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AL-9
Kalashnikov AL-9
Country of origin

Soviet Russia

Manufacturer(s)

IZhMASh

Designer(s)

Victor Kalashnikov

Year(s) designed

1984

Production began

1985

Production ended

1986

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.45×39mm

Action

Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

600 RPM (automatic)
1800 RPM (burst fire)

The Kalashnikov AL-9 (АЛ-9) is a prototype Soviet assault rifle. It is most notable for being one of the contenders of the Abakan competition.

HistoryEdit

Designed in 1984 by Victor Kalashnikov, son of Mikhail Kalashnikov of AK-47 fame, the AL-9 was submitted as one of the first eight entrants into the 1985 Abakan competition; the other seven entrants would be the TKB-0111, TKB-0136-3M, TKB-0146, AEK-971, APT, AS and the AEK-978. For unknown reasons, the AL-9 was pulled out of the competition around 1986 and replaced by the AKB, also designed by Kalashnikov; the AKB did not fare well as it was deemed not viable to continue work on it. After designing the AL-9 and AKB, Kalashnikov would go on to designing the far more successful PP-19 Bizon.

Design DetailsEdit

The AL-9 is quite obviously based on an AK-patterned rifle. The weapon can fire in two-round bursts, as well as fully-automatically.

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