AN-94

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The AN-94 (Avtomat Nikonova, lit "automatic device of Nikonov") is a Russian assault rifle designed over a period from 1980-1994 by Gennadiy Nikonov, a designer at Izhmash who had previously created a rather bizarre double-barreled light machine gun in the 70s. It is sometimes referred to as the "Abakan," though this is actually the name of the rifle trial program that led to its creation (and the creation of the AEK-971), effectively the Soviet counterpart to the American ACR program.

The intent was for the AN-94 to be a high-tech replacement for almost all AK-74 rifles in service, but the sheer expense of the complex design (by some accounts costing six times more per rifle than the AK-74) along with its difficult maintenance prevented widespread adoption. While the rifle was adopted on a limited basis by the Army and various civil services in 1995, production was discontinued in 2006.

Based on similar principles to the Heckler & Koch G11, all of the internals of the AN-94 are a distinct group (though unlike the G11 this does not include the magazine) which moves inside the weapon's body as it fires. Also like the G11, the AN-94 features a superfast burst fire mode, during which multiple rounds are loaded and fired during a single motion of the overall firing mechanism, firing all of them before recoil is transferred to the shooter; this is a two-round burst in the AN-94, rather than the G11's three, and is slightly slower, 1,800rpm rather than 2,100rpm. Unlike the G11 where full-auto mode disables the burst mechanism entirely, the AN-94 begins firing on full-auto with a two-round burst, then sustains fire at one shot per cycle at 600rpm. This mechanism requires the magazine be canted several degrees to the right.

AN-94 - 5.45x39mm
AN-94 - 5.45x39mm
AN-94 with a GP-34 grenade launcher - 5.45x39mm
AN-94 with newer RPK-style stock - 5.45x39mm. This solved the issue of the older stock rendering the weapon impossible for a right-handed shooter to fire when it was folded, since it covered the trigger.

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Specifications

(1994 - 2006)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Caliber: 5.45x39mm
  • Weight: 8.49 lbs (3.85kg)
  • Length: 37.1 in (94.3 cm) (Stock Extended), 28.7 in (72.8 cm) (Stock Folded)
  • Barrel length: 15.9 in (40.5 cm)
  • Capacity: 30, 45, 60 round magazines
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto / 2-Round-Burst (1,800rpm) / Full-Auto (2 rounds at 1,800rpm and then 600rpm sustained)

The AN-94 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Ghost Recon: Desert Siege AN94 With GP-25 grenade launcher 2001
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty With GP-30 grenade launcher 2001
Rainbow Six: Lockdown 2005
Alliance of Valiant Arms AN94 2007
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl Obokan With PSO-1 scope or/and GP-25 grenade launcher 2007
7.62 High Calibre With various attachments 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company With GP-30 grenade launcher 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots With GP-30 grenade launcher 2008
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky AC-96/2 With PSO-1 scope, GP-25 grenade launcher, and/or suppressor 2008
Operation 7 2009
Combat Arms With a variety of accessories 2010
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 AG-94 with variety of accessories 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 With GP-30 grenade launcher and assorted optics 2010
Counter-Strike Online AN94 2010
Battlefield Play4Free AN-94 Abakan 2011
Battlefield 3 With a variety of accessories 2011
War Inc. Battlezone AN 94 with various attachments 2011
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012
Ghost Recon Online 2012
Arctic Combat 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II With rail system and custom iron sights 2012
Ravaged 2012
Battlefield 4 With a variety of accessories 2013
Contract Wars 2014

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Zahlen Schwestern (Fünf & Neun) 2009
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Zwei 2009


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