Kalashnikov TR3 semi-automatic carbine / Saiga AK-12 (Russia)

Kalashnikov TR3 semi-automatic carbine, which was originally known as “Saiga AK-12”, is the latest semi-automatic rifle from Kalashnikov group, intended for civilian sales. It is based on the newest 5.45mm Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle and its 7.62mm AK-15 version, which were adopted by Russian army and entered mass production in Izhevsk in 2018. Unlike its military prototype, Kalashnikov TR3 carbine is semi-automatic only, and cannot fire bursts; it is also fitted by a trigger block which does not permit firing with shoulder stock folded, a feature mandated by Russian “weapons law”. Like its parent, Kalashnikov TR3 is available in two calibers, 7.62×39 and 5.45×39.

 

Kalashnikov TR3 Saiga AK-12
Kalashnikov TR3 semi-automatic carbine, which was originally known as “Saiga AK-12”, version for 7.62×39 cartridge (photo: Kalashnikov group)

 

Kalashnikov TR3 semi-automatic carbine uses classic Kalashnikov gas operated action with long stroke piston and two lug rotating bolt. Receiver is made from stamped steel, and features new front and rear trunnions, not compatible with earlier generations of AK. Top cover is detachable and equipped with integrated Picatinny rail. Top cover lock is located at the front, and uses captive cross-pin; rear engagement point of the top cover features special spring that removes all wobble or “play” that may otherwise creep in after prolonged hard use. This system successfully tested on AK-12, ensures stable zero retention for any sight, mounted on the top cover. Polymer forend is “free-floated” and does not touches barrel. Gas tube is permanently attached to the receiver, and has a removable plug at the front for inspection and cleaning. Barrel is equipped with highly effective muzzle brake – compensator. TR3 rifle ca use all types of AK-compatible magazines in respective calibers. Iron sights consist of a hooded front post, mounted on the gas block, and the adjustable diopter type rear sight with windage adjustment mechanism and range settings between 100 and 800 meters. Standard shoulder stock folds to the left side, and is adjustable for length of pull.

 

Specification Value
Full text name Kalashnikov TR3 semi-automatic carbine / Saiga AK-12 (Russia)
Caliber cartridge 5.45x39 7N6 7N10 7N22 7N24, 7.62x39mm M43 Soviet Intermediate Cartridge
Action type semi-automatic
Trigger type sa
Overall length, mm 880 - 940
Length, folded, mm 690
Barrel length, mm 415
Weight empty, kg 3.8
Magazine capacity, rounds 10, 30