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TypeAssault rifle
Place of originRussia
Service history
In service1995–present
Used bySee Users
Production history
DesignerMikhail Kalashnikov
ManufacturerKalashnikov Concern
No. built270,500+[citation needed]
Mass3.6 kg (7.9 lb) without magazine 4 kg (8.8 lb) fully loaded[3]
Length943 mm (37.1 in) with stock extended / 700 mm (28 in) with stock folded[3]
Barrel length415 mm (16.3 in)[3]

Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO
ActionGas-Operated, rotating bolt with two lugs[4]
Rate of fire600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity910 m/s (3,000 ft/s)
Effective firing range500 m (550 yd)
Feed system30-round detachable box magazine
45-round detachable box magazine from the RPK-201[5]
SightsAdjustable iron sights, Equipped with optical plate for attaching various scopes

The AK-101 is an assault rifle of the Kalashnikov series. It's marketed at those looking for a weapon that combines the logistical compatibility and familiarity of the 5.56×45mm NATO round with the reliability of a Kalashnikov. The design of this rifle is similar to the AK-74.[6]

It is designed with modern and composite materials, including plastics that reduce weight and improve accuracy. Many of the improvements found in the AK-101 are also present in the AK-103 and the rest of the AK-100 series of rifles. The AK-101 is also considered to be an export version of the AK-74M.[7]


The AK-101 is a selective fire weapon that can be fired in either semi-automatic or fully automatic mode. The disassembly procedure for the AK-101 is identical to that of the AK-74. The AK-101 has an attachment rail installed on the side of the receiver for mounting scopes and other optical sights, which will accept most types of Russian and European AK optics. The rifle accepts most synthetic and metal AK-74-style magazines with 30-round capacity. The AK-101 has a 415 mm (16.3 in) barrel[6] with an AK-74 style muzzle brake attached to the barrel to control muzzle climb.

The AK-101 is chambered in 5.56mm NATO[8] and features a black glass-filled polyamide side folding stock, which folds to the left.[9] The side folding stock looks similar to a normal fixed stock, but folds and locks securely to the left side of the receiver. It has a cutout to compensate for the side rail.


Norinco AK-2000

Norinco produced a copy of the AK-101 as the AK-2000, with the stock of the Type 56-2.[10][11] It has been in service with Indonesian police units.[10]


A clone of the AK-101 made by Kalashnikov-USA.[12]


A map with AK-101 users in blue



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  2. ^ Gordon L. Rottman (2011). The AK-47: Kalashnikov-series assault rifles. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-84908-835-0.
  3. ^ a b c "Официальный сайт группы предприятий "ИЖМАШ"". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  4. ^ "AK-101". 27 October 2010.
  5. ^ "RPK-201". Rosboronexport. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  6. ^ a b "AK-101". 27 October 2010.
  7. ^ "AK-101/102: Senapan Serbu dari Rusia Bercita Rasa NATO, Ikon Brimob di Awal Reformasi". 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  8. ^ "Kalashnikov USA just announced an all-American AK-100 series rifle". 15 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Аssault rifles AK 100 series".
  10. ^ a b Jenzen-Jones, N.R. (September 2012). "The 100-Series Kalashnikovs: A Primer". Small Arms Review. Vol. 16, no. 3.
  11. ^ "Norinco AK-2000P: Balada Senapan Serbu "Kalashnikov" Produksi Cina". 18 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Kalashnikov-USA Introduced New Rifles and Calibers at SHOT Show 2022 Including a 5.56mm KR-101 - Soldier Systems Daily".
  13. ^ "Rosyjska broń dla Fidżi" (in Polish). Retrieved 2016-02-21.
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  15. ^ "Pasukan Brimobda Kalsel Gunakan Senjata Baru AK101 dan AK102" (in Indonesian). 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  16. ^ "Rangers in Kenya are outgunned in the new poaching arms race".
  17. ^ "El Ministerio del Interior de Uruguay adquiere 500 fusiles de asalto AK-103 para su Guardia Nacional".