Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

Since AK-47 triumph in late 1940s Soviet engineers didn’t stop efforts in creating newer more efficient and comfortable Soviet automatic assault rifle. And here are the few examples.

Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

First try was this TKB-408 automatic rifle. It was first Soviet “bullpup” rifle with the action located behind the trigger.

Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

These rifles were made half of plastic which was very progressive to that times – 1950s-1960s – only fifteen years later Austrian engineers would make half-plastic machine guns.

Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

TKB-022B rifle.

Only in early 21-st century Belgian rifle would use forward-throwing of the bullet cartridges technology which was already implemented here in 1950s in first Soviet bullpup guns.

Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

This is TKB-011.
Soviet generals were afraid of plastic rifles. They were not sure if they are durable as steel AK-47s, if they would be able to retain all its qualities after thirty years being stored in warehouses.

Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

However those guns were not worse than AK-47 and were much more compact than famous Kalashnikov gun. And looks nicer too!

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Another experiment with assault rifles was to make them more deadly in close range. For this this rifle TKB-059 “Salvo fire” appeared. It had three barrels! So  at any given time three times more bullets were coming out of it.

Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

Another experimental gun – AN-94. It had a balancing mechanism inside that was compensating recoil so the gun was not cocking upwards every time you shoot, thus giving you stable line of fire and more accurate target hitting.

Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

“Stechkin Gun” TKB-0146.
This gun has shoot two bullets one after one before the recoil could hit the gun body and cock it upwards. This was called “carriage scheme rifle”.

Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles

And another experimental gun “NA-4”. It also used this “carriage scheme” – but instead two bullets at once it was using three bullets before the recoil was felt.

American gun industries were experimenting with similar ideas at same time too, but it is known that none of them went in series or was officially adopted by US army. In USSR it was same, except one “carriage scheme” gun – AN-94 – also shooting two bullets before recoil arrives – was accepted into Russian army.

Here is a short video, showing in slow motion how it worked.

 

2 thoughts on “Futuristic Soviet Assault Rifles”

  1. Some very skilled gunsmiths you have in your country, something that always interested me, but so heavily regulated and controlled here, and very expensive to keep those licences.

  2. Not keen on all of the exposed parts, but one cannot deny the effectiveness on soft targets (humans).

    The doctrine of “tap-tap” (two cartridges expended in less than a second” is taught to law enforcement because, the compression of tissue and organs done by the first round, immediately followed by a second… Well.

    You’re going to blow some gut right the heck up.

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