AK-12

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The AK-12 is the latest entry in the legendary Kalashnikov series of rifles. It was developed to replace the AK-74M and the AK-100 series of rifles that was field tested in 2011. While praised by then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Russian Defense Ministry chose not to adopt the AK-12 due to millions of AK-74 rifles still in stockpile. However this changed in 2015, and in 2017 the AK-12 was being trialed for introduction into the Russian military, competing against the A-545 with the intent of eventually phasing out the AK-74M. Finally, the AK-12 and the AK-15 mentioned below entered Russian service in 2018.

During development, the AK-12 didn't have a designation for the different calibers, but this has changed. The standard AK-12 is chambered in 5.45x39mm, while the 7.62x39mm version received the AK-15 designation in 2016, and a 5.56x45mm version called the AK-19 was unveiled in 2020. In the early prototype stages (until Jan 2012), the AK-12 was known as AK-200 and it looked more like an AK-74M/101/103 fitted with rails. Note that the "AK-200" name is now being used on a different AK series intended as an improvement over the 100-series, and that the SR-1 balanced-action sporting rifle based on the AK-107 was also named "AK-15" during its development.

The AK-12 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

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AK-12

AK-12 - 5.45x39mm. This is the 2020 improved version. The main differences are the new collapsible stock, the new rear sight and the more ergonomic pistol grip with a polymer trigger guard.
AK-12 - 5.45x39mm. This is the production version, unveiled in 2017 and adopted for service in 2018. It is nearly identical to the 2016 prototype, save for a different color scheme; some versions of the 2016 model also had a different front sight.
Prototype AK-12 - 5.45x39mm. This is the 2012 model, and the one most commonly found in video games. The main differences compared to earlier version shown below are the ПР-1-3-АВ selector (as opposed to П-О-З-А), the left-side folding stock and the different pistol grip.
Prototype AK-12, earlier version - 5.45x39mm
AK-200 prototype with ACOG scope, folding iron sights, side-folding skeletonized stock, and weaponlight foregrip - 5.45x39mm

Specifications

(2011 - Present)

  • Type: Assault Rifle (AK-12, AK-15, AK-19), Carbine (AK-12K, AK-15K), Civilian Rifle (AK TR3)
  • Calibers: 5.45x39mm (AK-12, AK TR3), 7.62x39mm M43 (AK-15, AK TR3), 5.56x45mm NATO (AK-19), .366TKM (AK TR3)
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
  • Length: 34.6 in (88 cm), 37 in (94 cm) (27.2 in (69 cm) with stock folded)
  • Barrel length: 16.3 in (41.5 cm)
  • Capacity:
    • AK-12: 30 and 60-round box magazines, 95-round drum magazine, AK-74 type magazines
    • AK-15: 30-round box magazine, AK-47/AK-103 type magazines
    • AK-19: 30-round box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/2-Round Burst/Full-Auto (AK-12, AK-15), Semi-Auto/Full-Auto (AK-19), Semi-Auto (AK TR3). Early AK-12 prototypes had a 3-round burst option instead of 2.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Operation 7 AK-12 2014 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm, added in 2016 update 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms AK200
AK-12
With EOTech red dot sight or ACOG scope AK-200 prototype and AK-12 2012 prototype, added in patches 2007
Cross Fire AK-12 2012 prototype, added in post-release update 2007
Combat Arms AK-12 2012 prototype. Added via "Operation: Motherland" content update in 2013 2008
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier AK-200 With Tapco folding stock. Can be fitted with various optional accessories AK-200 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm 2012
Warface AK-12 Final production model; added via update in 2019 2012
ArmA III AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm, added in 2016 Apex DLC 2013
RPK-12 Mockups of 2012 prototypes, chambered in 7.62x39mm, added in 2019 Contact DLC
"AKU-12"
Payday 2 "AK17" Various optional accessories 2016 model, added with the "Gage Russian Weapon Pack" DLC in 2017 2013
Battlefield 4 AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype. Also available in carbine (AK-12U), light machine gun (RPK-12), shotgun (AK-12/76) and designated marksman rifle (SVK-12) versions 2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype 2013
Counter-Strike Online 2 2012 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm, added in 2014 update 2013
Contract Wars AK-12 Foregrip, red dot sight, 50-round extended magazine 2012 prototype 2014
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare AK12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype 2014
Survarium AK-12 2012 prototype, chambered in 6.5x39mm Grendel 2014
Time Crisis 5 Aimpoint red dot, laser sight, flash light, vertical foregrip and M4 type collapsible stock 2012 prototype; unusable 2015
Killing Floor 2 Kobra red dot sight and a vertical foregrip 2012 prototype 2015
Rainbow Six: Siege Wrap around pistol grip, various optional accessories 2012 prototype 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Both prototype and production models 2016
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Various optional accessories 2012 prototype 2017
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 AK 12 2012 prototype; cut from the game 2017
Black Squad "AK12 GL" Kobra sight, GP-30, and AN-PEQ/15 2012 prototype 2017
Freeman: Guerrilla Warfare 2012 prototype 2018
Ironsight AK-12 Various optional accessories 2012 prototype 2018
World War 3 AK-15 2014 AK-12 prototype, chambered in 7.62x39mm 2018
Ring of Elysium "AK-15" 5.45x39mm AK-12, final production model; added via update 2018
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 2012 prototype 2019
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts "MKA-12" 2012 prototype 2019
CrossFire X Airsoft replica of the 2015 prototype 2020

RPK-16

RPK-16 - 5.45x39mm

Specifications

(2016 - Present)

  • Type: Light Machine Gun
  • Caliber: 5.45x39mm
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs (4.5 kg)
  • Length:
    • With short barrel: 35.4 in (90 cm) (25.6 in (65 cm) with stock folded)
    • With long barrel: 42.5 in (108 cm) (32.7 in (83 cm) with stock folded)
  • Barrel length: 14.6 in (37 cm), 19.7 in (50 cm)
  • Capacity: 95-round drum magazine, 30 and 45-round box magazines, AK-74 type magazines
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Escape from Tarkov RPK-16 5.45x39 light machine gun 15 and 22" barrel, 5.45x39 muzzle devices, any AK pistol grip, buffer stock and AK-74 mag, Zenit RP-1 Added in v0.11.0.2448 patch (2018) 2016


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