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Korobov tkb408
TKB-408
Country of origin

Soviet Union

Designer(s)

German A. Korobov

Production began

1946

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

7.62x39mm

Action

Gas operated, tilting bolt

Overall length

790 millimeters

Weight empty

4.3 kilograms

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30 rounds

The TKB-408 assault rifle is an experimental Soviet assault rifle.

HistoryEdit

The TKB-408 was designed in 1946 by German Korobov, firearms designer known for designing interesting prototypes. The TKB-408 was entered into a contest to find a select-fire weapon that could fire the SKS's cartridge after the SKS was adopted, along with various other designs submitted during war trials; the TKB-408 was one of the very few bullpup designs submitted. While the TKB-408 showed promise, it ultimately lost out to the AK, and the weapon faded into history.

DescriptionEdit

The weapon uses a tilting bolt system similar to older Soviet prototypes, but it is not known if this tilting bolt system is mechanically related to the one used in Sudayev's AS-44. The weapon's charging handle is located on the left side of the weapon on the gas tube and is non-reciprocating. The weapon is select-fire, and can fire in full auto or in single shots. The weapon's ejection port is located on the right side of the weapon, and has a flip-up dust cover; as the weapon's ejection port is on the right side of the weapon, it is non-ambidextrous and should not be fired by left-handers.

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