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TKB-072
TKB-072
Country of origin

USSR

Manufacturer(s)

TsNIITochMash

Designer(s)

German Korobov

Year(s) designed

1975

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.45x39mm

Action

Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

500 RPM (automatic)
2000 RPM (2-round burst)

The TKB-072 was an assault rifle designed in 1975 by German A. Korobov.

History

The rifle was developed in 1975, and it was unique in that it was supposed to improve accuracy when shot from "unorthodox positions", such as when lying prone. The rifle was submitted for tests later on in the 1970s, in which it met all requirements set by the judges. However, in a later competition, the Ministry of Defense Industry requested Korobov to submit a simplified version of the weapon, and as such, he created the TKB-072-1. Unfortunately, the weapon had a very complicated mechanism used to switch fire modes, and as such, the weapon was removed from testing altogether.

Design details

The weapon used a recoil control system similar to the BARS system used in certain Kalashnikov prototypes. This enabled it to fire without too many accuracy problems while held improperly. All the weapon's controls are located on the right of the weapon, including the charging handle and selector switch.

External links

Article (in Russian)

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