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Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifle (Russia)
Caliber: 7.62x39 M43
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt with 2 lugs
Length, mm: overall: 943; w/folded butt 700;
Barrel Length, mm: 415
Weigth: 3.4 kg empty
Magazine capacity, 30 rounds
Rate of fire: 600 rounds per minute
The Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifle is a modification of the current Russian standard issue AK-74M rifle for older 7.62x39mm ammunition. It is primary intended forexport, although it quite a lot of AK-103 are in use by various Russian special Law Enforcement groups, which prefer 7.62mm over 5.45mm for its better stopping power. So far the biggest buyer for AK-103 assault rifles was the Venezuela, which in 2006 bought 100,000 AK-103 rifles and is sintent to purchase the manufacturing license and necessary equipment for domestic production of this weapon.
The AK-103 is technically similar to AK-74M except for caliber and magazines used; any 7.62mm AK / AKM type magazine can be used in AK-103, but rifles now are issued with new production 30-round magazines made of black polymer.