used for high-risk law-enforcement environments at short range to prevent mass collateral damage to innocent bystanders or hostages. Because it needs to fulfill these tasks, the ASh-12.7 is made to chamber special high-caliber bullets to fulfill a variety of purposes for various missions. The ASh-12.7 assault rifle has a bullpup layout, with a stamped steel receiver and a polymer housing and stock. It is speculated to use a gas operated, rotary bolt action. Firing controls include two separate levers; a fire mode selector at the rear and an ambidextrous safety lever above the pistol grip. There are several configurations of the basic rifle; such as one with an integral carrying handle and a flat-top version with flip-up iron sights. Certain variations include a picatinny rail at the fore end used for mounting multiple-shot grenade launchers or foregrips. A compensator or a suppressor can be attached to the muzzle.



The various loads for the ASh-12.7. From left to right: light load, duplex load, heavy load, armor-piercing load.

The ammunition the ASh-12.7 uses is based on the 12.7×55mm ammunition used by the VKS sniper rifle, also developed by TsKIB SOO. It uses a straight-walled, rimless brass case. The standard load for the ASh-12.7 is a lightweight, supersonic bullet with an aluminum core, exposed at the front and hollowed at the rear, partially enclosed into a bi-metal jacket. The cartridge has a bullet weight of 48.14-76.08 grams and a muzzle velocity of 290–315 meters per second. It has several loadings; light loads, heavy loads and even a duplex load.

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