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Nikonov AS
Country of origin

Soviet Russia

Manufacturer(s)

IZhMASh

Designer(s)

Gennadiy Nikonov

Year(s) designed

1980

Production began

1984

Production ended

1994

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.45×39mm

Action

Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Overall length

Various

Barrel length

Various

Weight

Various

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

600 RPM (fully automatic)
2000 RPM (burst fire)

The Nikonov AS is a prototype Russian assault rifle designed by Gennadiy Nikonov. The AS is known for being one of the contenders in the Abakan trials, and ultimately being the victor of said trials.

HistoryEdit

Designed in 1980 by Gennadiy Nikonov, then known for his work on his double-barreled handheld machine gun, the AS was submitted in 1984 along with seven other assault rifles as a contender which could potentially replace the AK-74 as a new service rifle. During the trials, the AS consistently performed extremely well; however, after more tests were performed, no weapon met all requirements set by the judging panel, even the AS, although both the AS and AO-63 met the requirement for accurate groupings. This led to Nikonov modifying his AS to become the ASM, with various minor refinements here and there; the ASM also consistently performed extremely well and was eventually declared the victor of the trials. After which, the ASM would be developed into the much more famous AN-94.

Design DetailsEdit

The AS was gas-operated with a rotating bolt, and some variants appeared to use what looked like the hybrid gas-recoil operation of the AN-94. Unlike the AN-94, however, the AS and its variants did not appear to have canted magazines.

VariantsEdit

The AS had many variants, all of which were functionally identical apart from aesthetic differences here and there.

ReferencesEdit

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